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Byrd making case for Defensive ROY honors

  • Posted on December 14, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Jairus Byrd Buffalo Sports DailyThe Buffalo Bills needed a playmaker. Well, to be fair, they needed more than one playmaker back in late April during the NFL Draft, but for a franchise in the midst of a decade’s worth of bad luck, one playmaker is what they got. Buffalo got said playmaker with pick No. 42 overall, when, much to the chagrin of its fan base, the team selected Oregon DB Jairus Byrd.

All these months later, Byrd - who intercepted his ninth pass of the season in the Bills’ 16-10 road victory in Kansas City - re-established himself as the NFL’s interception leader. His nine picks set a Bills franchise record for most interceptions by rookie in a season. Much more importantly, his presence has helped spark a stagnant playmaking Bills defensive unit, transforming it from one of the league’s worst units into the NFL’s best play-making secondary.

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Potential UB Coach: Get to know Bryan Harsin

  • Posted on December 14, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Over the next several days, Buffalo Sports Daily/Bull Run blogger Tim Riordan is running a series on potential head coaching replacements for Turner Gill at UB.  Today features Bryan Harsin, Boise State offensive coordinator.

A coach rumored to be on Ward Manuals list is Bryan Harsin. While Harsin has not been a name that came up until Gill made his official decision the fact he is on the staff of not just a successful mid-major but a team which has made it to two BCS bowls this decade has to move him towards the front of the line.

Harsin is, or is going to be, on a lot of list in coming years (if nobody snatches him up this season). He has quietly been moving up the ladder at an elite program and I am both surprised and impressed if Manual is really going to pursue him.

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Sabres Are Real, But Still Not The Happy Camper

  • Posted on December 14, 2009 at 1:53 pm

So I’ve been sitting here, trying to figure out what to write about the Sabres. Call it writer’s block (Or deciding how to eat crow). I decided to go back to my season preview logs. I wrote that the Sabres were a 7th seed, at best. However, I did write that the only way they could go from the bottom of the playoff picture to the top four of the conference, was if Ryan Miller became an elite goalie. Mission accomplished.

Miller has been a world beater and the biggest reason the Sabres are in 1st place in the Northeast division. The reason I picked Miller as the X-factor was because I didn’t think we had seen his full potential. But that is something that I really can’t say for the top 2 lines for the team.

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Buffalo Bills’ All-Decay Team

  • Posted on December 14, 2009 at 9:11 am

Erik Flowers Buffalo Sports DailyLast week Buffalo Sports Daily was graced by the Buffalo Bills’ All-Decade Team.

But it’s been such a decade of shame that their story may be better told by their screw-ups. So to follow up the All-Decade Team, here is the Bills’ All-Decay Team.

Every franchise has its busts, but few can put together a complete lineup of failures who came with so much promise. These aren’t just any scrubs; they’re guys who, based on what was invested in them, were counted on to make the team respectable at least. The All-Decay Team includes five first-round draft picks, four second-rounders and four third-rounders — not including picks used to trade up for a couple of them. Add in the free agents, and there’s enough money down the drain to feed some countries for a year.

You’ve seen the good, but there’s much more bad and ugly:

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NU Men Hang First Loss On Illinois State

  • Posted on December 14, 2009 at 7:00 am

The Niagara men’s basketball team (7-4, 2-0 MAAC) picked up its biggest win of the season, handing Illinois State (7-1) its first loss of the season, 76-68, at Redbird Arena on Sunday. Senior Tyrone Lewis (Levittown, Pa.) connected on five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 26 points in the victory.

Niagara shot 46.3 percent from the floor and 47.6 percent from behind the arc to counter the rebounding deficit. The Redbirds dominated the glass, 49-28, but the Purple Eagles owned the perimeter, shooting 10-of-21 from outside. ISU was a dismal 5-for-23 from long range.

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