Friday, April 30, 2010

Fire Ruff and Regier

Clearly they'll be here as long as Golisano is the owner and or as long as they want to be here. Show your disgust with this shirt:


Monday, April 26, 2010

Buffalo Sabres: There's Always Next Year

by Steve

Or at least that's the motto of Darc/Quinny/Lindy. You know those three ass clowns will be back as will Roy, Stafford, Connolly, and Rivet. What a pathetic bunch of losers.

The Sabres got out hit out scored and out classed at the least opportune times throughout this series. What Sabre fan saw this team losing in six games? Self destructing on both the power play and the penalty kill was just icing on the cake.

Miller played decent throughout but didn't get a lot of help from the likes of Sekera, Myers, Captain d bag Rivet et al, gruesome. How do you not score one power play goal in six games?

Good thing Darc traded for studs like Raffi Torres while hanging on to the likes of Mair, Ellis and Gaustad all season. Who needs a whiley vet like Mark Recchi when you can plug in Cody McCormick?

My question is who will be the first to use Vanek's injury as an excuse for why they lost this series? My bet is Ruff with a side wager on Millsey. The same guy that under achieved nearly the entire season and has zero track record of success in the playoffs is the sole reason this team lost?

But hey the top six forwards are all signed long term and the nucleus of "the greatest goalie in the world"/$6 million man Millsey along with Ruff Roy and Vanek is bound to bounce back next year.

Getting bounced in the first round after winning the division is tough to swallow. But the worst of all is that all these ass hats will be back next year doing the exact same shit. But hey, heck of a regular season fellas! Ugh

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Grading the Buffalo Bills 2010 draft

"The first pick is an F the rest of the draft is a B-. Final grade is a C " - Steve

Buffalo Bills
Summary: Buffalo surprised me with its pick at No. 9. This is a team that has to get better up front, and it opted to go with C.J. Spiller instead. Spiller is, along with Jahvid Best, the best home run threat in the draft, and will undoubtedly help that offense. But the Bills reached on Torell Troup, who has to develop. Alex Carrington, who could get backup duty, is another slight reach in the third round. (Their 3-4 was clearly considered more pressing than the O-line.) Then a wide receiver pick (Marcus Easley) left the Bills looking for a long shot breakthough at tackle. Edward Wang of Virginia Tech has a chance, but even if you love the Spiller pick, I think Buffalo needed to aim for talent up front. In that respect, it's hard to ever evaluate a quarterback if you can't protect him or help the running game. I do like the late addition of Arthur Moats. Draft grade: C+

Buffalo (Day 1: D+; Day 2: B): The C.J. Spiller pick at No. 9 was a head-scratcher and Torrell Troup at 41 wasn't exactly gold, but Buffalo's work improved markedly after that. OTs Ed Wang (No. 140) and Kyle Calloway (No. 216) were value picks that add needed depth, while the Levi Brown selection at No. 209 will hopefully give Buffalo some hope at quarterback. Final Grade: B-


What I liked: Not bowing to public pressure and drafting a quarterback early just because the fans and media wanted them to. Levi Brown from Troy in the seventh round gives them a legitimate developmental prospect for 2011 if their current crop of signal callers can't get it done in 2010.

What I didn't: C.J. Spiller in the first round. He better end up being the playmaker that Buffalo craved because running back is one of the few positions of strength on this football team.

Torrell Troup/Rd 2 No. 41/Buffalo: Troup is a solid player and built some momentum for himself after a solid showing at the East-West Game, yet most considered him a third-round choice at best.

Pete Prisco (A)
Analysis: I love this pick. The kid will be the next Chris Johnson. He can fly. The Bills need a playmaker. If they don't take a QB, they had to help the offense.


Buffalo: The Bills passed on their quarterback needs (maybe Trent Edwards is better than we think?), but they took the draft's best running back, Clemson's C.J. Spiller, who is a home-run hitter. To shore up their porous run defense, they grabbed 318-pound nose tackle Torrell Troup of Central Florida about 20 spots too high. Troup was a three-year starter and a team captain and ran a spectacular 5.1 40-yard dash. Arkansas State DE Alex Carrington should fit ideally into the 3-4 scheme. Surprisingly, the trade rumors were false on Marshawn Lynch, meaning that he and Spiller could be in the same backfield, which should pose problems for opposing defenses. Troy QB Levi Brown was an interesting pick late, but Coach Chan Gailey apparently likes ex-Packer Brian Brohm, too. Grade: C


