I'm a big Sabres fan, and today the saga of defenseman Brian Campbell should end with either his signing of a mongo contract or being traded because Golisano et al couldn't make the economics work. Certainly the latter will create more heartburn for the Sabres in the wake of the Drury and Briere fiascos a year ago.
What's on my mind is what are reasonable expectations for our sports teams given the state of the local economy, and do we as fans need a big reality check?
The front page of the Buffalo News describes the unfortunate close of Studio Arena Theatre. I write unfortunate because it seems I should, but I must admit I've never been there. It seems a simple case of supply and demand...and the demand just wasn't there to keep Studio Arena open.
Is that much different for the Bills and Sabres? Economics dictate the Bills play some games in Toronto. Economics dictate the Sabres will always be losing talent to free agency. And while fans will be doing a lot of handwringing over the stuff (myself inlcuded), are our sports team really just one more victim of the failure of the politicians in this state to create a competitive economic environment where we can all live and thrive...and have the disposable income to support the arts and sports that interest us?
Just wondering as the clock ticks for Mr. Campbell.