Friday, June 29, 2007
Anaheim - Teemu Selanne Resigns
Buffalo - Losing Briere, Drury, Roy, Vanek book it
Detroit - Dominik Hasek Resigns
Los Angeles - Aaron Miller signs with Buffalo
Minnesota - Todd White signs with Buffalo
Montreal - Sheldon Souray signs with Calgary
New Jersey - Brian Rafalski signs with Detroit
Nashville - Paul Kariya signs with Saint Jose
Nashville - Peter Forsberg signs with Colorado or Rangers
New York Islanders - Jason Blake signs with Buffalo
New York Islanders - Ryan Smyth resigns
New York Islanders - Scott Gomez signs with Philadelphia
New York Islanders - Alexi Yashin signs with Los Angeles
New York Rangers - Brendan Shanahan resigns
Ottawa - Ray Emery signs with Boston
Phoenix - Curtis Joseph signs with Ottawa
Ottawa trades Martin Gerber to Phoenix
Calgary trades Mikka Kiprusoff to Ottawa
Anaheim trades Bryzgalov to Calgary
Thursday, June 28, 2007
It’s only a handful of hours before the NBA Draft and the big question leading up to it WAS Oden or Durant. Well, a report from the Trailblazers said early Thursday morning that the Blazers would be taking Oden with the first pick, meaning
Greg Oden: 7-0, 280.
Oden is the best big man coming out of the draft since Tim Duncan, and look what he has done with a team that changes the roster like hotel bed sheets. He is a true forward/center and prefers to play with his back to the basket and loves playing defense. His strength around the basket has not been seen in a center since the Shaq and
With his size, he moves very lethargic up and down the court. He will not be able to keep up with a run and gun team, which ultimately could put him on the bench. Also this “freak” has two different size legs. Right now it has shown not to be a problem, but as he endures the long schedule of the NBA for a few years, what will his back be like? Doctors are saying he will develop back problems, but not sure how soon or how extreme. Another thing to worry about with Mr. Oden is his wrist injury. He broke it going into his freshman year at OSU, and came back quicker than team doctors thought. He wears a brace on it, and says its fine. It did not seem to affect him during the NCAA tourney, leading his young team to the Final game, only to lose to a much better
Kevin Durant: 6-9, 225.
Durant in the same respect as Oden is the best player, and the most NBA ready player in the Draft. He will be an instant impact to the Supersonics and the NBA. At only 18 years old he is young, but plays like Kobe Bryant circa 2001. His length is one of his best attributes. He can take the smaller guards into the post; he has great post moves, and he can then create miss-matches outside with big men, having a very quick first step. His dribble jump shot is as smooth as anyone’s and has unbelievable range. Once inside the lane, his creativeness and mobility allow him to get to the rim in a number of different ways. According to a colleague of mine, “the guy is a pimp” and was supposed to lead his team to a NCAA title this year. I’ll agree with him on that statement. He is the type of player that when matched with any group of guys, automatically makes them contenders, a la Carmelo with
Again the questions regarding Durant, what are his weaknesses? Well, he doesn’t have many but the ones he does are ones to be identified. If you’ve ever seen him, he does not have the same physique as Tiger Woods. He is skinny and not that strong in the weight room. But coming from a guy with the same body time, there is weight room strength and court strength. He showed in college that he do post up and could guard big men. That’s all good but what about when he has to guard bigger men in the NBA. Can he is the big question. At
Either way both of these guys will be in the NBA Elite group for a long time, pending health and personal issues. If I’m the Portland Trailblazers, I’m taking Oden. The reasons are because true centers are rare and have shown to win championships. Scorers like Durant can be found almost every year in the draft, yes not as special as Durant will be, but guys who can put u p relatively similar numbers. Oden is a guy you can build your franchise around for the next decade and become a contender in the West. The last reason is obvious, he is WNY native. He lived in
Interesting side note …
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
As everyone knows, Barry Bonds is about to break the all time home run record. This is perhaps the greatest achievement in baseball history thus far and nobody cares. Nobody cares because Bonds allegedly and most likely did use steroids. All the arguments consist of "he got so much bigger over the years, his numbers increased as he got older and his power spiked, his hat size increased, etc."
