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SCHOPP: Is WR Bills' best all-time position?

I've got a thought on Wednesday's Top 55 Bills list, and others on a few different subjects:

** I've never thought of the Bills as having had a great history of wide receivers, but perhaps it's right to. We kept coming back to receivers as we put the list together, and we ended up with nine on the team (Butler, Chandler, Dubenion, Evans, Lewis, Lofton, Moulds, Reed, Tasker).

The Bills have also had a few famous names at the position, like Terrell Owens and Ahmad Rashad. Also consider that the franchise leader in touchdown catches for a season is Bill Brooks, who isn't on the list. And of course it's very early to say this but perhaps in, say, five years Stevie Johnson will feel right for it.

Is wide receiver perhaps the Bills' all-time best position?

** It probably won't be a popular sentiment, but I'm with those who think collisions at home plate, like the one that caused Buster Posey to break his leg, should be curtailed. In the last two decades, runners headed for home started to take the liberty of deliberately running the catcher over, hoping to jar the ball loose. Now, everyone seems to do it. This never should have gathered steam in the first place.

Baseball isn't football, and despite what football fans would say about it most baseball fans like this fact. You want to score? Slide. Collisions shouldn't be sought out in baseball.

** Rick Jeanneret announced Thursday morning that he and Harry Neale will only broadcast Sabres home games and about 10-15 road games next season. That's a total of between 51-56 games, which is about how many games I think there should actually be on the NHL schedule. Maybe Rick's decision will start a trend.

** I heard longtime NHL coach Pat Quinn on the radio today. In the course of the interview, he criticized the Vancouver media for generally being too hard on the Canucks. It occurred to me, as much as I've liked and respected Quinn through the years, I don't think I've ever heard him interviewed and not criticize the media at some point.

If Quinn or any other coach or player that's gotten rich off sports feels that way, that's their opinion and good for them. Of course maybe then they should give all their money back too.

You don't think being criticized is fair? Play in a beer league where no one will care about you. Otherwise, chill out.

** Finally, I think that in terms of quality at the top of the tour, women's tennis is at its lowest point in at least 30 years. The Williams sisters have disappeared, seemingly always injured, and they're getting old besides. Recent contenders for No. 1 in the world (Jankovic, Safina, Ivanovic) have all proved to be unfit for the crown. Kim Clijsters, who lost a match she led a set and 5-2 Thursday, has a family and can't be expected to grind on tour. Maria Sharapova is too erratic. Other high-ranked players can't seem to keep their head on straight. And so forth.

Two names to watch for the remainder of this tournament: Julia Goerges and Andrea Petkovic, both of Germany. I won't be surprised if either wins the French.

On the men's side, it's easy to say this after his first two matches but Rafael Nadal does not appear to be in top form. I could see Fernando Verdasco taking him out in the round of 16. In my mind, Novak Djokovic is wholly the man to beat.

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