My friends at Trending Buffalo heard I was going to the Sabres game last night and asked me if I would consider writing about my experience.
You probably know what it’s like to watch a Sabres game at the F’N Center as a white person. But there’s a good chance you don’t know what watching a game is like for a black person. Well, I do (I’m black) and so I thought you might find it interesting to know what the game was like for me.
Here are a few of my observations from last night:
- That little girl who sang the national anthems was amazing.
- The Sabres defense is terrible and Tyler Myers is a mess. I’m thinking they should have kept Adam Pardy in the lineup because he played really well against the Senators.
- Maybe the Sabres should try the 1-3-1 neutral zone trap every once in a while. It can be boring, but maybe it would help take the pressure off their d-men.
- Good on Ennis for actually scoring when he went to the net instead of his usual “flail and fail” to the ice.
- Good goalies make huge saves when their team needs them most. Bad goalies let in softies when they can least afford a mistake. What that makes Ryan Miller, I have no idea.
- Sabretooth is annoying.
- Thomas Vanek, professional hockey player.
- What’s with everybody leaving the game early? Ditching the end of the most exciting game of the year to save 20 minutes in traffic is dumb. What the hell is wrong with you people?
So if you ever find yourself watching the game at the FNC thinking, “Man, I wonder what it would be like to be a black guy here right now?”– well, that’s what it was like for me.
SIDEBAR: Lindy Ruff has been the Sabres coach for my entire adult life (since 3rd grade). I googled “has anyone else ever coached the Buffalo Sabres?” and my computer locked up.
David “DJ” Jackson lives in Buffalo, where he works as a video editor during the day and runs a film company, Hate This Films, on nights and weekends. He will occasionally be providing his “as a black man” perspective on events in Western New York at Trending Buffalo. Follow him at @whoisDJ.