Yes, he did get bigger and I am not saying that Bonds did not use steroids because it is obvious that he did. Steroids however are not the reason Bonds is about to break the record.
When Bonds got traded to the Giants in 1993 his home run totals were as follows:
Except for one phenomenal year in 2001, Bonds consistently hit around 40 homeruns, never much more or less. Without steroids, Bonds would have continued the trend, probably not had injury problems and bad legs from 2005-2007 and it is possible that he could have already broken the record.
Bonds deserves the record and Hank Aaron and Bud Selig better recognize it because Bonds is the best power hitter to have ever played this game and perhaps one of the best all around players ever when he was in his prime.
Now, why doesn't Roger Clemens receive the same type of harassment that Bonds does? Clemens is about to win his 350th game this year and is less than 20 wins away from the record for total wins in the live ball era.
Is it not obvious that Clemens has increased in size over the years? He is huge. Also, how is this guys arm still so strong? Hmm...
Talk about numbers spiking after the age of 40? Clemens had his best career ERA at the age of 43 in 2005. With an ERA well over 4 in 1999 and 2002, Clemens was obviously deteriorating. Then all of the sudden, naturally without any help of performance enhancing substances, Clemens' era dropped over 2 runs per game to 1.87. Bonds went from 49 to 73 home runs and it's steroids. Clemens goes from 4.35 to 1.87 and he is a God. In fact, Clemens' lowest ERA in the previous six seasons was 2.98 and his ERA averaged 3.84 from 1999-2004. That is a 1.97 run drop from his average over six years. Yet noone gives any serious consideration to the fact that Clemens may have cheated. He even tried throwing a broken bat at Mike Piazza...talk about roid rage. Bonds never tried throwing a jagged broken wooden object at a player and then claim he didn't mean to do it. Give me a break. Bonds' home run total increases by 25 and now it is looked at as one huge scam. Clemens is a joke, a cheater, is way overpaid and is the one who should be holding some or most of the scrutiny Bonds receives. Bonds is about to break one of the greatest record in sports, give him some love.
Clemens currently stands at 235 pounds. Bonds is 228 pounds. Barry is the one who is "huge" because of roids...not Roger.
Keep that ERA over 5 Roger, way to earn your 4.5 million a month.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
The Bills are still looking to add to their talent pool before the 2007 season begins. Buffalo hosted veteran safety Donovin Darius Tuesday at One Bills Drive.
The 10-year veteran has twice been a Pro Bowl alternate and a starter at safety since the Jacksonville Jaguars made him one of the club's two first-round picks in 1998. He led the secondary in tackles his first seven seasons and has recorded six 100 tackle seasons in his career.Darius, who will turn 32 in August, has had a pair of serious injuries each of the last two seasons. The Jaguars all-time leading tackler played in just two games in 2005 before tearing his ACL forcing him to miss the rest of the season. Last year he started the first 10 games before a broken leg ...
The Bills obviously have two solid young safeties in Whitner and Simpson but behind them there isn't much. Retread Bowen didn't work out last year, and the Bills could use depth at the position. Bringing in a 32 year old veteran could help push the young guys and provide much needed depth. Who knows if Darius is looking to start and what kind of contract he is looking for.
Then again if he can't start at defensive tackle he doesn't fill the biggest need on the Buffalo Bills defense. At least the Bills are still bringing in dudes before camp starts July 26th.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Baseball's Interleague play has finished outside the All Star Game. A quick look at the numbers and winning percentages and the idiot fan would come away thinking wow the American League is so much better than the National League. Sure the American League had a .544 winning percentage while the National League had a .456 winning percentage (At least according to MLB.com) but aren't the differences between the National League and the American League suppose to give the upper hand to the American League in any given game?
Sure the rules are based on the home team's League, but still, the American League teams are built from the ground up completely different than that of a National League team. In the NL as we know there is no DH, the pitcher has to hit. This fact alone gives the National League almost an automatic out ever 3 innings or so right away. In the American League with a DH, each team knows they need a player, who is probably past his prime and has little range but can still occasionally rake or "knock the fuckin ball outta the ball park" to quote Earl Weaver.
