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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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These Bills are better, but should be better still


I think overall, Bills fans would be enjoying this 2014 season more if more of them didn't think the team was blowing it.

These years can run together, and sound the same. Modest goals are set but not met, and fans chop away to explain how the Bills fell short. We do it every year; it can just become noise.

But not every season is the same, as incredibly similar the Bills' last nine
Schopp

Bills good, but are they good enough?


The Bills have a winning record at the midpoint of the season. For many teams, a non-story. For Buffalo, a big deal.

They were 5-3 in 2008 and 2011, but both of those teams were on losing streaks after eight games. This team has a modest air of legitimacy those teams lacked.

Again, modest.

These Bills are pretty good -- solid and opportunistic on defense, overall respectable at the skill
Candy Draft

Schopp & The Bulldog's Halloween Candy Draft


It's time to get in the spirit of the season and talk about how much we love candy.  Of course that means a draft.  Five participants: Mike Schopp, The Bulldog, Jeremy White, Thom Cich and Mike Schopp's niece Madeleine.
Schopp

The curious case of Ted Nolan


It was a surreal moment. Couldn't believe it. November 13, 2013, First Niagara Center, there he was, out of nowhere or to be precise Latvia, the man some Sabres fans never stopped thinking about, the man most of them thought got a raw deal, back to coach the team. Seriously.

What in the world was Ted Nolan, previously resigned to the mind like a long-ago college girlfriend, doing back
Schopp

In defense of the Bills, and not


Some mistakes are defensible. Some are not.

Here are some examples.

Drafting EJ Manuel in the first round: defensible. The Bills needed a quarterback and everyone knew it. The Bills chose to use their highest 2013 draft pick on one, which is the best way to get a good one. They picked a player in Manuel that was not considered by most an elite prospect, but with no other quarterback grading
Schopp

Orton move reveals lack of cohesion, vision


Ever give an afternoon to a jigsaw puzzle only to have pieces missing at the end? Or start off on a crossword only to have one corner stump you, or maybe have someone spill coffee on the page?

Trying to figure out how the Bills in Week 5 ended up starting Kyle Orton -- a player that's never taken a snap for them in a game, including preseason -- might engender similar
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My motto for Sabres: "Do the best you can"


Attention Sabres players,
A new season is upon you, and like most of the last 35 years I’m probably as excited as most of you are. A chill in the air, that sound of puck on stick, seeing my kids light up when SabreTooth comes to our section … I love it when hockey arrives, knowing I’ll have games to spend evenings watching either at home or in the arena. I’m a season
Schopp

Is Bills' drought about to end?


The Bills' 2-0 start has our attention, and fans everywhere are asking each other if this is the year the Bills do the unthinkable and make a wild-card game maybe to get run over.

COULD THE DROUGHT BE ENDING?

Five reasons why yes, five reasons why no:

YES

1. The defense is good. The offense, and in particular the quarterback, commands most of the attention. But the Bills'
Schopp

Pegulaville


Bills fans, you got your wish.

Today reports have it that Terry and Kim Pegula -- or should it be Kim and Terry? -- are crossing the T's on a deal to buy the Bills. This means fans can relax about the team skipping town, a story that has trailed and taunted us for almost 20 years.

It's a great day.

Four years ago few of us had ever heard of the Pegulas. It was the end of November
Schopp

Everybody knows everything


Soon the Bills will have a new owner, and conversation about who should make important football decisions for that new owner will get heavy. If the Bills don't challenge for a playoff spot, Doug Whaley's and Doug Marrone's futures will be big storylines. Actually they're pretty big already.

Fans won't come to a clear consensus on whether Whaley should stay on. He only
Schopp

Buying into Bills is, as usual, a challenge


It's been an interesting off-season. The Buffalo Bills are about to be owned by someone other than Ralph Wilson -- unless you include Tom Brady -- for the first time since their inception 54 years ago. Their first-round pick, Sammy Watkins, is the rare Bills player of the 21st Century to gain national approval as a star-in-the-making. Their stadium is undergoing major renovations; my view
Schopp

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
Schopp

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
Schopp

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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