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You are currently browsing the archives for 25 September 2009

Drayton Florence Will Crush You.. Sort of

  • Posted on September 25, 2009 at 3:36 pm
Drayton Florence is unstoppable at playing Madden online, at least that‘s what he says. Suiting up when the game really counts on Sundays? Not so much.
Florence has been fighting a strained knee through much of the preseason and into the regular season. In fact he’s yet to see a snap since mid August. It’s certainly not what the Bills envisioned when they signed him a two-year, $6.6 million deal in March.
His inability to get on the field has left himself and many in the organization frustrated.   But it hasn’t prevented him from playing football.  Just not the way most Bills fans have been hoping for.

Florence has taken to twitter to find himself a combatant for Madden 2010. In fact, he is offering a ticket to any home game of the opponents choosing should they defeat him.

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Alumni to Host Benefit for Breast Cancer Research

  • Posted on September 25, 2009 at 12:55 pm

SabresAlumniLogoJoin the Buffalo Sabres Alumni and their wives for the Sabres Alumni Fall Wine Festival featuring wineries and restaurants from Buffalo, Niagara on the Lake and beyond on Thursday, October 29th in the HSBC Arena pavilion from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Sample some of the finest wines and food the Western New York and Southern Ontario regions have to offer while socializing with Sabres legends. The event will feature a silent auction and live music. All attendees are asked to dress in business attire for the evening.

All proceeds from the festival will benefit the Breast Center at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Tickets are $60.00 each and can be purchased by visiting the HSBC Arena Box Office.

For more information, call (716) 845-8788. (Source: Sabres Alumni)

Portland Pirates 2009-2010 Training Camp Roster

  • Posted on September 25, 2009 at 12:52 pm

The Portland Pirates — AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres, will open training camp on Friday at Portland Ice Arena. There are currently 20 players listed on the roster, but Buffalo is expected to send down another wave of players after their weekend exhibition games.

Players currently with Buffalo that could be headed to Portland within days include Tim Kennedy, Nathan Gerbe and Marc-Andre Gragnani.

The Pirates are scheduled to hit the ice today include:

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“Big Russ” Passes Away

  • Posted on September 25, 2009 at 11:20 am

Per this WBEN report,  there is sad news in the Buffalo community to report.  The father of the late Tim Russert has passed away. Timothy Joseph Russert died Thursday night of natural causes at the age of 85.

A family statement given to says “While he was affectionately known to the world as ‘Big Russ,’ he carried no more important nor meaningful titles than those of father, grandfather, great-grandfather, patriot and friend,” reads a statement from his family. “We warmly thank all those who were inspired by his life and his lessons.”

The father of perhaps the nation’s most notable Bills fan in son Tim, he’d frequently show off Bills jerseys during his Meet the Press show and often end the telecast during NFL season with his famous “Go Bills”.  He died of a heart attack in June 2008.


Five Ways to Silence The Saints

  • Posted on September 25, 2009 at 10:25 am

No matter how vehemently the most optimistic of Bills fans may try to deny, the New Orleans Saints are going to be a very difficult team to beat. Yes, they faced two newly christened starting quarterbacks (Kelvin Kolb, Matt Stafford) in their first two games. In part, that’s why they enjoyed the benefit of seven turnovers in those contests. But free gifts or not this is an offense that knows how to move the ball and score a lot of points. The effectiveness of the Saints’ aerial attack combined with a more forceful defense than last year’s version makes beating this team a thorny proposition.

I can guarantee there are more than five things that Buffalo needs to do to beat the Saints, but without stating the obvious (i.e. John Madden was not consulted), these five are most vital in this reporter’s eyes.

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Morning Links for September 25

  • Posted on September 25, 2009 at 8:38 am

¶ The New Orleans Times Picayune reports former Bills head coach Gregg Williams has no hard feelings towards his old team.

¶ Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune says Fred Jackson may be the biggest rags to riches story since Kurt Warner.

¶ “There’s two people inside Terrell Owens’ head in this USA Today report.

¶ Leo Roth of the Rochester D&C says Donte Whitner finds his sanctuary on the field.

Buffalo News hockey writer John Vogl says the Sabres lines are set in pencil, not pen.

¶ This report details recent minor league performances. debuts a new Mair’s Office feature.

Buffalo News columnist Bob DiCesare writes Temple lineman looms large heading into matchup with UB.

The Tonawanda News previews a couple of the best high school football matchups this weekend.