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The Buffalo Sabres are treading water, trying not to sink into the basement of the NHL standings. In the words of Vito Corleone: How did things ever get this far? Before the season, we polled a panel of NHL media figures around the league for their opinions on the team. Now, after the All-Star break, we revisited some of our panelists to get their take on the struggling…

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Phil Simms, who played quarterback for the New York football Giants for 14 seasons, thinks Tyrod Taylor’s critics are too harsh. Simms this year transitioned from game broadcaster to being a studio analyst with “The NFL Today,” the CBS pregame show. He also works on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.” He spent a few minutes by phone this week talking about the Bills’ playoff m…

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Our staff is compiling reactions to the Bills' ending of their playoff drought. Look for more in a special Buffalo Bills playoff section in Friday's News. Marv Levy, former coach of the Bills from 1986-97, ex-Bills GM and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, provided The News his reaction via email: “Like all those other great Buffalo Bills fans I am cheering for…

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Halfway through the Bills’ season, we contacted panelists from our preseason Bills Media Roundtable for a midseason edition. Due to their other commitments covering the NFL, just four of our panelists were able to weigh in this time, but they constitute a sterling lineup: Judy Battista, columnist for NFL.com; Greg Bishop, senior writer for Sports Illustrated; Kevin Conn…

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James Lofton will be the analyst alongside Andrew Catalon for CBS’ broadcast of the Bills-Raiders game on Sunday. Lofton, of course, played four of his 16 NFL seasons with Buffalo, including for three of the Bills’ four Super Bowl teams. Lofton, who also played for the Packers, L.A. Raiders, L.A. Rams and Philadelphia Eagles, spoke with The News by phone this week from …

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The Buffalo Sabres hit the reset button in the offseason, hiring General Manager Jason Botterill and coach Phil Housley, then making some roster adjustments. Sure, the Sabres’ six-season playoff drought is like a rounding error for suffering Bills fans, but the suffering is real. To get a handle on how the new-look Sabres are viewed by outside members of the hockey medi…

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The Bills on Sunday are holding a halftime ceremony to honor players from the Comeback Game against the Houston Oilers in January 1993. Steve Tasker, who played that day, was scheduled to work at the Bills-Jets opener for CBS Sports and to emcee the halftime show. But Hurricane Harvey in Texas led to a change in plans. CBS reassigned Tasker to Houston, where the Texans …

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Are the Bills in full tank mode, merely fair to middling, or ready to shock the world and surge into playoff contention? There is plenty of grist for that conversational mill elsewhere in The Buffalo News’ NFL Preview section, as well as on talk radio, the nearest Twitter and Facebook feeds, and at better barstools everywhere. But sometimes we need to break out of the B…

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CBS Sports and Fox Sports on Tuesday revealed their announcing teams for the 2017 NFL season. Hall of Famer and former Bills receiver James Lofton joins the CBS lineup this year as a game analyst, paired with Andrew Catalon. Tony Romo replaces Phil Simms as a member of CBS' top NFL team, joining Jim Nantz and Tracy Wolfson in the booth. Simms is joining James Brown a…

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When commencement speakers these days give the "follow your dream" spiel, it usually comes with an asterisk. As in, maybe you should pursue your passion on the weekends, but don't quit your day job if you like to eat and sleep indoors. Kevin Prise, on the other hand, is living his dream because he followed it. Prise, 25 and a graduate of Orchard Park High School and Syra…

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Jim Spanarkel prides himself on being a planner, someone who stays organized. When his CBS Sports broadcasting crew was assigned to cover the NCAA Tournament games in Buffalo this week, he heeded the weather portents and moved up by a day his flight out of Newark, N.J. He arrived here Monday, well before the snowstorm. Just about anything Spanarkel encounters in Buffalo…

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ESPN will salute the career of Chris Berman with a one-hour special on Thursday night. "Chris Berman: He Did Go All the Way" will air at 10:30 p.m. on the cable network. Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith and Marv Levy play a role in the special, talking about the Buffalo Bills' glory days and the special bond that some of the Bills' stars developed with the broadcaster nicknamed "…

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John Urschel, the Canisius High School graduate who plays offensive guard for the Baltimore Ravens, is profiled in a piece on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” that debuts on Tuesday night at 10. Correspondent Bernard Goldberg chats with Urschel about his incredible brain power. During the offseason Urschel is pursuing a PhD in mathematics at Massachusetts Institut…

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The wooden statue of Chris Berman that sits outside the Big Tree Inn in Orchard Park has had an arm missing for a couple of years now.  If there is someone out there who took the missing limb, Berman wants you to know that all is forgiven. "I don't think anyone stole my arm," Berman said. "I think maybe people at the Big Tree were hanging on it after a couple of beers a…

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CBS Sports NFL analyst Dan Fouts, the Hall of Fame quarterback, will be in Orchard Park on Sunday for the Bills’ game against the Patriots, broadcasting with play-by-play man Ian Eagle. The two were also in the booth for the Bills’ victory in Foxborough on Oct. 2. The Buffalo News spoke with Fouts this week to get some of his impressions about the Bills. TBN: The Bil…