ERIE, Pa. -- Need to find Sabres fans who believe? Try a Tragically Hip show.
Gord Downie and his legendary Canadian band members said good night, walked off stage and waited for the fans to call them back for an encore Friday night in Erie's Warner Theater. The fanatics cheered and shouted, but it wasn't the usual "Hip, Hip, Hip" that serenaded the band. The sellout crowd -- a good 35 percent of which was wearing some sort of Sabres gear --chanted and clapped, "Let's go, Sabres!"
The Hip came back for its encore and ripped into a cover of the Sabres' entrance theme: "Street Fighting Man" by the Rolling Stones.
After the spellbinding set and Downie's brilliantly over-the-top antics were complete, the streets of Erie echoed with shouts of "Em-ree" and horns blaring to the beat of "Let's go, Buffalo."