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Stat Sheet Remains Mostly Empty For Evans

  • Posted on December 2, 2009 at 4:41 pm

While Terrell Owens has been the desire of new starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s affection, Lee Evans shopping cart for footballs has been mostly empty.  In the three games since the bye week, Owens has grabbed 17 passes for 378 yards while Evans has managed just seven for 105.

While the Buffalo Bills have recently changed head coaches, quarterbacks and offensive philosophies, for Evans at least, the more things change the more they’ve stayed the same.

With only five games remaining on the schedule, Evans has just 30 receptions for 436 yards.  Though he’s caught five touchdown passes (plus one called back) he’s on pace to have the fewest catches (43) and receiving yards (634) of his six-year career.  It’s certainly not the numbers the club had in mind when he signed a four-year extension worth $37.2-million a year ago, and added $6.5-million to the payroll with Owens.

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Identifying the “crux players” on Buffalo’s roster

  • Posted on December 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Two weeks ago - a day before the Buffalo Bills fired head coach Dick Jauron, in fact - we took a look at the core players of Buffalo’s roster. The idea behind the post was to identify players that, based on their contract status with the franchise, are very likely to survive a regime change at One Bills Drive.

We’ll recap the fruits of that labor quickly after the jump, but the purpose of this post is to take that exercise a step further. With the core players out of the way, it’s time to look at the players that I’ll term “crux players” - guys with flexible contract situations that will define a new regime’s focus on re-building the Bills.

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Six UB Bulls Earn All-MAC Football Honors

  • Posted on December 2, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Six University at Buffalo football players were named to the All-Mid-American Conference Team on Wednesday.

Safety Davonte Shannon and wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt were repeat selections to the first team, while tight end Jesse Rack also earned first-team honors. Guard Peter Bittner and safety Mike Newton were named to the second team. Wide Receiver Brett Hamlin was named to the third team.

Shannon, a junior, was named to the first team for the third straight year. He led the Bulls with 97 tackles and also had a team-high 8.5 tackles for loss. He added a pair of interceptions, three pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. He had three double-digit tackle games, including a season-high 15 tackles in the Bulls’ win over Miami (OH).

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Power play propels Kats to 4-3 win over Monroe

  • Posted on December 2, 2009 at 1:12 pm

The Erie Community College hockey team scored a huge victory Tuesday December 1 with a 4-3 victory over third-ranked Monroe Community College in front of a packed-house at the Cheektowaga Recreation Center.

Erie (8-0, 3-0), entered the game ranked second in the NJCAA National Poll, scored their first three goals on the power play in a penalty-filled game that saw four game misconducts issued, three to Monroe.

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Huge Homestand Coming For Sabres

  • Posted on December 2, 2009 at 12:46 pm

The Buffalo Sabres currently sit at 15-7-2 for 32 points, good for first in the North East Division.  They hold just a one point lead over Boston and two over Ottawa. Of course, if they were to win the division they’d  automatically be seeded no lower than third in the Eastern Conference.

But just as it’s a thin live between love and hate, it’s even thinner between the top of the Conference and out of the playoffs altogether. Buffalo is just six points from being the top seed in the conference,  but they’re merely five points from being in position to watch the playoffs for a third consecutive season.

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Thank God.. Owens Finally Done Mincing Words

  • Posted on December 2, 2009 at 8:55 am

After being as unobtrusive as a sick child through half his first, and likely only season in Buffalo, Terrell Owens has made some noise on the field the past few weeks. He has 14 catches for 291 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his last two games.

Uninterestingly enough, Owens, known as much for his mouth than his hands, has been utterly robotic with the media. “I’m just going with the plays that are called” is about the most intriguing sound byte he’s given us this season.

His season has turned around on the field, and after Tuesday so has his withdrawn press conferences off it. If Owens is only here for the next five games, he’s ready to make every moment count, whether it’s on the football field or in front of the podium.

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Canisius’ Conacher Named Atlantic Hockey Player of the Month

  • Posted on December 2, 2009 at 8:54 am

Junior Cory Conacher (Burlington, Ontario) of the Canisius College hockey team was honored on Tuesday as the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Month. Conacher led the Canisius offense in November, posting 13 points, eight goals, five assists and four power-play tallies in nine games.

The junior opened the month by helping the Griffs to their first weekend sweep against Mercyhurst in the 21-year, 60-game all-time series between the two schools. Conacher registered two assists in the opener and then scored the game-winning goal on a penalty shot in the finale with just 5:36 remaining in regulation to break a 3-3 tie.

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