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What's it like to be traded?


Even in the low minors Monday wasn't just another game day.

August 1 is Trade Deadline Day in baseball. Big-league clubhouses everywhere have ESPN on, or MLB Network, watching to see who gets moved -- your teammates, your opponents, yourself. Everyone's watching as the 4 p.m. ET deadline approaches, most of all fans wondering if their favorite teams stocked up.

You know how that
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Schopp: Bills camp ennui


The weirdest feeling came over me one year ago.

It was late July and summer was breezing by the same as ever. Children running around in the yard, my friends and theirs jumping in the pool, mixed in with the occasional golf game or family day-trips. Cherishing the weather, each other, and the days before autumn's obligations, and chills.

Bills training camp comes around every late July,
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WGR Party Draft


It's the WGR Party Draft! See the results here:
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How to sign Jimmys


So you want Jimmy on your team, eh?

You're a pretty good team without him. That's where you're starting. Fans are excited for the season, although around these parts, aren't they always? This year's team has some good players and should be scrappy. You'd like it to be deeper though, at least.

The coach is pretty new 'round here, and his defense-first style
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For Tim Murray, left, the next couple of weeks are a big balancing act.

Schopp: Murray's prowess put to the test


There isn't a day when I wouldn't want to be a pro sports general manager. It's the only sports job I can think of that I'd trade my job for -- to run a team. The job security isn't so great, but the exercise of maneuvering to assemble the best team possible is enough for me to burn calories just thinking about it. Every avid fantasy sports player probably can
AT&T Stadium

Schopp: Imagining sports as honest


Imagine if instead of saying all that business about how your stadium keeps you competitive, Roger Goodell just told the truth.
Ortiz hit this ball in the third inning, when he tries less hard than in later innings.

Hockey holding to its myths


Things are going pretty well this season for the Boston Red Sox. They have 229 runs, averaging 6.0 per game -- both numbers tops in the majors -- and at 24-14 they share the third-best record in baseball.

Boston won three of four over Houston last weekend, including a comeback win Saturday. Down one with two outs in the ninth, David Ortiz tripled in the tying run to force extra innings. In the
Serious football faces!

The Worst Mock Draft Ever


She's back!

My daughter, Garnet, returns with her third annual hardcore look at the NFL Draft. In 2014 at the age of 2, she culled prospect rankings of numerous draft analysts and ranked them herself (OK, with my help) strictly based on aggregrate results. She would have drafted tight end Eric Ebron for the Bills that year, had they not traded up as they did. (After trading up the best
How many fingers am I holding up? What's the number on my jersey? That many.

Five Tyrod Taylor outcomes





How will the Bills handle Tyrod's contract situation?
It's $223 for an autographed Sam jersey, $399 for Jack's.

Here's to Sam Reinhart


The best untold story of this Sabres season, The Year of Jack Eichel, is how good Sam Reinhart is.

You watched Boston University games for the first time to see what Eichel is, and then the World Championships. You spent $300 on his jersey before he skated a professional shift. You (OK me) and Bulldog spent 25 minutes of valuable air time breaking to bits one of his many tantalizing
Tanksutawney Phil saw his shadow so it's only six more weeks of hockey.

Another 'exciting' Sabres finish shaping up


Twenty-two games, at least half of which they'll play without Ryan O'Reilly. Five points up on last-place Toronto, with three games this March against the Leafs. Six days to the trade deadline, which probably will set several bottom-dwellers, somehow, back.

We're headed for another dramatic finish in the land of the Buffalo Sabres.

If it's excitement and drama you want from
Goodbye Dion Phaneuf, hello massive cap space!

Like Sabres did, Leafs making wily chess moves


Hockey games can be interesting. They were more interesting years ago but you still get the occasional wild one, a back-and-forth tussle with a scrap or two mixed in.

The playoffs are fun too but that's usually just on TV.

Regular seasons are so lengthy that too often you have matchups of weary opponents comprised of players just trying to stay afloat.

And top teams focused on the
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Trading may now commence!

Next up for Sabres: Deadline Day


The playoffs are a near-impossibility, and they weren't this year's mission anyway.No one is talking "tank", which became the buzzword for selling off older players and those on expiring contracts for youth and draft picks, something many teams like the Sabres have done and all teams like them should have. As a state of mind tanking is off the table, but if that's your word
Yes, the Bills' playoff drought has lasted this long.

A season's worth of futile finales


WARNING: This article is long, because it should be.

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Sixteen years, no playoffs. Bills fans know it well. Some might wear it as a tattoo, like a badge of honor, if it didn't need changing every year.

The scar of the playoff drought looks uglier if you add that only once all these years (2004) have the Bills made it to their final regular-season game
For discussion purposes, Toronto is looking beautiful.

Leaf peeping, enviously


Tuesday night's Sabres-Devils game was so devoid of compelling action that your mind was free to wander, which can be good as long as it's not stumbling again and again over the prices of tickets and Harbour Club German Chocolate cake. 

I had a nice time with my brother-in-law and two friends, not that any of it was because of the hockey game. One friend was excited to hear the
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