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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.…

I've just received word that the Sabres have been nominated for "Professional Sports Team of the Year" in the inaugural Sports Business Awards. I understand that it was for 2007, when the Sabres tripled their season tickets and increased their merchandising tenfold. In fairness, it should be pointed out that management began screwing up a Stanley Cup contender du…

As of Wednesday:Ryan Miller had a goals-against average of 2.64 and a save percentage of .908Martin Biron had a goal-against average of 2.64 and a save percentage of .918.Miller was 33-26-9. Biron was 28-19-8. I won't draw any conclusions. These are only numbers for people out there to discuss.

Bobby Knight says they should expand the NCAA Tournament to 128 teams. He says conference tournament champions shouldn't get automatic bids unless they also win the regular season. Knight is a bitter, miserable clown. I can't imagine why they put this guy on TV, when he acts as if he's bored and has nothing really original to say. I say the tournament structure is fine t…

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Oh, and I erred in an earlier blog when I said the Big East put three teams in the Final Four in 1987. They did it in 1985, of course, the year Villanova beat Georgetown in the final. The Big East put two teams in the Final Four in 1987. The tweed jacket regrets the error.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Duke had to be one of the weakest No. 2 seeds the NCAA Tournament has seen in recent memory. They were barely better than Belmont, and they were clearly inferior to a West Virginia team that was a No. 7 seed and an 11-7 team in Big East play. West Virginia's Joe Alexander said there are six or seven teams in the Big East on par with Duke. From what I s…

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Well, maybe Syracuse did deserve a bid. When the smoke cleared after the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Big East was the big winner with a 7-1 record. The only loss was UConn in overtime to San Diego. In a tourney where underdogs are rising up at every turn, that's a very impressive performance. The ACC, on the other hand, is looking a tad ov…

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Finally, a big upset in the NCAA Tournament! San Diego stunned Connecticut in overtime in Tampa, becoming the first team seeded lower than 12th to win a game in the first round since Bradley knocked off Kansas in Auburn Hills two years ago. Of course, if some people had their way, San Diego wouldn't even be in the tournament. One of the dumbest ideas I…

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Boy, was that a great game or what? Belmont was no fluke. They had 10 players play at least 10 minutes, and all of them were capable of playing tough defense and making shots. It was Belmont's third straight year in the NCAA Tournament and it showed. They were resilient and confident and never backed down from the mighty Dookies in an exhilirating, 71-7…

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Duke-Belmont game went pretty much to form in the first half. It's a fast-paced, entertaining affair between a couple of finesse teams that love to fire up three-pointers. Belmont, which is sort of a poor man's Duke, has done a nice job of hanging with the Dookies and trails by seven at the half, 42-35. Duke's superior size has been a problem. The …

WASHINGTON — So Xavier lived up to its No. 3 seeding, after all. The Musketeers, down by 11 early in the second half and seemingly in danger of an early ouster, rallied to beat Georgia, 73-61, this afternoon at the Verizon Center. Xavier didn't panic when it fell behind by double digits. They dug in defensively, began making some three-pointers, and continued to take th…

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As I said an hour ago, that's not your typical No. 14 seed. Georgia, riding the momentum of its SEC Tournament championship, raced to a 35-26 halftime lead over Xavier in the first round of the NCAAs here at the Verizon Center. Xavier certainly doesn't look like a third seed, either. Georgia extended its defense and gave the Musketeers fits on the peri…

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The NCAA Tournament gets under way in about a half hour here at the Verizon Center, when Xavier takes on Georgia in a first-round game. I can't imagine Xavier is too happy with this matchup. The Musketeers went 14-2 in the Atlantic 10. They're ranked 12th in the country in both polls. And their reward is a game against the SEC tourney champions. Yes, …

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Greetings from the NCAA Tournament's West Regional. All four games that will be played here at the Verizon Center on Thursday are part of the West bracket. That's us down in the right-hand corner of your bracket sheet. You'll also find two programs that have bounced back from major NCAA violations in 2003: Georgia and Baylor. There was a third program t…