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Van Pelt Finding Impeccable Balance For Bills Offense

  • Posted on September 21, 2009 at 6:45 pm

When he was fired on September 4, former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Turk Schonert fired a parting shot at head coach Dick Jauron, claiming that the Bills’ much-maligned leader wanted a “Pop Warner offense.” Jauron handed the reigns of his offense to quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt, himself very inexperienced as an assistant coach, let alone as a play-caller of any sort.

The Bills have two games in the bag - and if this is the “Pop Warner offense” that Schonert described and apparently was loathe to employ, there’s little wonder as to why Schonert was ousted in the first place.

The offense has not been perfect. The unit, led by quarterback Trent Edwards, has produced 43 points on its own through two games - four touchdowns (all through the air) and five field goals. It’s solid production from a unit that most were down on after a rough pre-season; let’s not forget that the unit is still green in key areas as well (quarterback, offensive line). The offense has hardly been remarkable, but it has been ridiculously efficient. He’s got just 120 minutes of NFL play-calling experience under his belt, but Van Pelt has orchestrated one of the NFL’s most balanced offenses through two weeks.

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Whirlwind Monday Dominates Bills News

  • Posted on September 21, 2009 at 4:25 pm
The Buffalo Bills made a lot of noise on the field on Sunday. Unfortunately, news in the wake of the game has been hard to digest. First came a report that Donte Whitner’s house was robbed Sunday. According to  Bills AP writer John Wawrow, Whitner discovered about $400,000 worth of jewelry missing following Sunday’s win against Tampa Bay.

As Wawrow accurately states, the theft was reported just one week after teammate Leodis McKelvin’s front lawn in the Hamburg same suburb was vandalized by two teenagers following Buffalo’s season-opening loss to New England.

Then came word, as first broke by our own Brian Galliford that offensive tackle Brad Butler will miss the rest of the season with a right knee injury.

Butler injured the knee in the second quarter of yesterday’s game against Tampa Bay. He was pass blocking when defensive end Stylez White lost his balance and rolled into the back of his right leg.

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Former Bills RB Booker Moore Passes Away

  • Posted on September 21, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Former Bills RB Booker Moore has died.  Per Paul Hamilton of WGR-550, the Bills 1981 first round pick died of an apparent heart attack.

Hamilton writes that “Moore was in the hospital Friday and received a stent according to authorities in Flint, Michigan. He was released and was watching football yesterday when stricken.”

Moore played in the NFL until 1986 playing with the Bills and Detroit. After that he spent 20 years as a Seriff’s deputy in Flint. Moore was 50 years old.

(Source: WGR550- Paul Hamilton)

Sabres Ready To Take On Capitals

  • Posted on September 21, 2009 at 2:03 pm
The Buffalo Sabres will hit the ice for the third time this preseason, when they travel to Washington to take on the Capitals at 7PM.
 Washington defeated Buffalo in the Sabres opener, 4-3 in overtime. The Sabres bounce back to defeat Detroit, 3-1 on Saturday night to even their record at 1-0-1.
Ryan Miller, who made 42 saves at Detroit, will not be in the lineup tonight. Patrick Lalime and Jhonas Enroth will share duties between the pipes.
Tim Connolly, Derek Roy, Mike Grier, Jason Pominville and Craig Rivet are among veterans scheduled to get the night off. Steve Matador will not play for precautionary reasons. He has a shoulder stinger.
Tim Kennedy and Nathan Gerbe, both vying for a final roster spot will be in the lineup. So will 2008 first round pick Tyler Ennis.
After the game the Sabres will immediately fly home to get ready to face the Toronto Maple Leafs at the HSBC Arena on Wednesday night.
You can listen to the game on WGR-550 radio.

Breaking: Brad Butler is done

  • Posted on September 21, 2009 at 1:01 pm
Buffalo Sports Daily writer Brian Galliford has just spoke to a source, and Bills right tackle Brad Butler is done for the season.  Butler injured his right knee in the second quarter of yesterday’s game against Tampa Bay. He was  pass blocking when defensive end Stylez White lost his balance and rolled into the back of Butler’s right leg.

He could barely put any weight on the leg and had to be helped off the field.

