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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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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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Nichols goes on second half tear to earn title shot

  • Posted on February 23, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Timon FansAfter a run of Manhattan Cup playoff crowds that could be described as docile, the faithful from Timon made the voyage to the Koessler Athletic Center and were  rowdier than ever. Suddenly the neutral site quickly had the feel of a South Buffalo home game.  Fans battered Nichols players with insults long before the opening tip.

It didn’t matter.

Nichols stars Will Regan and Ron Canestro get most the ink and deservedly so, but on this night it was Stan Wier who would earn the headlines.  Wier scored a game-high 21 points, including several big buckets while the outcome was still in doubt as the Vikings ended up rolling over Timon, 76-50.

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Manhattan Cup: Canisius dominates to reach title game

  • Posted on February 23, 2010 at 7:38 pm

About an hour or so before tipoff of their Manhattan Cup semifinal playoff game both Canisius and St. Mary’s were on their respective sides of a mostly empty gym getting loose.  At one point Canisius players Blair Helton, Jimmy Gaines and CJ Coatsworth were taking turns showing off athletic prowess with an assortment of dunk attempts.

The Lancers pretty much stood around watching and admiring—maybe too much.

Maybe they weren’t in awe on Canisius.  But on this night they sure played like it.  Helton nearly outscored St. Mary’s by himself in the half, dropping in 15 on his way to a game-high 22 points as the Crusaders stormed to a 79-56 win to earn a berth in the Manhattan Cup title game Sunday.

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LIVE UPDATES: Manhattan Cup Semis at 6pm

  • Posted on February 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm

We’re down to the final four contenders for the Catholic league’s prestigious Manhattan Cup.  No. 3 St. Mary’s takes on No. 2 Canisius at 6pm, followed by No. 4 Bishop Timon against top seeded Nichols.  Both games are taking place at Canisius College.

Stop right here beginning at 6pm for instant live updates, scores and statistics for both games.

Miller has game on—and off the ice

  • Posted on February 23, 2010 at 11:50 am

Through three games on the ice Ryan Miller has been the talk of the Winter Olympics.  Miller stood on his head Sunday night, making 42 saves as the United States stunned heavily favored Canada in their own backyard.

The Buffalo Sabres netminder is now seeing his celebrity rise in sporting circles daily, and  it’s spreading out to the entertainment social media as well.  Turns out Miller has quite the hot girlfriend.

It’s now being reported that Miller has been dating actress Noureen DeWulf since May.  DeWulf, 25, has been in recent movies like “The Goods” and “Oceans Thirteen” and has a host of television credits to her resume.  She’s also been featured in Maxim magazine Hot 100 as one of the most desirable females.

Buffalo now has an actual celebrity.  Can you imagine how much his star will rise if the Americans win the gold?  You go, Ryan!

**UPDATE** Would anyone mind if we stickied this post at the top forever?

Free Agent Files: Chad Clifton

  • Posted on February 23, 2010 at 9:53 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 Green Bay Packers left tackle Chad Clifton)

Like many other positions, the pickings at offensive tackle in free agency appear to be slender.  More so than other spots, the lack of a collective bargaining agreement hinders the talent pool, which would’ve included Jammal Brown and Marcus McNeil among others.

One intriguing veteran for the Buffalo Bills when the shopping spree commences could be Green Bay Packers tackle Chad Clifton.  Let’s not kid ourselves here; Clifton’s best days are long behind him and he’s no lock to stay healthy for a full season at 34 years old. But when he’s on the field he’s one of the more steadfast tackles in the game and could be a quality short term asset for the club.

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Manhattan Cup Semi Final Preview

  • Posted on February 23, 2010 at 6:30 am

Canisius College tonight is the venue for a pair of intriguing Manhattan semi final matchups in boys high school basketball.  St. Mary’s of Lancaster will try to prevent Canisius from defending their title at 6pm followed by a rubber match between Bishop Timon and Nichols, the top ranked large school in Western New York.

While conventional wisdom suggests it will be the two top seeded teams advancing to Sunday night’s final, this has been a wildly unpredictable high school season where anything can—and plenty of times did happen.

Nichols, Canisius and Timon all went 1-1 against each other on the year and while St. Marys failed to beat Canisius or Nichols they did upend Timon on the final day of the regular season on the road to finish seeded higher.

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Bills Roster Review: Cornerbacks

  • Posted on February 23, 2010 at 6:15 am

Terrence McGee Buffalo Sports DailyChan Gailey’s first, and already his boldest, move as new head coach of the Buffalo Bills has been to install a 3-4 defense, led by defensive coordinator George Edwards. While no one’s sure exactly what that 3-4 system will look like, it’ll be a fairly dramatic change for a Bills team that has run the 4-3 as its base defense since Gregg Williams’ arrival as head coach in 2001.