When the National League has to play in an American League barn, the difference is so dramatic it is painfully obvious. The National League doesn't have some old crusty player that can still swing a stick occasionally and drive in runs just sitting on their bench. All the old timers move to the AL where they can sit and enjoy a game and go up and bat once every 2-3 innings. National League teams do not have this extra bonus as American League teams do. You could argue that the NL pitchers are better batters than the AL pitchers when they have to dig in and swing the bat. This is not the case, pitchers bounce from league to league every season, pitchers regardless of the league have probably had at bats in the majors and regardless do not practice hitting. Any way, most pitchers bunt, and either you can bunt or you can't and most can't.
OK, but what are the real statistics then?
Well after painstakingly breaking down each Interleague game, here is what I found. The National League when playing in a National League ball park is 63-64 against American League teams. This is only 1 game under .500 or .496% when compared to the over all winning percentage of the National League at .456%. Obviously much better. Sure when at home you get the last ups in the 9th, but if the American League was such a great league and the NL a complete joke, wouldn't the numbers be consistent irregardless of the location of the game?
Plus the All-Star game is in an NL barn this July, and if NL pulls it out, the season series would then be exactly .500 baseball.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Thursday July 26th
Friday July 27th
Saturday July 28th
Sunday July 29th
Monday July 30th
Tuesday July 31st
Wednesday August 1st
Thursday August 2nd
Friday August 3rd
Saturday August 4th
Sunday August 5th
Monday August 6th
Tuesday August 7th
Wednesday August 8th
Thursday August 9th
Friday August 10th
at New Orleans
Saturday August 11th
Sunday August 12th
Monday August 13th
Tuesday August 14th
Wednesday August 15th
Thursday August 16th
Friday August 17th
Saturday August 18th
Sunday August 19th
Monday August 20th
Tuesday August 21st
Wednesday August 22nd
Friday August 24th
Season starts September 9th... duhhhhhh
Saturday, June 23, 2007
T.J. Brennan, 6-1 200 4-3-1989,
St.Johns Fog Devils QMJHL, 68 gp – 16 g – 25 a – 41 points - -8 – 79 pims.
++ Upside, Shot, hand skill
+ Creativity, mobility, physical play
- Defensive awareness, raw.
Was invited to St. John’s camp for a walk on try out in which not only did he make the team but he finished the season as their top defenseman playing 30 minutes a night. He’s an enticing package of size and offensive skill. Brennan possesses nimble feet for a big kid with a strong stride and good mobility. He’s blessed with soft hands and he’s capable of going coast to coast. He sees the ice adequately well and displays some creativity while playing the point. His most stand out quality is his ferocious point shot that is NHL caliber already. Defensively he needs some work as he can get over aggressive and take himself out of position. At times he’ll get caught up the ice and will make risky offensive plays. That said his gap control is already good and he can skate with anybody. He also is a big and strong kid that can land a stiff body check.
2nd pick (3rd round)
DREW SCHIESTEL D 6'1 180lbs
Scouting Report: This unknown skating and puckhandling standout was buried on Mississauga’s last defense pairing .. long legs generate powerful and graceful strides .. hovers and then has an explosive burst of speed .. reaches top speed in seconds .. has good puckhandling ability and can lug the puck up ice effectively .. owns a good lead pass .. has a nice shot which he could use more often .. is capable of making the safe play but needs to show his steady side more .. likes to pinch sometimes overenthusiastically .. as a result gets caught deep but can catch his assigned forward because of skating ability .. solid in reverse .. susceptible to drifting and leaves his man alone .. collapses easily at his own net and is not willing to engage mischievous forwards .. prone to miscommunicating with his partner .. has the potential to get better as he is very coachable .. looks to be underdeveloped with the mechanics of being a defenseman rather than having poor hockey sense or being a dumb player .. Schiestel has interesting raw offensive upside as evidenced by his 6 assists in 5 playoff games, but he needs to discover an acceptable defensive game with time.
