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Simon

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.
Simon

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.   
King Rex

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,
EJ

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.
GM on QB's

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

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.
Simon

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.
Van Miller

Thanks Van.


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

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. 
McCabe

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.
Guhle

Sabres prospect Guhle on WGR


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

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"?
Gionta

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.
Bylsma

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.
Eichel

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.
Simon

Sabres stress relief


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

Sabres stress relief


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

This week in the race for 30th



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

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.
NHL Draft

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.

 
Fred Jackson

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

NHL Draft Preview


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

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.

 
NHL draft

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
 



15
HARKINS, JANSEN
PRINCE GEORGE
WHL
C
6' 1.25"
182


16
CHABOT, THOMAS
SAINT JOHN
QMJHL
D
6'
NHL Draft

2015 NHL Draft prospect countdown


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














 
Bradham

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. 
McCoy

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.
Bylsma

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.
Simon

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.

 
Ryan

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.
Wood

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.
Coach Search

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.
Simon

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.
Staying In School

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. 
Simon

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.  
Williams

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.

 
Simon

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
By the #'s

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.

 
Simon

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.
 
Race for 30th

This week in the race for 30th


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

 
Race for 30th

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.
Dancing

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.  
Comparisons

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?

 
 
Race for 30th

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.

T
Simon

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.  
Simon

My stress level is rising


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

 
McEichel update

This week in the race for 30th


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

 
Reinhart

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.

 
Race for 30th

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.
Simon

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. 
Race for 30th

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.
 
UB hoops

Bobby Hurley has UB Bulls clicking


The University at Buffalo Mens basketball team picked a perfect time to go on a win streak.

 
JW: Race to 30

JW: Party Crashers


Well, well, well...what do we have here?  Is that a crowd of the Stanley Cup Pretenders knocking on our door, trying to get into our basement party?  Chatter around the NHL seems to indicate that several teams are ready to power down on Mission McDavid.  What do you say we all get to know each other?
 
McEichel update

McEichel update


Here's the latest on race for 30th:

 
 
Explanation

Seahawks explain their play call



Are you wondering why the Seattle Seahawks brain trust decided to pass the ball on second and goal from the Patriots one yard line?
Rebuilding

Sabres hoping history repeats


For those of you who are still struggling with what the Sabres are doing(and I think its down to a very small number), here's a little historical perspective. 
Hall

Former Bills GM Bill Polian headed to Hall of Fame


Time for Bills fans to make another trip to Canton, Ohio for a Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  Bill Polian, the architect of the Bills four straight AFC Championship teams in the early 1990's, has been elected to the Hall of Fame a

Fomer Bills GM Polian headed to Hall of Fame


Time for Bills fans to make another trip to Canton, Ohio for a Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Hall Bound?

Former Bills GM hoping for call from Hall of Fame


On Saturday, the architect of the Buffalo Bills four consecutive AFC Championship teams could receive the greatest individual honor in pro football. 
Hockey Heaven

Sabres making Buffalo a hockey destination


Some big hockey events could be making their way to Buffalo in the next few years.  Click here to find out more.



 
Simon

Bills better off after crazy 16 day stretch


When Rex Ryan was officially introduced as the new Head Coach of the Buffalo Bills, it brought to an end a two week stretch that was among the craziest in franchise history. 
Stadium Study

Bills new stadium study



A study commissioned by New York State has produced a short list of four locations for a possible new stadium for the Buffalo Bills. Here is a link to the 141 page study:

 

http://www.scribd.com/doc/253009962/Aecom-Buffalo-Site-Opt-Study-FINAL-141223
New Hires

Bills filling out coaching staff


The Buffalo Bills have announced a number of hires for Rex Ryan's coaching staff.

 
Whaley

Bills GM likes the Ryan/Roman combination


Bills General Manager Doug Whaley covered a wide range of topics during a segment on WGR on Thursday. Click here to find out more.
 
He said it

Rex Ryan Day One: My favorite answers


When we spoke with members of the New York city media to find out more about Rex Ryan, they all told us the same thing.  He will win the press conferences.  It doesn't amount to anything in terms of how the Bills will play and that ultimatel
OL Coach

Bills looking at OL coaching candidates



Fixing the offensive line is likely on the Bills off season list of things to do. Getting a new offensive line coach is apparently part of the repair plan.
 
