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Brandon still the key in Cowher Chase

  • Posted on December 31, 2009 at 10:00 pm

On Tuesday night Sal Capaccio came out in the open on his “Buffalo Bills Now!” UStream show that a source outside the Bills organization revealed to him Cowher is very impressed with the Buffalo Bills organization, and in no way would automatically rule out becoming the next head coach if the Bills were to come calling.

And according to Capaccio, the Bills have.  His source told him he “wouldn’t be surprised if they are talking today.”

Buffalo Sport Daily was the first to convey Capaccio’s comments, and by Wednesday morning the news was all over the nation, literally., WGR, Pro Football Talk, National Football Post and among others published stories, citing the report.

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NEW DIRECTION: Nix will build through draft

  • Posted on December 31, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Buddy Nix knows he won’t be Mr. Popular. He knows he is not what people wanted.

At his press conference Thursday, Nix glanced around the media room, absorbed the somber mood and quickly addressed the elephant in the room.

“I can see a little disappointment on your faces that a genius isn’t standing up here,” Nix said. “But it’s kind of like getting up in the morning after the draft and reading the newspaper and seeing a A-plus…and two years later you’re fired.” Agreed. On the surface, Nix is not the outsider Buffalo needs. He was part of the self-destruction at One Bills Drive this season. But really, he wasn’t. Instead, Nix’s claim to fame is bringing back the San Diego Chargers.

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Buffalo Sabres New Year’s Resolutions

  • Posted on December 31, 2009 at 11:58 am

We all have our New Year’s resolutions.  Some want to lose weight, advance in their job, travel to exotic locations.  Regardless of what, we all have them.

That includes the first place Buffalo Sabres.  Sure, they’ve been one of the league’s most pleasant surprises as 2009 comes to a close, but don’t think each and every player isn’t striving for bigger things when the calendar hits 2010.

I’ve been able to obtain a top-secret list of Buffalo Sabres New Year’s resolutions and in the spirit of giving thought I’d share them all with you.

Ryan Miller: To finally be considered an elite goalie.

Mike Grier: To remind this team what winning is like.

Nathan Paetsch: To learn how to play goalie, too, just in case Coach needs it.

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Bona fends off Little 3 rival Canisius, 82-75

  • Posted on December 31, 2009 at 10:37 am

Behind a season-high five players in double figures and a great all-around performance from senior Jonathan Hall, St. Bonaventure was able to fend off Little 3 rival Canisius for an 82-75 win on Wednesday night at the Reilly Center.

The win snaps a two-game losing streak and a three-game slide against Little 3 opponents for the Bonnies and improves their record to 7-5. The Brown and White are a perfect 5-0 on Bob Lanier Court this season and are currently riding a nine-game home win streak that dates back to last season. The loss snaps a two-game win streak for Canisius, as they slip to 6-7.

Hall became the first Bonnie this season to lead the team in all three major statistical categories, finishing with 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists. The Miami, Fla., product went 10-of-16 from the floor and chipped in three blocks and two steals over his 38 minutes of work.
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Pierce’s career-high 31 leads Bulls to win over Liberty

  • Posted on December 31, 2009 at 6:00 am

All-Tournament selection Rodney Pierce scored a career-high 31 points to lead Buffalo to an 81-64 win over Liberty in the consolation game of the UCF Holiday Classic.

Pierce led a trio of double figure scorers by hitting 11-of-22 shots and matched his career-high with five three-point field goals. He became the first Bull since Calvin Cage, who had 30 points in the 2006 Mid-American Conference Tournament versus Ball State, to score 30 or more points in a game. For his 57 points in the tournament, Pierce was named to the All-Tournament team.

Pierce has now scored 86 points (28.6 ppg) in his last three outings and has gone over 20 points in five straight games, the first Bull since Cage pulled off the feat in 2005-06. The Buffalo native had plenty of help, as fellow seniors Calvin Betts and JOhn Boyer each had 15 points. Betts added eight rebounds, while Boyer had nine assists, including eight in the first half alone.

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Kyle Williams named Pro Bowl alternate

  • Posted on December 30, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Kyle Williams Buffalo Sports DailyOn Tuesday, Buffalo Bills rookie safety Jairus Byrd was named to the 2010 AFC Pro Bowl squad. Despite that honor, Byrd will not be able to play in the game, as he’s recovering from recent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip.

While Byrd won’t be playing, Buffalo might still have representation on the field in Miami yet. Kyle Williams, a four-year veteran defensive tackle, has been named an AFC Pro Bowl alternate. The news comes via Williams’ agent, Albert Elias of Elias Sports Management.

