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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.

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Sabres' roster a flip in the making


Nine thousand fans for a July scrimmage? And is that even surprising?

I've been saying lately that my enthusiasm for the youngest, newest Sabres is stronger than usual, even perhaps stronger than ever, and last night's crowd shows I am not alone in that. What a joy it must have been for those young guys to skate out to that turnout and play in front of it.

As I get older my interest
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Pegula's plan would mean what for Whaley?


File this one for when all this NHL Draft and World Cup hubbub quiets down.

(Wait, what?)

I'm thinking ahead to when Terry Pegula buys the Buffalo Bills.

What will change?

Ever since March when we got into football draft-mode we tried to figure out why the bosses at the for-sale Bills wouldn't want to spend future assets on immediate needs. Turns out, they did. Sure, they
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Jim Kelly and me


I’m at a bar in San Diego, no idea which one.



Steve Tasker and I are palling around the week of the Oakland-Tampa Bay Super Bowl, each of us in town working for Adelphia. Steve suggests this place because his buddy Jim Kelly will be there. This is tonight’s hangout.



I see Donovan McNabb, and baseball pitcher Jack McDowell, and then I see Jim. He’s sitting on a
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The Sammy Watkins trade, as life


The most interesting NFL Draft to talk about in my memory is over. The Bills didn't draft a famous quarterback, they didn't have multiple first-round picks and they didn't pick first. Still, it was my favorite year of this.

This draft, with the Bills picking ninth and being rumored to trade up, had all the intrigue you could ask for, and that's good because probably next year
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Draft preparations here continue


You can feel it in the soaking air around here. I'm ready, and she's ready. She's never seen a football game but I know my daughter Garnet is both prepared and pumped for next Thursday's First Round of the 79th Official Player Selection Meeting of the National Football League.

Just as the teams are doing, Garnet is finishing up her preparation. She did not have any players in
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Sabres' keyword: Optimism


I've been getting some interesting e-mails lately. Not many people send me e-mail anymore -- well, other than those who send me e-mail almost every day, like my wife, Nigerian princes and someone named Jason Korczak. But in the last few days, as the Sabres' season ends and perhaps a first overall pick awaits, certain fans are checking in and they are ... want to guess? ...
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Winning is everything, except when it's a lie


Ready for some baseball trivia to mark another new season? Let’s go back to the famous Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. Many baseball fans remember details from that game vividly, especially Mets and Red Sox fans of course.

 

From easy to hard, five questions with the answers right below:

 

Who made the error that allowed the Mets to score the winning
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Why should Jairus Byrd stay?


It probably ends today, Jairus Byrd’s career with the Buffalo Bills. In five years Byrd accomplished enough to be considered, at least in some circles, the best free agent on this season’s market. He did it without the attention given to a .500 team, let alone a winner, let alone a playoff team, let alone a Super Bowl champion. Five years, five losers.

 

Byrd played for
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Five fun trade ideas


WARNING: THESE ARE NOT REAL TRADES. Yet.

Once everyone sees how amazing they are, it's just a matter of time before you get that bzzzzzz from 550550 telling you that they are real. That's my hope anyway. For at least one of these games.

Disclaimer: I don't know very much about the young players on these other teams. I chose them based on their profile without any first-hand
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Will the NHL go to Korea? Let's hope so


I think there's a typo in this USA TODAY article I'm reading about whether NHL players will participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, in Korea. Here's the Gary Bettman quote where I think there's an error, see if you catch it too:

"We have made it very clear that the decision that has to be made is a balancing act," Bettman said. "It's not all good. It's
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Deconstructing the quarterback's job


Everybody has been talking about Peyton Manning's career for weeks, and the cacophony is deafening. It's only a murmur when Manning does well -- read, wins -- but then when he loses, especially as one-sidedly as in Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII, it's loud enough to peel paint.

Now, as before, Manning is looked at by many as a loser, his 1-2 record in Super Bowls damning a career
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Dealing Miller the easy part of Sabres' rebuild


We get closer every day, closer to Deadline Day in a Sabres season that was lost as soon as it started. Buffalo began 0-7, 1-10, 2-14, removing any intrigue about the playoffs in a sport where most teams make it and almost all contend for a berth.

Granted, we're still two calendar flips away -- January to February, February to March -- but February is the shortest month. (I use this
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For QBs, how good is good enough?


Was it a good season or not for the Cincinnati Bengals? A team whose reputation is not that of winning, at 11-5 the Bengals won the AFC North, toppling the defending Super Bowl champions to do so, and went to the playoffs for the third straight season.

Sunday they lost their playoff opener to San Diego, 27-10. A team with a lot of talent and Super Bowl aspirations went out in the first round,
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