Corey Tropp RW 5-11 185, 7-25-1989, Sioux Falls USHL 54 gp – 26 g – 36 a – 62 points.
++ Offensive instincts and ability to finish
+ Hands and balance
- Me first attitude, defensive play.
An offensive game breaker who steps up in the big games. He Lead the Clarkson Cup Champion Sioux Falls in regular season and playoff scoring and w as also named the USHL All Star Game MVP. Tropp is blessed with outrageously soft hands that can undress the opposition and he uses a long stick. Seemingly handles the puck as if it is on a string and he’s very dangerous one on one off of the rush and in heavy traffic. Tropp is imaginative and patient with the puck. He’s resilient in possession as he is sturdy on his feet .as he has a knack for slipping off checks. Possesses strong arms and has covers the puck well. He likes to change direction on a dime behind the net to shed the defenseman before taking the puck to the net. Trop can be guilty of over handling the puck at times. He’s strong along the boards and in front of the net and he will be able to handle the trenches in the NHL some day. Especially dangerous from within 15 feet of the goal although he can also be an end-to-end threat despite lacking explosive speed. Has a goal scorers release and instincts as he releases the puck in a heart beat. His hot is accurate and hard and he anticipates well as he finds the quiet areas near the net. Has a knack for disappearing back door before remerging wide open. Trop also sees the ice well and has the vision, creativity, and touch to be an above average playmaker. He spots the open man instantly and can execute passes through tight lanes in heavy traffic from his backhand and forehand. Tropp displays impressive imagination while distributing the puck and can execute with the opposition all over him. He possesses a good first step and a decent top gear when he keeps his feet moving with the puck. He does lack an explosive separation gear but he is agile with good lateral cuts. His defensive play is lackluster and he is always the first to leave the zone and is the last one to get back to his own zone. He competes and wins battles for loose pucks in the offensive zone but not in his own. Puck pursuit is non-existent unless an offensive chance is probable as he does not finish check. He displays poor body language and he gets frustrated too easily and sulks noticeably at his teammates time to time.
Bradley Eidsness G
posted a 2.87 goals against average and a .907 save percentage in 48 games for Okotoks of the AJHL.
Jean-Simon Allard C (6'2'', 195 lbs.) with the 147th overall selection.
Nick Eno G (6'3'', 190), of the Eastern Junior Hockey League with the team's seventh selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. A larger goaltender Eno posted a 3.60 goals against average and a .902 save percentage.
Drew MacKenzie D high schooler out of the Taft School in Connecticut. In 24 games, MacKenzie recorded three goals and 10 assists for 13 points. He also posted 10 penalty minutes.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
A lot of experts say this draft isn't
filled with any Sidney Crosby's
or Alexander the Greats and this is
a weak draft compared to the last
few drafts. I think we will look back
on this draft in five years and
disagree. There is no clear number one
and no Sidney Crosby but a lot
of future first liners will be in this
draft. I've been going back and
forth about Kane going number 1 or
Turris going number one or wild
card number 1. I believe Kane is the best
prospect but sometimes the best prospect
doesn't get taken number
1. It won't be the first time
or the last. I know one thing, any team that passes on Patrick Kane
will regret this decision much like the have
since Air Jordan walked away with a bunch of rings and Sam Bowie
walked into journey man role for the rest of his career. I think
Turris, Toews, and Skille would make a awesome line and the same with
Kane on that line. I think is going to get a great deal.
My take on Esposito is that he with make every team punish for passing
on him. I can't honestly imagine him falling passing the 10th pick and
if he does will take him. This isn't the NFL where most
prospects have more street cred than they have college credits, NHL
prospects don't have kids, families to support, know gang signs, or
have run ins with the law. NHL prospects just chew too much and drink
too much. Most kids playing hockey are good kids that come from good
families, so minus all the psychology problems, although their are
rare cases (Patrick O'Sullivan getting a court order on his old man)
these kids only will be judge what they can and can't do on the ice.
