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You are currently browsing the archives for 24 February 2010

McNabb is in Buffalo-to watch niece play hoops

  • Posted on February 24, 2010 at 6:41 pm

It doesn’t take long for a rumor to get some legs in Buffalo.

A radio station, Edge 103.3 had a fan on the air who said he saw Donovan McNabb at the airport signing autographs.  A few minutes later during a visit to Billszone a fan posted that a friend who works at Avis Car rental called and told him that McNabb was there.  It took about 15 minutes for the rumor mill to hit full swing.

Since I don’t have anything better to do and was still on a high from the Americans beating Switzerland in the Olympics, I decided to look into it. I tried unsuccessfully to call Avis to confirm that McNabb was there.

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Miller shuts out Swiss as USA advances to semi’s

  • Posted on February 24, 2010 at 5:27 pm

He wasn’t nearly as busy as his Switzerland counterpart Jonas Hiller, but Ryan Miller was once again a rock in net for the United States as they won their Olympic quarterfinal matchup with the Swiss, 2-0.

With the win the Americans advance to the semifinals Friday at 3pm where they’ll play the winner of the Finland vs. Czech Republic game later today.

Miller turned back all 18 shots thrown his way in recording the first United States Olympic shutout since Mike Ritcher in 2002.  He got plenty of help from his teammates defensively, who blocked a mind-blowing 25 shots.

The offensive hero was Zach Parise, who scored both American goals in the third period including an empty netter with 11.2 seconds left to finally seal the victory.

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Free Agent Files: Tony Pashos

  • Posted on February 24, 2010 at 4:28 pm

(We’re running a series profiling players that could fit into the Buffalo Bills’ plans leading up to the start of free agency on March 5.  Today we look at San Francisco right tackle Tony Pashos)

Brad Butler caught the Buffalo Bills organization off guard with the sudden announcement of his retirement last week. While the 26-year old would’ve been coming off a major knee injury and was by no means a Pro Bowl prospect at right tackle, his departure at the very least created yet another hole the already rebuilding Bills need to fill.

Buddy Nix has stated several times he plans to do the majority of his building through the draft, but even the man who professed he’ll never be the smartest man in the room knows there’s only so many picks who can be expected to start early on.

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Report: UB Football player recently arrested

  • Posted on February 24, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Sherrod LottNewly instated University at Buffalo head football coach Jeff Quinn has already encountered a couple of unexpected headaches since taking over the team from Turner Gill in early January.

He’s already seen his quarterback leave the school shortly upon his arrival as Zack Maynard decided the football program under Quinn’s tutelage wasn’t a good fit for him.  He transferred to the University of California.

Now it appears one of Quinn’s returning players may see his status with the team in jeopardy.

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Retired NFL Players Get Trumped in Latest Round of CBA Negotiations

  • Posted on February 24, 2010 at 10:03 am

Unfortunately for us gentlemen, the NFL and the NFL Players Association have been unable to agree on a way to increase the Pension Plan for retired players. The NFL proposed a new rookie wage scale for this year’s draft, with players paid a fixed amount based on draft slot. The NFLPA responded with its own rookie salary proposal, but tied it to a two-year extension of the current CBA.  Both proposals would have used the money saved to increase retired player’s pensions.

Did the NFLPA really think the owners would go for a two year extension of the current CBA…….. Hell no, and that’s why they proposed it.

Both the Owners and the Active Players can now point fingers at each other and say they couldn’t get it done because the other side wouldn’t budge and of course, retired players got “sent to the rails” which in card playing terms means we lost all our chips and had to leave the game.

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Bulls’ Final Two Road Games to be Televised

  • Posted on February 24, 2010 at 8:39 am

University at Buffalo men’s basketball fans will get a chance to see the Bulls’ final two road games of the regular season as their games at Akron and Miami (OH) will both air live on Fox Sports Ohio as well as locally on Time Warner Cable Sports.

Buffalo will play at division-leading Akron tonight and at Miami on March 4. Both are key games in the Bulls’ efforts to secure a first-round bye in the upcoming Mid-American Conference Tournament.

Winners of five straight, Buffalo is currently 16-9 overall and 8-5 in conference play. Each division winner as well as the next two teams with the best record earn a first-round bye.

Pennington headlines potential Bills FA targets

  • Posted on February 24, 2010 at 8:06 am

The NFL’s free agent signing period begins on March 5, football fans - and the Buffalo Bills could very well be busy shoppers once that date rolls around. Beginning a massive roster overhaul under the guidance of new GM Buddy Nix and head coach Chan Gailey, the Bills have several need areas and a big-time depth problem that will need to be addressed in some fashion.

We talked earlier this week about how the Bills would likely focus on quantity as opposed to quality this year, as they’ll likely look to build a roster rather than add big impact in year one of the re-building project. That said, Buffalo has too many needs to fill them all via the 2010 NFL Draft, so bigger names with starting potential will certainly be discussed over the next several weeks. That’s true in particular of the team’s major need areas, which include quarterback, offensive tackle and nose tackle.

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ECC Men’s bowling claims Region III title, women second

  • Posted on February 24, 2010 at 8:00 am

The Erie Community College men’s bowling team claimed the Region III bowling title on February 21 in Utica.  The Kats won the title with a total pinfall of 10,593, just 42 pins ahead of runner-up Hudson Valley Community College.

The men were led by freshman David Zajac (Niagara Falls/Niagara Falls) who finished third in the All-Events with a total of 1,893 for a 236.6 average for eight games.  Teammates Jake Kent (Newark, NY/Canandaigua Academy) and Ted Chojecki (West Seneca/St. Francis) finished fifth and sixth respectively making the All-Tournament and All-Region teams.

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Brockport bounces Buffalo State from playoffs in OT

  • Posted on February 24, 2010 at 6:30 am

Jermaine Johnson hit a layup and knocked down a free throw to complete the 3-point play with nine seconds remaining in overtime to give No. 4 seeded Brockport (16-10) a 68-67 win over visiting No. 5 Buffalo State (11-14) in the SUNYAC Quarterfinals at Tuttle North Gymnasium.

Senior Antonio Samedi closed out his Buffalo State career with 17 points and 10 rebounds.  T.O. Jackson (Bronx/Bronx Regional) added 14 points and 12 boards.  Glenroy Carr also scored 14 points, and Norman Simmons (Rochester/East) had 12 points and six assists.

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