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Well, we're into the New Year and I have yet to blog on the NBA. This isn't for a lack of interest. I covered the NBA in the glory days of the 1980s and still follow it as closely as I can. For pure hoop entertainment, I'll take it over a regular-season college game any time -- though I still call the NCAA Tournament the greatest event in sports. The pro game isn't as comp…

Remember the days when people talked about the Sabres as a team without stars? Judging by the latest NHL stats, this year's team might be reverting to its old identity. The Sabres have no one in the top 60 in scoring as of Wednesday. Jason Pominville, the leading scorer, has 31 points and is tied with several other players for 61st. Thomas Vanek? He has 22 points. He's n…

I was caught off guard Monday to learn that Marv Levy's stint as general manager was capped at two years from the start. At least, that's what Levy told the players in his farewell address -- and what he told the media in a prepared release. At no point during the last two years was there any indication that Levy's stay as GM was a defined two-year arrangement. If I had kn…

Right to the end of his tenure as the Bills' offensive coordinator, Steve Fairchild coached scared Sunday. I know the Bills don't have enough weapons. It's obvious they could use a legitimate No. 2 receiver and a good tight end. But there's no excuse for this team's chronic inability to score touchdowns in the red zone. It might be a good idea to actually throw the ball in…

I have to say, I was encouraged by the responses to the "You're Not Funny" rant. You guys took your game up a notch. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to move over to the Billboard and writing penetrating commentary on how the Bills need to run and stop the run against the Eagles today.  Oh, and win the all-important giveaway-takeaway battle. Happy New Year t…

To no one's surprise, Bills quarterback coach Turk Schonert said Wednesday that he would "absolutely' be interested in taking over as the offensive coordinator when Steve Fairchild leaves for Colorado State. Dick Jauron wouldn't comment on the coordinator's job, preferring to concentrate on Sunday's finale in Philadelphia. Schonert has never been a coordinator in the…

Judging by many of the posts on this blog, a number of you feel as if you're auditioning for the Comedy Channel. Here's a tip: You're not funny. Don't get me wrong. I do get a charge out of some of the back and forth banter that shows up here. I'm all for a good dustup between two people with strong opinions, even if it goes over the edge at times. But the guys who spend t…

You can be sure that Niagara won't be relegated to a play-in if the Purple Eagles get to the NCAA Tournament this year. The Metro Atlantic is currently ranked 15th in the RPIs, so there's virtually no chance the league's representative will be shipped to the play-in game, as Niagara was a year ago.The MAAC was 25th among the leagues last year because the league had so few …

All right, that makes two weeks in a row where Ryan Neill hurt the Bills with a poor long snap. Last week, he snapped the ball over Brian Moorman's head, which turned into a huge safety for the Browns. Today, his low snap to Moorman gave the ball to the Giants and allowed them to get within 14-7. It could be a big turning point, because the play happened as the rain and wi…

You often hear athletes talk about gaining a new measure of respect for players when they become their teammates. But Martin Biron says he has acquired an even greater regard for Brian Campbell now that he's an opponent."You know Soupy," Biron said after the Friday morning skate. "He's always joking around. But then you talk about him around the league. You …

It was a nice story, seeing Jason Peters selected to the Pro Bowl. But while Jim McNally was comparing Peters with Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz on Wednesday, an obvious question popped into my mind: Now that he's the team's only Pro Bowler, how long will Peters (and his agent) be content as the third-highest paid member of the Bills' offensive line? Lest we forget, Aaron Sc…

The Bills have gotten some justifiable heat for failing to beat anyone of consequence this season, but they're not the only ones who have fattened up on the NFL's weaker teams. The Giants, this Sunday's visitor to Ralph Wilson Stadium, haven't beaten a team that currently has a winning record, either -- and they've won nine games! The Giants' nine victims (counting the Eag…

My colleague, Mike Harrington, was a lot more impressed by Alex Rodriguez's interview on 60 Minutes than I was (you can read Mike's blog here on Inside Pitch). First of all, I have a general aversion to these sports interviews on that show. I used to hold it to a much higher standard. I have no interest in seeing major sports stars sit in the chair and prove they can handl…

That was a pretty sorry display of tackling by the Bills' defense on Sunday. They made Jamal Lewis look like a young colt. Donte Whitner said Lewis' style was perfectly suited for those brutal conditions, but that doesn't excuse the poor tackling. The Bills have played some terrific defense this year. Over a 10-game stretch heading into Sunday's game, they had held opposin…

They just gave us a weather report in the press box at Cleveland Stadium -- as if I needed it. I'm looking out the window of the press box in the front row and can barely see a thing. The window is fogging up and covered with droplets. All I can see is a snow-covered field with players and workmen milling around. They're trying to shovel paths along the yard lines. The sno…