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Falcons Pound Subdued Bills, 31-3

  • Posted on December 27, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Fans of the Buffalo Bills closed the book on the 2009 NFL season weeks ago.  On Sunday it looked the players officially joined them.  The Bills looked like a conquered team from the game’s first snap, and the Atlanta Falcons made certain it stayed that way in a 31-3 pummeling.

At least the annual march towards 7-9 has concluded.  With the loss, the 5-10 Bills won’t go 7-9 for the fourth straight year and are guaranteed double digit losses for the fourth time this decade.

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Live UStream Post Game Show - “Buffalo Bills Now!”

  • Posted on December 27, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Following the Bills game in Atlanta keep it right here for Sal Capaccio’s “Buffalo Bills Now!” live post-game Ustream show.  With Brian Brohm’s first career start, we’re sure there will be plenty to discuss.
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No time for Sabres to dwell in St. Louis

  • Posted on December 27, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Unfortunately for the Buffalo Sabres they suffered a shootout loss to Ottawa last night. Fortunately they don’t have much time to dwell on it.  The team is in St. Louis to take on the Blues tonight at 6pm in the only meeting between the two this season.

After getting Thomas Vanek back last night the Sabres will have more injury adversity to deal with tonight.  Derek Roy suffered an upper body injury last night and didn’t make the trip to Missouri.  Roy leads the team with 30 points.

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Sabres get what they deserve against Sens

  • Posted on December 27, 2009 at 11:04 am

Is it so much to ask for the Sabres to come out with a gritty and hard working effort for the full sixty minutes against the Ottawa Senators?

Saturday night saw the Sabres out-shot 19-1 in the first period and earning a resounding cheer from the HSBC Arena crowd when Steve Montador put the puck on net late in the frame.  If the Sabres looked like hot garbage in the opening third against the Washington Capitals, they were the equivalent of a landfill fire against the Senators.  There was no work ethic, no physicality and no fight in the home team at all and the Senators were imposing themselves at will.

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Brian Brohm Starts for Bills Today

  • Posted on December 27, 2009 at 10:56 am

With opening-day starter Trent Edwards reportedly on his way to IR (that has not happened yet, by the way - either way, he’s not playing any time soon) and de facto starter Ryan Fitzpatrick dealing with an ailing ankle, second-year quarterback Brian Brohm will start for the Buffalo Bills today in Atlanta. It will be Brohm’s first career NFL start. Jason La Canfora first broke the news via Twitter.

Signed by the Bills off of Green Bay’s practice squad on November 19, Brohm will take the reigns of Buffalo’s offense with less than six weeks’ worth of (mostly scout team) work in offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt’s system. He’ll also be playing behind the eighth starting iteration of Buffalo’s offensive line; Bills quarterbacks have thus far been sacked 44 times this season.

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Bflo News Report: Shanahan not interested in Bills job

  • Posted on December 26, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Mark Gaughn of the Buffalo News reported Saturday night that Mike Shanahan has taken himself out of consideration for the Buffalo Bills head coaching job.  According to the report, a league sourced told Gaughn that Shanahan notified the Bills more than a week ago there wouldn’t be a need for a second meeting.

Shanahan, who went 154-103 with a pair of Super Bowls during his career, is 15th on the NFL’s all-time list winning list among head coaches.  He’s strongly rumored to be the leading candidate for the imminent Washington Redskins vacancy. The fact the Redskins recently hired Bruce Allen, who is close to Shanahan is adding fuel to the fire.

Besides Shanahan, the Bills were rumored to contact Jon Gruden about their head coaching job.  Gruden told them he wasn’t interested in returning to coaching this season.

The Bills conclude their season against Indianapolis next Sunday and it’s likely they’ll begin the process of finding a permanent head coach in place of interim Perry Fewell.

Sabres Have Xmas Hangover In Loss To Ottawa

  • Posted on December 26, 2009 at 10:11 pm

The way the Sabres performed in the first period at home, it appeared they may have had seconds, even thirds at the Christmas dinner table.  They didn’t deserve to win Friday night, and in the end they didn’t.  Quite frankly, the team was lucky to come away with a point after losing in a shootout to the Ottawa Senators, 3-2.

Alexei Kovalev and Mike Fisher were able to beat Ryan Miller cleanly after neither team could win the game in the first 65 minutes.

The fact the Sabres made it extra minutes the way they played the first period is a mini post-Christmas miracle.  Buffalo slept walk through the first period in not registering a single shot on goal for the game’s first 17:34. It was their only shot on net before heading to the locker room.

