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Shanahan, Bills have “excellent meeting”

  • Posted on November 25, 2009 at 1:14 pm

It’s been the topic of conversation for roughly a week in Buffalo Bills country, and now, we have the first details of the event itself. Bills COO Russ Brandon met for seven hours with former Denver head coach Mike Shanahan late Monday into early Tuesday, and according to the source of the ESPN report detailing the event, the meeting went well. The report describes Brandon’s presentation to Shanahan as “persuasive.”

Shanahan was quoted in the report. “We had an excellent meeting,” Shanahan said Wednesday. “I was really impressed with Russ Brandon and everything he had to say. We’re going to stay in touch and see what develops.”

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106th Harvard Cup Preview: Burgard vs Riverside

  • Posted on November 25, 2009 at 12:55 pm

With rumors abounding that Thursday morning’s 106th edition of the Harvard Cup Championship Game may be the last, two of the best football teams representing City football in recent years will square off at historic All High Stadium for the Harvard Cup’s traditional Thanksgiving title match.

The first place Burgard Bulldogs (8-1) face the second place and defending champion Riverside Frontiers (8-1) in what could be one of the greatest contests in the great history of this league.  If one had to wait 106 years to crown a championship, this game might just well be worthy of such a billing.

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Want your QB in 2010? Then root for this

  • Posted on November 25, 2009 at 12:22 pm

As the 2009 NFL season slides into the homestretch, it’s become glaringly apparent to anyone who watches that the quarterback of the future is not on the Bills roster.  Yes, just yesterday I wrote the Bills should start Brian Brohm near the end of the season, but it’s not likely to happen.  Why not?  Because Perry Fewell and Alex Van Pelt are coaching for their jobs.  They’re not worried about the future because they may not have one here.  They’ll go with the quarterback that gives them the best chance to win each week, and that guy looks like Ryan Fitzpatrick for now. The last thing Fewell is thinking about is 2010 and beyond.

But for the sake of moving on, let’s assume that Brohm does get some playing time and it’s concluded he’s not the future. That’s not far fetched, seeing he couldn’t get past Green Bay’s practice squad.

There’s barely adequate backups available in free agency let alone legitimate starters.  Sure, there’s always the trade possibility, but it wouldn’t be wise to entrust the turnaround of the Bills in the hands of a Michael Vick or Derek Anderson.

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What Sabres will Participate in the Olympics?

  • Posted on November 25, 2009 at 10:27 am

The Winter Olympics are quickly approaching and many of the greatest hockey players in the world will step on the ice to represent their country. There are many Sabres players that are hoping to be part of the elite group that will take part in the games.

Here is my attempt at sounding semi-intelligent regarding the talent level of the Sabres squad. We’re not even going to mention Thomas Vanek because he’s too obvious.

Pack Your Bags

Pack your bags, book your flight, reserve your room…these are the players that are a lock to represent their country in the Olympics.

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The Daily Links

  • Posted on November 25, 2009 at 6:00 am

* NFL.com writer Vic Carucci reports that Ralph Wilson is able and willing to do what it takes to land a big-time coach.

* Rochester D&C reporter Sal Maiorana says that the Buffalo Bills have finally unleashed the talent of Terrell Owens.

* Buffalo Rumblings head honcho (and Buffalo Sports Daily’s) Brian Galliford pens an excellent column outlining some college offensive tackle prospects.

* Jonah Bronstein of the Niagara Gazette describes how Canisius shocked UB in the final seconds in college basketball action last night.

* Buffalo News columnist Bucky Gleason writes about how Canisius coach Tom Parrotta savored the fruit of victory.

* Paul Hamilton from WGR-550 says that both Pat Kaleta and Mike Grier are back at practice for the Buffalo Sabres.

* Mary Jo Monnin of the Buffalo News previews the Harvard Cup championship game between Riverside and Burgard.

* A preview of the Niagara University hockey match up with Robert Morris.

LIVE from Alumni Arena: Canisius Stuns UB, 73-71

  • Posted on November 24, 2009 at 6:59 pm

We’re live at the Alumni Arena as the UB Bulls (2-1) take on Big Four rival Canisius (1-1).

Canisius is coming off a 79-69 road win at St. Francis (NY) that saw senior Frank Turner score a career-best 27 points.  It was the first November Canisius road win since the 2006-07 season.

Buffalo has back to back wins over Navy and Towson after their opening night home loss to Vermont.  Calvin Betts recorded his 10th career double-double against Towson with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Make that refresh button your best friend for the next few hours as we bring instant scores and updates throughout this exciting contest.