Expect an announcement from head coach Dick Jauron sometime within the next hour.  Butler, with his 31 career starts was the Bills most experienced starting offensive linemen.

The question quickly becomes if the Bills reach out to Jon Runyan.  The 35-year old free agent tackle worked out for the Bills on September 11.  If not, Jonathan Scott, who replaced him on Sunday or Kirk Chambers will have to assume the starting role.  Regardless, a roster move on the offensive line should be coming very soon.

While it’s not likely, it is possible released tackle Langston Walker could return.  He’s still available and had more success on the right side than the left.  The Bills saved $3 million when they cut Walker exactly one week before the regular season began.

Brian runs the popular Bills fan website, Buffalo Rumblings .  Stay tuned for more updates throughout the day.

Bullets & Bits: The Bills/Bucs Review

  • Posted on September 21, 2009 at 11:59 am
The Buffalo Bills established their feisty performance this past Monday night as no fluke. They took the field against Tampa Bay Sunday in front of a rabid crowd, in a game they were expected to win… And did precisely just that. Big plays on both sides of the ball stormed them to a quick 17-0 lead, allowed the Bucs to hang around along the way before promptly putting them away, via the popcorn guy (who apparently had some of that popcorn butter on his fingers in the first half).

Our quarterback played the way a third year improving quarterback is supposed to. Our big money receivers made a couple of those big money plays. The defense basically shut down a running game that entered Sunday as one of the league’s most feared, led by Haloti Ngata, who showed up disguised as Kyle Williams.

And our head coach is suddenly hip.

My game thoughts, in entirely random order:

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Bulls Cross Country Report

  • Posted on September 21, 2009 at 11:00 am

Men Race Second, Women Third at Stampede Meet
Perfect running conditions paced the University at Buffalo men’s and women’s cross country teams to strong finishes at the 2009 UB Stampede Invitational held at Beaver Island State Park in Grand Island. In the team competition, the UB men, ranked 15th in the Northeast Region, were edged out of the team title by Mid-American Conference rival Akron by one point with Akron scoring 58 to UB’s 59. Rochester was third at 64. Cornell scored 20 points to win the women’s meet with Akron (44) and UB (88) taking second and third, respectively.

Quick Pace Dictates Men’s Race
Temperatures in the mid-60s with clear skies and little wind enabled the runners to post some of the course’s best times. In the men’s race, Akron’s Joe McCoy broke the course record by finishing the 8K distance in 25:29, seven seconds ahead of Dan Giza, representing the UBXC Alumni. The previous record of 25:48 was set last season by Binghamton’s Erik Van Ingen. Jacob Hagen (Amherst, NY/Sweet Home) was UB’s top male finisher in 25:59, taking fourth. Ryan Bloom (Spencerport, NY/Spencerport) finished 10th in 26:19 with Dylan Conway (Commack, NY/Hauppauge) taking 11th in 26:20. Also finishing in the top 20 for the Bulls were Mike Gillis (North Tonawanda, NY/Starpoint) in 16th and Ryan Zillmann (Deer Park, NY/Half Hollow Hills West) in 18th place. Both runners finished in 26:33. A total of 108 men’s runners competed.

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Morning Links For September 21

  • Posted on September 21, 2009 at 8:54 am

* Ahmed Dhorajiwala of Bills Daily reports the Bills bounced back strong after the Monday night collapse

* The Terrell Owens show was worth the wait, according to the Rochester D&C

* Tim Schmitt of the Niagara Gazette says Donte Whitner let his play do his talking against the Bucs

* Buffalo News reporter Rodney McKissic writes that UB served up too many turnovers in their last loss

* WGRZ-TV’s Ed Kilgore says the only thing about Trent Edwards that’s overated is the preseason

* Sabres forward Cody McCormick is working on his skill set, according to John Vogl of the Buffalo News

Jamestown Jr. Jets Complete Successful Weekend

  • Posted on September 21, 2009 at 6:30 am

The Jamestown Jets won two out of three against Team Ulysee from the province of Quebec. The Jets two wins are games that won’t be forgotten by those in attendance.