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Fitzpatrick practices, Whitner fined

  • Posted on December 30, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Ryan Fitzpatrick Buffalo Sports DailyRyan Fitzpatrick is practicing fully, which means he’s likely to start at quarterback Sunday as the Bills close the season against the Indianapolis Colts.

According to Chris Brown of, “Fitzpatrick appeared to be driving off of his plant foot well after finishing his drop so it appears his ankle is feeling significantly better.”

Fitzpatrick injured the ankle against New England two weeks ago and was forced to miss the Atlanta game this past Sunday.  Brian Brohm started his first career game in his place and completed 17-of-29 passes for 146 yards with two interceptions.

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Five QBs The Bills Could Trade For in 2010

  • Posted on December 30, 2009 at 11:00 am

Let’s assume neither Ryan Fitzpatrick nor Trent Edwards take the first snap under center for the Bills in 2010.  Fitzpatrick has proven his worth—as a backup while Edwards has been undeniably exposed as someone who can’t cut in Buffalo.  I’d be stunned if he’s not on the waiver wire come February.

The new Buffalo head coach, whoever that turns out to be, surely isn’t going to hand the keys to the offense over to Brian Brohm.  Sure Brohm has upside and with proper coaching very well could blossom into a star.  But no sensible coach is going to entrust that transpiring without a sound contingency plan. At least one not named Dick Jauron, who most likely cost himself a job by overestimating Demetrius Bell.

So if Ryan Fitzpatrick is slated for backup duty and Brohm is given an opportunity to at least compete for a starting gig, a new Bills regime will want to bring another quarterback into the mix.  But where does he come from?  As Bills fans know too well, qood quarterbacks don’t grow on trees, at least trees that inhabit Western New York.

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Report: Cowher “impressed and interested” in Bills

  • Posted on December 30, 2009 at 10:59 am

In a complete contradiction of recent reports, media personality Sal Capaccio of Buffalo Sports Daily and cites a reliable source that says free agent head coach Bill Cowher is very “impressed and interested” in the Buffalo Bills, and has in no way shut the door on potentially becoming their head coach in 2010.

Capaccio, who was broadcasting live his UStream “Buffalo Bills Now!” show Tuesday evening when an excessive amount of listeners forced the site to crash, spoke with me moments ago by telephone.

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On the Sabres improbable come back last night

  • Posted on December 30, 2009 at 5:35 am

A minute and a half into the second period of Wednesday night’s game against Sidney Crosby and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins, things could not have been worse for the Buffalo Sabres. Ryan Miller had let in an uncharacteristic three goals, and had been pulled for Patrick Lalime; the offense was without it’s leading scorer, Derek Roy and had mustered only four shots in the first period; and the defense was totally unable to shutdown the Penguins scoring attack, getting caught napping on each of the Pens three goals.

Then, Drew Stafford happened. After being demoted to the fourth line against the Senators and benched against the Blues, the twenty four year old winger silenced the critics (at least temporarily) by taking over the game. Stafford scored on a penalty shot 12:46 into the second period, and from that point onward, the Sabres had on their rally caps. Two minutes later, Stafford scored again, picking up a juicy Marc-Andre Fleury rebound, walking around the goaltender and flipping the puck into the open net. Seven and a half minutes into the final frame, Stafford was not finished. He drove wide around the Penguin defense and set up Paul Gaustad for a tap in to tie the game.

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Local college basketball results

  • Posted on December 30, 2009 at 5:00 am

First an apology.   We’ve had so much Buffalo Bills news over the past 24 hours I haven’t been able to keep up with local college hoops.   I’m sorry for that.  Local college sports is very important to Buffalo Sports Daily and we’re working on expanding our staff so we don’t get thrown for any loops when other things break.

On Tuesday night, The University at Buffalo men’s basketball ran into a hot-shooting Jacksonville team in the first round of the UCF Holiday Classic, dropping an 83-73 decision.

Calvin Betts scored a career-high 23 points and added 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who fell to 6-4 on the season. Rodney Pierce had a game-high 26 points for the Bulls, who were outrebounded by the Dolphins, 38-35, and trailed for most of the contest.

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Year End “Buffalo Bills Now!” UStream live at 9:05pm

  • Posted on December 29, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Be sure to catch Sal Capaccio’s year-end edition of his popular live Ustream show “Buffalo Bills Now!” tonight at 9:05pm right here at Buffalo Sports Daily.

