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This game is FAN-tastic

April 20, 2009 - John D'Agostino
Now that the Buffalo Sabres' season has come to an end, there is a team for Buffalo fans to truly cheer for — the Bandits.

As a member of the National Lacrosse League, the Bandits on Saturday night set an attendance record — topping 143,000 for the eight home games they played this year. That's an average of 17,875 per game.

During the contest against Boston, which won in overtime 13-12, the Bandits hosted 18,500 fans who actually cheered right up until the end. The music plays during the game and fans actually yell for players and the team.

It is very un-Sabre-like, when games often resemble silent reading from elementary school days. Too often, fans hush others or ask them to sit down if they cheer a great play.

Bandits games bring energy — and lots more scoring.

Oh, by the way, the Bandits are in the playoffs. That too, is un-Sabre-like.

But my visit to Buffalo on the weekend was actually to root on the Blazers. Boston is not my favorite town, but my cousin plays on the indoor team. This spring and summer, goalie Brett Queener will also be a member of the Toronto Nationals after playing a role in Rochester Rattlers' title last year.

His clips are included in the link above.


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