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‘Mort’ is still a moron

  • Posted on October 12, 2009 at 7:15 pm

In a way it’s a rite of passage. Local media, broadcasters, bloggers, etc rip into the Buffalo Bills. We have to see and hear from them on a daily basis, so aggravation tends to boil over and the media express themselves accordingly.

It’s made easy by the clear-cut fact the Bills are utterly awful in nearly every phase on and off the field. But it’s also customary to become defensive when vultures from the national media attack. It turns into one of those only we can make fun of them, not you kind of deals.

Chris Mortenson is a textbook reason why.

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Morrison Earns Atlantic Hockey Honors

  • Posted on October 12, 2009 at 6:11 pm

After leading the Canisius College hockey team to a 1-0 victory over Ferris State, sophomore Dan Morrison was honored by Atlantic Hockey on Monday, earning the league’s Player of the Week and Goaltender of the Week accolades.

Morrison stopped a career-best 48 shots in the victory. His 48 saves are the most for a Griff in a shutout since moving to Division I. Sean Weaver held the previous standard with 46 against Mercyhurst on Feb. 4, 2000. The shutout was the second for Morrison in his career.

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UB: Stephanie Velez and Amy Coron Sweep Weekly MAC Honors

  • Posted on October 12, 2009 at 5:57 pm

University at Buffalo freshman Stephanie Velez and senior goalkeeper Amy Coron earned this weeks Mid-American Conference Offensive and Defensive Women’s Soccer Player of the Week Awards based on their performances against MAC rivals Western Michigan and Northern Illinois this past weekend.

The women’s soccer team went 2-0 on the weekend, defeating Western Michigan, 2-1, on Friday night and shutting out Northern Illinois, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon. The weekend wins are the Bulls’ first in Mid-American Conference play as they improve to 3-10-1 (2-3-1 MAC).

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Dick Jauron “Presser” Coverage & News

  • Posted on October 12, 2009 at 1:12 pm
Most people were hoping for a Monday afternoon Dick Jauron press conference. They got it, but not the type they were anticipating.  Jauron is keeping his job, for now at least, and proceeded with his weekly presser.Here’s what came of it.
Injury update:
 Kawika Mitchell and Marcus Buggs both suffered knee injuries that will require surgery.  Both are done for the season, a huge blow to the defense particularly with Mitchell. The Bills now have two roster spots to fill.

Thurman Thomas Sheds Light on “Ring-Gate”

  • Posted on October 12, 2009 at 11:15 am
Well all know the story by now. Ralph Wilson was scheduled to receive his Hall of Fame ring in a special halftime ceremony yesterday. Most media outlets, including Buffalo Sports Daily previously reported it. In fact, the Hall of Fame had it as the top story on their website, all the way through Sunday night.
Allegedly, the Bills informed the Hall of Fame on Friday and said Wilson wasn‘t going to do it. Joe Horrigan, vice president of communications for the Hall of Fame, said he had been told that Wilson “was not feeling up to doing it and we would reschedule.”

Survival Guide: 5 steps to watching the ‘09 Bills

  • Posted on October 12, 2009 at 9:50 am

The Buffalo Bills are 1-4.  They’ve lost three consecutive games - two straight against teams that played Buffalo sans previous victory.  Nothing - seriously, absolutely nothing - has gone right for this team in the past three weeks.  Calls for change - in the front office, in the coaching staff, in player personnel - will almost certainly be rewarded come season’s end, if not sooner.

The Bills as a franchise have not been this low since the 5-11 2005 season - the year prior to Dick Jauron’s arrival in Buffalo.  Or perhaps 2001 is better, when Buffalo finished 3-13 in Gregg Williams’ first season as head coach.  How about 2000, when, in Wade Phillips’ last season, the Bills finished 8-8, starting a streak of ten full years in which the Bills did not make the playoffs? Yes, I’m counting this year’s Bills in that group, but I’d hardly consider that going out on a ledge.

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Dick Jauron is NOT getting fired this week

  • Posted on October 12, 2009 at 9:26 am

Dick Jauron is not getting fired today. Just received a media alert that the Buffalo Bills announce Jauron would be available to the media at approximately 12:30pm today.

This means Jauron has not lost his job. Jauron addresses the media every week at around the same time on Mondays to give injury updates. Had he gotten his pink slip the release would’ve been different.

Sentiments had grown that Jauron would lose his job following the Bills 6-3 home debacle to Cleveland yesterday in which owner Ralph Wilson was on hand to witness everything.  But for now at least, it looks like Jauron’s job as head coach is safe.

I can’t imagine what the reaction of fans is going to be.   Last week, before the Browns game Jauron had an approval rating of 4%, “comical” according to writer Tim Graham.

Early season woes are haunting the Pirates

  • Posted on October 12, 2009 at 7:02 am

The Portland Pirates have a lot of questions, but few answers for their early season woes.

After winning their first game of the season, 4-2, to Providence Bruins, Portland traveled to Lowell, Massachusetts for a Sunday afternoon game where they promptly laid an egg, falling 4-0 to the Devils in front of a meager crowd at Tsongas Arena.

“It was not a very good game,” said Pirates head coach Kevin Dineen. “The game plan wasn’t very good. They scored (their) goals off the rush, and this was nothing that we haven’t seen before from this team.”

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Bona: Men’s swimming opens at WNY Invite

  • Posted on October 12, 2009 at 6:00 am

The men’s swimming team kicked off its 2009-10 campaign at the Western New York Invite, held at the University of Buffalo. The team hopes to build on a strong finish from last season and received solid performances from its returners and newcomers.

Senior Mariusz Michalik highlighted the meet with four medals including two golds to lead the Bonnies. Michalik teamed with sophomore Peter Koenig and juniors Dawid Kundzik and Jared Robinson to earn a silver in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:36.37.

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UB: Women blank Huskies in soccer

  • Posted on October 12, 2009 at 5:10 am

The University at Buffalo women’s soccer team shutout Northern Illinois, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon, giving the team its second win of the weekend. Freshman Stephanie Velez scored both Buffalo goals as the Bulls improve to 3-10-1 (2-3-1 MAC).

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Stephanie Velez

Velez scored her first goal of the game at the 6:24 mark to give the Bulls an early lead. Capitalizing on a Northern Illinois foul, Angela Nicholas belted a free kick from about 30 yards out. Velez picked it up in front of the net, catching the NIU goalkeeper off guard to sneak in the goal. The remainder of the first half was evenly matched with UB taking the advantage in shots, 6-4. UB goalkeeper Amy Coron came up with a big save at the one minute mark of the half to keep the Bulls up one at the halftime break.

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Canisius Wraps Up Successful Weekend

  • Posted on October 12, 2009 at 4:30 am

Volleyball Continues Winning Ways on the Road at Rider

The Canisius College volleyball team extended its perfect record in conference road matches with a four-set win at Rider on Sunday. The Golden Griffins won 25-22, 25-11, 21-15, 25-16 to improve to 8-10 overall and 5-3 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Freshman Samantha Good led all players with 18 kills. Junior Renee Lettow had her fifth double-double of the season with 12 kills and 12 digs. Sophomore setter Janelle Davis had 31 assists and nine digs. The Canisius back row had three players with double-digit digs — freshman Allyson Severyn had 21 digs while senior Kaela Glenn and sophomore Carley Youngman each had 12 digs.

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