9. C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
"We need a quarterback, left tackle and nose tackle! We don't need a running back! Let's take a running back!" This is why the Bills continue to pick in the top 12 every year. C.J. Spiller should be a dynamic talent in the NFL, but wow. I'm disgusted. (Pick Grade: F)

41. Torell Troup, NT, Central Florida
This fills a need, but Torell Troup is more of a third-round prospect. Still, maybe they just didn't like Terrence Cody, Cam Thomas or Linval Joseph. They had to find a nose tackle. (Pick Grade: C)

72. Alex Carrington, DE/DT, Arkansas State
The Bills needed to find some pieces for their new 3-4 defense. Alex Carrington is a skilled prospect who fits the range. (Pick Grade: A)

107. Marcus Easley, WR, Connecticut
The Bills needed a receiver. Marcus Easley is physically gifted and has a ton of upside. He's raw, but he presents solid value in Round 4. (Pick Grade: B)

140. Ed Wang, OT, Virginia Tech
You don't see too many Wangs that are 6-foot-5. (Zing.) Ed Wang is a Round 3-4 offensive tackle prospect who finally fills Buffalo's No. 2 need (quarterback being first). (Pick Grade: A)

178. Arthur Moats, DE/OLB, James Madison
Another piece for their new 3-4 defense, Arthur Moats projects as a decent pass-rusher. (Pick Grade: B)

192. Danny Batten, DE/OLB, South Dakota State
The Bills double dip at pass-rusher - a smart move if Aaron Schobel retires. Danny Batten fits this range as a late-round prospect. (Pick Grade: B)

209. Levi Brown, QB, Troy
The Bills have their quarterback! Levi Brown needs a lot of work moving over to an NFL offense, but he definitely has upside. (Pick Grade: A)

216. Kyle Calloway, OT, Iowa
Kyle Calloway is a right tackle only, but the Bills needed one. Calloway is a mid-round prospect, so Buffalo is getting great value in Round 7. (Pick Grade: A)

Late round steals per

Levi Brown: With Brown, Buffalo is getting an athletic quarterback with a good arm. Brown's big issue is that he tends to push the ball than firing it. That mechanical flaw is very fixable, according to several personnel evaluators.
Marcus Easley: What also boosted his draft value was a very good performance during the NFL Combine earlier this year. He posted a solid 4.40 in the 40-yard dash. His 10-yard and short shuttle times were also solid.
Easley was fortunate to get drafted by a team which has big issues at receiver. The Bills open have one starting job set, so the rookie will have a chance to move up the depth chart quickly.
Arthur Moats: Moats is considered small by NFL standards, but has 33 3/4 inch arms. Having long arms is a good trait to have for a pass rusher.
Some personnel evaluators have likened Moats to Pittsburgh Steelers OLB James Harrison--a smaller player who has a great motor and is hard to keep off the quarterback.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Local Buffalo talent and the 2010 draft

Rob Gronkowski TE - Patriots 42nd overall

Mike Williams WR - Buccaneers 101st overall

James Starks RB - Packers 193rd

Doug Worthington DT - Steelers 242nd

Naaman Roosevelt WR - undrafted/Bills

Chris Gronkowski FB - undrafted/Cowboys

Bills draft OT Kyle Calloway Iowa 7th round

Kyle Calloway, Iowa
Height: 6-6. Weight: 323.
Projected 40 Time: 5.22.
Combine 40 Time: 5.51.
Pro Day 40 Time: 5.53.
Benchx225: 24. Arm: 33 1/4.
Projected Round (2010): 3-4.

1/18/10: Earned an All-Big Ten honorable mention. A solid right tackle prospect whose DUI shouldn't be a concern because he was riding a moped at the time.

Bills draft QB Levi Brown, Troy 7th round

Levi Brown (QB)
  • Height:
  • Weight:
    229 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    31 1/2 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 1/2 in.

Bills draft LB Danny Batten SDS 6th round

DE/LB Danny Batten (6-foot-2 7/8, 246 pounds) ran a 4.71 and 4.73 in the 40-yard dash, had a 32 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, 2-inch broad jump, a 4.05-second short shuttle, a 7.32-second three-cone drill and 30 bench press repetitions at 225 pounds. - Gil Brandt,

Bills draft DE: Arthur Moats; James Madison 6th round

Arthur Moats OLB/DE
Height: 6-0. Weight: 246.
Projected 40 Time: 4.61.
Combine 40 Time: 4.57.
Benchx225: 24. Vertical: 36.5.
Projected Round (2010): 6-7.

