by Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page
We are counting from 99 to 0 to determine who’s the best Buffalo athlete to wear each number. It’s Buffalo Sports By The Numbers here on Buffalo Sports Page.
We’ll have a new number and athlete every day this summer. Each story also includes reaction from the Buffalo Sports Page staff, and a way to catch up on numbers you’ve missed.
After every 10 numbers, a Sylvester & Peck On Sports podcast will feature Budd Bailey and the guys reacting to the selections. The latest edition, recapping 49-40, is available now.
Matthew Barnaby, Sabres. He was an unforgettable character in Buffalo, a tough and emotional player. Matthew wore out his welcome eventually and was traded to Pittsburgh for Stu Barnes, but fans remember him well. Others: Pat Kaleta, Sabres; Randy Mearns, Bandits; Nick Vitucci, Stampede.
Mike Waggoner’s Numerology: Matthew Barnaby and Patrick Kaleta were both instigator types, agitator types, get under your skin types. Barnaby was clearly the better fighter and scorer. His time in Buffalo may have been more memorable, being part of more successful Sabres teams. Kaleta should get bonus points for being home-grown though, playing high school hockey here, then ending up wearing a Sabres jersey, so you might be able to make the argument that he is our city’s #36. (Kaleta still resides in WNY and also has appeared on Buffalo Sports Page radio!)
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