We will also strongly judge what does in this draft
because it will huge impact on their franchise future. They have three
picks in the first thirty could mean, A) a trade into the top 10 B)
Building a Dynasty C) Hopefully we didn't mess up and set the
franchise back another five years. I believe will draft
three NHL players and we will be talking about winning the Cup in four
1. Chicago PATRICK KANE London (OHL)
I was really tossing and turning on this pick but from my past experience and history
of the Blackhakws organization they make a lot of bad decisions and the bad decisions
will end with this pick, The Chicago Blackhawks are working on the longest Stanley Cup
drought in the NHL, having gone without since 1961. Why the Blackhawks suck - the 1972
defection of Bobby Hull to the WHA, the loss of both Dominik Hasek and Ed Belfour,
the trade of Chris Chelios to Detroit, the awful trade of Jeremy Roenick, and lastly the
trade of Phil Esposito. This all leads
me to belief Pat Kane will be selected, they can't pass on this kid. I'm not knocking
Turris play, I've only scene a few highlite videos on him but Kane is by far the best
player in the draft. BCHL is less superior league than the OHL and Kane is the ready
for the NHL tomorrow. I've seen Pat play many times, growing up in Buffalo, I think
him being listed at 5'9 is still a strecth, more like 5'7" but he has everything you want
in a player and his best assest is his heart. Being told you can't do something or being
told you are too small is enough to motivate this kid to push himself as the greatest
American player to ever hit the ice. Yes, it's a bold prediction by this blogger but it's
going to happen if the game gets called as it has been the past two years, this kid is
going to tear up the NHL ie Sidney Crosby. Like Roger Dangerfield once said
"I get no respect" and this should be Pat's motto, he'll tear up the NHL as soon as he hits the ice.
2. Philadelphia KYLE TURRIS Burnaby (BCHL)
Kyle Turris is going to be a player but is still at least two years away from playing
in the NHL. With the recent moves Philadelphia has made, Turris is going to help
this team into the future, not now, and will look great next to Richards and Carter.
3. Phoenix SAM GAGNER (OHL)
Wayne hates Russian's and is always willing to take a gamble, so it
wouldn't surprise me is Van Riemsdyk wasn't selected here. I really
think he is going to take Gagner here if Turris is off
the board at this point. If Turris is on the board still, Gagner is
the pick. No question this pick will be from .
4. JAMES VAN RIEMSDYK U-18 (USNTDP)
I think LA will trade out of this pick but if they stay at #4, a
number of possibilites could exist. Van Riemsdyk has a lot of
potential, you can't teach size, and he has it.
5. ALEXEI CHEREPANOV Omsk (RUS)
I would say if Alexei falls at 5, no question will he be a steal, his
work ethic is questioned but what foreign player isn't questioned by a
US or Canadian? I'm 100% position Alexander the
Great is vouching for him and probably knows a lot more about him than
any scout. Washington is going to take a gamble and select him.
6. KARL ALZNER (WHL)
I really wanted to Esposito here since is all about taking
talent and not worrying about what the player does off the ice. They
got a steal or at least I thought in Robbie Schremp
at 25, trust me Robbie is going to be a baller. needs a young
7. JAKUB VORACEK (QMJHL)
Labeled as a safe pick and is all about taking the safe pick
as they are the of the NHL. Voracek will be a nice fit
for . Again, I really wanted to take
8. BRANDON SUTTER Red Deer (WHL)
I think the Blues want a skilled forward, so Sutter is the pick. I
wouldn't be surprised with Ellerby landing here. He has a good blood
9. KEATON ELLERBY (WHL)
I like what JD is doing in StL. I think he is building a team of hard
working players and AE isn't his player and Sutter is off the board at
this point . He is mobile, big, and tough and some
would even say nasty, a JD type of player.
10. ANGELO ESPOSITO (QMJHL)
I know has selected a center in the first round, two out of
the last three but Roy coached this kid, I'm sure a phone call has
been made to Carbonneau or he may not have. Esposito
would be huge pick for the french speaking kid for the french speaking
land () but he is too good to pass up. Esposito has fallen
farther than Quinn did in the NFL draft. Esposito
was ranked #1 at one point during the season.
