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Sabres stave off elimination, win 4-1 to force game six

  • Posted on April 23, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Sabres Bruins PlayoffsWith by far their most inspired effort of the series, the Buffalo Sabres staved off elimination Friday night in front of a delighted HSBC Arena crowd, disposing of the Boston Bruins 4-1 to cut their deficit in their quarterfinal playoff series down to three games to two.

Adam Mair, Jason Pominville, Mike Grier and Tyler Ennis scored for Buffalo, who played by far their most complete game of the series.

Nathan Gerbe was inserted into the lineup with Raffi Torres getting scratched.  Gerbe had an assist and registered four shots on goal.

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Bills tab Alex Carrington in round three

  • Posted on April 23, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Alex Carrington Buffalo BillsThe Buffalo Bills continued their defensive line overall in the third round of the NFL draft by selecting Arkansas State defensive end Alex Carrington.

He was the 2008 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year.

The 6-foot-5, 285 pounder recorded nine sacks and 14.5 tackles for losses last year and was a four-year starter.  His biggest strength is said to be in stopping the run though he’s demonstrated an ability to get after the quarterback.

In taking Carrington the Bills passed over a new notable players, including quarterback Colt McCoy, offensive tackle Bruce Campbell and defensive end Everson Griffen.

Carrington could see time as a rookie in a rotation with defensive ends Marcus Stroud, Dwan Edwards and Spencer Johnson.  Kyle Williams could also play some defensive end.

This is the Bills last scheduled pick of the night.  Barring a trade they’ll next be on the clock with the ninth (107th overall) of the fourth round when the draft resumes on Saturday afternoon.

Bills pick Terrell Troup in the second round

  • Posted on April 23, 2010 at 7:27 pm

With the No. 41 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills have selected Central Florida nose tackle Torrell Troup.

Buffalo made the pick with both Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy on the board as available quarterbacks, as well as offensive tackle Charles Brown.

Terrence Cody, a defensive tackle most analysts had rated ahead of Troop, was also left on the board.

As my colleague over at Buffalo Rumblings Brian Galliford states,  “ Troup is high on intangibles and brutally strong, Troup isn’t overly athletic and won’t provide the team much on passing downs, but he fills the need for a two-gap lane-plugger in the Bills’ new 3-4 defensive alignment.”

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Review: The best… and worst of round one

  • Posted on April 23, 2010 at 1:34 pm

BSD Film ReelIt was an interesting night to say the least.  CJ Spiller is now a Buffalo Bill and when the team went on the clock with the ninth pick it took less than two minutes for the draft card to get brought to the podium.  Clearly, Spiller was in their sights for a long time and Buddy Nix gave ESPN and NFL gurus little time to discuss the pick.

I’m not even sure Chris Berman got to share his traditional cabbie story. (Update- I’ve been told he didn’t get a chance because Mel Kiper wouldn’t shut up)

Anyway, here is one man’s thoughts on the first round of an exciting draft that promises a boatload of action again tonight.

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MAC now in five bowl game relationships

  • Posted on April 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm

For the first time in its 64-year history, the Mid-American Conference (MAC) will have five bowl relationships—three (3) primary and two (2) secondary—for the next four football seasons (2010-2013).  The five agreements, approved by the MAC Council of Presidents, were granted licenses today by the NCAA.

The MAC’s three primary bowl agreements are with the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl (Detroit, Mich.), GMAC Bowl (Mobile, Ala.) and Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl (Boise, Ida.).  The primary agreement with the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl replaces the International Bowl, which hosted the MAC’s No. 3 selection the past four years (2006-09) in Toronto, Ont., Canada.  The Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl will have the MAC’s No. 1 selection in 2010 and 2012, with the GMAC Bowl having the No. 1 selection in 2011 and 2013.  The Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl will own the MAC’s third selection of bowl eligible teams all four years.

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Conflicting reports about QB in round two for Bills

  • Posted on April 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Unless the Buffalo Bills are planning to spring a trade for Jason Campbell sometime this weekend, it seems that the team is settled on either Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick, or Brian Brohm being the starter at quarterback in 2010.’s Jason La Canfora is reporting that the Bills are “not overly inclined to trade up for a QB.”  That sounds like moving up for Jimmy Clausen or possibly Colt McCoy early tonight is very unlikely to happen.

La Canfora thinks the Bills may go with a left tackle at 41 and select a quarterback in a later round.

Another report by WGR’s Jeremy White says the Bills are “very unlikely the Bills go QB in round 2″ suggests the same.

Check back here for updates all day and we’ll be covering rounds two and three live tonight at Buffalo Sports Daily.

**UPDATE** Adam Schefter just filed a report stating the complete opposite. He says the Bills have contacted the Rams about moving up to #33

Bandits face do or die in season finale

  • Posted on April 23, 2010 at 11:29 am

buffalo bandits logoThe Buffalo Bandits today announced the playoff scenario for the 2010 National Lacrosse League playoffs before heading into this Saturday’s contest against the Boston Blazers at 7:30 p.m.

With a win this Saturday against Boston, Buffalo will be the #3 seed in the East Division playing at Toronto on Saturday, May 1. With a loss, Buffalo is eliminated from playoff contention.

Buffalo Bandits Associate General Manager Derek Graham, summarized the situation, “The playoffs start a week early for us.  It’s do or die.  There is going to be a playoff style atmosphere at the arena Saturday night with 18,000 of the greatest fans in lacrosse behind us.  Hopefully we will be able to give them something to cheer about.”

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Bills will have strong options in second round

  • Posted on April 23, 2010 at 10:17 am

Last night, the Buffalo Bills raised a few eyebrows when they used the No. 9 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft on Clemson running back C.J. Spiller. Long painted as a franchise that would target help at one of its four critical need areas (QB, OT, NT, OLB) in the first round, the selection of Spiller caught many people off guard.

Whether or not you’re a fan of Spiller’s - I am, by the way, and my sense is that the vast majority of Bills fans understand that the Bills took a phenomenally talented player last night, regardless of their views on needs - Buffalo still must address some of its biggest holes. With the second round of the draft set to begin tonight, there are several options available that would make a great deal of sense to Buffalo.

After the jump, you’ll find my (slightly modified due to circumstances) list of the nine players left on the board that I believe would best fit Buffalo - from a need and talent standpoint - with their second-round pick (No. 41 overall). If you’ve been frequenting Buffalo Rumblings for longer than, say, 24 hours - or are capable of interpreting the picture to the left - you know who tops the list. But that young man isn’t the only player that would be a solid pick for Buffalo this evening.

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More on C.J. Spiller

  • Posted on April 23, 2010 at 10:08 am

CJ SpillerThis 22-year-old-Clemson graduate had an illustrious four years with the Tigers, scoring 43 touchdowns and totaling 3,547 yards in Death Valley.  His 7,588 all purpose yards are second in NCAA Division I history.

Spiller’s world-class jets and freakish athleticism made him the top consensus running back in this year’s draft class. He averaged 7.3 yards per carry as a freshmen, and his senior season when he was named the ACC player of the year, Spiller carried the ball 216 times for 1,212 yards and scored 12 touchdowns.

However, his presence isn’t solely felt in the running game. C.J. caught 11 touchdowns as a receiver, and exploded for eight scores as a kick returner during his time as a collegian, culminating with a first team All-American selection as a returner — the man did it all as a Clemson Tiger.

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