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Off Main Street / The offbeat side of the news

Devil and Daniel Briere

These haven't been good times for Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier, who generated widespread outrage after losing team co-captains Daniel Briere and Chris Drury to free agency.

If you need further proof, take a look at the photo of Regier that ran this week on Sports Illustrated's Web site.

Standing in front of the old Sabres logo in a dated photo, he looks to have horns growing out of his head.

We'll refrain from further comment, except to say at this point Beelzebub might be more popular here than Regier.


One way to settle this

A court hearing last month might have restoked the rivalry between Canisius College and St. Bonaventure University.

Bona men's baseball coach Larry Sudbrook was in federal court June 21 to be sentenced for carrying a loaded .357 Magnum into the airport.

U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr. couldn't help noting that he was instructed by Jesuits at Canisius while Sudbrook works with Franciscans at St. Bonaventure.

Following the hearing, Sudbrook said: "I guess it's a good thing I didn't tell him we beat Canisius like a drum last year."

That quote appeared in Off Main Street, prompting a reply from Canisius Associate Athletic Director John Maddock.

"Not sure which drum Larry Sudbrook was beating, but the last time Canisius played St. Bonaventure in baseball the Griffs won 7-0," Maddock said.

Canisius did beat St. Bonaventure in baseball once this spring and once in 2006, both times to win the Big 4 Classic.

But Sudbrook may have been referring to the eight other times St. Bonaventure played -- and beat -- Canisius over the past three seasons.

Boy, we can't wait until the teams renew their rivalry on the field next season.


Tough crowd

The controversial final episode of "The Sopranos" didn't satisfy all of the show's fans, as one star of the mob series found on a recent visit to Niagara Falls.

Steven Schirripa came by the Seneca Events Center last month to promote "Buffalo/Niagara to Baghdad," a video to boost the morale of troops overseas.

The actor, who played Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri on the show, warmed up the crowd by asking whether they watched the long-running HBO drama.

His question drew cheers and sustained applause from the audience, according to Off Main tipster Peter Rizzo.

Nodding, Schirripa then asked in his Brooklyn accent: "What'd ja think a the ending?"

At that, the room fell quiet. Dead silence. Not even a cricket chirping.

After a few, awkward seconds, Schirripa chortled at the unspoken review.

Only then did the audience join in the laughter.


Not-so-tough crowd

He may have lost his bid to become mayor, but no one can accuse Kevin Gaughan of losing his sense of humor.

The high-profile regionalism advocate was invited by organizers of Buffalo Old Home Week to speak at an Independence Day event commemorating the 75th anniversary of City Hall's dedication.

Gaughan savored the moment.

"You know, I've always dreamed of speaking to a large crowd in front of City Hall," he said to a chorus of laughs.

Gaughan glanced at the man who beat him in the 2005 Democratic primary. "You know what I'm talking about, Byron," he added.

Even Mayor Byron W. Brown had to chuckle.

Written by Stephen T. Watson with contributions from Michael Beebe and Brian Meyer.


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