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The Unemployed Chef: Beer Butt Chicken

  • Posted on October 3, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Damn. Last Sunday’s game was a rough one to watch. I’m sure you would love to tell every cocky, gloating Saints fan to shove it up their asses.

Well, now you can (metaphorically). This week, as the Bills take on the Dolphins, get the grill ready for some Beer Butt Chicken. Yes, that’s right, I’m shoving a beer can up a chicken’s ass in that picture below. Check out the recipe, chock full of sexual references which are actually necessary.

With McKelvin, Bell, McCargo, Scott, and Whitner out on recovery, and Pennington as well for the Dolphins, the new starters on both teams should make the game interesting, to say the least.

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Bullets & Bits - Your Bills/Dolphins Preview

  • Posted on October 3, 2009 at 4:08 pm
♦ Jamon Meredith will be active for the first time since the Bills signed him off Green Bay’s practice squad. He will be the primary backup at both offensive tackle spots.
  Kyle Williams (groin) and Shawn Nelson (shoulder) both looked good at practice Friday. Both are listed as probable for Sunday’s game, and barring a last minute setback both will be on the field come game time.
  Expect the Bills’ inactive list to look like this: Paul Posluszny, John McCargo, Bryan Scott, Donte Whitner, Demetrius Bell, Chris Ellis and either Justin Jenkins or Corey McIntyre.

 I anticipate Jenkins being active over McIntyre. Scott had additional value on special teams and you can expect Jenkins to take his place on special teams.

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What Happened to the West Side Little League?

  • Posted on October 3, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Even to this day, my fiancé and I run into people that I know, but she doesn’t. Most of the time, I met those people at West Side Little League. Whether they played with me, or were coached by my father, it seems that numerous bonds were formed in that league that last to this day.

The West Side Little League and LaSalle Park had a feel to them; the experience enveloped all of the senses. It wasn’t just the sounds of the aluminum bats. It was also the crashing of waves against the break wall, the wind howling through the ear hole of your helmet, and the seagulls screeching as they soared through the air. The smell of all that is baseball was there, rich with flavors of popcorn, but pungent with the musty stench of the leather equipment bag. The images of flying kites, the packed bleachers and the kids playing in the dirt piles behind every backstop are still engraved in my memories. I can still see LaSalle Park, and feel West Side Little League in my bones.

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The Puck Drops Here

  • Posted on October 3, 2009 at 12:35 pm

♦ A lot of the excitement surrounding the Sabres’ final roster was focused on South Buffalo native Tim Kennedy & last year’s mammoth first round blue-liner Tyler Myers making the squad. While I love those two decisions, something perhaps lost in the shuffle was the team’s willingness to start the season without a true replacement for enforcer Andrew Peters.

Consider me one who “likes this status”. I hated wasting a nightly spot in the line-up for his five minutes of ice time in case the protection of skill players or spark was needed. The addition of occasional tough guy Steve Montador, who has similar physical tendencies as Craig Rivet and holdover guys like Paul Gaustad and Adam Mair is plenty enough to replace whatever Peters’ value was.

♦ Anyone know if Aaron Maybin signed yet? …I’m just askin’

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Bills’ O-Line set for more change heading to Miami

  • Posted on October 3, 2009 at 11:19 am

The NFL off-season is well behind us, considering nearly a quarter of the regular season is gone, and during that excruciatingly long time frame, the Buffalo Bills made some pretty massive changes to their offensive line - changes that discouraged many experts from being much more than skeptical about the Bills’ 2009 prospects.

Buffalo had it hard enough opening training camp this past July with such massive changes to overcome. Unfortunately for the team, those changes have not stopped - and entering a critical Week 4 matchup with the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo will be fielding its most questionable offensive line in recent memory, particularly at tackle.

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An Interview with Ross Tucker

  • Posted on October 3, 2009 at 9:00 am

Growing up in a small town in central Pennsylvania, Ross Tucker had big dreams to play in the National Football League. A graduate of Princeton University, Tucker was a four-year starter on the Tigers Ivy League football squad. He started against Colgate University as a freshman at defensive end and in the offseason was moved to right guard where he became a starter his final three years. Tucker was All-Ivy in 2000 and a two-time Academic All-American at Princeton.

Tucker was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2001. He has also played for the Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and the Cleveland Browns.

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UB Sports Wrap

  • Posted on October 3, 2009 at 7:30 am

Bulls Soar Past Purple Eagles 3-0

The University at Buffalo men’s soccer team soared past the Niagara Purple Eagles, 3-0 on Friday evening at UB Stadium. The Bulls walked away with a 23-7 shot advantage as junior Kieron Gradwell and sophomore Anthony Johnson scored their first career goals. Junior Mike Unwin closed out the Bulls’ scoring attack with his team-leading fifth goal of the season.

The Bulls’ first tally of the night came in the 33rd minute off a costly Niagara foul close to their own bench. With a crowd of blue and purple positioned inside the 18-yard box, senior Alex Marrello sent a high-arching shot from 30-yards out towards the Purple Eagles’ net. As the ball ricocheted off bodies, Gradwell located the loose ball and sent his first career goal into the back of net for the Bulls’ 1-0 lead.

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NU: Women’s Hockey Edged In Opener, 4-3

  • Posted on October 3, 2009 at 7:15 am

The Niagara women’s hockey team opened its 2009-10 season with an entertaining and thrilling 4-3 defeat at the St. Cloud State Huskies on Friday night from the National Hockey Center. Freshman forward Jenna Hendrikx (Winchester, Ont.) scored twice in her first game collegiate game.Tonight’s game was the head coaching debut of Niagara alumnus Chris MacKenzie. However, his bid to win his first game and Niagara’s first season opening win in six years fell short, partly due to early goals scored by the Huskies.

“It was exciting,” MacKenzie said. “We put in a lot of work over the past few weeks. The team showed a lot of heart (tonight.).

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