I don't ever remember not being a fan. I remember being told to go to bed during 1st period intermissions and being angry about it. I remember using a crystal radio I made from a Heath kit to listen to Sabres games and Leafs games. I remember Peter Puck at 1st period intermission on HNIC, the Grapevine in the second. Growing up we watched hockey every night it was televised.
Favorite all time Sabre is tough. Mike Ramsey was my favorite through the 80's and into the 90's. He was just plain steady and did whatever needed to be done. Someone needed to defend Gretz? Ramsey gets the call. Someone needed to neutralize Neely? Again, Ramsey. Someone needed to get in a scrum? Ramsey will be there. Someone needed to cover up Housley's mess in the corner? Yup, Ramsey. LaFontaine and Mogilny came close to what Ramsey did to me. LaFontaine seemed too good to be true. So genuinely talented, so genuinely intense, so genuinely nice and well spoken. And that battle with Lemieux for the scoring title? Mogilny.... growing up in the middle of the Cold War, Mogilny's story, and then his on ice performance was just too cool to not fall in love with. All that talent and a giant middle finger to the USSR? Gimme some.
Most exciting moment? May Day for me. Broke 10 seasons of 1st round playoff losses. Came against the hated Bruins. Brad May was still thought of as our power scoring forward. And that playoff series was INTENSE. I about lost my mind when he scored.
Most frustrating... The Tank. And it's not even close. Darkest time of my fanhood knowing the team made the decision to lose on purpose for multiple seasons. I'm still bitter.
I got nuthin regarding how to improve the current team. I think we may be still halfway through a bad period. We just don't have enough marketable talent to make meaningful moves without opening another hole. We're still suffering from the decision to wipe an entire NHL roster off the team.
Note to Theana, this is a happy kind of thread. You want to prove you really are a super fan and not a bot or troll, lay your soul out in here. Let's see how deep the fandom goes.