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October 19, 2013

DUVALL: Hating a winner is the stuff of sore losers

Tonawanda News —

Some good sports news, some bad sports news and some politics to round out the Sunday column.

First, the good:

My St. Louis Cardinals are back in the World Series after hanging a stunning 7 earned runs on National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw en route to a 9-0 pasting in a decisive Game 6. 

Except among Cardinals fans, the big win seemed to draw a communal groan from the sports world writ large. 

Apparently we Cardinals fans have the happy problem of rooting for a team that wins too much. Familiarity breeds contempt, they say — and baseball fans are getting plenty familiar with the Redbirds playing late into October.

A piece by Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Mahler made the rounds on the Internet Friday night, the headline of which proclaims Cardinals fans to be "the most insufferable fans in sports."

How that award doesn't go to the Yankees or Red Sox is beyond me. 

I have to say, being a lifelong Western New Yorker rooting for two of the most disappointing franchises in professional sports, it's much more fun being on the other side. 

So, national sports writers, drink all the Haterade you want. Call us Cards fans insufferable. Mock our slogan, "The Cardinal Way."

I couldn't care less. My boys are still playing ball while the leaves are falling. And with all the young talent on our team it's going to be like this for the foreseeable future.

If they're sick of us already I can't wait to see what they're writing about five years from now.

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About one of the aforementioned disappointing franchises, the Buffalo Sabres are at an all-time low. 

Here's something to ponder: This team was in better shape when it was bankrupt and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was the owner than it's been with a billionaire lifelong fan in Terry Pegula. How is that possible?

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