Buffalo News- Terry Pegula was upset before the Sabres played Florida on Saturday night. He didn’t have much to be happy about at the end with a 3-2 loss.
The Panthers incensed Buffalo’s owner with a pregame videoshown on the BB&T Center scoreboard. To highlight the difference between South Florida and Western New York, the Panthers interspersed clips of Snowvember with videos of Florida’s mascot lounging in the sun.
“People died in that storm,” Pegula, a Florida resident, told Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon during a press-box conversation held within earshot of Miami Herald reporter George Richards. “That’s not funny.”
Okay Buffalo, time to end this charade. Yes, the snow storm that absolutely rocked Buffalo was concerning. It was dangerous and I am glad the 'city' made it out fairly unscathed. However, we can stop acting like it was one of the biggest natural disasters this country has ever seen. At the end of the day it was snow. When you decide to live in Buffalo you accept and and all amounts of snowfall. It's not an off limits topic for jokes. There's no 'too soon' when it comes to a snowstorm, no matter the severity of it. I suppose it's fair for the Sabres' owner to be upset, but let's not act like this was the most offensive video since the uncensored 'Tip Drill' music video.
He is right. People did die. That is sad. I have a soul. I am not lucifer. I feel for those families that lost people close to them. But how many people died? 10? 15? Based purely on my statistics, I would say 10-15 people die every day falling down the stairs. That doesn't mean I am not allowed to laugh when it happens. Percentage wise, I would say Buffalo did pretty good in terms of deaths related to the storm. It certainly never reached disaster territory. When the biggest problem that arose was moving a meaningless Jets/Bills game I would say it falls pretty low on the tragedy spectrum.
I would feel bad if this video were played in front of the loved one's of the deceased. I can say with confidence none of those people were at a Sabres/Panthers game in Florida. That's just a numbers game. The average attendance in Sunrise, Florida is barely triple digits. I would be shocked if there were more than 3 people from Buffalo there. The only reason they would even get wind of this is because of Terry Pegula making a mountain out of a molehill. Sure, it may have been in poor taste, but you got to get the attention of the worst fan base in sports somehow. Plus, if only 100 people were there to see it live, does it really even count?