CAPACCIO: 'Twas the Night Before Buffalo Sports Christmas (2017)

December 22, 2017

‘Twas the night before Christmas throughout the Niagara Frontier.
The Bills were supposed to be really bad, then the Sabres said, “hold my beer.”

What Rex did to the "D" I’m at a loss to even term it.
So his circus was out and in came McDermott.

Whaley fumbled his presser and from then on was never seen.
So it wasn’t a real surprise when he was replaced by Brandon Beane.

The Sabres still employed Bylsma and Murray.
But when the season was over they were both gone in a hurry.

Botterill was hired to run the hockey side of things.
He came from Pittsburgh where he had already won two rings.

The blue line needed some offensive sticks.
So they hired Phil Housley as coach, old number six!

Now both organizations started over once again.
Dreaming of places it’s been too long since they’ve been.

Then came the trades, Sammy and Darby went fast.
Media and fans alike said, “hey look, they’re trying to be last!”

Anquan was signed to help in a number of ways.
But soon he was gone, too. He lasted just 13 days!

Sabres’ Ennis and Foligno were both told to pack.
But lots of fans were excited to get Pominville back.

Watching Jack play was supposed to be the year’s big thrill.
So they finally signed him. The kid got eighty Mil.

That’s Terry and Kim Pegula - they shelled all that loot out.
Now only if somehow Robin Lehner could win a damn shootout.

With Eichel, O’Reilly, and Kane the offense looked bright.
But now here we sit watching one goal a night.

The Bills shocked us all after a five and two start.
But many didn’t want to buy-in, for fear of a broken heart.

Peterman started and threw five picks at the Bolts.
But then he got the win in the snow against the Colts.

On the college gridiron UB went on a roll.
They got the required six wins, but still left out of a bowl.

Section six football had a remarkable run.
The boys from West Seneca West finished as state’s Number One.

The Sabres are last so I guess it’s time to look ahead.
Will they keep Evander Kane, or trade him instead?

The Bills on the other hand are playing meaningful games.
Doing it with a roster largely full of no-names.

But while we do love our Buffalo Sports let’s remember what this season’s about.
Family, friends, and....oh yeah! Ending that seventeen year playoff drought!

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