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Bisons and Baseball

The discussion about tanking never really goes away in these parts as long as the Sabres stay near the bottom of the NHL standings, and it got a new jolt Wednesday night when the Houston Astros wrapped up the first World Series title in their 56-year history just four seasons after they were 51-111. Pro-tankers are quick to hop on the Astros' bandwagon as a foolproof ex…

Bisons and Baseball

Memo to the Houston Astros: If you make the World Series again and Brian Duff walks through the gates of Minute Maid Park, expect a long night. Duff, the Sabres' host on MSG telecasts, is a diehard Astros fan from his days of idolizing Nolan Ryan. He attended Game Three of the 2005 Series, the Astros' 7-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox in 14 innings that took 5 hours, 47…

Bisons and Baseball

The roll call of former Bisons connections managing in the big leagues has been cut by two this month with the essentially forced retirement of Terry Collins in New York and the dismissal of John Farrell in Boston. But a new name has surfaced as a potential leading candidate to join the group that now numbers five skippers. Ex-Buffalo catcher Dusty Wathan, the clubho…

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In the wake of the stunning trade that went down late Thursday night, Houston in 2017 how has a much-improved chance of becoming Boston of 2013 or New York of 2001. The Yankees, remember, were two outs away from winning the World Series in Game Seven at Arizona in the emotional aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. The Red Sox were a unifying source for a city all summer in th…

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TORONTO -- When it comes to the Houston Astros, maybe there won't be a Sports Illustrated cover jinx. It was back in the summer of 2014, when the Giants were in the midst of producing a third World Series title in five years, that SI dropped a bombshell in mailboxes across North America that prompted plenty of guffaws. "Your 2017 World Series Champs" roared the headline…