 
Schwartz

Bills lose Schwartz



Jim Schwartz is one and done as Buffalo Bills Defensive Coordinator.
Hasek

Sabres' Hasek was one of a kind


When you work in our business, you learn not to get carried away by the athletes you meet while covering games.  Getting a chance to watch and later interview some of the greatest players of their sport comes with the job.  Don't get me wron
King Rex

Bravo Bills!


To quote former New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott, "can't wait".  That's how I feel about the Bills decision hire Rex Ryan as their next Head Coach.  
New Bills Coach

Bills get Rex Ryan as new Head Coach


From Broadway to Off Broadway? Rex Ryan is reportedly making the move from New York to Buffalo, agreeing to become the next Head Coach of the Buffalo Bills. 
Sabres

Sabres are who we thought they were


If you're wondering what has happened to the Buffalo Sabres over the last few weeks, the answer can be found in a famous comment from former NFL Coach Dennis Green, who once said "they are what we thought they were."


 
2015 opponents

Bills 2015 opponents set


With the Bills finishing second in the AFC East, the final pieces were put into place for the 2015 schedule. 
 
Simon

Bills finale makes no difference


Sorry Bills fans,  but that game meant absolutely nothing to me.  
Decisions

Bills new owner faces big decisions


When the Bills 2014 season comes to an end in New England on Sunday, another new chapter in franchise history will begin.  
Kyle Orton
Simon

Bills=UGH!!!


One week after an exhilarating victory over the Green Bay Packers and on a day when the out of town scoreboard played out perfectly, the Bills once again ripped the hearts out of their fans.  So what did we learn?
Playoffs

AFC Playoffs: What you need to know



Here is everything you need to know for this weekend as far as the Bills, playoff standings, tiebreaker rules and who to root for.
Playoffs

AFC playoff standings


AFC





Division Leaders
W
L
T
DIV
CONF




[y] Patriots
11
3
0
3-1
7-2


[y] Broncos
11
3
0
5-0
9-1


[y] Colts
10
4
0
5-0
8-3


Bengals
9
4
1
3-2
6-4









Wild
Simon

Bills pull off a shocker


Unbelievable.   
JW: All-22

JW: All-22 Review - Playmaker Wanted


The Bills loss in Denver was the latest to highlight the fact that the Bills are lacking an elite play maker at quarterback.  From the 3rd-and-1 slide, to deep shots that they don't take, the Bills offense is crying out for a quarterback that will step up and make a play.  Check this week's All-22 to see what's missing, and also to debunk the NFL conspiracy theorists.
No \"O\"

Sabres' Hodgson having season to forget


On a Buffalo Sabres team that struggles to produce on offense, Cody Hodgson's nightmarish season is making matters worse.
Simon

Bills back to square one at quarterback...again!


The Bills can now officially add "get a quarterback" to their list of things to do this off season.
Playoff Race

AFC Playoff Race Primer


Here's some handy information to help you out on Sunday.  First, the current AFC standings and then the remaining schedules for the Bills and the rest of the teams fighting for a playoff spot as well as the combined won-loss record of those teams
Hot Streak

What has gotten into the Sabres?


What in the name of winning hockey is going on with the Sabres?  How do you explain a team that was 3-13-2, winning 5 of its last 6 games?

 
Heart and Soul

Darry Talley's struggles hit Bills fans hard


If you were a fan of the Buffalo Bills in the late 1980's and into the 1990's, reading the story about the struggles of Darryl Talley hit you hard.  REALLY hard. 
Simon

Bills game turns on 3 straight plays


In the first half, the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns were putting their respective fan bases to sleep. But three consecutive plays in the third quarter sent the Ralph Wilson Stadium crowd into a frenzy and the Bills on to victory.
Scott Chandler
Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler, center, is unable to collect a fumble by teammate running back Bryce Brown, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (A

Bills offense needs to come alive


The Buffalo Bills offense has hit the skids at a most inopportune time.  Their inability to get into the end zone is the main reason why the Bills dropped back to back critical games and went from playoff contention to a team looking for a miracle. 
JW: All-22

JW: All-22 Review - Bills/Chiefs


The Bills loss to the Chiefs will likely be remembered for fumbles and fourth downs.  This week's All-22 review from Jeremy White will showcase the Bills success in the run game, why the Bills should #PayJerryHughesMoney, and the misfires from Kyle Orton that played into the heartbreak.
 
Simon

Not again! Come on Bills!


