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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.

NFL.com’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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NFL Draft Round 1 - LIVE BLOG @7pm

  • Posted on April 22, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Finally, the NFL draft is here.  Join us tonight starting at 7pm for our First Round live blog.   Leave your comments, ask your questions and chime in with your opinions on each pick of the draft.

NFP Report: Bills looking to trade up for Tebow

  • Posted on April 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Tim TebowOne of the most respected draft analysts in the business, West Bunting of the National Football Post is reporting that the Buffalo Bills are trying to trade back into the late first round, and the target would be University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.

According to a tweet by Bunting, a Buffalo trade could happen with the New York Jets, who hold the 29th pick.

There’s been lots of talk in circles that Buddy Nix has Tebow rated higher than Jimmy Clausen on the Buffalo Bills draft board.  It’s also no longer expected that Tebow would be available to the Bills with the 41st pick overall in the second round.

Personally, I buy into what Bunting is saying.  I also think besides the Jets, San Diego at 28 or Minnesota at 30 could be targets.

For the record, Bunting now has Buffalo taking Tebow in a trade with the Jets in his final mock draft.  He has the team taking offensive tackle Anthony Davis with the ninth overall pick (and I hope he’s wrong there).

Famed draft mocker Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News has the Bills selecting defensive tackle Dan Williams.

This is shaping up to be an exciting first round of the draft, which is in prime time tonight for the first time ever.

**UPDATE** Tim Tebow’s agent says he already knows where Tebow is going.

Source: Roosevelt will get offered by Bills if undrafted

  • Posted on April 22, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Naaman RooseveltI’m told by a source close to Naaman Roosevelt that the University of Buffalo wide receiver will be offered a contract by the Buffalo Bills should he go unselected in the NFL draft, which begins tonight.

The same source tells me at least two other teams have been in contact with his agent, Dave Butz of Sportstars, Inc regarding his post draft availability.

Despite being one of the most productive receivers in college football over the past two years, Roosevelt was not invited to participate at the NFL combine.  He did work out at the UB pro day in front of scouts for six teams, including the Bills.

Roosevelt did take part in Senior Bowl week and reviews were mixed.  Critics panned that he had a penchant for dropping too many passes, something people who’ve watched UB football over the past few years know to be ridiculous.

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Myers named Calder Trophy Finalist

  • Posted on April 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Tyler Myers Calder TrophyCenter Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche, goaltender Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings and defenseman Tyler Myers of the Buffalo Sabres are the three finalists for the 2009-10 Calder Trophy, awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots for the Calder Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 23, during the 2010 NHL Awards that will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on VERSUS in the United States and on CBC in Canada.

Following are the finalists for the Calder Trophy, in alphabetical order:
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11th Hour: Hoping Nix Remembers 2001

  • Posted on April 22, 2010 at 2:28 am

NFL DRAFT LOGOAfter what seems like an eternity of speculation, the time for the NFL draft has finally arrived.  For football die hards or fans of the movie “Step Brothers”, it’s bigger than the (expletive) Catalina Wine Mixer!

I won’t make this overly long and drawn out; Lord knows you’ll get your fill of draft day stuff from outlets all over the web. Six days ago I compiled my one (and only) NFL mock draft, and with the ninth pick I had the Buffalo Bills selecting defensive end/linebacker Derrick Morgan.

Upon further review, I’m hopeful my premonition was erroneous.

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One man’s thoughts on Big Ben

  • Posted on April 22, 2010 at 1:09 am

Dude, I swear, I’ve awakened too many Christmas morning’s to find out Santa Clause doesn’t exist. What am I talking about? I’m talking about the Bills. First, it was the coaching search that brought us Chan Gailey. Now, it’s Ben Roethlisberger. I woke up today and read that Adam Schefter tweeted that the Steelers were contacting teams with top 10 picks. I thought, “Wait. We have a top 10 pick. We need a franchise quarterback. Big Ben is under 30. We have a great nightlife. Sign me up!”

Of course, Schefter tweeted about 20 minutes later that the Bills said no. Awesome! Look, if you are new to my blog, there are a couple of things you need to know about me and some thoughts about Ben coming here:

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Game Four Thoughts: Sabres on brink of elimination

  • Posted on April 22, 2010 at 12:06 am

I’m too depressed to do a write up on this game.  If you want to subject yourself  to further agony get a detailed recap at the Buffalo News or Sabres.com

I’ll leave you with this—- internet  blog style…

Jochen Hecht and Thomas Vanek >>> Tim Connolly and Derrick Roy

Tim Donaghy >>>  Game four officiating

Ryan Miller in overtime >>>  Game ends four times if Lalime’s in net

Crossbar >>> Tim Connolly’s shot in overtime

Cowardly lion >>> Tim Connolly’s courage in playoffs

Tyler Ennis >>> Drew Stafford

Anyone else  >>> Drew Stafford

Deserved ice time >>> Craig Rivet

Playoff experience >>> Tyler Myer’s play in own end

The number one >>> goals since Raffi Torres arrived at deadline

Post game accountability >>> Lindy Ruff

Gailey hints at Bills interest in Jeff Garcia

  • Posted on April 21, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Chan Gailey was on the “The Big Early” radio show this morning on The Fan 590 in Toronto. While speaking with Don Landry & Gord Stellick, the subject of quarterback Jeff Garcia came up.

While Gailey remained non-committal in adding Garcia to the roster, he hinted strongly that it could be coming.

“You’re always interested in quality and certainly Jeff Garcia would be quality,” Gailey said.  “To me, to say absolutely no or absolutely yes would be a lie— but to say you’re always interested in adding quality to your football team, you better believe it.”

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Bills sign TE Michael Matthews

  • Posted on April 21, 2010 at 2:04 pm

The Buffalo claimed tight end Michael Matthews off waivers from the Detroit Lions Wednesday morning, as first reported by Adam Caplan of Scout.com.

