I am not from Buffalo. I grew up in downtown Chicago, followed by college in New York City, a year in Connecticut, and then back to Chicago for a few months. Then I married a girl I met in college, and we decided to move to Western New York.
I was hesitant to move from big-city living to what I believed to be a winter wilderness beside Lake Erie, but I was wrong about this city. There’s no doubt Buffalo, and not just the hockey team, has a recruiting problem directly related with their image.
Before I visited Buffalo, the only image I had in my mind was a city full of empty warehouses, Niagara Falls, and lots of snow. That’s the national image of Buffalo. If you don’t believe me, go ahead and watch a nationally televised sporting event taking place in Buffalo. You’re bound to hear all about the weather and get at least one shot of the Falls with the score at the bottom of the screen. It’s just how it goes.
But we (yes I’m including myself now that I live here) expected...