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Confirmed: Front lawn of McKelvin’s home vandalized

  • Posted on September 15, 2009 at 9:03 pm

The Buffalo Bills have confirmed that the front lawn of the home of cornerback Leodis McKelvin was vandalized.

LB Kawika Mitchell, a defensive captain for the Bills, tweeted the news earlier today, but did not mention which of his teammates was victimized at that time.  His tweets, in full, are below.

“A teammate of ours had his house vandalized last nite or this morn. Its def not a game to b playin. W/ all the safety issues n the NFL… its not funny at all. We have Fam at our homes to protect. If u show ur face on my prop Ill make sure I do everythin to keep my… Fam safe. So dont come around thinkin, oh we’ll just leave a message on his lawn or wall, b/c Im goin to take it as a threat. Its my… job to protect my home as it is the job of all home owners. Dont push the limit.”

McKelvin fumbled a kickoff return late in the Bills’ 25-24 loss to the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football.  New England recovered the fumble and scored the winning touchdown on the ensuing possession.

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Source: Poz Will Be Out 4-6 Weeks

  • Posted on September 15, 2009 at 7:29 pm
A source tells me the arm injury to Paul Posluszny will keep him out of the lineup for the next 4-6 weeks. The source said that although Marcus Buggs is listed as the backup middle linebacker, the club is more likely to move Keith Ellison or Kawika Mitchell to the middle and insert Nic Harris as a starting outside backer.The club is highly considering resigning linebacker Pat Thomas, who was released two weeks ago. Thomas was a part-time starter at middle linebacker with Kansas City last year.

If they sign Thomas or another linebacker, they’ll have to release a player since Posluszny will be not be placed on injured reserve. If they don’t, Ashlee Palmer will be active on game days.

Peter King Likes AVP

  • Posted on September 15, 2009 at 4:33 pm

It’s rare when a known national media member heaps any praise on the Buffalo Bills. Hell, these days it’s sporadic when the local media  doles out an accolade. But mainly, it’s the national media. If you’re not convinced, find some clips of the two hour ESPN pre game coronation of the Patriots last night.  Or listen to their game coverage.  Thurman Thomas said today on WGR-550 he was waiting for the announcers to come down on the field and kiss Tom Brady.

So recognizable faces praising the Bills is few and far between. But that didn’t stop Peter King of today from giving out some props to the Bills, and Alex Van Pelt in particular.

King in fact, said that AVP did the best job of any coordinator last week.

He said specifically:

“Considering, of course, the mayhem Buffalo went through in the past two weeks. When Buffalo whacked offensive coordinator Turk Schonert and went to Van Pelt, a former NFL third-string quarterback, radio voice and position coach, the pressure was on with three first-time starters on the offensive line and a no-huddle scheme that wasn’t his own. But Van Pelt got a feel for the offense early, capitalizing on Fred Jackson’s terrific matchups against the New England linebackers, and he called a good game. “

Somewhere, Ted Bruschi is cringing.

Edwards Shakes Off Pre-Season Doubts, Starts Strong

  • Posted on September 15, 2009 at 2:52 pm

kneeTrent Edwards is on the hot seat.  He’s sitting there next to head coach Dick Jauron, who has been on the hot seat pretty much since he began coaching the Buffalo Bills.  Edwards - 12-11 as a starter entering the 2009 season, with plenty of up-and-down performances to define hi as a player - suffered through a miserable pre-season, which culminated with a 46.9 quarterback rating, his offensive coordinator getting fired, and his left tackle was released.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard the term “crisis of confidence” thrown around more in my life than I did in the three weeks leading up to the Bills’ season opener.

If Edwards’ performance on Monday Night Football - even in defeat - is a crisis of confidence, well, pass me the crisis, please.  Coming off of that horrendous pre-season, Edwards completed 15 of 25 passes for 212 yards, with two touchdown throws, zero interceptions and a quarterback rating of 114.1.  He was sacked four times.

Edwards was not perfect in New England as he and the Bills fell 25-24 to the Patriots.  That much is clear.  What’s also clear, however, is that the young quarterback much of this fan base was so quick to dump on can really play the game of football.  There is work to do - and Edwards is the first to admit that - but his 2009 season is off to a great start.

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Canisius Hockey Picked Fifth in Preseason Poll

  • Posted on September 15, 2009 at 12:22 pm

The Canisius College hockey team was selected to finish fifth in the Atlantic Hockey Association preseason poll, announced by the league on Tuesday.

