E.J Manuel

Posted: April 26, 2013 in Sports
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Last night the Buffalo Bills took the first step in a rebuild. With the 16 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft  the Bills selected E.J. Manuel. QB Florida State. Manuel is 6’5 237 pounds  and is able to play the read option. During his time with Florida State Manuel had a senior year record of 12-2. 

The Bills have not had a NFL quality QB for over a decade. The last top QB the Bills had was Jim Kelly, and Bills fans remember how well that turned out. I’m not saying Manuel will have success like Kelly did, but the prospect of the Bills being a fraction as good has this city buzzing. 

If the Bills want this to work Manuel needs to hold a clip board for at least some of the coming season. The Bills traded for Kevin Kolb, and they should allow him to play at least until Manuel get a feel for the NFL game. There has been a trend in recent years for a first round QB to start right out of the gate, but I don’t believe Manuel to be NFL ready yet.

With time and work, the Bills may just  circle the wagons yet again. The fan base is ready, the city is ready, and for once the Bills seem to understand they need to reload. As this new chapter of Bills football unfolds; fans around here cross their fingers,and hope their suffering is over.

Its all over for the Buffalo Sabres, After a disappointing year their playoff hops have been shot down. Check out my thoughts here: http://toomanymenonthesite.com/2013/04/22/buffalo-sabres-fall-short-but-theres-hope/

Sabres last dance

Posted: April 19, 2013 in Sports
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The Buffalo Sabres have 60 minutes to keep their playoff hope alive. If they are unable to beat the New York Rangers, its over. Buffalo made their bed and only they can save this season. If the Sabres don’t come out working and show heart, it will be over . This year will be the year that Ruff got fired and nothing else. One thing that a bad year allows for is a chance for the young kids from Rochester to show what they can do. Hopefully the farm is able to handle the end of the year tryout. It’s been a hard few years for Sabres fans. The team and front office own them a big We Are Sorry. Hopefully next year the Sabre remember how to play hockey. Because this year  I think they forgot the lock out was over.

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With the Blue and Gold in a dog fight for 8th,I still have questions. and with the help of Fansided  I have moved some of my thoughts to www.toomanymenonthesite.com   Here what I have for today. http://toomanymenonthesite.com/2013/04/18/buffalo-sabres-and-terry-pegula-a-winning-combination/

I will still be posting Sabres and NHL thoughts here from time to time, but check the new stuff on Too Many Men on the Site for more NHL and Sabres information

Its all starts now

Posted: April 16, 2013 in Sports
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Welcome back. Football has found its way back to Western New York.  The Bills kick off 2013-2014 with the first minicamp of the year. I’m sure that this comes as a relief to Buffalo Sports fans. With the Sabres in flux, there is the never ending spring of hope with the new look Bills.

Everything is said to be different at One Bills Drive. New coaches, new attitude, and hopefully a new look.  With the NFL Draft coming up, hope is high in WNY. Like I’ve said before the holes that the Bills have will not be addressed during the draft or this year. However, if the Buffalo Bills want to insure a strong future and a growing fan base it all needs to start this year. Not unlike the Sabres the Bills need to change their image.

It’s been 13 years with no playoffs for the Bills, and as long as I can remember the Bills have really been subpar. I hope that there is some truth to what is coming out of the organization. I hope that fans can finally believe in the change, I hope that for once a Buffalo team lives up to the hype.

It’s almost game time; it’s almost time for Bills football.  It all starts this month. Go Bills.

What was that? It sure was not NHL hockey. The Buffalo Sabres gave their fan yet another uninspired performance last night. The Sabres only managed 15 shots and netted one goal in a 5-1 beating at the hands of the Canadians.

The Sabres are just a bad team; people should not expect much more. Fans want more; fans deserve more but if the team can’t give more noting that can be done. It looks like the Sabres have giving up. Game after game they are outwork, and out played. But, I’m not sure it is completely the players fault. Players go out on the ice for the team they work for. While players sign contracts, they have no voice when GM’s trade, or add players. The Sabres have good players, but they don’t play well together. That falls solely on the GM and front office.

During a season like this the true grit of a player can be found. Sadly there is no fight or grit left in the Sabres locker room. Some thought it was a Lindy problem; some believed it was a Darcy and Lindy problem. Now I think we can see it is a team problem. There is a fundamental flaw in the organization, a flaw that no one is willing to admit to. Sabres brass believes that they are getting better by the day, and it will take time to reach their goal. The second part of that statement is true it will take time. However the first part, getting better by the day is nothing more than political banter aimed at the casual fan. Buffalo Sabres fans, the true hardcore fan know that this is not a team that is getting better. Last night “game” if you want to call that a game shows how far off the Sabres are.

The Sabres say they are in a playoff push; right now it looks like they are thinking more about golf then hockey.  After watching yesterdays game there is little room for hope. This team is just what they appear to be BAD. The chemistry is off, they determination is gone, and in a few weeks the season will be gone. All a fan can do is say there’s always next year.

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Cant get the Cup

Posted: April 11, 2013 in Sports
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It’s a dull morning in Buffalo, New York. It’s just another rainy spring day; just another year that the Sabres have failed to put a playoff caliber team on the ice. Not much is different around here from year to year. Fans want what they seemingly can’t have, or will not be given. They are forced to listen to and read about having patience.

The Sabres have been telling fans the same thing for the past 5 years. When does the front office say we are sorry? It would be a nice thing to give fans. Everyone knows that things are messed up, and the Sabres as a whole have failed. Ted Black has been saying we want to win; we will win the cup, and so on and so on.  But the only thing I see being done around the FNC is new TV’s new food, and new paint. Yes the team has added and subtracted players, but that is just day to day hockey business. The feeling around Buffalo is one of sickness; people want to know where Pegula is. It feels like he is more intent on building the area around the FNC, and his focus has been taken off the Stanley Cup.

I understand everything is about the future of the Sabres, and the longevity of the organization, but what about the now? Fans deserve a return on their investment. It feels like the fans in Buffalo being forced to be content with an inferior product. Hockey is a life blood in Buffalo, it is something people get together and pull for, but that seems to be thinning out.

Mr. Black likes to talk about money, and Mr. Pegula’s love for this team. I’m happy that the Sabres have an owner with the funds to keep the Sabres in Buffalo. Now be the owner you said you would be. Put the product on the ice that Buffalo deserves.

 

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