Originally written on Buffalo Wins  |  Last updated 10/23/14

BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Thomas Vanek #26 of the Buffalo Sabres controls the puck near the side boards against the Carolina Hurricanes during their NHL game on November 28, 2009 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. The Sabres defeated the Hurricanes 5-1. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
  The plane sputters to a stop. It is warm out...warm for here, anyway, and for a long while these are the last quiet moments he will enjoy. He exits to the left, puts black sunglasses on to compliment a golden-gray suit. A man leans into his ear, tells him they'll take care of his luggage; tells him not to worry about a thing. He asks for a reminder about his living arrangement, but the baggage handler has already shuffled off. He presses forward in the herd of people as security clears his way. From a distance he looks refined, regal. He stands out particularly among the anonymous proletariat around him.   Hands reach through the security to address him, and the calming quiet of the plane is now replaced with grating, yelping, almost insufferable white noise. They stand around him, shuffling their feet with the momentum of the rows of people, cat calling to him in admiration. This is the only place in the world in which it is quite this way for him. But here, he is...
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