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The NHL had a great weekend


The NHL does plenty of things that make us shake our collective heads but its time to give the league some credit.

JW: Playing the Game


Bills GM Doug Whaley says that the Bills are open to the idea of a contract extension with Tyrod Taylor.  Is Tyrod open to one?  Should he be?  WGR's Jeremy White runs down the five factors that could play into this game, from holdout, to 1st round QB.

Will Eichel and Girgensons be a long term pair?


Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma was a guest on WGR on Tuesday.  Click here to find out what he had to say about the chemistry between Jack Eichel and Zemgus Girgensons in the game against the New York Rangers.

Free advice for the NFL


As we prepare for the penultimate day of football in the 2015 NFL season, I’m wondering again how many times I will think to myself “why doesn’t the NFL just follow the lead of college football?” 

Oh, Brother!


When it comes to the hiring of Rob Ryan as Bills Assistant Head Coach/Defense, I'm not surprised and I'm not happy.

 
 

Bills go out on a high note


I was wrong.  I went into the game feeling like it wouldn’t matter to me but it did.  

My Bills and NFL week 16 thoughts


As is always the case when it comes to the late December portion of the NFL schedule, we remember just how boring late season, meaningless games can be.  If I didn’t have to watch the Bills-Dallas game because of my job, there is no way I would

Another soul sucking loss by Bills


That one hurt, a lot.

JW: State of the Sabres


Through 28 games this season, the Sabres have 25 points.  Through the same amount last year, they’d picked up 22 points.  A three point gain certainly wouldn’t tell the story though, would it?  Jeremy White takes a look at what’s happening, and what should come next.
 

JW: State of the Sabres


Through 28 games this season, the Sabres have 25 points.  Through the same amount last year, they’d picked up 22 points.  A three point gain certainly wouldn’t tell the story though, would it?  Jeremy White takes a look at what’s happening, and what should come next.
 

JW: State of the Sabres


Through 28 games this season, the Sabres have 25 points.  Through the same amount last year, they’d picked up 22 points.  A three point gain certainly wouldn’t tell the story though, would it?  Jeremy White takes a look at what’s happening, and what should come next.
 

JW: State of the Sabres


Through 28 games this season, the Sabres have 25 points.  Through the same amount last year, they’d picked up 22 points.  A three point gain certainly wouldn’t tell the story though, would it?  Jeremy White takes a look at what’s happening, and what should come next.
 

Bills get the "must" win


This was about as close to a must win game as you can get and the Bills took care of business.  

Pin this Bills loss on Rex Ryan


Brutal.  Absolutely brutal.  

Bills-Pats primer


I hope you enjoyed a relaxing Sunday of watching the NFL.  Now its time to get serious and its time to study up on the Bills and Patriots in advance of Monday night's clash.

Time to challenge the NHL coach's challenge


The NHL has a problem on its hands and it reared its ugly head, again, in Buffalo this week.

Good health means good production for Bills offense


What a difference a healthy lineup makes for the Bills offense.  But you probably knew that, didn't you? 

Even by Bills standards, this is truly depressing


And cut.  That's a wrap everyone, thanks for coming to the 2015 season and please arrive home safely.  

JW: All-22 Review: Bills/Titans


We've learned that Tyrod Taylor is unlikely to play this week against the Bengals.  Taylor made some great plays last week, but the passing game was limited, to say the least.  In this week's  All-22 review we'll see a big part of the field ignored by the offense, and the latest masterpiece from the defensive line.

Bills survive and advance


 I'm not sure where the Bills season goes from here but I'm pretty sure it would have gone down the you know what if they didn't beat Tennessee. 

A depressing Bills Sunday


For the second straight home game, the Bills laid an egg and at times were their own worst enemy.  

Bills bounce back in a big way


It was a game where you could actually put your feet up and relax.  Click here to read Howard Simon's thoughts on the Bills 41-14 thrashing of the Miami Dolphins.

UB Football moving in right direction


The record says 2-2 but there are a number of encouraging signs for UB's football team as they prepare for MAC play.

JW: Racket-ology - The Sabres Goal Song Vote


The Buffalo Sabres have launched a fan-driven goal song bracket.  There are eight nominees and the team is asking all of us to help decide the anthem to be played when the team lights the lamp.  Jeremy White takes a look at the Racket Bracket.  (Get it?  Racket?)

 

Bills vs Brady: Been there, done that


I'm getting pretty tired of writing these Brady crushed the Bills columns but I sure have had a lot of practice.

Milford Academy: The place LeSean McCoy shaped his NFL career



LeSean McCoy suffered a serious ankle injury in high school. He went to Milford Academy to recover. There, he got over tough times and became the player he is today. 

