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You are currently browsing the archives for 18 November 2009

Sabres Demonstrate Lackluster Side in 6-2 Defeat

  • Posted on November 18, 2009 at 11:03 pm

After running off three consecutive  victories last week, including thrilling wins over Calgary and Philadelphia, perhaps the Buffalo Sabres thought they could merely show up Wednesday night against an inferior Florida Panthers team they easily dominated earlier this season.

Reality check time wasn’t pleasant in the HSBC Arena.  Neither was the Sabres lackluster performance.  Leading 2-1 going into the third period, the Panthers piled four goals on Buffalo over the final 20 minutes en route to an easy 6-2 victory.

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Schefter: Bills are after Shanahan

  • Posted on November 18, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Buffalo Bills have contacted former Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan after firing Dick Jauron on Tuesday. Pro Football Talk has the story, too, citing Schefter:

Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Bills have contacted Mike Shanahan to gauge Shanahan’s interest in becoming their next head coach.

ESPN also reports that the process is underway of arranging a meeting between Shanahan and the Bills.

Well, that didn’t take long.

Fitzpatrick Back In As Starter

  • Posted on November 18, 2009 at 1:36 pm

I’ve learned that Ryan Fitzpatrick is taking the first team snaps in practice today, making it very likely he’ll be the starting quarterback this Sunday when the Bills travel to take on Tennessee.

Also, Chris Brown from reports that the following players are not participating in practice today:

WR Roscoe Parrish. WR Justin Jenkins, CB Terrence McGee (he was working on the side with the training staff), CB Ashton Youboty, FS Jairus Byrd, LB Keith Ellison, OT Demetrius Bell, OT Jonathan Scott (absent) and  DT Marcus Stroud.

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Quiet Gaddis Signing Prelude to Levitire at LT?

  • Posted on November 18, 2009 at 12:31 pm

With the dramatically sudden firing of Dick Jauron yesterday and Derek Fine going to the I.R. this morning dominating the headlines, a very under the radar move was also made, a manuever that could be very telling about Demetrius Bell.

Bell injured his knee Sunday at Tennessee and the extent of the injury hasn’t been revealed (expect an update this afternoon).  Jauron did say Monday in what turned out to be his final presser that he “wasn’t optimistic” about Bell’s injury.

This morning the Bills signed interior linemen Christian Gaddis to the practice squad (his third stint there) and released C.J. Hawthorne.

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Fine Placed on IR, Bills Sign Klopfenstein, Gaddis Returns

  • Posted on November 18, 2009 at 11:32 am

Starting tight end Derek Fine was placed on Injured Reserve. He has a knee injury and his season is now over. The Bills themselves confirmed the news via Twitter.

To fill out their depth chart at tight end, the Bills signed street free agent Joe Klopfenstein, a second-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2006. Klopfenstein has 33 career receptions in three seasons.

In addition, is reporting C/G Christian Gaddis returned for his third stint with the Bills as he was added to the practice squad Wednesday. To make room the club released WR C.J. Hawthorne.

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AHL: Pirates lack passion in loss to Norfolk

  • Posted on November 18, 2009 at 10:46 am

It was yet again another lackluster performance by the Portland Pirates, and by their own admission, it’s beginning to cost them in the standings. Tonight was no different as the Pirates dropped a 2-1 decision to the hands of the Norfolk Admirals at the Cumberland County Civic Center in a game that showed little emotion from either team.

The Pirates, beginning a stretch of games this week, will see themselves play five games over the next seven days, providing them with a chance to make a gain in the Atlantic Division standings.

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Rambis gets critical of Flynn as the Timberwolves continue to lose

  • Posted on November 18, 2009 at 10:15 am

The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to lose and the players, fans and coaches are starting to get really sick of it. Last weekend Jonny Flynn and the Wolves played the Dallas Mavericks at that Target Center in Minneapolis. The team looked timid and unsure of themselves, something reflected in the low point total at the end of the game.

Flynn, who saw 30 minutes of game time, only managed to score 11 points. To symbolize how bad the team has played, he was the high scorer.

Saturday night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies was no better. Flynn played just under a half hour of game time but only managed 10 points. What hurt his game against the Grizzlies was turn-overs, Flynn made six of them, most of which came from bad passes. Several times on Saturday Flynn attempted to take the ball to the lane for a quick shot, got into trouble and threw it away It‘s. the exact thing, Minnesota Head Coach Kurt Rambis is trying to avoid. Rambis is trying to run a triangle offense with the Wolves that will keep the ball moving. Flynn, however, seems to be having trouble adjusting to this new style of basketball.

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Bona Loses Last Second Heartbreaker to St. John’s

  • Posted on November 18, 2009 at 9:58 am

After erasing a late seven-point deficit over the final three minutes, St. Bonaventure watched its lead evaporate with just six seconds remaining as Malik Boothe sank a pair of free throws to send St. John’s to a thrilling 69-68 win on Tuesday night at Blue Cross Arena.

Sophomore Andrew Nicholson (Mississauga, Ontario/Father Michael Goetz Secondary) made good on his two free throw attempts with just 11 seconds to go, giving the Bonnies their first lead, 68-67, since the 18:05 mark early in the half.

Boothe then broke the Brown and White’s full court pressure and was fouled going to the rim to give the junior guard the two free throws.

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Roosevelt out for UB tonight, Brown wins honors

  • Posted on November 18, 2009 at 9:43 am

University at Buffalo head coach Turner Gill has announced that the following student-athletes have been ruled out of tonight’s football game at Miami due to injury.

Senior wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt (knee), junior tailback Ike Nduka (ankle), senior fullback Lawrence Rolle (concussion), junior defensive end Jerry Housey (knee) and sophomore defensive back Joe Petit (concussion) will all miss the game.

Roosevelt will be replaced in the starting lineup by sophomore Terrell Jackson, Rolle will be replaced by freshman Nick Sizemore and Nduka will be replaced by senior Mario Henry.

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Three Future GM Possibilities

  • Posted on November 18, 2009 at 9:24 am

(Editors Note: This was a story originally run on October 15.  At the time, Dick Jauron was still the Buffalo Bills’ head coach.  Obviously, with his dismissal and wide speculation that the organization is already looking for a new general manager, we thought it would be worth running again.)

Writing about the Buffalo Bills right now in a unique, non-redundant fashion is borderline impossible.  News sources, blogs and fan sites everywhere have the Dick Jauron firing watch well in hand - even though I maintain that waiting on tenterhooks for that to happen will just lead to an increase in your frustration levels.  The problems with the 1-4 Bills themselves are also well-documented, and don’t change from week to week (i.e. quarterback, offensive line, run defense, special teams, penalties).

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