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Report: Schobel Considering Retirement

  • Posted on December 26, 2009 at 10:10 pm

The Buffalo Bills could potentially have another hole to fill in 2010.  Star defensive end Aaron Schobel told a pair of Associated Press reporters following practice today that he will at least consider retirement when this season ends.

According to John Wawrow’s AP report, Schobel says he’s not sure what he’s going to do.

“”I don’t know my future really, what I’m going to do,” Schobel told two reporters, including The Associated Press”

Schobel still has three more years left on his deal after this season. His 75 career sacks is second in franchise history behind only Bruce Smith.

Schobel 32, fears that he’s slowing down in his ninth NFL season, according to the AP report.  Stats show otherwise. He leads the team with seven sacks.

Vanek to return as Sabres host Sens tonight

  • Posted on December 26, 2009 at 1:03 pm

sabres original logoAfter missing the past three games with an adnominal injury following getting hit by a puck, Buffalo Sabres winger Thomas Vanek is set to return the lineup tonight.  He’ll be needed as the Sabres host the Ottawa Senators tonight at the HSBC Arena, a team that has handled Buffalo twice already this season.  Game time is 7pm.

“I can still feel it,” Vanek told “But this is as good as I’ve felt in a week, so it’s a good sign for me.”

Vanek will be skating on a line with Derek Roy and Jochen Hecht.  Roy has been the hottest Sabre offensively of late, with 12 points in his last 13 games.

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Give Maybin Time

  • Posted on December 26, 2009 at 11:15 am

Aaron Maybin is an easy target. The 11th overall pick can do nothing right.

He held out of training camp. He barely ever sees the field. He is twicked away effortlessly by offensive tackles. Multiple times, he celebrated wildly after a ho-hum tackle. He got locked in the attic. His Christmas tree set on fire. His boss subscribed him to the Jelly of the Month Club.

OK, maybe not the last three. But, wow, Maybin sure has become Buffalo’s own Clark Griswold. To many, he resembles $17.6 million down the drain — a wasted pick that will set the Bills back for years. You know, like Mike Williams. Only thinner.

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Bill Inge brought in as UB Linebackers Coach

  • Posted on December 26, 2009 at 10:15 am

On the same day that I was lamenting UB’s slow motion run towards a full coaching staff Football Scoop is reporting that another Cincinnati coach is going to join Quinn at UB. Bill Inge is coming to UB to become our new linebackers coach. If true I’d be rather surprised that a BCS level positional coach is taking a ‘lateral’ move to a mid major.

During UC’s BIG EAST Championship season in 2008, Inge tutored a linebacking corps that accounted for three of the top-four tacklers on the team, including Ryan Manalac who led the squad with 82 stops. One of his pupils, Corey Smith, signed a free-agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Does Thurman Thomas want into Buffalo’s front office?

  • Posted on December 26, 2009 at 8:00 am

I’ve been saving this one for a few days, because this story hasn’t gotten a ton of attention, and because I wanted to take a day or two to sink my teeth into the idea and formulate an opinion in that fashion.

This past Monday - the day after the Buffalo Bills’ 17-10 loss to the New England Patriots - Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas did his “Extra Point” show on WGR 550, just as he’s done every week this season. This past week’s edition, however, was quite easily his most interesting version yet. Why? Because Thurman mentioned his desire to play a part in Buffalo’s upcoming re-building process, and his having already talked to COO Russ Brandon about it. WGR has the full details here (as well as the audio), but these Thomas quotes are particularly noteworthy:

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Unemployed Chef: Mac’n'Cheese’n'Beer

  • Posted on December 26, 2009 at 7:48 am

Even though the Bills were anything but great last week against the Patriots, I’ve created a little bit of “greatness” for you. This greatness is also known as Mac’n'Cheese’n'Beer. Well, honestly, I can’t really say that I *created* anything.

As you may have read skipped over in last week’s post, I greatly prided my career in Unemployment. Well, I found another way to live off the system-Focus Groups. So now I’m taking advantage of marketing agencies, along with the government. Anyway, I was sitting in an hour-long focus group this Wednesday (for $125) in which the topic was Science, so I’ve been feeling a little experimental.

