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7:30 p.m. -- Bills get their big wide receiver, 6-6 James Hardy out of Indiana. Hardy went to Indiana to play baksetball and started three games for the Hoosiers in the 2004-05 season. But he decided to concentrate on football the next year. 7:13 p.m. -- Bills are on the clock. I'll be shocked if it's a defensive player. There's a chance they'll go with a tight end, whe…

I have to disagree with my pal, Allen Wilson, on this one. No way should the Bills trade for Chad Johnson. It's a bad idea on so many levels, I don't know where to begin. For starters, Russ Brandon is looking to put his stamp on the team. He's running the football department, but his qualifications are still in question. You think he wants to bring in a potential  loc…

If the Bruins win Game 7 against the Canadiens tonight and the Flyers finish off the Capitals, it'll be the Flyers and Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. That means Chris Drury and Daniel Briere, the departed Sabres, would meet. One of them would be guaranteed a third straight trip to the conference finals. And maybe -- well, let's not get too far ahead of ourse…

If I'm Lee Evans' agent, I'm in no hurry to sign a contract extension. The Bills haven't addressed the need for a No. 2 wideout in free agency. There's a good chance they won't draft one in the first round. So that means Evans is their guy. If that's the case, they have to sign him. The market keeps going up. Bernard Berrian got $7 million a year, so Evans is probably wort…

Golf season is upon us and I'll be writing a cover story on club championships for our annual preview section on May 1. I'm looking to capture the essence of what it means to be a club champ, from the best club to the smallest town course. There must be clubs where generations of the same family have won or competed for titles. How about golfers who have finished second ti…

Bills fans are right to be upset with the NFL for taking the Miami game to Toronto. It's a slap in the face to Buffalo fans, an affront to anyone who has an emotional investment in the great rivalry. I don't care how many games the Dolphins have won, or who is on the team. That game means something and it belongs in this town -- at least until they pull the franchise out o…

Perhaps the only thing remotely newsworthy during Wednesday's pre-draft luncheon came when someone asked Russ Brandon if he expected J.P. Losman to be on the roster this year. "J.P. s on this roster and he's part of this organization,'' said Brandon, the Bills' new chief operating officer. ""We anticipate he will be on this team. Last year, 64 quarterbacks …

I saw Harrington's blog on Sabres superlatives (he couldn't resist some kind of Final Four, I guess) and couldn't resist the urge to chime in from San Antonio. It looks like more than half of the respondents felt that Ryan Miller was the biggest disappointment of the year, or at least on a par with such slovenly characters as Min Afinogenov, Tiny Tim Connolly and Tallydman…

SAN ANTONIO -- I like Memphis. I need Memphis. I picked the wrong team in both of Saturday's national semifinals, so I need to avoid the reverse hat trick. Memphis is the better team. Kansas put on an inspired show in the semfinal, but Memphis' interior defense will be a little tougher than the Tar Heels' sorry  excuse for D. It's hard to see the Memphis backcourt of …

SAN ANTONIO -- Wow, that was one of the best performances I've seen in a long time by a backcourt in a Final Four game.  UCLA simply had no answer for Memphis' tandem of point guard Derrick Rose and off guard Chris Douglas-Roberts in a 78-63 beatdown in the national semifinals. Rose, a freshman who could be the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA draft, had 25 points, 9 re…

So, the Sabres become only the third team in the modern era to finish first overall one year and miss the playoffs the next. I hardly know what to say. I'd hate to resort to cliches and shoddy research by mentioning the loss of Drury, Briere and Campbell. I suppose I should take comfort in the fact that their top eight players are under contract for $26 million, and find w…

SAN ANTONIO -- You might notice during Saturday's first national semifinal that the "C" on the front of UCLA's jerseys is colored gold instead of blue. That's to signify UCLA becoming the first school to win 100 NCAA championships in a variety of sports. "C", of course, is the Roman numeral for 100. Of the 100 titles, 11 are in men's basketball. I'm not…

SAN ANTONIO — I'm sticking with my pick from the start of the NCAA Tournament. I like UCLA to win it all. But Memphis is certainly a scary team. I think the winner of the first semifinal Saturday night will win it all. North Carolina has to pay for its sloppy interior defense at some point. Roy Williams won a title in 2005 — when he had by far the most talented "keeds…

Someone in the upper deck at tonight's Sabres game had a sign that said Maxed Out: Trade him. Shortly thereafter, the sign was gone. Must be someone from the Sabres objected to a negative commentary from the peanut gallery. Or maybe Tom Donahoe ordered the sign removed! Anyway, I couldn't agree more with Bucky Gleason's column today about "Min" Afinogenov. He sh…

Guys, all I was trying to do was get a rise out of some people -- after my incessant blogging at the NCAA Tournament basically fell on deaf ears. I guess Buffalo fans are only passionate about the teams that play in their town. That's fine. But I would have expected a little more objective reaction to the stats I put out there. Gee, you people accuse me of being defensive.…