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Flim Session: Titans 41, Bills 17

  • Posted on November 16, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Call this ripping the band-aid off quickly, or pinching your nose to avoid the bad taste. I typically run film reviews on Tuesdays, but I couldn’t force myself to watch a second of Buffalo Bills football on an otherwise valuable Monday evening. So this is the short, get-it-over-with-quickly version of what we usually do on Tuesdays. I sincerely doubt many of you will mind, given the sad state of affairs that was the Bills’ 41-17 loss yesterday to the Tennessee Titans.

To discuss (briefly): Trent Edwards and the quarterbacks, Alex Van Pelt, the offensive line, John McCargo, the linebackers, Jairus Byrd and Dick Jauron.

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Jauron Hints At Changes In Presser

  • Posted on November 16, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Dick Jauron met with the media this afternoon, a day after the Buffalo Bills 41-17 fiasco in Tennessee that saw them give up 24 unanswered fourth quarter points.

On the injury front, Demetrius Bell suffered a knee injury yesterday and Ashton Youboty left with a high ankle sprain.

Bell will see a doctor again today after seeing the team’s physician yesterday, but Jauron sounded anything but assured he‘d back soon.

“We’re not optimistic about that at this point.” Jauron said., who also indicated they’ll bring in some free agents to work out this week.

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Jeff Nixon: “Head Games”

  • Posted on November 16, 2009 at 11:22 am

With Trent Edwards back at the helm, there will undoubtedly be concerns about his recent concussion and whether or not it will affect his play. Playing quarterback in the NFL is not a job for the fainthearted and there are a lot of fans that have opined he has not been the same since he was injured against Arizona last year and sat out for a few weeks. Many types of football injuries can end a player’s career, but a head injury can end a player’s quality of life long after their football career is over.

I was one of the fortunate players that never got “knocked out”, but I did get my bell rung on numerous occasions. My wife swears  I have short term memory loss.  Anyway…..what was I talking about?  Oh yeah, head injuries are a lot harder to properly diagnose and treat than other types of football injuries.

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Sabres Prep For Another Big Week

  • Posted on November 16, 2009 at 10:29 am

Paul Gaustad Buffalo Sports DailyJust when the walls look like they are about to come crashing back down, Buffalo finds some mortar.

After a week that left many fans harking back to last November’s falter, the Sabres found some new strength. Even with several starters out with injuries, the team pulled themselves out of the hole they had begun to dig, and put three solid games together in upending a trio of tough opponents. While the Edmonton Oilers are having some trouble early on, both the Calgary Flames and the Philadelphia Flyers were going to be measuring stick games for a Buffalo team who has been in want of some grit in recent years.

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Canisius Hockey Defeats Connecticut, 1-0

  • Posted on November 16, 2009 at 10:15 am

For the second time this season, the Canisius College hockey team scored the only goal of the game in the third period, defeating Connecticut on Sunday afternoon, 1-0. The win jumps the Griffs to third place in the Atlantic Hockey standings as the team is now 5-6-1 and 4-3-1 in league play.

“We battled right to the end today,” said Canisius head coach Dave Smith. “It was a close game and we stayed sharp throughout the contest. Connecticut kept coming but we were able to match them in intensity. When the buzzer sounds and you see the victory, it is a good feeling.”

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NU men’s soccer suffers MAAC Final Heartbreak

  • Posted on November 16, 2009 at 10:11 am

In a tense, tightly contested match the Niagara men’s soccer team was denied its first-ever MAAC Championship after falling to number two seed Loyola, 1-0, in double-overtime on Sunday  from Lessing Field. The Greyhounds struck the game-winner with 23 seconds left in double-overtime.

“I’m very proud on how our team played today,” head coach Dermot McGrane said. “Losing Levi (Tesch) and (Justin) Roundy on red cards (Friday), we needed other guys to step up. I really believe if we would have gone into penalties, we would have won.”

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Wrestling: Bulls and #25 Pride Grapple to a 16-16 Draw

  • Posted on November 16, 2009 at 10:04 am

The University at Buffalo wrestling team rallied to tie #25 Hofstra University, 16-16 at the David S. Mack Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon. Facing a 3-0 deficit with only 16 seconds remaining, freshman Andrew Schutt scored on a late reversal and a three-point nearfall to lead the Bulls’ rally while recording his first dual victory.

The Pride held a 16-13 lead with one bout remaining at 141 between Schutt and the Pride’s Tyler Banks. Following scoreless back-to-back periods, Banks took an early 1-0 lead with an escape. The match came down to the final 16 seconds as Banks scored on a takedown to extend his lead. Trailing 3-0, Schutt quickly picked up a reversal just three seconds later to pull within one. With only five seconds remaining, Schutt managed to pick up three-back points for the decision. Banks collected riding time to bring the final of the bout to 5-4.

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Latest Meltdown Has Bills’ Season On Verge Of Imploding

  • Posted on November 16, 2009 at 9:45 am

When it comes to meltdowns, Amy Winehouse has nothing on these Buffalo Bills.

It was the defining play of the game and for the  Bills, their season.  In the fourth quarter Sunday of a deadlocked game with Tennessee, the  defense faced a third down and goal from just inside the two.  Hold the Titans to a field goal and momentum was one their side.  Allow a touchdown and the game is likely over.

Chris Johnson took a handoff from Vince Young and went smack dab into Bryan Scott and Paul Posluszny.  Two guys went down.  Johnson wasn’t one of them.  He ran through both Bills defenders, into the end zone, and just like that the Bills were down a touchdown with 10:44 remaining to play.

From there the Bills did what has been customary this season.  They folded like a lawn chair.  A Titans field goal and two interception returns for touchdowns closed out the game, as the Bills gave up and gave out in their 41-17 defeat.

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