1/22/10: A Division 1-AA First Team All-American, Arthur Moats recorded 23.5 TFL and 11 sacks as a senior.

Bills draft OT: Ed Wang VT 5th round

Ed Wang, Virginia Tech
Height: 6-5. Weight: 314.
Projected 40 Time: 4.93.
Combine 40 Time: 5.14.
Benchx225: 29. Arm: 33 3/4.
Projected Round (2010): 3-4.

Athletic is the key word here. Used to be a tight end, played right tackle for VT

Bills draft WR: Marcus Easley, Uconn 4th round

Marcus Easley, Connecticut
Height: 6-3. Weight: 210.
Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
Combine 40 Time: 4.46.
Pro Day 40 Time: DNP.
Vertical: 37.5. Broad: 10-3.
Projected Round (2010): 4-5.

With barely any playing experience, Marcus Easley is a bit of a project. But he's undoubtedly physically gifted; at 6-3, 210, Easley ran a 4.46 and notched a 10-3 broad jump on Sunday. He's a mid-round guy with a lot of upside.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Bills 3rd round Alex Carrington DE Ark St

by Steve

Build the defense, i love it!!

6'5 285

1/28/10: Alex Carrington has been having a great week of practice at the Senior Bowl, and will be targeted in Rounds 3 or 4 as a 3-4 defensive end. Details available in the 2010 Senior Bowl section.

Height: 6-5. Weight: 280.
Projected 40 Time: 4.84.
Combine 40 Time: 4.89.
Pro Day 40 Time: 4.93.
Benchx225: 26. Vertical: 33.
Projected Round (2010): 2-3.

Bills Round 2 Torell Troup DT Central Florida

by Steve

Torell Troup

Gotta love it. No loser QB. Draft defense. Build from the trenches. Nose tackle Walterfootball had him as their #5 NT. He had a great East West Shrine game .

Height: 6-3. Weight: 314.
Projected 40 Time: 5.34.
Combine 40 Time: 5.10.
Benchx225: 34. Vertical: .
Projected Round (2010): 3-4.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Easily the worst draft choice in the history of the buffalo bills

by Steve

A scat back kick returner @#9? Easily the worst decision in the history of this franchise. a true 100% joke. my fandom has been rocked to its' core. this is something i couldn't fathom in a million years. Holy fuck. wow speechless. i might be in jail tonight

2010 NFL draft LIVE blog

by Steve (hit refresh or Both the F5 key and CTRL+R work in Firefox to reload)

Who is Keith Null? Sam Bradford is no where near worthy of #1 overall in the draft.

Steve Young and Jon Gruden are already on my nerves

Bradford doesn't look thrilled. Why didn't the Rams start to negotiate before the draft? Suh looked thrilled he wasn't goin to STL.

Where is Todd McShay?

I never saw a DT take over games like Suh did last season.

We have a crier. Suck it up McCoy, although you did just basically win the lottery.

Trent SILVERBACK!!! Williams ? WTF? Is that racist? Was the big 12 this good? Why wasn't Okla better last year?

Who is Cleveland's quarterback. Joe Haden is a questionable choice

Ouch, Browns/Raiders/Bills/Jags four awful franchises.

Gotta love the Raiders. except this year they stole my fkking pickign god damn it. Al Davis genius

Who do we take who do we take?!!?

2010 NFL draft preview Buffalo Bills

Recap of our draft coverage:

Offensive tackle break down

Why the Bills need to draft a QB

Why the Bills need to draft defense

Give us your predictions and tell us why we're right in the comments below..

Buffalo Sabres suck

by Steve

Real quick cause the season is over and the draft is today. Ryan "second place" Miller let in a soft goal in the 3rd that cost the the game. The worst part about this whole thing is Lindy Ruff and Regier have contracts for life and will never be fired. Roy Connolly Pominville etc are all signed for at least another year. The excuse will be Vanek got hurt. Or the refs suck. Or Miller made great saves in overtime.

Miro Satan stepped up!!!!! Thanks Adam Mair, I hate you. You are awful. You were cut earlier this season.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Buffalo Bills not interested in Roethlisburger

Per schefter :Here are the known no's on interest in Roethlisberger right now: Rams, Bills. Others might not be, just not known yet.

Holy shit the Bills are unwilling to trade #9 for a probowl 2 time superbowl champ in his prime? What because he'll be suspended four games and some hoes were pissed after sucking his piece? Give me a break. This is a joke. Everyone says we need a qb, a pro bowler falls in our lap and we say no?!?!

