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ˇARRIVA ESABRES! 10 June 1999

10 Jun 2009

Finally, the Buffalo Sabres, my favorite hockey team, made the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 24 years.  Due to the fact that Mexico doesn’t really care about the NHL (and why should they, really?), I was reduced to getting my game highlights either the next day or every ten minutes on

Being as big a fan as I am, it was very, very difficult to keep my cool because I had to know what was going on.  Of course, I quickly became accustomed to know being able  to find out, and accepting it.  I tried to keep up when I could, walking to Plaza Santo Domingo looking for cable televisions that had long ago been disconnected, running into the internet place every ten miutes to check the score, but it was a difficult task.

One late Thursday night, June 10th, I was in my bedroom packing up my things getting ready to leave Oaxaca, when there was a knock at my door.  It was my host   sister.  She said one thing to me.  “I think there is something you want to see on TV.”  She turned on the television and there, in Spanish, from Dallas Texas, on a five-hour time delay, was Game Two of the Stanley Cup Finals.  I was in my glory, aside from the fact that everyone was asleep and I  couldn’t yell or cheer if I wanted.

The Sabres went on to lose Game Two, but it didn’t matter to me.  I was just happy that I got to see a little Buffalo Sabres hockey in Mexico.  I was also really impressed  that my host sister saw it on TV, recognized it, ands thought to let me know.  Of course, it was almost impossible for her not to recognise the Buffalo Sabres logo, as I  had been wearing that hat every day they played.

The Mexican sports casters wer very impressed with Dominick Hasek, the goaltender for the Sabres, counting how many saves he made in a row, cheering, sometimes saying nothing but “Hasek! Hasek!  Hasek!”  It made me feel good.  Almost as good as a Sabres win.

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