While the majority of that overhaul will take place in the defensive front seven, perhaps Gailey’s smartest coaching hire came in the retention of defensive backs coach George Catavolos. Hired by Dick Jauron in 2006, Catavolos has decades of experience coaching in the secondary, and having spent four years in Buffalo already, he’ll be keenly aware of exactly what type of talent the team possesses in the defensive backfield.

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Playing Bills GM- Volume III

  • Posted on February 23, 2010 at 6:05 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 third in a series of moves he would like to see the Bills make to return to respectability)

Is it getting hot in here or is it just me? I already sense the disdain towards my first two moves as Buffalo Bills general manager. The people have spoken and they said I’m crazy to trade Lee Evans. I made my points perfectly clear that Evans is overpaid and the Bills need draft picks. I’m also having people say that Evans is a key marketing tool for the Bills.

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BSD Briefs: Local College Athletes Honored

  • Posted on February 23, 2010 at 5:55 am

Several area colleges announced their respective school’s and/or conference athletes of the week. Here’s a run down.

Canisius College

After moving to the top of the Canisius College hockey team’s record book, senior Josh Heidinger was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week on Monday.

Heidinger tallied six assists during the weekend and now ranks first in the program’s Division I history with 123 career points. The senior surpasses the previous standard of 119, held by David Deeves (1998-02).

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NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Bruce Campbell

  • Posted on February 22, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Bruce CampbellBruce Campbell (OT)- Maryland

6’7, 310 lbs


Campbell has one of the most impressive combination of size and athleticism I’ve ever seen in all my years scouting draft prospects. With his ability to be as big as he is yet stay with some of the quickest guys in the country is simply incredible when compared to some of his offensive tackle counterparts.

In fact Campbell’s ability to mirror may be the best in this class and his recovery ability is also tops. He can get beat by being caught off balance but he has the size and athleticism to recover and still make the block. One of the ways Campbell is able to do this is with his footwork.  It’s technically sound and he uses it very well to keep his feet chopping and maintaining his blocks.

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The MAC and the RPI

  • Posted on February 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm

The regular season is coming to a close and there are a lot of teams across the country still fighting for an at large bid to the NCAA tournament. Some of these teams are mid-majors, some are from power conferences, and some from conferences in between the two (A-10, the Valley, and Mountain West).

Sadly, there are no teams for the MAC that will make the NCAA tournament without winning it all in Cleveland, but you can’t completely criticize this conference.

Fans who want the best thing possible for UB and the MAC often criticize because it only sends one team to the dance and really haven’t had a legit shot at sending two in at least five years. We want to always have 20 win years and to be annually in the hunt to make a splash when it actually counts. Then we holler and scream when our mediocrity does match up to schools who are able to come through some years, such as Cleveland State, Southern Illinois, George Mason, etc.

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Do you believe in Millercles?

  • Posted on February 22, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Ryan MillerWow.

To think we still have about another week left of Olympic Hockey. America may not watch the NHL that much, but they sure will get into a great hockey game. When you have Ryan Miller being the number one trending topic on Twitter, you know that you have something going. Even Alysaa Milano twittered about Ryan Miller making her want to be a Sabres fan. Ryan, six words to Alyssa: My people will call your people (That’s showbiz talk)-

As a hockey fan, I definitely needed that. I’ll be honest, hockey and myself have kind of a love/ hate relationship. There’s just so many games I watch that can bore me to tears. However, having a game like this makes me want to stay up late and watch every single hockey game ever played on skates or roller blades.
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Shot of the Year… So far

  • Posted on February 22, 2010 at 10:55 am

It’s one thing to hit a buzzer beater to lift your team at any time— but to extend your season in the playoffs?

That’s special.

Check out what Timon guard Mike Scarcello did yesterday in the Manhattan Cup playoffs against St. Joes. With 6.7 seconds left and his team down by three, Scarcello went the length of the court, got a pair of Marauders defenders in the air—and literally saved his team’s season.  Timon went on to win in overtime and the senior guard lives to play another game.

Check out the video clip; it’s what makes high school sports so special.

Stampede get blown out over the weekend

  • Posted on February 22, 2010 at 10:30 am

The Buffalo Stampede of the PBL traveled to Lawton-Fort Sill over the weekend and suffered a 139-80 beating at the hands of the Cavalry.  The points allowed and margin of victory were the most of any game in the league this year.

The Stampede (3-8) were out of the game by halftime when the Cavalry led 66-40.

Andy Robinson led Buffalo with 26 points while Robert Sharpe and Corey Herring each scored 12.

Rashad Woods led a Lawton-Fort Sill (8-2) balanced scoring attack with 25 points that saw all 10 active players on the roster get on the scoreboard.

Buffalo travels to Rochester for a game on February 27.  Their next home game is March 12 against Puerto Rico at Canisius College.