Andrew Campbell
Tom Brady, the perennially elusive standard.

'Quarterback purgatory', revisited

Somehow, a column at good-idea Monday announced the Bills as, to boil it down, a team with a good quarterback and nothing more. I read it, and there was no disclaimer anywhere about it being an April Fools joke. You need more than a good quarterback to win, Bills, it was declared, presumably to widespread uproarious laughter.

Perhaps some football fans digested that and
At Game Managers, when you order fries they bring you cottage cheese.

NFL quarterback designations, ranked

What's more fun in sports to discuss than NFL quarterbacks? So many versions of this parlor game: eye test vs. statistics, wins vs. yards, personality vs. performance. If it were an actual game you could play with friends surely it would be called Cam Newton, or at least he's the picture on the box.

The Bills this season have merged onto the quarterback highway -- the
Hoping to placate fans upset about finishing 29th, the Sabres gave out balloon rabbits.

Sabres' future not all bad

BUFFALO, N.Y. (MS) -- Dylan Strome's first NHL goal wasn't how he grew up imagining it, but he'll take it.

Drafted third by the Buffalo Sabres in June's draft, Strome centered a pass for teammate Mikhail Grigorenko that bounced in off an opponent's skate, the Sabres' lone goal in Monday's 4-1 loss to Columbus.

Buffalo is 0-3 to start the season, hoping to keep
Other newcomers have gotten more billing but Robin Lehner ranks high in importance.

The Sabres' biggest 'what if'

Here it comes, at last, the arrival of a Sabres era two or more controversial years in the making. Long-awaited and highly anticipated, superstar newcomers Jack Eichel, Ryan O'Reilly and Evander Kane make their Buffalo debuts. The misery surrounding consecutive last-place seasons will have bolted out the First Niagara Center doors faster than Pat LaFontaine.

It's time to have fun
The sun set on Rex in New York. Now he joins our fight for respect.

Rex's spirit just right for the new Buffalo

I don't know first-hand how it's tougher, having never lived in New York City, but I can guess. How many tabloid newspapers cover the Jets, a dozen? Most or all strive for the scandal, hoping to splash an embarrassed face on the back page behind a headline we'll all retweet. When they land it, look out. You lose a game and wake up the next morning with the most important city in the
A large straight could equal LeVeon Bell.

Buckle up, it's September

Sorry to start with a conclusion but September is the best sports month. A couple of other months are loaded with events but September wins because it's about beginnings. You've been looking forward to September for months, and that makes the difference.

Here's my September calendar of highlights.

September 1 or 2, The Brady decision. Because what great sports month doesn't

Enemkpali no doubt a risk, but what's the reward?

When Kiko Alonso got hurt and was lost for the 2014 season, most Bills fans moaned. All the spoken and tweeted words can be summed up with just two: Why us? Alonso, both an integral player on the 2013 Bills' Top 10 defense and a super-popular one with fans, would be no help to a team with a growing number of defensive stars in the primes of their careers, not to mention one on a then-14 year
Dan Snyder picked \"Executive Order\" over \"Trying\", \"Due\" and \"Member Club\".

"Not in Order", the 2014 NFL highlight-show titles

Let's see how NFL teams did naming their 2014 NFL Films-produced highlight shows. Some titles were blunt and obvious, others read like the maker thought he was Stanley Kubrick, and overall, the NFL did its thing misleading fans into thinking all 32 teams are either good or about to be good.

I'll tell you up front, some great names weren't chosen. "Member

Jack Eichel's Sabres uniform-number options, ranked

In three nights the Sabres will draft Jack Eichel. Then, presumably, they will fly him to Buffalo and sign him, formally ending his Boston University career. I might suggest that next would come a celebratory beer, but because Eichel is only 18 it will only be everyone else in Buffalo that's drinking.

It is the 2015 draft, so you might see Eichel himself, right after being chosen, holding
In 2007, the Blackhawks were a joke. In 2010, this happened.

Hawks shaking off embarrassment, apparently

So it's June 2015, and the Chicago Blackhawks Monday night won their third Stanley Cup in six years. They are the National Hockey League franchise all others aspire to be: iconic, full of tradition, great.

They stand atop the league's 30 clubs. At the bottom, by performance anyway, are the Buffalo Sabres.

You all read and heard it the last few months just like I did: despite the
Look closely and you'll see Mike Babcock over there paying $7 for a bagel.

Is Buffalo's secret getting out?

As I write to you today the sun is shining on my back. Outside to my right, some fruit trees. To my left, the Upper Niagara River. It's a pleasant 56 degrees, climbing toward a predicted 70. A woman behind me leaving the bank this morning complained that it wasn't warmer out. "It's summer!", she exclaimed.

"Almost," I replied.

"Yes it is summer!",
NHL playoffs

NHL playoffs a yawn-a-thon

The playoffs have been....well.....unexciting
Michael Ivanov
The dirty work is done, time for Sabres to light a cigar.

Sabres shouldn't give lottery a second thought

If cigars didn't turn my stomach I'd be up for one. It's time to light a smoke, squint, and sit with what the Sabres have accomplished.

Despite the incessant ink-stained protestations that have hassled them for months, the Sabres greet this day in prime position for a rise to power. It wasn't easy, and it wasn't popular, but they did exactly what they should have: take it
The winner and contender for the next 10-15 years is ...

If Sabres don't win lottery, here's who should

Hello, how are enjoying your day?

Here, skies are bright and it's just not the weather. Not everything in life is hockey, no, but for the last couple of months I've felt like it is. I stepped, willingly, into the cauldron that was the controversial 2014-15 Sabres season, and when the race for last place tightened in recent weeks, because of my job I had no way out. I lost sleep. I was
Desperate times... ?

Last-place buzz about to get louder

Wasn't it fun being on ESPN last week? Who knew they still had our address?

Last Thursday's overtime Sabres loss to Arizona provided good fodder for national sports talk, with fans openly rooting for the opponent. Kornheiser and Wilbon discussed our emotions on "PTI", and Van Pelt and Russillo did the same on their ESPN Radio show. So did Mike Greenberg on his, which
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