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Will Andre Reed get the call from the ‘Hall’?

  • Posted on February 5, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Lynn Swann. Steve Largent. Art Monk. Michael Irvin. All NFL wide receivers with their very own shrines on the hallowed walls of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Sport’s most distinguished fraternity has been very selective in opening their gates to wide receivers. Only 20 pass-catchers are immortalized in Canton, the smallest number of any offensive position not counting tight ends.

Some classes are remembered for same team composition. Others are remembered for honoring bitter rivals. With Jerry Rice, Cris Carter, Tim Brown and Andre Reed on the ballot for the 2010 class, a wide out breakthrough may finally be upon us.

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Comprehensive Guide to Sabres’ Needs at Trade Deadline

  • Posted on February 5, 2010 at 11:58 am

Going into the Olympic freeze, the Buffalo Sabres will be sitting pretty in one of the top four spots in the Eastern Conference.  Ryan Miller has been the top netminder in the NHL, and his play combined with coach Lindy Ruff’s defensive system has the Sabres at third in the league in goals against.

Additionally, after a slow start to the season offensively, Buffalo has climbed to 11th overall in scoring and that number looks to improve as both Tim Connolly and Thomas Vanek have recovered from midseason slumps and are starting to find their respective games.

As a rookie, defenseman Tyler Myers leads the Sabres in ice time.  The 20-year old matches up solidly against opposing best forwards and plays on both the first power play and penalty kill units.  He’s also the Sabres best puck mover and Henrik Tallinder credits Myers for his transformation from the trade block to top pairing.

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Buffalo Bills Team Need List: Offense

  • Posted on February 5, 2010 at 9:32 am

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been slowly breaking down the Buffalo Bills’ roster - making our own evaluations while the Bills’ new coaching staff does likewise - in advance of Western New York’s Super Bowl, the NFL off-season.

To this point, we’ve knocked off the following positions: QB, RB, WR, TE, OT, and G/C. That’s right - we’ve made it through Buffalo’s entire list of offensive personnel. It’s time to decide precisely what we need offensively; once we look at the defense, we’ll make a similar needs list, combine the two, and whammy, we’ll be ready for action come March.

After the jump, you’ll find our three-tiered approach to identifying the Bills’ major offensive needs. We understand that you’ll feel compelled to try to re-prioritize based on your own opinions, slotting defensive needs into the list in the process, and that’s fine. We prefer to separate things like this to develop those tiers to iron out exactly what the Bills’ biggest, most critical needs are. So bear with us - we understand that what you see after the jump is (intentionally) not comprehensive.

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Bulls fall to Central Michigan

  • Posted on February 5, 2010 at 9:09 am

In a cross divisional matchup riddled by 50 combined personal fouls, the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team fell to Central Michigan at the Rose Center on Thursday evening, 88-82.

The Bulls (11-9, 4-5 MAC) came out in the first half, playing an aggressive man-to-man defense, which kept the Chippewas (11-9, 6-2 MAC) in check to start the contest. In the first 12 minutes, the Bulls built a seven-point lead off a combination of costly turnovers and fouls by Central Michigan despite only shooting 35.7 percent from the floor.

The tide quickly changed in favor of the Chippewas following the game’s third media timeout at 7:51. Facing a seven-point deficit with just under eight minutes remaining, the Chippewas’ Robbie Harman assisted on an Antonio Weary dunk to start Central Michigan’s comeback. Harman followed up with a three-point bucket to pull the Chippewas within two, which brought the home crowd to its feet.

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