11. Carolina NICK PETRECKI (USHL)
12. KEVIN SHATTENKIRK U-18 (USNTDP)
13. ZACH HAMILL Everett (WHL)
14. RYAN McDONAGH Cretin-Derham (HS-MN)
15. MIKAEL BACKLUND Vasteras (SWE)
16. DAVID PERRON (QMJHL)
17. THOMAS HICKEY (WHL)
18. COLTON GILLIES (WHL)
19. LOGAN COUTURE (OHL)
20. BILL SWEATT Colorado College (NCAA)
21. Phoenix BRETT MacLEAN Oshawa (OHL)
22. LARS ELLER (SWE)
23. MAXIM MAYOROV (RUS)
24. TOMMY CROSS Westminster (HS-CT)
25. MAX PACIORETTY (USHL)
26. BRENDAN SMITH St. Michael's (OPJHL)
27. JONATHAN BLUM (WHL)
28. OSCAR MOLLER Chilliwack (WHL)
29. ALEX PLANTE (WHL)
30. AKIM ALIU (OHL)
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
No its not just you, I've noticed too, there have been a lot of no hitters or close to no hitters already this year and its June 20th. Well maybe getting to the 7th or 8th inning giving up no hits to you isn't that big of a deal but it seems to be occurring with regularity in the season that is 2007.
April 11th, 2007
"King" Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners starts a trend throwing 7 no hit innings before a cheap 8th inning single by J.D. Drew. The king completed the game allowing that single hit for the victory.
April 18th, 2007
Mark Buehrle of the the Chicago White Sox no hits the Texas Rangers in a 6-0 romping in US Cellular Field. Buehrle faced the minimum batters walking one but picking him off during the next at bat.
May 5th, 2007
Chien-Ming Wang of the beloved New York Yankees loses a no hit bid in the 8th with one out. Ben Broussard of Seattle Mariners broke up the no-no with a dinger. This followed only 3 days earlier by phenom Phil Hughes who had a no hitter in the 7th before leaving with an injury.
June 7th, 2007
Curt Schilling of the Boston Red Sox loses his bid for a no hitter with 8 and 2/3rds already in the works. The potential no hitter, on the road, facing the Oakland Athletics in a day game with the sun shining would have been Schilling's first of his career. God damn Shannon Stewart.
June 12th, 2007
Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers throws a no hitter in interleague action facing the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the first no hitter in Detroit since 1952. Verlander reached triple digits in the 9th inning. On that night, he could have thrown a day/night double header and no one was getting a hit.
Carlos Zamrano of the Chicago Cubs loses a no hitter in the 8th to the San Diego Padres. The hit came with one out, but didn't leave the infield. It wasn't meant to be any way, big Z gave up a dinger in the 9th and lost the game giving up only two hits.
There were a few more that lasted into the 7th but I decided to stick to the 8th inning and beyond. Of the two no hitters thus far this year both came from American League teams although one was against a National League opponent. Both were at home and both pitchers enjoyed 4+ run leads.
This "outbreak" of no hitters is a bit perplexing considering:
- Anibal Sanchez was the only pitcher to accomplish the feat of a no-no in 2006 and that didn't occur until September.
- Prior to Sanchez there was a break of 2 years and 4 months since the last no hitter in May of 2004 which was actually a perfect game, by Randy Johnson.
- Before Beuhrle in April, the last no-no in the American League was Derek Lowe in April of 2003.
