Tonawanda News


September 24, 2013

PARRINO: Buffalo matters because we say so

Tonawanda News —

Sunday night's preseason melee between the Sabres and Maple Leafs provided fans with an abundance of entertainment, but the best punches may have been thrown in the two days that followed.

Toronto Star sports columnist Cathal Kelly went under attack Tuesday on Twitter after hurling a monster overhand right to the entire City of Buffalo with a column titled, "Buffalo's not important enough to hate." 

The blow connected and Buffalo responded, flippantly hurling insults and even death threats at Kelly on Twitter, according to the author.

The fight at center ice between the teams included Toronto's Phil Kessel swinging his stick through the air like a sword in the direction of Buffalo enforcer John Scott and goalie Ryan Miller exchanging blows with Maple Leafs net minder Jonathon Bernier. It's up to almost 700,000 views on YouTube, Kessel was suspended for three games Tuesday night and Sabres coach Ron Rolston was fined an unannounced amount because he sent Scott out there to get physical after a Sabres player was ruffed up earlier in the game.

When the action on the ice was over, Kelly's column got things going again — this time on social media.

The reaction was typical. Buffalo is a proud city that doesn't like being the butt of anyone's joke, especially a columnist from a city whose hockey team hasn't won a championship since before the Sabres even existed.

But that's the type of response Kelly wanted — that off-the-cuff, irate rebuttal to a harsh and pointed attack at the entire fabric of a city. 

I'm not going to attack Kelly here. I'm not going to talk about the fact that his nation's sport is played predominantly in another country where most people couldn't care less about it.

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