I know that 'Paint The Ice' promotions are largely aimed at pandering to young, naive fans that can be easily distracted from organizational incompetence with bright colors and drawing utensils. Still, I can't help but think that it's oxymoronic for the Buffalo Sabres, of all organizations, to host one with the unspoken rule being "if you don't have something nice to write then don't write anything at all". Like, either give your season ticket holders free reign to be critical or don't encourage them to turn your ice into their canvas, because making them say complimentary things about a franchise they wasted their hard-earned money on might actually be more painstaking than subjecting them to 41 games of futility for the umpteenth season in a row.
I suppose the creativity of the kids shouldn't be sabotaged by the frustrations of their parents, but let's take a second to think about who is flipping the bill to come see a team that's annually dreaming of clear fairways every single February. In my opinion, if the Sabres gave a damn about their truest of fans they'd bring in artificial snow and let the holder of every credit card on file empty their bladder in sending an unmistakable message to management. At the very least, the person who knows all-too-well exactly what a season ticket is worth should be able to deem it "worthless".