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Buffalo Sabres New Season Brings Air of Hope

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The Buffalo Sabres kick off their 08-09 season tonight against Montreal, and with each new season brings a new sense of hope.  That is one of the magical elements fans find within sports.  Every year hope springs anew.  The anticipation is endless.  The possibilities infinite.

More times then not, as a season gets underway and as the games pass, that hope turns into a sobering reality.  Like any fan, I have high hopes for the Sabres season.  A young team takes the ice taking with them a few new players and a years worth of experience to improve on last season.

Sports, in this respect, if often analogous to life.  We find motivation in hope.  As fans we cheer until our lungs burn.  In life, we dream of a better life.  But there is one difference.  In life, hope doesn’t promise to renew annually.  Nor is it quite so susceptible to the realization that hope is just a dream.

We take the hope for a better life and cling to it.  There is no win or loss column to go by.  In sports, it’s easy to look at the standing, see your team buried at the bottom, and just look to next year.  However, in life we have to fight against giving up because we have no guareentee that hope will revisit us anytime soon.  Losing hope, in life, is crushing to the human spirit.  It’s can be debilitating.  Losing hope, in sports, holds an assurance that it will return to hold the promise of something better.

As a human being clinging to hope for a better life, for something I dream of, the arrival of another Sabres hockey season could not come at a better time.  And I think that is one of the ultimate draws of sports.  It helps us forget about our dashed hopes and dreams.


Written by huxbux

October 10, 2008 at 6:18 pm

Posted in Sports

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  1. pppffftt no one in Buffalo lives vicarioulsy through *our* sports teams. you’re nuts.


    October 14, 2008 at 4:21 pm

  2. Too bad hockey in Buffalo isn’t as big as hockey in New York. If we could hold up our end of the bargin, that game would be hype city.


    October 14, 2008 at 5:32 pm

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