- The last season two American league pitchers threw no hitters occurred in the same season was in 1999, Eric Milton, and David Cone.
mlb no hitter article
Monday, June 18, 2007
“Wide Right”, the signal waved by the referee during the final seconds of the Buffalo Bills’ first of four consecutive Super Bowl losses. During the early 1990’s the Buffalo Bills lost four Super Bowls in a row, a feet that haunts
Many scholars have researched and written about the Buffalo Bills and also the city of
This paper will discuss the effects of sports boosters and city support, comparing the similarities and differences between large metropolitan cities and smaller cities. Some of the larger ideas and questions that will be addressed in this research paper are how a small city like
It is interesting to say that
This new plan did not sit well for
The main reason
Two separate groups were formed to take concrete action on a plan to raise the money needed for the Bills’ to stay in
was headed by Arthur Rich, a local industrialist. It was called the Citizens Committee, and it met to discuss ways to raise the capital needed to make a bid for a franchise. The city government came forward with offers to take any necessary action in promoting the campaign. To the surprise of the government and the newly formed groups, the most powerful group to emerge was the ordinary citizens, calling in and telegraphing bids to the Courier Express, the donations ranging from five dollars to five hundred dollars. The highest individual bid came from a local citizen, pledging to put down one hundred dollars to save the Bills. Several small groups also called in ready to wage as much as five hundred dollars. These wages and pledges were just a small portion of what would become one of the city’s greatest rallies and fund raisers.
On December 13th the citizens of Buffalo settled down to the business of purchasing the Buffalo Bills back to a professional football league by holding its first major fund raiser in the basement of the Memorial Auditorium. The Memorial Auditorium, located in downtown
Citizens of all kinds brought in money and support. One local business man from
To keep the drive alive local banks such as Marine Trust, M&T, and Liberty Banks opened special receiving stations to handle the sale of stock subscriptions at every branch office in
The enthusiasm behind the drive extended beyond the borders of
On December 17 a very important step was made in the right direction, when the Buffalo Bills Football Club Inc. was created. Finally a board of directors was created to head the cause and fund raiser, giving the fans more hope. The group consisted of 33 men, representing a wide range of local business men, banking elites, industrial presidents, and labor groups. All future activities of the Citizens Committee for the Bills would be handled by the group, from the selection of a delegation to meet with the League Commissioner in January, to the actual operations of the team if selected into the league.
With less than a month left before the meetings with the new league commissioner and current team owners, Art Rich made a statement that big businesses in
At the start of the second week the fund raiser raised $116,385 in cash and with $125,000 pledged to start the campaign the grand total was $241,385. The city was half way there and had almost a month left to raise the other half. To the board of directors and citizens’ dismay, however, league commissioner Albert Bell had begun working to complete a schedule for a 13-team league, leaving
A day after meeting with Albert Bell in New York City gathering information on techniques to use to keep the dream of the Bills’ alive, the Buffalo Bills Football Club showed new life upon return. One result of the meeting was the formation of a new plan of operation within the next few weeks to meet their goal of $500,000 and to be ready for the meetings in January. Solid advance season ticket sales, along with a second financial backing were the main concerns of the owners of the new league, according to
With raised hopes and a brighter outlook for the city of
Taking Mr. Bell’s suggestion a step further, the Buffalo Bills Football Club elected Albert O’Neill as the sole president of the Buffalo Bills Football Club Inc.. O’Neill, who was also the president of Buffalo Niagara Electric Corporation, did not welcome the job at first. He said that when the meetings were over and a decision was made that he owed it to himself and his business to step down as president of the Bills and return full time to his office at the electric company. In a statement he made after the election, O’Neill said that there were two important steps to take one was a plan to accept pledges for advance season ticket sales and the second was to name “one strong man” to meet with the NAF committee to request a franchise. He also reiterated the ideas and plans of season ticket sales in a statement saying “I do not believe it plausible to sell season tickets until we have been granted the franchise. However a plan to accept pledges will be announced shortly.” At the end of his news conference he was quoted saying “I believe that the reaction of the citizens of
Keeping things on track the Bills’ announced the plan for advance season ticket sales. The price scale would range from $1.80 to $6.00 and a total of 10,000 tickets were being asked to be sold. The head of this committee was Dr. James Ailinger, who was also a member of the Club Inc. O’Neill and Ailinger both believed that if the city could sell out in advance a good part of seats available, that even with the difficulties of a fourteen team schedule, the Bills’ would be allowed into the league. Everyone believed that the future of the Bills in
On the first day of ticket sales 2,727 pledges were made. With the rapid and major response of the grid iron fans of
The three week scramble looked to be slowly falling into place. Of the 2,727 pledges received, 465 had been made in person and overnight 1,464 pledges came in the mail, while the rest were still being held and counted at local businesses. That number represented about $61,279.20 in collectable cash, a number that had to be doubled in the next few days. Breaking down the 2,727 pledges showed that 1,604 or 59% were pledges from persons not owning season tickets during the 1949 season, indicating an optimistic outlook for the committee. Two days before the meeting with Bert Bell, the number of pledges cruised past the half way mark. A total of 5,364 pledges were received and 3,382 of those were from non-season ticket holders the previous year. Dr. Ailinger stated that in order to achieve the goal of 10,000 the city must pledge an average of 2,300 for each of the two remaining days. Previous Bills owner James Breuil helped out with pledging 150 season tickets in the name of his company Frontier Oil Refining Co., making that the largest block of tickets to date for the Bills.
