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
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 ...
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
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.
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
Twenty-two Sabres games to go and the quest for last place and Captain Generational McEichel is far from over. The gap was eight points but now it's five and Edmonton and Arizona still can't (won't?) pull away. The NHL trade deadline is in six days, a last chance of sorts for teams to spin off expiring veterans for future maybes.
The Sabres are the worst National Hockey League team imaginable. They are last in almost every category -- goals, goals allowed, power play, Corsi, Fenwick, you name it. The fact that they are 29th out of 30 in penalty killing gets rewarded here with its own sentence.
The one thing we were sure of after last year's 52-point effort -- 21 wins in 82 tries -- is that this season's team
We like how they sound but they don't mean much. That's how I'd sum up the words Rex Ryan's been using to describe his feelings on the Bills team he just inherited. Everyone can tell he's got a lot of confidence, and experience, but a peek at his Jets record doesn't make him out to be too different than other recent Bills hires. (Dick Jauron was 36-49 upon being hired
I love Steve Martin but I hated \"Planes, Trains and Automobiles\".
So he wanted all season to leave, or he didn't. So they wanted him to stay, or they didn't. So he restricted Sammy Watkins' productivitiy to spite Doug Whaley, or Doug Marrone didn't. So they want people of their choosing in the organization's biggest jobs, or Terry and Kim Pegula don't.
However it all went down, here we are: the Bills' new owners are out in the
Rasmus Ristolainen, age 20, is playing like a star.
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
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.