The Griffs, who also finished fifth during the 2008-09 regular season standings, return 22 letterwinners, including 87 percent of their scoring and all three goaltenders. During the 2008-09 season, Canisius also earned its first victories against a nationally-ranked opponent, CCHA school and ECAC school.

Three-time defending champion Air Force was slated to finish first, receiving eight of 10 first-place votes. Mercyhurst, who has finished as the league’s runner-up in each of the last two seasons, received the other two first-place votes and was slotted second. RIT and Holy Cross were picked just ahead of the Griffs at third and fourth, respectively.

Army, Bentley, Sacred Heart, Connecticut and AIC rounded out the preseason coaches poll.

Canisius opens the 2009-10 campaign at home against Ferris State on Oct. 9. Game time at the Buffalo State Sports Arena is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Men’s Cross Country Team Named to Regional Poll

  • Posted on September 15, 2009 at 11:39 am

The University at Buffalo’s men’s cross country team received a number 15 ranking in the Northeast Region as the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released its preseason poll late Monday.

The Bulls earned the ranking following last season’s finish at the 2008 NCAA Northeast Regional Championships as UB placed 18th among 33 schools. In 2009, the Bulls have tied for fourth at the Tommy Evans Invitational and placed fifth at the Penn State Spiked Shoe Invitational.

This is the first week of polling for the 2009 season. The next poll will be released on September 28 and continue every Monday through the end of the season.

The UB women spent three weeks in the 2008 regional poll reaching a high of number 12.

The Bulls host the UB Stampede Invitational at Beaver Island State Park in Grand Island on Saturday, September 19 in their next action. The men’s 8K race will begin at noon with the women’s 5K race to follow at 12:45 pm.

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Young Bills Must Master Poise, Eliminate Mistakes

  • Posted on September 15, 2009 at 11:04 am

One phrase will be repeated over and over throughout this fine Tuesday in the wake of the Buffalo Bills’ 25-24 heart-wrenching loss to the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. “We had ‘em.”

Buffalo led in Gillette Stadium - where they still have not won a game - 14-10 at halftime, and 24-13 with just under six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. I won’t repeat the rest, because I’m sure most of you had enough stomach issues throughout last night; I do not wish to burden your intestines further.

There isn’t a ton of finger-pointing going on this morning, mostly because the vast majority of this fan base was flabbergasted that the Bills were competitive at all in this game. If there is finger-pointing going on, the obvious target is KR Leodis McKelvin, whose fumble did not give the Bills’ surprising offense a chance to put the game on ice. McKelvin’s fumble is just the tip of the iceberg, however. These young Bills, as talented and hard-working as they are, have a lot of growing up to do.

McKelvin made the right decision
As ugly and, unfortunately, predictable as McKelvin’s fumble with under two minutes remaining was, many Bills fans spent the overnight ripping the second-year corner for returning the ball in the first place. Folks, McKelvin had to take that ball out if he didn’t think he caught it in the end zone - which he confirmed was the case after the game. If he kneels that ball in the end zone without knowing for sure that he’s clean, it’s a safety, the ball goes back to New England anyways, and though they have to drive further, they only need a field goal to tie.

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Kane Chronicles: Featured on EA Sports ‘NHL 10′ Cover (9/15)

  • Posted on September 15, 2009 at 9:38 am

Following an off-season that even the most optimistic person would describe as excruciatingly disastrous, Patrick Kane has something extremely positive to look forward to. The EA Sports video game NHL 10, with the Chicago Blackhawks right wing on the cover, hits North American retail stores Tuesday, September 15th.

A native of Buffalo, NY, Kane is just the second American-born player to be featured on the cover of the top-selling EA Sports hockey videogame franchise. New York Rangers goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck was the first when he was featured on the cover of NHL 97. Kane is the youngest player ever chosen for the cover of the NHL franchise and his image will front all packaging related to NHL 10.

The physical image of Kane remains on the product, despite the public image of Kane suffering a huge black eye last month. You’ll remember on August 9, Kane and his cousin, James M. Kane, were arrested in Buffalo for allegedly assaulting a taxicab driver.

They were eventually cleared of any felony charges, but indictments on less severe misdemeanor assault, theft and harassment charges still loomed overhead. On August 27, the Kanes pleaded guilty to non-criminal disorderly conduct charges, and the court ordered them to issue an apology to the driver. So essentially, the storm has passed from a legal perspective.

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Pickup of Sessions Should Only Help Jonny Flynn

  • Posted on September 15, 2009 at 9:11 am

Since the 2009 NBA draft, one thing has remained constant for Niagara Falls native Jonny Flynn. Uncertainty. Uncertainty about if the Minnesota Timberwolves were keeping him on draft night, uncertainty of how he would fit next to Ricky Rubio had he not elected to stay overseas, and now uncertainty about minutes and his role on the team with the newly signed Ramon Sessions.