The goal was reached and on January 13 a new ray of hope shined on the city of
On January 19 in Philadelphia Albert O’Neill presented the case for a franchise team in
Unable to agree on a fourteen team schedule the NAFL owners on
Upon return to Buffalo the big task that remained was for the Buffalo Bills Football Club Inc. to set up a plan to return and refund the $177,000 collected in the public stock sale. The plan was to return the money that was held by the Marine Trust Company to every person who purchased stock in the full amount.
Within two days of rejection from the NAFL, the American Football League sent an invitation to
Similar to the city of
The team played half of their games in
A few months into the stock offerings there was great success. Officials approved 5,000 shares selling for $25 a piece. Keeping the team available to everyone equally, officials put a 200 share limit available to one individual. Local ad campaigns used the slogan “Back the Drive with Twenty-Five,” and more than 1,500 people attended a rally at a local high school in
In three weeks the stock sales passed their goals and brought in over $100,000 well before the meetings of the NFL being held in June 1950. At the meeting, Commissioner Bert Bell declared the “Packers out of the financial woods.” The acceptance of the Packers led the NFL into a new small-city era and owners looked ahead to the attractiveness and success.
With small cities such as
 1949 All American Football Conference Teams:
 “Bills Merged with Browns in New
 “$250,000 Required;
 “Meeting are Planned by 2 Groups Today.” Buffalo Courier-Express,
 “Grid Bills’ Drive Nets $199,000 in 24 Hours.” Buffalo Courier-Express,
 Ebenezer is a town south of
 “Drive for Bills Really Rolling, $209,770 Now In.” The
 Mike Kanaley. “Drive for Bills Hits $217,000.” Buffalo Courier-Express,
 Mike Kanaley. “Directors Selected for
 Mike Kanaley. “Bills’ Drive Faces ‘Big’ Money Need.” Buffalo Courier-Express,
 “Bills’ Fund Now $241,385.” The
 Cy Kritzer. “
 Mike Kanaley. “Talk With
 Kanaley, Mike. “Drive to Raise $500,000 Is Still Main Objective.” Buffalo Courier-Express,
 Both of these quotes are from: “O’Neill Elected Bills’ Prexy; Stiglmeier May Get Key Post.” Buffalo Courier -Express,
 Both of these quotes are from: “Bills’ Hopes For Pro Grid Life Jolted.” Buffalo Courier-Express,
 “Drive for Bills’ Ticket Pledges to Start Today.” Buffalo Courier-Express,
 “Bills Included in ’50 NAL Slate, But There’s a Hitch.” Buffalo Courier-Express,
 “Ticket Pledges for Bills Soar Past Halfway Mark.” Buffalo Courier-Express,
 Mike Kanaley. “Marshall Throws Support to Bills’ Franchise Bid.” Buffalo Courier-Express,
 Tony Wurzer. “Pro Football Owners Reject Bills’ Bid.” The
 “Bills to Prep Stock Refund Plan Today.” Buffalo Courier-Express,
 “Bills Invited to Join AFL; Offer Called ‘Ridiculous’.” The
 Craig Coenen, From Sandlots to the Super Bowl (
 Ibid p. 149
 Ibid p. 150