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A trade that would make sense: Williams to New Orleans

  • Posted on February 25, 2010 at 10:15 am

Of all the major sports, the NFL is where you see the fewest amounts of trades.  That’s largely due to a complicated salary cap and bonus structure and what happens to team’s caps when players change teams.  For that reason among others, it’s not often you see players dealt and even less frequent where you see a player get traded straight up for another player.

Pretty much every football fan doubles as an armchair quarterback and a brief glance at any fan board has trade proposals you only see happen in a Madden video game.  Simply put, fan proposed trades often make sense for the team that fan supports.

But yesterday a fan brought up a trade proposal that made alarmingly perfect sense.  In fact it’s the most logical scenario I’ve heard to date.  He said the Bills should trade Kyle Williams to the New Orleans Saints for Jammal Brown.

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Congratulations to Christian Laettner

  • Posted on February 25, 2010 at 9:33 am

Congratulations to former Nichols high school star Christian Laettner, who yesterday was elected into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame.

Laettner joined Sidney Wicks, Jerry West and David Thompson, Tex Winter, Davey Whitney, Tom Jernstedt and Wayne Duke as the eight members voted into this year’s class.

The ceremony will take place November 21 in Kansas City.

Laettner won two NCAA championships while at Duke, including hitting one of the most famous shots in college history to defeat Kentucky in 1992. Duke went to the Final Four every season Laettner was there, won the MVP of the tournament as a junior and was the National Player of the Year as a senior.

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Free Agent Files: Tully Banta-Cain

  • Posted on February 25, 2010 at 8:30 am

(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 New England linebacker Tully Banta-Cain)

There are two keys to any 3-4 defense being successful.  One is having a run stuffing nose tackle.  The Bills are in trouble in that department (more on that at another time).  The other is dangerous pass rushers— an area the Bills need to address as well.  Who knows what Aaron Maybin will do in his sophomore year after a woefully quiet rookie season, and who knows if Aaron Schobel is going to play at all going forward.

Pass rushing defensive ends? Marcus Stroud and Spencer Johnson won’t be doing many sack dances.

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Hall leads Bonnies to second straight A-10 road win

  • Posted on February 25, 2010 at 8:16 am

A gutsy all-around effort by senior Jonathan Hall that included a game-high 24 points helped St. Bonaventure pick up its second straight Atlantic 10 road win with a 73-68 victory over Fordham on Wednesday night at Rose Hill Gymnasium.

The win marks just the third time in nine years that the Brown and White have won consecutive A-10 road games, as they improve to 12-14 overall and 5-8 in the league. Fordham drops its 19 straight contest to fall to 2-24 on the season. The season sweep is the Bonnies first over the Rams since 1998.

Hall’s 10-for-17 night from the field also included eight rebounds, a career-high four blocks and three assists over 32 minutes. The Miami, Fla. product scored 14 of the team’s first 20 points in the second half to help the Bonnies pull away after trailing by one, 35-34, at the half.
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Bulls Win Streak Snapped By Akron

  • Posted on February 25, 2010 at 8:13 am

The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a fast start by Akron and fell to the division-leading Zips, 77-67, at Rhodes Arena on Wednesday night. Akron jumped out to a 24-4 lead and never looked back, snapping the Bulls’ five game winning streak.

Buffalo (16-10, 8-6 MAC) stumbled out of the gate hitting only two of its first 17 shots. The Bulls shot 9-of-32 for the half. Conversely, Akron (21-8, 11-3 MAC) shot 50 percent for the half and led 39-23 at the break.

The Bulls managed to cut the Akron lead to 12 points on a couple occasions in the second half, but failed to get the lead to single digits.

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Playing Bills GM- Volume IV

  • Posted on February 25, 2010 at 12:05 am

(Admitted hot head fan/blogger Joe Pinzone AKA “JoeFromNYC” has a blueprint to solve the Buffalo Bills woes.  Many won’t agree with his views–and we probably won’t either.  But they’re still interesting enough to publish.  This is the fourth in a series of moves he would like to see the Bills make to return to respectability)

If you were to look at the premiere dynasties in NFL history, the majority of those franchises started from the bottom of the barrel. Before the Pittsburgh Steelers dominated the 70’s; they were being dominated in the 60’s. Before Joe Montana was guiding the 49ers to four championships in 8 years; they were the joke of the 70’s. Before the Bills were circling the wagons in the 90’s; they were circling down the drain in the mid 80’s. You can include the Cowboys of the 90’s in that conversation as well.

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