D goes on the offensive in UB Bulls win


A UB defense loaded with questions when the season began, had all the answers in a 33-15 win over Florida Atlantic. Click here to read Howard Simon's thoughts on the Bulls win.

Bills defense and Tyrod Taylor equal opening day win


Tyrod Taylor had a good day and the defense frustrated Andrew Luck. That's why Rex Ryan's Bills are 1-0.

Report details extent of Patriots cheating in Spygate


An ESPN report with new details about the Patriots alleged cheating during Spygate will not make life any easier for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

I choose Tyrod Taylor


If Rex Ryan's plan with the quarterback competition included confusing the Indianapolis Colts, then job well done sir. But I know who I'd like to see start in week one.

Assessing Bills QB race after pre-season opener


Here's how the Bills pre season opener impacted the three man quarterback competition, in my humble opinion.   

Rex Ryan a big hit with Bills defense


It's the same reaction every time.  Ask any defensive player on the Buffalo Bills about Rex Ryan and that player will have a huge smile on his face. Players were happy with the last two men to oversee the defense, Mike Pettine and Jim Schwartz,

Bills' EJ Manuel knows its a production league


In the Bills original master plan for EJ Manuel, he would have a firm grasp on the quarterback position entering year three in the NFL, not fighting for the starting job and perhaps even a roster spot.

Bills GM: We're almost in quarterback purgatory


Bills general manager Doug Whaley was a guest on WGR Wednesday. Click here to find out what he had to say about the quarterback situation, current and future.

Bills Prez: Time to toss playoff drought anvil into Lake Erie


Bills president and managing partner Russ Brandon was on WGR during day one of training camp coverage from St. John Fisher.  Click here to find out what he had to say.

Bills training camp questions


When the Bills hold their first practice at training camp on Friday, I'll be doing something I've never done before at any other Bills camp.

Thanks Van.


Broadcasting royalty. That is how I would describe Van Miller.   

Bills face important decision


The Buffalo Bills have a very important decision to make with training camp only two weeks away and it has nothing to do with the quarterback competition. 

Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe on WGR


Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe was a guest on WGR on Friday.  Click here to listen to the interview.

Sabres prospect Guhle on WGR


Sabres 2015 draft pick Brendan Guhle was a guest on WGR. Click here to listen to the interview.

What should go down as "Eichel Day"?


I'll bet many of you have uttered the phrase "Happy Eichel Day". But which day should be known as "Eichel Day"?

Sabres captain extremely excited


Click on this to hear what Brian Gionta thinks about Ryan O'Reilly and what advice he'll give Jack Eichel upon the top pick's arrival.

Sabres coach Dan Bylsma on WGR


Sabres coach Dan Bylsma was a guest on WGR on Monday.  Click here to listen to the interview and find out what Bylsma said about Ryan O'Reilly and line combinations among other topics.

Former BU Coach: Eichel has everything you need


Jack Parker first saw Jack Eichel play when Eichel was just over 14 years old and Parker knew he was watching a terrific player and top NHL prospect to be.

Sabres stress relief


So how bad is the stress from the race for 30th? I had to completely unplug this past weekend.

Sabres stress relief


So how bad is the stress from the race for 30th? I had to completely unplug this past weekend.

This week in the race for 30th



For all intents and purposes, the race for 30th could come to an end this week.
 

TSN's Craig Button: Eichel will have profound impact


Click here to find out what former NHL GM and current TSN analyst Craig Button had to say about Jack Eichel and which goalie the Sabres should attempt to acquire.

2015 NHL Draft prospect countdown


WGR's Hot Prospect Countdown leads you up to the NHL Draft. Click here to learn about the 3rd rated prospect.

 

Bills RB Fred Jackson on WGR


Bills running back Fred Jackson spent an hour talking about football and life away from the field on WGR on Tuesday. Click here to listen.
 

2015 NHL Draft prospect countdown



WGR's Hot Prospect Countdown leads you up to the NHL Draft
 

NHL Draft Preview


The NHL Draft is Friday and Saturday and WGR is getting you ready with our draft previews.  

2015 NHL Draft prospect countdown



WGR's Hot Prospect Countdown leads you up to the NHL Draft

Jeremy White and Matthew Coller detail No. 15 through 11 prospects.

 

WGR Hot Prospect Countdown 19 through 15



WGR's Hot Prospect Countdown leads you up to the NHL Draft

Jeremy White and Matthew Coller detail No. 19 through 15 prospects. The Sabres pick No. 21 overall along with No. 2
 



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2015 NHL Draft prospect countdown


WGR's Hot Prospect Countdown leads you up to the NHL Draft














 

Bills LB Nigel Bradham on WGR


The strength of the Bills defense is certainly up front but the linebacking corps is an area that is much improved going into the season. 