The signing of Sessions made plenty of sense to the Timberwolves brass, but at first it was bewildering for Flynn and his supporters. If you were in control of an NBA franchise that just took two point guards in the draft, even if one isn’t coming to the NBA for 2-3 years, why would you go out and sign another young (23-years old) point guard? Doesn’t this obscure things with your other two guards? The major issues I’m hearing is since Sessions is already an established point guard in the NBA, aren’t you hindering the development of your sixth overall pick in Flynn?

The answer to all is simple. You’re not hampering Flynn in any way. Sessions may be a point, but he is 6’3 190 lbs. He can hold his own against shooting guards and has proven so while playing alongside Luke Ridnour last season in Milwaukee. David Kahn (Wolves’ GM) has made it clear to anyone asking that Flynn and Sessions will be playing alongside each other this season and won’t be waging a head-to-head battle for minutes. Both should be logging around 30 minutes a game; a significant amount of playing time, especially for a rookie. Keep in mind Flynn is going from a 35-40 game college schedule at Syracuse to the NBA grind of 82 games.

The most likely scenario entails Sessions in the starting lineup alongside Flynn, since the Wolves are severely lacking at shooting guard this season. This is a great situation for Flynn since Sessions is a pass-first guard. Flynn will get many more shooting looks alongside Sessions than he would a scoring guard like previous years on the Wolves’ Roster (Randy Foye/Rashad McCants). This could greatly enhance his chances at becoming the 2009-10 Rookie of the Year, which he’s been projected to finish second in a few writer’s selections (mainly ESPN). Flynn will also have a capable guard to get the ball to in the offense since Sessions has a solid reputation of getting to the basket. He’s a major upgrade to what Flynn had alongside of him a few days ago (Wayne Ellington/Antonio Daniels).

Altogether, the signing of Sessions does not subdue Flynn’s chances to showcase his skills right out of the blocks. In fact, he’s expected to have inflated numbers because of Sessions’ skill-set and ability to set others up.

Flynn will get as many minutes as he can handle, and because Jonny will be a focal point of this Timberwolves team, it should be fun for fans to follow the Western New York product all season long.

(Matt Holmquist is based in Minnesota, and he’s our resident Jonny Flynn writer/stalker. He’ll be tracking the former Niagara Falls standout throughout his entire NBA rookie season. Matt is also the author of an excellent Timberwolves blog titled Dunking With Wolves. Be sure to check it out)

Jamestown Jets Split Opening Series

  • Posted on September 15, 2009 at 8:33 am

The Jamestown Jets kicked off their second season this past weekend. They were victorious in the opener Friday Night before letting the game slip away on Saturday.

On Friday the Jets used a mixture of old faces and new to beat the Findlay Grrrowl 5-2 at the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena. Lorne Shotwell led the way making 26 saves, including 14 of 15 in the second period.

It was a mostly listless first period as both teams tried to become acclimated to the new season. Newcomer Alex Stahl started the scoring when he beat Findlay goalie Lucas Fornier on a backhand near the half way mark of the first period. Stahl had three other opportunities but Fornier stopped him twice on a breakaway and another with the glove on a wrist shot.

Jamestown added to their lead in the second period on a goal by Jon Andhor. Andhor waited till Fornier went to his knees and fired a shot over his shoulder and into the top of the net. Andhor is one of the six holdovers from last year’s team and had five goals last season. Ryan Schnell added another goal for the Jets to put them ahead 3-0.

The Findlay Grrrowl would not go away quietly however. They scored a late second period goal and cut the lead to 3-2 with 14:35 left in the game. They applied some pressure at times in the third period but Lorne Shotwell slammed the door for Jamestown.

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Morning Links: Depressing Bills Edition

  • Posted on September 15, 2009 at 8:12 am

* Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News writes that after coming so close, this finishing kicks hits the Bills in the gut.

* The loss hurts, but’s Tim Graham says that the fans need to settle down.

* Nick Mendola of WGR550 puts the loss squarely on Leodis McKelvin’s shoulders in his post-game column.

* Many fans are angry at McKelvin, but in this Buffalo News article, he said he’d bring that last kickoff game again.

* The Boston Globe simply concludes that the Bills gave the game away.

* There were positives to take away from the game.  Tim Schmitt of the Niagara Gazette takes a look at some of them.

* Sal Maiorana of the Rochester D&C grades the Bills in his report card.