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Bills should pursue a 6-year old linebacker?

  • Posted on November 24, 2009 at 3:22 pm

It’s no secret the Buffalo Bills are light at linebacker.  With Kawika Mitchell and Keith Ellison both gone for the year, safety Bryan Scott has converted to the front seven.

Perhaps the team, always looking for the next talent, may want to sign this kid. Meet Tyrell Sevilla.  He may be all of six years old and undersized, but the Bills are infatuated with undersized linebackers.  Plus,  he hits harder than anyone I’ve seen from the unit in at least two or three years.

Get on the phone, Russ Brandon!

Bisons Announce Oberkfell To Return in 2010

  • Posted on November 24, 2009 at 2:24 pm

In the following press release statement by the Buffalo Bisons, the team ammounced that manager Ken Oberkfell and Pitching Coach Ricky Bones will return to Buffalo in 2010, while Jack Voigt has been promoted from the Brooklyn Cyclones (A) to take over as the team’s new Hitting Coach.

The Mets also announced that athletic trainer Brian Chicklo and strength and conditioning coach Ken Coward will return for their second seasons with the Bisons. Buffalo opens up its 125th season on Thursday, April 8, 2010 in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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Bills sign Kendall Simmons

  • Posted on November 24, 2009 at 12:45 pm

The Buffalo Bills have signed free agent offensive guard Kendall Simmons. He will occupy a roster spot that’s vacated by guards Eric Wood and Seth McKinney, both of whom have been placed on injured reserve.

The Bills worked out Simmons this past spring and has been on the team’s radar, but until now Buffalo elected to go with youth. Of course that theory went out the window with the gruesome broken leg Wood suffered at Jacksonville this past Sunday.

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Flynn Continues That Losing Feeling

  • Posted on November 24, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Just 14 games into his rookie season, Jonny Flynn has become part of Minnesota Timberwolves history.  Unfortunately it’s not history he wants any part of.

Flynn scored a team-high 17 points last night and added 5 assists, but it wasn’t enough.  Minnesota lost on the road to the Los Angeles Clippers last night, 91-87.  The loss was the Wolves 13th in a row and at 1-13 the team equaled its worst start in franchise history.

After looking lost in the offense in recent games, the former Niagara Falls high school star played well in Los Angeles.  He went 6-of-12 from the field and hit both his three point attempts in just under 29 minutes of action.  The 17 points scored was the second-best of his brief career, but it wasn’t enough to prevent another loss.

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Big Four Clash Tonight as UB Host Canisius

  • Posted on November 24, 2009 at 11:55 am

Big Four rivals Canisius and UB are set to clash tonight at the UB Alumni Arena.  Game time is 7pm.

UB is 2-1 on the season, defeating Navy and Towson following an opening night loss to Vermont.  Canisius is 1-1 and playing the final of three consecutive road games to begin the season.

Buffalo Sports Daily will be live at the arena tonight, bringing you live updates throughout the contest.

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Give The Ball To Brohm

  • Posted on November 24, 2009 at 11:30 am

The starting quarterback for the Buffalo Bills next season is not on this current roster, at least if they’re serious about winning. Well, let’s rephrase. A quarterback who’s already played this year won’t be the starter. Both Ryan Fitzpatrick and Trent Edwards are what they are. Fitzpatrick is a passable backup that can give you an occasional start. Edwards has a better chance of reuniting with J.P. Losman in the UFL as he does starting here next year.

Another thing is certain; the next starter for the Buffalo Bills will not be coming via free agency. Forget starters, there’s barely adequate backups available in next year’s class. With the exception of Kyle Orton, who the Broncos are sure to resign, this list of “prospects’ is about as intriguing as a Dick Jauron press conference.

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Let’s hope Bills are working on a Plan B

  • Posted on November 24, 2009 at 9:42 am

It was a week ago today, following a 41-17 road loss to one of football’s hottest teams in Tennessee, that the Buffalo Bills relieved head coach Dick Jauron of his duties and promoted defensive coordinator Perry Fewell to interim head coach. Since then, the Bills have lost a close road game in Jacksonville, suffered two more devastating, season-ending injuries, and crept a little closer toward the top of the 2010 NFL Draft order.

Most interestingly of all, they’ve also been linked to nearly every big-name head coach on the market.

