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Van to go on Wall at Vikings game; WNY tie to "Resurrection"

By Alan Pergament

Some notes while starting the year-long wait for "Sharknado 3": 

After further review, the game in which retired legendary Buffalo Bills play-by-play man Van Miller is going on the Wall of Fame at Ralph Wilson Stadium has understandably changed.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decided the tentative date reported in May, an Oct. 12 game against New England, will be used for the league's Breast Cancer Awareness Initiative. Miller will now be honored on Oct.19 when the Bills host the Minnesota Vikings.

In an email, the Bills' Scott Berchtold said both the Breast Cancer Awareness Initiative and the Wall of Fame weekend "are important to us and we feel that they each should have their own designated weekend."

You can read more about what the 86-year-old Miller is up to and what he thinks of this year's Bills in my column in this Sunday's Buffalo News. Find a photo gallery of Van Miller here.

Speaking of Miller, he is in the the documentary :"Almost a Dynasty: A Fan Story," about the Bills' four Super Bowl losses, that WBBZ is carrying at 8 tonight. Miller is one of the people interviewed in the film produced by Peter Tasca, Stephen Butler, and Phil Gangi. ESPN and Lackawanna's Ron Jaworski, former Bills General Manager Bill Polian and several key members of the media and some fans are in the film, which has been out on DVD since 2012.

Michele Fazekas, the Williamsville native best known for co-creating the CW series "Reaper," will be very busy this TV season. She is the co-showrunner for ABC's spring hit "Resurrection" and also is the co-showrunner of the ABC series, "Agent Carter," that is expected to premiere on ABC in midseason. It is based on "Captain America" and was co-created by WNY native Christopher Markus.

I was glad to see that the University at Buffalo's Distinguished Speakers list includes HBO's John Oliver. His Sunday night program, "Last Week Tonight," has become my favorite new HBO program. Oliver got his HBO job after years working on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and taking over as host temporarily last summer when Stewart was making a film. Stewart and Stephen Colbert are previous Distinguished Speakers.

Inquiring minds want to know: Did the University at Buffalo get a rights fee from ESPN 1520 in the deal in which its football and basketball games are going to the sports channel? Hate to tell you, but UB is more likely to be paying than being paid. That’s how it goes for colleges in this area. I'm hearing that Canisius College and Niagara University also will be paying local radio stations to have their basketball games carried next season. They won't be going to 1270 The Fan, which lost UB and still may carry Syracuse football and basketball.

Finally, cheers to Channel 2 Sports Director Adam Benigni and Channel 7 Sports Director Jeff Russo for giving credit to Buffalo News sports columnist Bucky Gleason for reporting that Bryan Trottier will be named an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabres. Too often, local stations don’t credit news organizations or reporters who initially break stories.



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