On Friday the Jets had one of the most incredible comebacks that have ever been seen. Team Ulysee controlled play through 40 minutes and it looked like they would coast to an easy victory. Team Ulysee scored three in the first period and four in the second on their way to a 7-2 lead.

Jamestown came out of the locker room with a spark but it wasn’t until 11:54 was left on the clock that Joe Coyne pulled the Jets within 7-3. By the time the clock read 8:29 the Jets had scored five more times and held an 8-7 lead. The Jets added two more goals in the final minutes and coasted to a 10-7 win.

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Bulls Fall to Canisius, 3-1

  • Posted on September 21, 2009 at 6:15 am

The University at Buffalo women’s soccer team took on cross-town rival Canisius this afternoon at Demske Sports Complex, falling to the Griffs, 3-1. Senior Sara Hilliard (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) scored her first career goal and the Bulls’ only goal of the game off a pass from Natasha Arana (Island Park, NY/West Hempstead) at the 82:33 mark to put the Bulls on the board.

Canisius took an early lead, scoring the first goal of the game in the 16th minute of play. The Griffs snuck another one by UB goalkeeper Amy Coron (Farmington, NY/Victor) less than 10 minutes later to put the Griffs up by two. The Bulls had their chances to score, as Julie Dale (Cary, NC/Raleigh Charter) and Stephanie Velez (Mamaroneck, NY/Mamaroneck) each had two shots in the first half.

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Bonnies Fall at Pittsburgh, 4-0

  • Posted on September 21, 2009 at 6:10 am

Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh proved to be unkind to the visiting St. Bonaventure women’s soccer team as it struggled on both ends of the field in a 4-0 loss to Big East foe Pittsburgh at Founders Field.

Currently in a four-game losing streak going into conference play, the Bonnies have dropped to a 3-6 non-conference season record. On the flip side, Pittsburgh picks up its first win in four games to 5-2-1 on the season.

The Brown and White were limited on the offensive end to just seven shots. The Bonnies edged the Panthers in kicks 6-1. Kathryn Kerman earned two saves and Nicole Makert notched one in the shared time in the net. Anna Cunningham led the team with three shots.

“We didn’t come ready to play and were punished early for some silly mistakes. Give credit to Pitt for taking advantage,” said head coach Manoj Khettry. “In the 2nd half we competed and controlled a great deal of the tempo and had some great chances but couldn’t find the net.”

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Canisius Volleyball Falls in Three to Fairfield

  • Posted on September 21, 2009 at 6:05 am

The Canisius College volleyball team opened the first MAAC weekend of the season with a split, losing in three sets to Fairfield University in the Koessler Athletic Center on Sunday. The Golden Griffins (4-8, 1-1 MAAC) lost 25-23, 25-18, 25-20 to see their 11-match home conference winning streak come to an end.

Junior Renee Lettow led Canisius with 12 kills on the day. Senior Michelle Godfrey had seven kills and seven block assists. Sophomore Janelle Davis had 26 assists while freshman Allyson Severyn had 16 digs.

“Not only didn’t we execute the physical play, we didn’t bring the energy and attention to play with one of the top teams in our conference,” Canisius coach Cathy Hummel said. “We need to learn from this loss but also move on quickly, as it’s never easy to win conference matches on the road.”

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Griffs Men’s Soccer Earns First Win

  • Posted on September 21, 2009 at 6:00 am

The Canisius College men’s soccer team cruised to a 4-1 victory over Robert Morris on Sunday afternoon, earning its first win of the 2009 campaign.

“Today was definitely a complete team effort,” said Canisius head coach Jim Hesch. “We are slowly improving each day and it is great to see it finally paying off.”
Three Griffs scored their first collegiate goal in the victory. Sophomore Jason Marks (Dublin, Ireland) plus freshmen Ian Buzzio (Morristown, N.J.) and Sam Zarka (Paris, France) netted their first career goal, with senior Alan McGreal (Dublin, Ireland) rounding out the scoring for the Griffs. Zarka also added an assist to lead the Griffs with three points on the afternoon.

Sophomores Adam Miller (Reading, Pa.) and Luke Seymour (Canton, N.Y.) each saw time in goal for Canisius. Miller recorded two saves to earn his first victory of the season.
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