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
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
None of those hockey players on my childhood pajamas was a Top-2 pick.

The Sabres and what's most important

Edmonton, 55 points, eight games left.

Arizona, 54 points, seven games left.

Buffalo, 48 points, eight games left.

Disney-goers frantically trying to find out how Edmonton and Arizona did last night.

Race for 30th: The final weeks

Monday night in sports the Edmonton Oilers poured in four goals on the time it took me to drive from downtown Buffalo to Grand Island and, by winning their game, moved five points ahead of the Sabres at the very bottom of the NHL standings.

A chance to breathe.

Arizona, meanwhile, fell 1-0 in Los Angeles and is now tied with Edmonton for 28th. The Coyotes and Oilers have tonight off while
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