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Finding the Bills WMD’s

  • Posted on September 30, 2009 at 7:35 pm

When the Buffalo Bills decided to bring to Terrell Owens to Buffalo, the fans were very excited about the possibilities he brought to an offense that struggled last season throwing deep. The Bomb, or  “go route,” is arguably the most exciting play in football when executed properly.

The local media hailed the bold move and told NFL fans that Mr. “Key to the City” could also be the key to making the Bills a hard team to defend and raising playoff hopes.

T.O.’s arrival was also welcome news to Lee Evans, who drew a lot of double coverage last year. Everyone was asking, “How can they defend both of these guys?” Buffalo now had the ingredients to be explosive on any given play.

The problem: It doesn’t matter how good your receivers are if you don’t give your quarterback time to throw the ball. The long pass needs time to develop, and if you have an offensive line that is as young and inexperienced as Bills’ unit, then your weapons of mass destruction may never be found.

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Niagara Alumni Update: Cook & Anderson Sign Pro Deals

  • Posted on September 30, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Niagara LogoTwo more members from last year’s men’s hockey senior class have been signed  professional deals, with defensemen Travis Anderson (Coon Rapids, Minn.) and forward Ted Cook (Hogansburg, N.Y.) both moving on to the ECHL.

The 2008 CHA Tournament MVP signed a deal with the Johnstown Chiefs, something that will keep the prolific scorer in the northeast. Cook finished as Niagara’s goal scoring leader, notching 78 goals from 2005-09. During the 2006-07 season, Cook led the nation with 32 goals, scoring 21 of them on the man-advantage, a total that also led the nation.  

Anderson signed a deal with the Stockton Thunder, where he is one of the bigger defensemen on the team. The Minnesota native finished eighth on Niagara’s career games played list, playing in 139 games during his five-year stay with the Purple Eagles. Anderson finished with three goals, 23 assists and 26 points with Niagara.

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Buffalo Bills Notes From Media Day

  • Posted on September 30, 2009 at 3:55 pm
Dick Jauron just completed his Wednesday media day snoozefest press conference. Here are some news and notes to come out of it. 
* Demetrius Bell (groin), Kyle Williams(groin), John McCargo (groin), Bryan Scott (ankle), Paul Posluszny (arm) Donte Whitner (thumb) and Leodis McKelvin (leg) all did not participate in practice today. Williams is the lone surprise. He has developed some groin problems. This leaves Marcus Stroud and Spencer Johnson as the only healthy defensive tackles on the roster.
* Shawn Nelson did practice, but on a limited basis (shoulder).

* At practice today Jonathan Scott worked with the first team at left tackle, while Kirk Chambers was at right tackle. It wasn’t declared, but at this moment it look very iffy on if Bell is going to be able to go on Sunday.

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Gerbe, Weber Sent to Portland

  • Posted on September 30, 2009 at 12:29 pm


The Sabres haven’t officially announced their final 23-man roster quite yet, but we now know that forward Nathan Gerbe and defensemen Mike Weber will not be part of it.

The Sabres informed the pair they will be starting the season in Portland, the Sabres AHL affiliate.

“You feel more comfortable and you start playing more like yourself but again there’s no room on the roster. I’ve got to go to Portland, work hard and force something. I feel so much better to leave on a good note. I thought I did all I could.” Gerbe told Buffalo News reporter Mike Harrington this morning.

This must mean that South Buffalo native Tim Kennedy has made the opening night roster. 2008 first round draft pick Tyler Myers has likely made the roster as well, and will get to play 10 games before the Sabres must decide if they will keep him or return him to juniors. He’s not eligible to be deployed to Portland.

We’ll have more later.

Injuries Could Open Door for Kennedy, Gerbe, Myers

  • Posted on September 30, 2009 at 10:25 am

Since the beginning of camp, I have been against the promotion of Nathan Gerbe and Tim Kennedy to the Buffalo Sabres to begin the season. With the events that took place on Tuesday, I think I was wrong.

Cody McCormick was sent to Portland and Drew Stafford and Toni Lydman are both injured. Stafford is suffering from a mild concussion and has not been ruled out for Saturday’s opener. Toni Lydman (hand) however, might have a more serious injury to deal with.

The injury to Stafford and demotion of McCormick could open the door for Kennedy and Gerbe to step into the opening night lineup. If the injury to Lydman is serious, there’s no doubt Tyler Myers will remain on the roster, and might open the door for Mike Weber to stick around. There’s still as slight chance the Sabres may try to move a player to make room for the four youngsters.