Matthews is regarded strictly as a blocking tight end.  He spent time with the New England Patriots and Lions last year.  He was cut by the Patriots on October 20 and signed with Detroit on December 15. He was waived by Detroit yesterday.

He was originally an undrafted free agent who signed with New York Giants in 2007. He also played for Bills head coach Chan Gailey at Georgia Tech.

In  36 career games Matthews has caught eight passes for 54 yards and no touchdowns.

Vanek to be a game-time decision

  • Posted on April 21, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Thomas Vanek participated in the Buffalo Sabres morning skate and Lindy Ruff is calling him a “game time decision” to be in the lineup for tonight’s critical game four against the Boston Bruins.

“That will be a game-time decision on whether he plays,” Ruff told Buffalo News reporter Mike Harrington. “We’re just trying to get him a little extra ice to see what he looks like.”

Also, Matt Ellis will be out tonight according to Harrington, and recent Portland call up Cody McCormick will take his place in the lineup.

No word on who would come out of the lineup if Vanek can go tonight.  Drew Stafford is the most likely candidate.

Bills should find excellent value in round two

  • Posted on April 21, 2010 at 7:00 am

The second round of the NFL Draft has traditionally been very kind to the Buffalo Bills throughout the team’s 50-year history. The franchise has selected future Hall of Famers Thurman Thomas and Billy Shaw in the second round. They’ve found a slew of solid long-term starters in the round, including Jim Dunaway, Reggie McKenzie, Jim Haslett, Fred Smerlas, Darryl Talley, Nate Odomes and Phil Hansen, among others.

Even during the desolate landscape that has been the last decade of Bills football, really solid players have been found in the second round. Travis Henry and Aaron Schobel were second-round picks of Tom Donahoe. The Bills got longevity, if without huge production, out of players like Josh Reed, Ryan Denney, Chris Kelsay and Roscoe Parrish. Paul Posluszny was an exciting second-round pick in 2007. Just a year ago, the Bills picked a Pro Bowler in the second round in Jairus Byrd, and added an excellent building block along the offensive line in guard Andy Levitre.

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Bulls Rally to Defeat Canisius, 8-7 in baseball

  • Posted on April 20, 2010 at 8:27 pm

The University at Buffalo baseball team rallied in the bottom of the eighth to defeat Canisius, 8-7, on Tuesday afternoon at Amherst Audubon Field. Senior left fielder Bobby Pizzuto tied the contest at 7-7 with a two-RBI double followed by a game-winning RBI base hit by senior third baseman Brad Cochrane to capture the win. Senior closer Jeffrey Hains sealed the Bulls’ victory, recording his first career save.

Trailing 7-5 and facing two outs in the bottom of the eighth with runners on first and second, Pizzuto belted a two-RBI double down the right field line to tie the contest at 7-7. With Pizzuto stealing third, Cochrane dropped the game-winning RBI base hit into left field, driving in Pizzuto for the 8-7 lead and eventual victory.

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Sabres bring up McCormick from Portland

  • Posted on April 20, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have recalled forward Cody McCormick from Portland (AHL).

McCormick (4/18/1983, 6’3”, 215 lbs.) is in his first season with the Sabres organization after signing as a free agent on August 1, 2009. He finished the regular season with 29 points (17+12) and a team-high 168 PIMs over 66 games with the Pirates.

McCormick has 190 games of NHL experience in parts of five seasons with Colorado from 2003-09, accumulating 30 points (9+21) and 250 PIMs.

The 27-year-old McCormick was originally selected by the Avalanche in the fifth round (144th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Buffalo Bills 2010 Schedule Revealed

  • Posted on April 20, 2010 at 7:07 pm

The Buffalo Bills schedule has been officially released and seeing how their 2010 opponents were determined before last season ended, I can’t fathom anyone being surprised.

As always there’s a couple of things that stand out, including:

♦ Buffalo does not have a prime time game.  All 16 games are played on Sunday and all games are at 1pm.

♦ The season opener is a home game against division rival Miami.

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Bisons finish homestand 4-2 with win over Scranton

  • Posted on April 20, 2010 at 6:42 pm

buffalo bisons logoJason Pridie collected four hits and five RBI to lead the Herd to an 11-7 victory over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field. Fernando Martinez added a three-run homer as Buffalo slugged their way to a winning homestand.

The Bisons went 4-2 in their first stay at Coca-Cola Field this season, earning a split of their four-game set with the Yankees.

In a back-and-forth affair, Pridie was at the heart of the Bisons attach all day. His three-run homer in the fifth inning gave Buffalo the 3-1 advantage. After Scranton/Wilkes-Barre built a 6-3 lead on homers from Chad Huffman and Jesus Montero, Pridie doubled to deep center to plate Ruben Tejada and close the deficit to two. Two batters later, the Bisons’ centerfielder scored when Fernando Martinez launched a three-run homer into the Heron’s Landing Party Deck.

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UB to name Alumni Arena practice facility

  • Posted on April 20, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Thanks to a $220,000 gift from former University at Buffalo hockey player Tunney Murchie and his family, the newly renovated practice facility in Alumni Arena will be named in honor of Ed Wright who has served UB for over 40 years as a coach, administrator and teaching professional.

Murchie is owner and president of Lackawanna Products Corporation in Buffalo, NY. He is a 1975 graduate of Buffalo with a degree in management and also earned his MBA from UB in 1976. He played hockey for the Bulls from 1971-73 and was an assistant coach with the program in 1974. His wife, Deanna, is a 1974 graduate of Buffalo with a degree in public health. The entire Murchie family felt this was a fitting way to honor Wright for his lifetime commitment to athletics and the University at large.

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