Sal will be handing out his annual awards, as well as setting New Year’s resolutions and other fun stuff.  More importantly, he says he has some exclusive information regarding the Buffalo Bills.

Be sure to tune in, and there will be a number where you can call in live to talk to Sal.

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Bills’ rookie Byrd voted to Pro Bowl

  • Posted on December 29, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Congratulations to Buffalo Bills rookie safety Jairus Byrd, who was elected to the Pro Bowl.

Despite not beginning the season as the starter and being forced to miss a game (and another coming Sunday) with a groin injury, Byrd is tied for the NFL lead with nine interceptions, a honor he shares with Asante Samuel and Darren Sharper.  Beginning in week five against Cleveland Byrd intercepted at least one pass in five games and had eight during that span.

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UB finds themselves an OL coach

  • Posted on December 29, 2009 at 3:08 pm

(Editors Note: Hats off to blogger Tim Riordan, who’s been on top of everything UB football the past several weeks)

When I discussed Greg Forest yesterday I had expressed that my only concern was his lack of experience coaching an offensive line (and it was a slight concern at that). Today FootBallScoop is reporting that Quinn has selected his Offensive Line coach in the person of Adam Shorter.

Shorter was a four-year letterman and starting center for the Cincinnati Bearcats. the the John Pease Award recipient appeared in three of Cincinnati’s four bowl appearances during his tenure.

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Sabres fans on DIRECTV could soon get the boot

  • Posted on December 29, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Buffalo Sports fans with DIRECTV have already felt the frustration of not being able to watch Sabres games when they play on Versus.  But if you think that’s a burden, you may want to prepare your cable company to “make that switch.”  If the report at is accurate, DIRECTV could be losing the MSG Network, which carries the majority of Buffalo Sabres games.

According to the site, DIRECTV could lose AMC, IFC, MSG, the Sundance Channel and other Rainbow Media-owned channels as early as this Friday, according to Multichannel News.

This would leave DIRECTV subscribing Buffalo Sabres fans who watch the games shit out of luck S.O.L.

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2010 Top 10 Bills Draft Prospects

  • Posted on December 29, 2009 at 11:43 am

Yes, I’m well aware that it is only December 29. Many college bowl games have not yet taken place, top-flight underclassmen still have more than two weeks to declare themselves eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft, and the NFL season has not yet come to a close, even for bad teams like the Buffalo Bills.

Right now, however, the Buffalo Bills simply are not interesting. I suspect that as soon as the team wraps up its 2009 schedule, win or lose, against Indianapolis this coming Sunday, the interest levels will rise. But as we’re between holidays at the moment - typically happy times for all involved - I thought I’d spare you (and myself) the horror of talking about the professional football team we cover, at least for a few hours.

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UB Football 2010 Two-Deep (Defense)

  • Posted on December 29, 2009 at 11:27 am

Jeff Quinn Buffalo Sports DailyOne of the things I find far more exciting about College football than the NFL is the turnover. Not the delicious breakfast pastry and I don’t mean the pics and fumbles that killed UB this season. I am referring, of course, to the fact that with very rare exceptions a university only gets four years out of their players. Of course this hurts mid majors more than the AQ schools but like death, graduation comes for all.

After changing coaches the question of how and differing philosophies may impact the programs direction or approach it takes to recruiting is bound to come up. UB’s defense in 2009 could be described as being, in theory, a bend but don’t break defense. It’s hard to judge just how successful the Bulls were, the defense was stuck with so many short fields that before they had a chance to break opponents were in the red zone.

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HS Hoops: Scarcello’s 20 helps Timon upset state champ Kearney

  • Posted on December 28, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Timon Buffalo Sports DailyIt was a game that wasn’t supposed to happen until Tuesday night.  However, for host Bishop Timon St. Jude and Rochester area power Bishop Kearney, fate as well as weather made certain they wouldn’t wait that long.

In the opening round of the Mark Scarcello Basketball Classic at Timon on Monday night, Timon was scheduled to face Martime Charter while Kearney squared off against Lakeshore with the winner’s meeting in the championship game Tuesday evening.  But when Lakeshore couldn’t make it to South Buffalo due to inclement weather, tournament organizers decided it would be the two favored schools that wouldn’t wait another day to square off.

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Bills catch indirect break in potential Cowher chase

  • Posted on December 28, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Bill Cowher has publicly said he plans on returning to coaching in 2010.  Conceivably the Buffalo Bills indirectly caught a break today.

The Charlotte Observer reports this afternoon that Carolina head coach John Fox, along with G.M Marty Hurney and Fox’s entire coaching staff will be offered the opportunity to return to the Panthers in 2010.

