Posted on January 31, 2013 by Patrick Moran
Nick Barnett has witnessed both ends of the success spectrum throughout his decade-long tenure in the NFL.
He spent the first eight seasons of his career rooted in Green Bay; one of the most historically successful franchises the league has ever seen. In his eight years with Green Bay the Packers made the playoffs five times and won the Super Bowl in 2010-11; a bittersweet moment for Barnett after missing most that season with a wrist injury.
A former first-round pick in 2003 out of Oregon State, Barnett became one of the NFL’s more productive linebackers immediately upon his arrival, and was eventually rewarded for his efforts; inking a six-year, $34 million contract extension in 2007 that saw him receive nearly $12 million in his first year of his deal.
For Green bay, he was often a bargain. In each of the six years he was healthy Barnett registered at least 105 tackles. He also racked up 15.5 sacks and nine interceptions.
The BSD Interview: Nick Barnett – continue reading…
Posted on April 19, 2011 by Patrick Moran
Born and raised in Western New York, Nick Mendola has always considered it not just a passion, but his destiny to spend his adult life on-air as a radio host. The Kenmore East High School and University at Buffalo graduate took the long road of sorts towards local celebrity, waiting tables at a restaurant while also touring with his independent rock band.
His chance to work on the airwaves came when he was hired by WGR in 2005. During his five-year career there, Mendola earned notable awards, including the 2007 Entercom Unsung Hero Award, the 2008 Entercom Award for Strongest Digital Audience Enhancement and the 2009 Marconi for Best Sports Radio Station.
While at WGR, Mendola became one of the first radio personalities to heavily tap into the internet with his own sports blog, which was the most-read blog at Entercom.
The BSD Interview With WECK’s Nick Mendola – continue reading…
Posted on November 10, 2010 by Patrick Moran
To say Eric Moulds is eminently qualified to discuss the Buffalo Bills is an understatement. He’s second by a wide margin in franchise history to only Andre Reed in every significant receiving category; 675 receptions, 9,026 yards and 48 touchdowns. It’s numbers like that over a 10-year Bills career that earned him the distinction of being named to the Bills 50th year All-Anniversary team in 2009.
Like most Bills fans, Moulds finds himself today perturbed with the team’s ongoing ineptitude.
I got the chance to interview Moulds and among other things, we discussed the team’s struggles, his opinion on Buffalo playing in Toronto as well as past uproars when he played here, including Wade Phillips, the Rob Johnson/Doug Flutie controversy and Moulds’ unceremonious divorce from the organization.
One-On-One With Eric Moulds – continue reading…
Posted on January 13, 2010 by Patrick Moran
A few nights ago I reported that Bill Cowher will not be coaching in Buffalo based on a public tweet by ESPN-NFL insider Adam Schefter, and a simple direct message from him that followed.
For that, I was ripped on message boards and comments everywhere and upon reflection, deservedly so. Schefter is not a source but a reporter, and erroneously I originally masked his private comment to me as a source. Lesson learned.
People were/are understandably pessimistic about Schefter’s statement, mainly because he didn’t base it on a source.
Since then I’ve sought clarification. After today I’ve found it.
BSD Exclusive: Adam Schefter Interview – continue reading…
Posted on October 3, 2009 by Terry Long
Growing up in a small town in central Pennsylvania, Ross Tucker had big dreams to play in the National Football League. A graduate of Princeton University, Tucker was a four-year starter on the Tigers Ivy League football squad. He started against Colgate University as a freshman at defensive end and in the offseason was moved to right guard where he became a starter his final three years. Tucker was All-Ivy in 2000 and a two-time Academic All-American at Princeton.
Tucker was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2001. He has also played for the Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and the Cleveland Browns.
An Interview with Ross Tucker – continue reading…
Posted on October 2, 2009 by David Olesky
Simply put, Pat LaFontaine is one of the greatest Sabres in franchise history. The organization took a huge turn for the better on October 25, 1991 when LaFontaine was dealt from the New York Islanders to Buffalo for a package that included Pierre Turgeon.
He had the greatest offensive season in team history in 1992-93, when he scored 53 goals to go with 93 assists for an astounding 148 points. He was a finalist that year for the Hart Trophy, given to the NHL’s MVP (Mario Lemieux won).
In the 1994–1995 season, he was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy as the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.
The Pat LaFontaine Interview – continue reading…
Posted on October 2, 2009 by Patrick Moran
When the annals of football history are someday written, the Buffalo Bills’ teams during a six-year period from 1988-93 will go down as one of the elite, if not most talked about teams of any era— ever.
The narcissists will recount one thing and one thing only; the four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Four straight years the Bills were on cusp of winning the biggest game of their collective lives, and four straight times they lost, caught bad breaks, choked, beat themselves, etc. However you want to write it is irrelevant. They’ll record it whatever way they prefer, and they’ll never tell the whole story. Just the sour endings.
An interview with Darryl Talley – continue reading…