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No Happy Festivus Day for Sabres in 5-2 loss

  • Posted on December 24, 2009 at 10:07 am

It was not a happy Festivus for Drew Stafford and the rest of the Buffalo Sabres.  The 23rd of December, known for the Seinfeld created holiday, saw the Sabres put on a clinic on how not to defend against Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

The Caps were dominant in the first period, beating Ryan Miller twice and limiting the Sabres to a pitiful three shots on goal.  Although the Sabres rebounded in the second and third periods and out-shot the Capitals in both, they were unable to dig themselves out of the whole they had fallen into in the first twenty minutes.  Two penalties halfway through the third period by Craig Rivet and Paul Gaustad gave the most dangerous offense in the league a five on three power play and the Caps made no mistake, icing the game by scoring two goals with the man advantage.

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Griffs lock down New Orleans 63-48

  • Posted on December 24, 2009 at 9:57 am

Canisius junior Julius Coles scored 18 points, teammate Elton Frazier added 17 and the Golden Griffins locked down New Orleans to just 30.4 percent from the field in a 63-48 win on the final day of the Southern Miss Christmas Classic in Gulfport, Miss. The win is Canisius’ second straight and improved the team to 6-6 on the year, while the Privateers dropped their sixth straight to fall to 5-8.

The 48 points allowed by Canisius are the fewest in a game since Feb. 8, 1997, when the Blue and Gold defeated Fairfield 91-45 in Buffalo. New Orleans shot just 30.4 percent from the field and turned the ball over 19 times, while the Griffs closed out their southern swing by shooting a season-high 51.1 percent from the floor and out rebounding New Orleans by a 34-26 count.

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Byrd becomes 18th Bill to go on I.R.

  • Posted on December 23, 2009 at 2:11 pm

One of the few bright spots on a dismal 2009 Buffalo Bills team, rookie safety Jairus Byrd has been placed on Injured Reserve, reports His stellar rookie campaign is now at an end. Veteran linebacker and special teams ace Josh Stamer was signed to to fill Byrd’s spot on the active roster.

A second-round pick out of Oregon this past April, Byrd made a position switch from corner to safety despite not participating in mini-camps and dealing with a nagging groin injury. To say he exceeded all expectations is an understatement; Byrd hits IR as the NFL’s current interceptions leader, with nine on the season.

Byrd had been seeing limited playing time in recent weeks, as the groin injury he suffered prior to training camp never really went away. George Wilson and Donte Whitner will remain Buffalo’s starting safeties for the remainder of the season - if they, themselves, can stay healthy, that is.

College Hoops: NU Beats Little 3 Rival St. Bona

  • Posted on December 23, 2009 at 8:43 am

The Niagara men’s basketball team (8-4) wanted one thing for Christmas; a second half. After falling behind by 16 points at the intermission, things looked bleak for the Purple Eagles. But a 52-point second half gave NU a 77-71 victory over Little 3 Rival St. Bonaventure (6-5) in front of a sold out ‘Taps’ Gallagher Center crowd on Tuesday.

“Even our fans, who are the greatest fans in the world, were probably thinking that this just wasn’t our night,” Niagara head coach Joe Mihalich said. “But in the locker room at halftime, there were 20 people who knew we could win this game.”

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College Hoops: Pierce Scores Career High 29 In Bulls Win

  • Posted on December 23, 2009 at 8:38 am

The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team earned their third straight win by defeating the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 71-65. Senior Rodney Pierce scored a career-high 29 points in 37 minutes of action to lead the Bulls to victory in the first ever meeting between the teams.

The Bulls (6-3, 0-0 MAC) opened the contest at the line, which would be a key factor in their victory. Buffalo shot an impressive 11-for-12 from the line with Pierce going 6-for-6.

Trailing by two at 16:35, senior John Boyer caused a Green Bay turnover, leading to a Pierce layup off a pass by Calvin Betts to tie the contest at 8-8.

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The Daily Links

  • Posted on December 23, 2009 at 8:29 am

Chuck Pollack of the Olean Times examines what happens now with the Buffalo Bills.

Sal Maiorana and Leo Roth of the Rochester D&C say the Bills have a long Christmas list, and that includes Tom Modrak and John Guy packing up their stuff.

Terrence McGee has season ending surgery and the Bills resign Gibran Hamden, writes John Wawrow of the Associated Press.

You can find a preview of tonight’s Buffalo Sabres, Washington Capitals preview up on

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Welcome Back Gibran Hamden

  • Posted on December 22, 2009 at 5:48 pm

The Buffalo Bills have officially placed Terrence McGee on injured reserve and to fill his roster spot have brought back quarter Gibran Hamden.

The move is surely a precursor to placing Trent Edwards on injured reserve.