You'd think we'd be able to handle games like this since we've had so much experience with them but they get more sickening every time the Bills find a creative way to lose a crucial contest.  
Simon

Bills top story lines


There are a number of interesting story lines that have emerged through the first half of the Buffalo Bills 2014 season but there's no question which story is at the top of the list.  
Simon

Bills get an important win


Sure there were some exasperating moments but I feel much better after the Bills win over the New York Jets than I did after the last second victory over Minnesota one week earlier. 
JW: All-22

All-22 Review Bills/Vikings - Watching Watkins


In the span of one week, Bills WR Sammy Watkins went from forgotten man, to focal point.  Unleashed upon the Vikings secondary, Watkins set highs in targets, receptions, touchdowns, and yards.  Watching Watkins proves to be a lot of fun in this week's All-22 Review.  
Simon

Bills get miraculous win


I was coming to grips with the 2014 Bills season essentially coming to an end in week seven.  Then Kyle Orton and the Bills offense produced a miracle ending.   
JW: All-22

JW: All-22 Review - Bills/Patriots


The New England Patriots made a point of exploiting the Bills inabiilty to defend Rob Gronkowski.  The Buffalo Bills largely ignored their budding superstar wideout.  How huge was Gronk?  How much was Watkins ignored?  It's all part of this week's All-22 Review with Jeremy White.
Brandon LaFell
Simon

It wasn't Pegula Day, it was Groundhog Day for the Bills


That darn Lucy. She did it to us again.  
JW - All 22

JW: All-22 Review - Bills/Lions


The Buffalo Bills opened the Kyle Orton era with a road win, as he passed the 300 yard mark in his first start with the team.  Orton's game got better as the game progressed, while the Bills front four was fantastic from start to finish.  Jeremy White takes a look at Orton's efficiency, the defensive dominance, and CJ Spiller's struggles in this week's All-22
Simon

Bills get up from canvas with huge win


The roller coaster ride of emotions for Bills nation continues.  Sky high after a 2-0 start, then down in the dumps after back to back losses, Bills fans are once again experiencing a natural high after a great win in Detroit.
Orton All-22

JW: All-22 Review - Kyle Orton


The Bills have turned things over to Kyle Orton for Sunday's game in Detroit.  Orton didn't play at any point during the preseason, and didn't work with the team in training camp either.  However, he's not too far removed from a solid performance in a meaningful game.  Jeremy White checks out Orton's last start in a bonus All-22 Review.
 
JW - All 22

JW: All-22 Review Bills/Texans


EJ Manuel's performance against the Houston Texans has brought about a change at quarterback.  In this week's review of the All-22, Jeremy White looks into Manuel's struggles, the chaos wrought by JJ Watt, and what Kyle Orton has ahead of him.  
 
Simon

Manuel is setting fire to my plan


EJ Manuel is making life very difficult.  Unfortunately he isn't making it difficult on the opposition, something NFL quarterbacks are supposed to do.  The Bills second year QB is making the Bills fan base squirm. 
JW - All-22

JW: All-22 Review Bills/Chargers


The development of a young quarterback will, quite often, feature ups and downs early on, and EJ Manuel's performance in the Bills loss to San Diego was most certainly a down.  This week's All-22 review from Jeremy White highlights just how many things went wrong for the Bills, and how the Chargers so effectively attacked EJ Manuel.
 
EJ Manuel, Kendall Reyes
No offense

Bills offense flatlines in loss to Chargers


You know its not a good day for the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium when you can only remember one time where a crowd of about 68 thousand people seemed really loud.
All-22 Week 2

All-22 Review - Bills/Dolphins


At 2-0 the Bills are talking an awful lot about team balance.  In beating the Miami Dolphins, and more specifically neutralizing Cameron Wake, we're able to get a feel for what that means.  Wake was kept quiet, and Jeremy White shows how the Bills were able to do it in this week's All-22 Review.
 
CJ Spiller
Simon

Bills pay tribute to Ralph Wilson with a win he would have loved


On a day when the Bills honored the late Ralph Wilson, the best tribute of all for the only owner the franchise had known, was  a win over the team Wilson loved to see his club beat, the Miami Dolphins.
Simon

Its a great day to be a Bills fan


In 25 years of working in Buffalo/Western New York media, there was never a moment for me like this morning.  
Simon

Bills opening day victory provides much needed pick me up


It is only one win but did we ever need that!
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