Mike Shanahan, former head coach of Denver, will meet with the Bills at some point this week, before Thanksgiving on Thursday. The team went after Jon Gruden briefly before he re-upped his contract with ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” Last night, NFL.com reported that the Bills have reached out to former Pittsburgh head coach Bill Cowher. Tangentially, names like Mike Holmgren, Tony Dungy and Marty Schottenheimer have been mentioned, too, though it seems apparent that none of those three men are particularly interested in coaching again.

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Problems With The Sabres’ Top Six: A Medical Approach

  • Posted on November 24, 2009 at 9:12 am

The Diagnosis

Three.  That’s the number of times the Buffalo Sabres’ top six forwards have scored two or more two goals at even strength.  It also happens to be the number of games in a row Buffalo has lost.

Zero.  That’s how many Sabres are in the top sixty in NHL scoring, as well as how many of the Sabres’ “skill” forwards have plus ratings.

Dead last.  It’s where Buffalo rates in five on five scoring.  After missing the playoffs in consecutive seasons, largely due to inconsistent scoring, general manager Darcy Regier re-signed Tim Connolly and left the unit entirely intact in the off-season.  To the Sabres’ skill forwards the message was clear: get better and make the post-season.  Twenty games into the season, the Sabres offense has been inconsistent at best, heavily underachieving at worst, though Buffalo was off to a hot start.

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Niagara Volleyball Claims First MAAC Championship

  • Posted on November 24, 2009 at 8:20 am

Exactly 12 months after struggling through a season where it was known as the youngest team in the nation, the Niagara volleyball team is now known as the 2009 MAAC Champions.

The No. 2 Purple Eagles earned the program’s first MAAC Championship on Monday, sweeping No. 4 Marist, 25-20, 27-25, 27-25 at the Koessler Athletic Center on ESPNU. 2009 MAAC Coach of the Year Susan Clements and her Purple Eagle squad completed the best turnaround in the nation and finished with the conference crown and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

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Area College Athletes Dominate Weekly Honors

  • Posted on November 23, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Niagara men’s basketball senior Bilal Benn (Philadelphia, Pa.) earned MAAC Player of the Week honors, helping the Purple Eagles to a 3-1 week. The guard/forward averaged a double-double during the four-game week.

Benn picked up right where he left off last season in the double-double category, netting the distinction in his first three games of the season. Last year, Benn led the conference wuth 12 double-doubles.

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Bills Lose Wood AND McKinney for season with injuries

  • Posted on November 23, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Perry Fewell just got finished addressing the media following yesterday’s hard fought and heartbreaking three point loss at Jacksonville.

Not only is Eric Wood done for the season, but so is Seth McKinney.  McKinney injured his knee against Jacksonville.  He was starting at left guard after Andy Levitre slid over to replace injured tackle Demetrius Bell.

The Bills will now have to make to roster moves this week on the offensive line as they only have five able bodies there for this Sunday’s game against Miami.  Christian Gaddis will very likely be promoted from the practice squad to take one spot, and the club will look at other prospects to occupy the other.

Marshawn Lynch (shoulder) and John McCargo (calf) were also hurt Sunday and will be evaluated on a day to day basis.

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Film Session: Breaking Down Bills Loss at Jacksonville

  • Posted on November 23, 2009 at 12:17 pm

The Buffalo Bills dropped an 18-15 decision yesterday to the Jacksonville Jaguars, once again squandering a fourth quarter lead in defeat. Perry Fewell’s Bills had many of the same problems that Dick Jauron’s Bills had - which isn’t surprising, as it’s kind of the same team - but there was at least one major difference that’s worth mentioning in this week’s film session.

We’ve got eight topics of discussion in this week’s film review. Let’s get this over with, eh?

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Pirates continue to find their way

  • Posted on November 23, 2009 at 6:57 am

Drew Schiestel and Matt Generous each scored the first professional goal of their career as the Portland Pirates extended their win streak to three games as they defeated the Norfolk Admirals, 4-2, in front of 3,819 at the Cumberland County Civic Center this weekend.

The Pirates, over the last six games, have earned 10 of 12 possible points (4-0-2-0) as they moved from the cellar of the AHL, to sixth-place in the AHL’s Atlantic Division.

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NU Falls to Austin Peay in Glen Wilkes Classic Finale

  • Posted on November 23, 2009 at 6:50 am

The Niagara men’s basketball team (3-2) had a torrid start to its Glenn Wilkes Classic finale, but eventually cooled off in the second half and fell to Austin Peay (2-3) on Sunday evening, 69-67. The Purple Eagles had four players in double figures in the loss.