According to the report, Fox will not be offered a contract extension.  2010 is the final year of his contract and he’s due $6-million.

Despite Carolina’s disappointing 7-8 record, perhaps jobs were saved by their recent surge.  Carolina knocked off Minnesota last week and probably ended the New York Giants season yesterday after destroying them on the road, 41-9.

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Lalime Demonstrating Value

  • Posted on December 28, 2009 at 11:36 am

After back to back sub-par efforts against Washington and Ottawa, the Buffalo Sabres traveled to St. Louis to take on the Blues, the worst team in the NHL at home.  The Sabres did not give the Blues an opportunity to overcome that reputation, scoring three unanswered goals in the third period to overcome a lopsided shot differential and a one goal deficit at the beginning of the frame to win 5-3.

Mike Grier’s offensive side was on display, as the veteran winger tallied two goals for the first time since January of last season.  Tim Connolly also stepped up with the absence of Derek Roy, scoring two goals and adding an assist.

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Greg Forest to be new UB offensive coordinator?

  • Posted on December 28, 2009 at 10:36 am

File this under the ‘pretty nice if true’ category but football coaching scoop is reporting that Greg Forest will be brought onto Jeff Quinn’s Staff as the new Buffalo Offensive Coordinator. This is a promotion for Forest who had served under Quinn and Kelly in one capacity or another for sixteen years going all the way back to Grand Valley State University.

With Brian Kelly tapping former EMU coach Jeff Genyk as his Offensive Coordinator Bringing Forest to Buffalo became a natural move for Jeff Quinn. UB now has its second assistant coach (earlier this week Bill Inge became the linebackers coach.)

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Report: Bills contact Charlie Weis

  • Posted on December 28, 2009 at 10:29 am

John Murphy is reporting over at that the Buffalo Bills have contacted former Notre Dame head coach and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis about the team’s head coaching vacancy. Citing sources, Murphy reports that Weis is, indeed, interested in Buffalo as a potential employer.

Murphy also cautions that it is not believed at this point that the two sides have had serious discussions about the coaching seat being kept warm by Perry Fewell.

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Niagara Set For Texas Two-Step in El Paso

  • Posted on December 28, 2009 at 9:45 am

Niagara travels to El Paso, Texas for a two-game holiday tournament inside the Don Haskins Center at the Sun Bowl beginning tonight. The Purple Eagles will take on Air Force in the opener and will play either Norfolk State or the host Miners of UTEP on Tuesday.

This will be the fifth consecutive holiday tournament for the Purple Eagles. NU won both the 2006 La Salle Holiday Tournament and the 2007 Cable Car Classic. Overall in the four previous tournaments, Niagara is 6-3, including an 80-71 come-from-behind victory last year against Morgan State in the Dr. Pepper Classic.

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A case for Mike Martz

  • Posted on December 27, 2009 at 11:00 pm

With the loss at Atlanta Sunday to drop the Buffalo Bills to 5-10 in yet another wretched season, it’s a near-lock the search for a new head coach, among other appointments will commence in roughly seven days.  Interim head coach Perry Fewell, 2-4 since taking over for Dick Jauron, will not be brought back in a permanent capacity.  Ralph Wilson may appear a tad senile on occasion but is sharp enough to know his fan base will never buy into a continuance of Fewell and this era of football.

It’s not like Fewell didn’t have opportunities to change the thinking. For all his fire, passion and straight-forwardness with the media, ultimately Fewell has proven to coach very much in the manner of his abortive predecessor.  How many times did Fewell play it safe late in  first half or second half decisions?  Was the decision yesterday to punt on fourth-and-three from the Atlanta 37 rather than go for it or kick a field goal something you haven’t been accustomed to in recent years?

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Sabres continue Western dominance in win over Blues

  • Posted on December 27, 2009 at 9:10 pm

The Buffalo Sabres seemed to have everything stacked against them going into their Sunday evening contest at St. Louis.  Derek Roy, the team’s leading scorer didn’t travel with the team after suffering an upper body injury in Saturday’s loss to Ottawa.  Ryan Miller was given the night off to rest, meaning the game would be in the hands of backup Patrick Lalime.  And of course, it was the second of back to back games, having to travel to Missouri after playing in Buffalo last night.

None of it mattered, thanks in no small part to veterans Mike Grier and Tim Connolly.  Each scored twice as the Sabres tallied three unanswered third period goals to overtake the Blues on their home ice, 5-3.

Each player added an assist for three point nights.

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