Hamden, who’s biggest claim to fame in Buffalo was hosting his video show “Hanging with Hamden” was with the Bills organization from 2006 until being released on November 19 to make room for Brian Brohm.

During his six-year career he’s thrown all of two NFL passes, completing one for seven yards.

Edwards suffered a high ankle sprain against New England on Sunday that will end his season. McGee is schedule to have surgery tomorrow on his shoulder.

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Quinn Brings Confidence As New UB Football Coach

  • Posted on December 22, 2009 at 4:08 pm

It’s never painless to replace a successful football coach, yet the University of Buffalo were required to do so after Turner Gill moved on to Kansas.  Fortunately for UB fans, the school got a proven winner in former Cincinnati Bearcats offensive coordinator Jeff Quinn.

Quinn was introduced as the 24th University of Buffalo head football coach on Tuesday. In doing so, he turned the chance to become offensive coordinator at Notre Dame.

UB Athletic Director Warde Manuel revealed that he interviewed six candidates over a two-day period, after reviewing resumes of 150 to 200 people. He interviewed Quinn last Friday morning and before the two had dinner Friday evening, Quinn had agreed to become the head coach.

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Sabres Rake Leafs In Overtime

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

Eight games.  That’s the number of times the Sabres have consecutively bested the Toronto Maple Leafs going into Monday night’s contest.  Derek Roy’s backhand goal 3:55  into overtime extended that streak to nine.

With the puck along the boards, Steve Montador’s pinch sent the puck over to Jochen Hecht, who set up a wide-open Roy directly in front of Toronto goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, capping off another game where the Sabres were able to eke out a win against the Maple Leafs when not playing to their strengths.

The Leafs out-shot the Sabres 36-30, won 15 more face-offs and recorded 10 more hits, but could only solve Ryan Miller twice.  Miller, as he has been all season was the key to victory for the Sabres, and his 34 saves stymied the Leafs, especially sniper Phil Kessel, who failed to connect on any of his five shots and has yet to record a point in three games against the Sabres.

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NU, Bona to square off for 150th time

  • Posted on December 22, 2009 at 8:00 am

Niagara welcomes one of its oldest rivals to the ‘Taps’ Gallagher Center when it takes on St. Bonaventure on Tuesday in a pre-Christmas showdown. The Purple Eagles showed its ‘claus’ in last year’s victory at St. Bonaventure, winning their sixth-straight in the rivalry, 83-65, on Dec. 23.

Tuesday’s contest marks the 150th time the two schools separated by 98 miles have squared off on the hardwood. The most historic game between the rivals game 48 years ago, when NU ended second-ranked Bona’s 99-game home win streak, 87-77.

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Sources: McGee to IR, Edwards and Scott Could Follow

  • Posted on December 22, 2009 at 1:05 am

Trent Edwards buffalo sports dailyAt the very least, Brian Brohm will take one step up the Buffalo Bills quarterback ladder this week.

According to more than one source, Trent Edwards has suffered a significant high ankle sprain that will force him to miss the rest of the season. He suffered the injury while being sacked in the fourth quarter against New England on Sunday.

The injury moves Brohm to number two on the depth chart.  We won’t know until later in the week if he’ll be starting when Buffalo travels to Atlanta on Sunday.  That will depend on the health of Ryan Fitpatrick, who’s also suffering from an ankle injury, although it’s not believed to be as severe as Edwards’.

Also, staring cornerback Terrence McGee will be forced to have surgery this week on the shoulder he injured Sunday and will be placed on injured reserve.

It’s already been reported Bryan Scott suffered a concussion last Sunday, making it highly doubtful he’ll play again this year.

If all three players go on injured reserve it would bring the total number of Bills on the list up to 19.

Sabres mastering art of one goal wins

  • Posted on December 21, 2009 at 2:01 pm

After 11 weeks of the season, those who are performing are sticking out from those who aren’t. Ryan Miller is obviously doing his part, most of the defense has been solid, and the bottom six forwards for the Buffalo Sabres (21-10-3) are doing the jobs they’re supposed to do. Who does that leave? If you’ve followed the team at all, you know it’s the top six.

Thomas Vanek is leading the team in goals (well, he’s tied…with Clarke MacArthur).  But he only has 10. That’s not even half of league leader Marion Gaborik’s 24. Point leader Derek Roy only has 26, as compared with Joe Thornton’s 48. If you take a glance at the team’s +/- leaders, you have to go down to Jason Pominville in 6th place before you find someone who you’d call a top six forward. The Sabres are in the bottom third in the league in goals for with only 89. The Washington Capitals have 127.

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