“It really was a tale of two halves today,” Niagara head coach Joe Mihalich said. “But I am really proud of our guys and the way they have responded to adversity in the first few games of the season.”

The Purple Eagles jumped out to a 17 point lead just six minutes into the game after connecting on seven of their first eight three-pointers. NU shot 51.9 percent (14-for-27) from the floor in the first half, including 8-for-13 (61.5 percent) from behind the arc. In the second half, however, Austin Peay connected on 63.0 percent of its shots (17-for-27). The Governors rallied in the second half and took a 58-57 lead with 6:18 remaining.

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Injuries, Mistakes Waste Owens’ Big Day in 18-15 Loss

  • Posted on November 22, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Let’s give some credit where its due.  The Buffalo Bills were facing an uphill battle coming into their Sunday contest at Jacksonville with an already insurmountable amount of injuries, and the bug relentlessly took chomps out of three more starters by days end.

They also had less than a full week to prepare following off-field turmoil after the Dick Jauron firing on Tuesday.  Perry Fewell was only named interim coach on Tuesday, so you’ll have to forgive him if every minor detail wasn’t thoroughly covered in less than five days.

But it is what is.  Bad teams find a way to lose games and that’s exactly what the Bills did.  They had two touchdowns called back on penalties.  Fewell and starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick demonstrated deplorable late first half clock management skills, which may or may not have cost them four points.  And they botched a designed two point conversion fake.

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Shannon Sharpe on what it takes to land Shanahan

  • Posted on November 22, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Unless Perry Fewell can miraculously turn around the franchise over the final seven weeks, the Buffalo Bills are going to be looking for a new head coach, at the very least come January 4, 2010.   With a fan base already incensed, odds are Ralph Wilson finally takes a swing for the fences with the hire.

Among big name free agents already linked to having the Bills interest, Mike Shanahan is a name the team is attracted to.

Shannon Sharpe, another CBS analyst who is still close to Mike Shanahan, who he played for, says the Bills will meet with his former coach this week, but Shanahan will make it clear to him what he’s looking for.

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The Unemployed Chef: Sausage Tacos

  • Posted on November 22, 2009 at 7:31 am

I’m done with talking shit before the game. Look what I did last week.  My predictions are a jinx. This is where I shut up.

As you might recall from this post, I’m admittedly a Jets fan. After last week, I have even more reason to see Jacksonville get destroyed. So I’ll leave it at a simple, “GO BILLS!”

Anyway, I’m sure wherever you’re watching the game is a total sausage-fest. To acknowledge that, this will be my second week in a row of a sausage post. I guess you can say the Unemployed Chef eats a lot of sausage. That’s what she said. Or I said.

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Your Bills vs Jags Game Day Preview

  • Posted on November 22, 2009 at 7:25 am

And so it begins.  Most deemed it long overdue, but regardless of your feelings on  the Dick Jauron tenure, it mercifully concluded this week.  The Perry Fewell era commences, albeit an expected brief one, as the Buffalo Bills travel to Jacksonville to take on the surging Jaguars.

If the odds weren’t already stacked against the Bills defensively, the unit suffers another blow as starting defensive tackle Marcus Stroud will miss the game with a knee injury.  Kyle Williams is questionable, also with a knee injury, meaning Spencer Johnson and John McCargo will see plenty of time.

Leading tackler Keith Ellison was placed on injured reserve with a thigh injury.  Converted safety Bryan Scott will get another start in his place.  Last week Scott was constantly overpowered at the point of attack and although he’s a high-effort playing, playing linebacker may be biting off more than he can chew. Nic Harris should see an increased amount of reps.

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Buff State Drops Final in Coles Classic

  • Posted on November 22, 2009 at 6:00 am

Nazareth (2-1) took over in the second half en route to a 72-61 victory over host Buffalo State (1-1) in the title game of the men’s basketball Coles Classic tonight at the Sports Arena. Marietta (2-1) defeated Pitt-Bradford (1-3), 70-54, in the consolation game.

Buffalo State led by as many as nine points in the early going and clung to a 34-33 lead at the intermission. The lead changed hands several times early in the second half, before the Golden Flyers claimed the lead for good with 6:33 remaining and used an 11-3 run to pull away. Nazareth prevailed despite shooting just 38-percent from the field, including 4 of 22 from 3-point range. Buffalo State shot 40-percent and was 0 for 8 from beyond the arc.

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