The Bills\\\\\\\' level all season has been right down the middle.

For Bills, Marrone, anything can happen


I've watched the last two Bills games from a bar. For the first of them, the Thursday night game in Miami, the place was very busy. A friend of mine is a bartender there, and at halftime, with the Bills leading 6-3, he had a minute to chat.

"What do you think so far?", he asked me.

"I think whatever we're going to care about from this game hasn't happened

Earth Sports Fortress of Pantheon


Mike Schopp and the Bulldog once again held an open forum for their 'Earth Sports Fortress of Pantheon' on Tuesday. The idea behind the creation was to gather the very best in sport for one Ultimate Hall of Fame. This way, Babe Ruth wouldn't be on the same level as Bruce Sutter. The ESF of P makes sure that Wayne Gretzky does not reside in the same building as Joe Mullen.

Rasmus Ristolainen, age 20, is playing like a star.

The "enemies" within


Would you recognize their faces yet? Can you pronounce their names? Do you know where they're from, their ages, even their uniform numbers?

They are Rasmus Ristolainen, age 20, of Finland, jersey number 55, and Nikita Zadorov, 19, Russia, 51.

As Jon Lovitz might say, it's time to get to know them. Because these two lads are together the leading reason why the Buffalo Sabres
Who's next year's Bills starter? I think Robert Griffin is the III'd most-likely choice.

Your 2015 Bills starting quarterback? The nominees are ...


You don't have to tell me. I know that I stretched things here. But your telling me is part of makes this special relationship we have so grand. So, please, do tell me how bad this list is. Tell everyone you know, in fact.

Here we have a list of 10 candidates to be the 2015 Buffalo Bills opening-day starting quarterback, ranked from least to most likely:

10. Eli Manning. Should the
\"This is a very peculiar situation.\" -- Groucho Marx about the Sabres, maybe

Sabres on the warpath? What happened?


The Sabres' first 10 games this season were astonishingly bad, even for a team with these low expectations. Called a "Pee-Wee team" by their own coach, publicly. Deadfish home losses to Anaheim and Boston. Ten shots on goal against Toronto.

The conversation seemed over almost as soon as it had begun: The Buffalo Sabres will finish last.

But it isn't, on balance,
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These Bills are better, but should be better still


I think overall, Bills fans would be enjoying this 2014 season more if more of them didn't think the team was blowing it.

These years can run together, and sound the same. Modest goals are set but not met, and fans chop away to explain how the Bills fell short. We do it every year; it can just become noise.

But not every season is the same, as incredibly similar the Bills' last nine
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Bills good, but are they good enough?


The Bills have a winning record at the midpoint of the season. For many teams, a non-story. For Buffalo, a big deal.

They were 5-3 in 2008 and 2011, but both of those teams were on losing streaks after eight games. This team has a modest air of legitimacy those teams lacked.

Again, modest.

These Bills are pretty good -- solid and opportunistic on defense, overall respectable at the skill
Candy Draft

Schopp & The Bulldog's Halloween Candy Draft


It's time to get in the spirit of the season and talk about how much we love candy.  Of course that means a draft.  Five participants: Mike Schopp, The Bulldog, Jeremy White, Thom Cich and Mike Schopp's niece Madeleine.
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The curious case of Ted Nolan


It was a surreal moment. Couldn't believe it. November 13, 2013, First Niagara Center, there he was, out of nowhere or to be precise Latvia, the man some Sabres fans never stopped thinking about, the man most of them thought got a raw deal, back to coach the team. Seriously.

What in the world was Ted Nolan, previously resigned to the mind like a long-ago college girlfriend, doing back
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In defense of the Bills, and not


Some mistakes are defensible. Some are not.

Here are some examples.

Drafting EJ Manuel in the first round: defensible. The Bills needed a quarterback and everyone knew it. The Bills chose to use their highest 2013 draft pick on one, which is the best way to get a good one. They picked a player in Manuel that was not considered by most an elite prospect, but with no other quarterback grading
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Orton move reveals lack of cohesion, vision


Ever give an afternoon to a jigsaw puzzle only to have pieces missing at the end? Or start off on a crossword only to have one corner stump you, or maybe have someone spill coffee on the page?

Trying to figure out how the Bills in Week 5 ended up starting Kyle Orton -- a player that's never taken a snap for them in a game, including preseason -- might engender similar
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My motto for Sabres: "Do the best you can"


Attention Sabres players,
A new season is upon you, and like most of the last 35 years I’m probably as excited as most of you are. A chill in the air, that sound of puck on stick, seeing my kids light up when SabreTooth comes to our section … I love it when hockey arrives, knowing I’ll have games to spend evenings watching either at home or in the arena. I’m a season
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Is Bills' drought about to end?


The Bills' 2-0 start has our attention, and fans everywhere are asking each other if this is the year the Bills do the unthinkable and make a wild-card game maybe to get run over.

COULD THE DROUGHT BE ENDING?

Five reasons why yes, five reasons why no:

YES

1. The defense is good. The offense, and in particular the quarterback, commands most of the attention. But the Bills'
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Pegulaville


Bills fans, you got your wish.

Today reports have it that Terry and Kim Pegula -- or should it be Kim and Terry? -- are crossing the T's on a deal to buy the Bills. This means fans can relax about the team skipping town, a story that has trailed and taunted us for almost 20 years.

It's a great day.

Four years ago few of us had ever heard of the Pegulas. It was the end of November
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Everybody knows everything


Soon the Bills will have a new owner, and conversation about who should make important football decisions for that new owner will get heavy. If the Bills don't challenge for a playoff spot, Doug Whaley's and Doug Marrone's futures will be big storylines. Actually they're pretty big already.

Fans won't come to a clear consensus on whether Whaley should stay on. He only
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Is Doug Marrone's status as Bills Head Coach in 2015 still up in the air?
  Yes. It depends on the last 2 games.
  No. They've accomplished enough for him to be back.
 
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