Monday, April 22, 2024

2024 Buffalo Bills NFL Draft Preview

by steve

The draft is Thursday. Lets preview it:

The Bills picks:
round 1 28
round 2 60
round 4 128
round 4 133
round 5 144
round 5 160
round 5 163
round 6 200
round 6 204
round 7 248

Biggest needs:
WR
WR
Safety
Edge
Center

After the Diggs trade and Gabe Davis departing in free agency the Bills are bereft of talent and bodies at the WR position. At the time I said the trade made zero sense and I stand by that with no step 2 after the move.

Everyone knows trading up is stupid yet Beane always does and is almost guaranteed to do it again Thursday. If he trades this years 2nd or next years first and i might snap. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Sabres Do Obvious Thing, Fire Shitty Coach

by steve

The surprising thing is the Sabres did the correct thing. They did the thing that no one thought they would do. They did the thing real sports franchises and real NHL teams do. They fired their bad head coach.

 Don Granato was finally fired

Sure, Granato had a contract extension that doesn't even start until next season. But also he was a bad head coach. So he had to be fired.

Believe it or not, its not hard to make the playoffs in the NHL. Sure, everything is difficult for the Sabres to do but for just about every other team ever, its not hard. Every team randomly makes the playoffs every 3 or 4 years.

It is unfathomable that the Sabres have gone THIRTEEN years without making the playoffs. Truly unbelievable. 

There are no kudos or bonus points for Kyvynyn Adams actually doing the thing he had to do. But cmon there is no way he would have done this with out zombie Terry Pegula's blessing or dictate. Who the fuck knows though, we never hear from Terry and likely wont after this.

I don't really have names for a replacement. Pick it out of a hat. The team is fuckin soft, young and used to losing. Go with a tough guy, a hardass. Whip these boys into shape.

Just dont hire Lindy Ruff.

Peace out Donny meatballs, thanks for nothing.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Bills Trade Stefon Diggs, Have No Plan

by Steve

The Bills traded their only NFL caliber outside receiver a month into free agency seemingly on a whim with no pla, no foresight and no clue.

Now only do the Bills give Diggs, a very productive receiver at age 30 to a conference rival but they get nothing in return to help this season. They LOSE an additonal $3 mil in cap space. They lose 100+ catches and 1200+ yards. They lose Allen's best weapon with no obvious replacement.

After Beane's press conference it was clear there is no plan B, there is no part 2 of this trade. Is something like that possible? Maybe but not likely. The Bills have no cap space and a lot of holes to fill. Could they make a move in June after space opens up, sure but that is well after the draft . Options like trading for Brandon Aiyuk or god forbid Tee Higgins might closed.

Everyone knew from day 1 Diggs was an enigma, a possible malcontent and a potential problem. Why would Minny deal him if he wasn't. The trade was great, there were problems but things were fine. But was that extension in 2022 needed? Wise? Clearly not. It was botched, just like Von Miller and Dawson Knox. 

Fine, Diggs wanted out and requested to be traded, allegedly. Who cares? What was he going to be  a distraction? He already was! He wasnt going to sit out and he wasnt going to half ass it. Losing his production, losing the additonal cap space and only getting a 2025 2nd while sending out 2 picks isnt a great return. 

A pick from a future year is widely seen as subtracting a round from it. So saying its a 2nd round pick really means a third round pick. Add in losing this years 6th and next years 5th, which we'll say is equal to a 6th, the value charts put it at pick #18 in round 3 or the 82nd overall pick with a total value of 178 points on the jimmy johnson chart.

The funny thing is a lot of the old media is defending the trade. My guess is because a lot of media members didnt like Diggs. He shunned traditional media, press conferences and decorum. The Bills own media quietly said it out loud! So of course they will paint it in a rosy picture.

The worst part about all of this might be what happens next. The Bills are now clearly DESPERATE to trade up and get a top WR prospect. Does that ever work out? Has Beane ever shown he understands value or outsmarts the draft? Giving up mutiple high picks (next years first and or this years 2nd) to move up only to get the 3rd or fourth best receiver prospect is an ugly possibility. The guy they sell out for then needs to be a stud. Anyone wanna bet thats a slamdunk?

Super Bowl betting odds are based on many things. Potential injuries, leverage, exposure, luck, rubes pouring money into future bets. Because the line hasnt changed much means nothing. Are the Bills and Josh Allen now more or less likely to beat Mahomes? Do we really want to force Allen to (try) and do MORE with less talent around him? Hes already panicky in the playoffs. 

Sure the cap looks better next year and the Bills had to get younger and cheaper and WR but it seems much less likely the Bills win more in 2024 than 2023. Tossing out a year of Allen's prime is a precious thing to lose.

Friday, March 15, 2024

BiG 12 Standings Thru Thurs

after tues wedn thur standings:

thur - 10
coast - 10
feyes & steve - 12
dubs - 13
schrum - 18
wreck - 19

big 12 final points
thur - 20
steve - 17
feyes - 17
wreck - 29
coast - 20
schrum - 23
dub - 28

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

BIG 12 Tourny Brackets

Details for the Big 12 Bracket Challenge 

7 brackets submitted
$75 1st place $30 2nd place

1 iowa state winner
2 texas winners
4 houston winners


Brackets:


Thur

Game 1: UCF 
game 2: Cincinnati 
game 3: by
game 4: ou
Game 5: Texas
Game 6: Kansas
Game 7: BYU
Game 8: Houston
Game 9: ISU
Game 10: Kansas
Game 11: Houston
Game 12: ISU
Game 13: Houston 

total 153

Steve
UCF Cinci
BYU OU TEXAS Cinci
BYU HOU TEXAS BAY
HOU TEX
TEXAS
138


Wreck
UCF
WVU

BYU
TCU
K St
KU

Tech
Hou
Iowa St
Baylor 

Hou
Iowa St

Hou. 
125


Coast
Ucf
Cinci 

Byu 
Oklahoma 
Texas
Kansas

Byu
Houston 
State 
Kansas 

Houston
State

Houston
159


Feyes
Rd 1: UCF, Nati

RD 2: BYU, OU, Texas, Kansas

RD 3:BYU, Houston, Texas, Baylor

RD 4: Houston, Texans

CHAMPS: Texas 152

Schrum
UCF
Cincy

BYU
Okla
Texas
Cincy

TTech
Houston
IState
Baylor

Houston
Baylor

Houston
155


Dubs
UCF
CINCY

UCF
TCU
TEXAS
CINCY

UCF
HOUSTON
IOWA ST
BAYLOR

HOUSTON
IOWA ST


IOWA ST - CHAMPS

TOTAL - 127



Monday, March 11, 2024

BIG 12 Tournament Bracket

the most wonderful time of the year

This year we are doing a BIG 12 err BIG XII bracket. Available here 

$15

1 point for 1st round correct winner then 2 points and so on. 

bracket due by 12:30pm tuesday

tie breaker is total points in the final

email to wnywatercooler@gmail.com 

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Super Bowl Picks

the end

steve 6-5-1
chiefs +1.5
over 46.5

coast 7-5

feyes 7-5