The Sabres have 26 players currently in camp and have to get to 23 by 2pm today. If the injuries are serious enough, they can put Lydman, Stafford and Mair (hip) on the injured list and keep everyone. We will know by later today what will happen. Stay tuned here for more updates.

Certain Bills Ready To Sport Pink

  • Posted on September 30, 2009 at 9:42 am
Hold the jokes.. It’s for a good cause
When the Buffalo Bills take the field against the Miami Dolphins this Sunday, a trio of players will be sporting pink. Marshawn Lynch, Josh Reed and Bryan Scott will be wearing pink cleats. In fact, they’ll be wearing them throughout the month of October.
In a statement released by the National Football League, players on every team within the league will be wearing pink to help raise awareness and fight breast cancer.

Canisius Women’s Hoops Releases Full Schedule

  • Posted on September 30, 2009 at 9:20 am

Along with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the Canisius College women’s basketball team has released its complete schedule for the 2009-10 season.

Canisius opens on the road at Mount St. Mary’s on Nov. 14, before returning to the Koessler Athletic Center to start the home slate on Nov. 17, against St. Bonaventure, one of four WNIT teams on the schedule. The Griffs then play at Youngstown State (Nov. 22) and Detroit (Nov. 24) before hosting Binghamton on Nov. 28, and Albany on Dec. 2.

The Griffs play cross-town rival Buffalo on Dec. 5, before a 10-day break from games during finals. Canisius returns to the court at Duquesne on Dec. 16, and then hosts Bowling Green on Dec. 19. The Griffs play their third straight WNIT team on Dec. 21, at Marquette before closing out the non-conference schedule at home against New Hampshire on Dec. 28.

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Pirates Gain Experience in Sabres Depth

  • Posted on September 30, 2009 at 9:15 am

The Portland Pirates have several more bodies on the way from Buffalo after the Sabres assigned Cody McCormick to the Pirates earlier today.

McCormick joins forwards Jeff Cowan, Mark Mancari and defenseman Joe Dipenta – who were assigned to Portland on Saturday – as the newest members of the Pirates after clearing waivers along with forwards Felix Schutz, Phillip Gogulla and defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani.

McCormick, 26, was signed by the Sabres over the summer with the intentions of adding size, grit and overall toughness to a Pirates roster that was seriously lacking all three.

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NU women’s hoops announces MAAC schedule

  • Posted on September 30, 2009 at 8:20 am

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and the Niagara women’s basketball program has officially released the 2009-10 conference schedule on Tuesday.

Niagara begins its conference portion of its schedule with a road trip to Siena (Jan. 3) and Marist (Jan. 5) for its first games of 2010. The Purple Eagles will welcome Manhattan (Jan. 9) and Iona (Jan. 11) to the legendary ‘Taps’ Gallagher Center for their first home conference weekend.

The Purple Eagles will then embark on a three-game road journey to Fairfield (Jan. 16), Rider (Jan. 18) and Iona (Jan. 24). A five-game home stand awaits the Purple Eagles to conclude January and to start February; Niagara hosts Siena (Jan. 29), Marist (Jan. 31), Canisius (Feb. 3), Rider (Feb. 6) and Loyola (Feb. 8).

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Women’s Volleyball Blasts Alfred in Home Opener

  • Posted on September 30, 2009 at 7:40 am

Buffalo State (10-9) finally played its first home match of the season and put on a show for the home crowd, making short work of Alfred University (0-14), winning 25-19, 25-13 and 25-9 tonight at the Sports Arena.

Katie Sember (Buffalo/Kenmore West) led the Bengals onslaught with 14 kills and had two aces and eight digs. Bree McMahon (Tonawanda/Sweet Home) added 12 kills and a pair of aces. Danielle Aurelio-Clark (Lancaster/Lancaster) dished out 18 assists. Paige Ottaviano (Pt. Colborne, ON/Lakeshore Catholic) had six kills and eight assists off the bench.

Buffalo State will next host D’Youville on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The Daily Links: September 30

  • Posted on September 30, 2009 at 7:15 am

* Paul Jannace of the Wellsville Daily Reporter says that the boring Bills won’t change.

* Tim Graham of penned this brilliant column about T.O. wallowing in his martyrdom.

* Olean Times Herald columnist Chuck Pollard offers his random thoughts on the Bills defeat last Sunday.

* Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff discusses possible roster moves in this interview.

* Buffalo News reporter Mike Harrington says Wednesday is a day of decisions for the Sabres.

* Bob DiCesare, also of the Buffalo News writes the UB Bulls attack  is looking a bit worn down.

* David Hill of the Tonawanda News reports that the North Tonawanda girls volleyball team remains unbeaten.