Bills RB LeSean McCoy on WGR


Click here to find out what Le Sean McCoy had to say about the Bills offense during an interview on WGR.

Sabres new coach has his admirers


Would you like to learn more about Dan Bylsma?  Click here to find out what some former players, including a former Sabre had to say about their experiences of playing for Bylsma in Pittsburgh.

Mets ruin my holiday weekend



Father son sports trips are the best. But my favorite baseball team did everything it could to ruin my most recent excursion.

 

Rex Ryan talks Bills QB competition


Rex Ryan was a guest on WGR on Tuesday. Click here to find out what the Bills head coach had to say about the quarterback competition among other topics.

Bills' Wood surprised by length of suspension on Brady


Bills center Eric Wood was a guest on WGR on Tuesday and shared his thoughts on the suspension of Tom Brady as well as the AFC East race and the Bills new offensive scheme.

Babcock Watch Update


Click here to find out what Sportsnet's Elliott Friedman had to say about Mike Babcock and other possible candidates for the job of Sabres head coach.

Brady got what he deserved


"It's not personal, it's strictly business."  That classic quote from "The Godfather" is exactly how I feel about the suspension for Tom Brady.

Sabres prospect Compher will stay at Michigan for another season


While Sabres fans await the possible jump of Jack Eichel from Boston University to the NHL next season, Sabres prospect JT Compher is staying in college for now. 

It was a low key Bills draft


Memo to the Buffalo Bills: Please don't trade your first round picks anymore.  It makes the draft far less interesting.  

Bills' Duke Williams aiming for starting job


There won't be many starting spots up for grabs when the Bills hit training camp.  There's probably just one on the defensive side of the ball and it's the safety spot opposite Aaron Williams.

 

Bills should draft a quarterback


Time for some free advice for Bills General Manager Doug Whaley.  Draft a quarterback on Friday.  There are a number of people who will tell you not to do this for various reasons. 
1.  This year's group of quarterbacks is underwhelming.
2.  You already have four quarterbacks on your roster.
3.  You don't have a first or fourth round pick so in rounds two

Sabres and Coyotes numbers are ugly



Befitting teams that are 29th and 30th in the NHL standings, the Arizona Coyotes and Buffalo Sabres have put up some horrible numbers this season.

 

Bills building a better offense


For years the offense has been the bane of the Buffalo Bills existence.  Despite the big question mark at quarterback, the Bills offense will be better in 2015 due to big moves at other positions.
 

This week in the race for 30th


The Race for 30th is down to just 10 games in 20 days.  Buckle up Sabres fans.

 

Sabres, Oilers, Coyotes all doing their best to finish 30th


And down the stretch they come!!! The Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers and Arizona Coyotes are doing some serious losing as they fight tooth and nail for the 30th place finish.

UB hoopsters make school history


This is what University at Buffalo Athletics Director Danny White had in mind when he hired Bobby Hurley to coach the mens basketball team.  

How do Sabres stack up with Arizona and Edmonton?



Here we go! The trade deadline has passed and the rosters are set for the home stretch in the race for 30th. So how do the Buffalo Sabres, Arizona Coyotes and Edmonton Oilers stack up in terms of the roster and their remaining schedule?

 
 

This week in the race for 30th



To use a NASCAR analogy, the Buffalo Sabres, Arizona Coyotes and Edmonton Oilers are racing three wide going into the final laps in the race for 30th.

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Raising Arizona? Its more like sinking Arizona in race for 30th.


I want you to mark down March 26th and March 30th on your calendar.  It looks like they'll be two of the biggest days in Buffalo sports history.  

My stress level is rising


Last week I did something I never thought I'd do.

 

This week in the race for 30th


The race for 30th has tightened as the NHL season moves into the final week of February.

 

Sabres prospect Reinhart having strong season in juniors


He may be out of sight but Sam Reinhart is certainly not out mind when it comes to the Buffalo Sabres.

 

This week in the race for 30th



The Buffalo Sabres have a season high six point lead in the race for 30th as this week begins.

The week that was in Buffalo sports


It was quite a week in Buffalo sports.  The Bills made a controversial signing and the Sabres pulled off one of the biggest trades in franchise history. 

This week in the race for 30th


Is the race for 30th down to just two teams? With two months left in the regular season, there's some separation at the bottom of the NHL standings.
 
Does the Broncos win make you feel the Bills are closer or farther away from the Super Bowl?
  They're closer. Just fix the defense. Their offense is better than Denver's.
  They're farther away. We don't have an elite D(Denver) or franchise QB(Carolina)
 
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