This could haunt us for the next 3-5 years . Awful awful short sighted ridiculous decision by the Bills brass. Unless they think they can talk 'em down in price.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Buffalo Bills 2010 schedule

by Steve

All sixteen games start at 1pm .

Week 1 Dolphins
Week 2 @ Packers
Week 3 @ Patriots
Week 4 Jets
Week 5 Jaguars
Week 6 BYE
Week 7 @ Ravens
Week 8 @ Chiefs
Week 9 Chicago @ Toronto
Wek 10 Lions
Wek 11 @ Bengals
Wek 12 Steelers
Wek13 @ Vikings
Wek14 Browns
Wek15 @ Dolphins
Wek16 Patriots
Wek17 @ Jets

"Not a tough schedule. Bills need to build the defense and run the ball. 7-9" -steve

Monday, April 19, 2010

Boston Bruins 2 Buffalo Sabres 1 F

by Steve

Holy shit that was a boring game. Good thing Darcy Regier loves small quick useless forwards and would never consider picking up a player in his late 30's or early 40's that has played hundreds of playoff games ala Mark Recchi. But we have the "best goalie in the world" haha.

This series is pretty much over. No one can score. Paul Guastad and Adam Mair are our go to big men centers in the final minutes of a close game. Pretty much the same as Drury and Briere though right?

The Sabres scored the first goal and didn't do a fuckin thing for the next 50 minutes when they found themselves losing. Connolly no showed. Sekera was abysmal. But hey Lindy Ruff is a great great coach that can't be questioned. Tyler Ennis might have been the best player on the team tonight and that is pathetically sad.

I see a lot of first or if they're lucky second round bouncings in the next several years with this core group of players. They are weak whether it is physically or psychologically. Can anyone tell me why Kaleta barely saw the ice the entire game?

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Countdown to the 2010 Draft offensive tackle

by Steve

Another installment in our 2010 NFL draft coverage brings us to an allegedly huge need for the Bills, offensive tackle. The reason some perceive it to be a huge need is because a.) the Bills traded an All-Pro left tackle last offseason and didn't adequately replace him b.) the team was ravaged by injury last season forcing the Bills to basically pick dudes off the street to play on the line and c.) no one has taken a strangle hold on the starting LT position.

Lets face it the Bills are going to struggle to sell nfl tickets in 2010. Drafting an OT at #9 isn't going to help them in that area either. But if that is the main reason the Bills draft anyone in the first round, to sell tickets, they have bigger problems than I can fathom.

The top offensive tackles in this draft in some order are:

Russell Okung OSU 6'5 300
Bryan Buluga Iowa 6'6 312
Trent Williams OU 6'5 310
Bruce Campbell UM 6'6 314
Anthony Davis RU 6'5 323

I want no part of Anthony Davis. The words "needs to be motivated" and his "weight needs to be monitored" make we wanna buy a gun. He shouldn't be touched with a 20 foot poll @9. He is Mike Williams Jr.

The rest of them will either be off the board or be the third or fourth offensive tackle taken in the first nine picks. Does anyone really believe that any position could possibly be that strong in any given draft?

The real wild card won't be whether Oakland or Washington takes an OT as expected it will be whether Bruce Campbell has caught the attention of the Bills. The junior's stock blew up at the combine when he tested off the charts in most measurements. Walterfootball has him going to the Raiders in round one. Could he be available in the 2nd or late first? The Bills did trade up for an offensive lineman last year; who says they wouldn't do that again this time around.

Seemingly the Bills couldn't go wrong if Okung, Buluga or Williams fall to them at nine. The problem however is that the Bills won't have their choice of the three. They'll have the guy three or four other teams looking at tackles passed up on. That fact alone should cause reluctance.

Buddy Nix knows the draft. Maybe the guy that falls to nine will be the guy they had #1 on their board. Who knows, maybe they love Meredith and Carl Malone's kid and aren't even looking tackle. Either way the Bills won't have the pick of the litter at tackle and in all likelihood would be forced to settle for the 3rd or 4th best player at his position in the same draft. Gotta pass on OT at nine based on that logic.

Thomas Vanek injury update

Per The Buffalo News:

Thomas Vanek and Lindy Ruff reached the same conclusion Sunday after the Sabres' optional workout: Vanek will likely play again in this series against the Boston Bruins although it's highly doubtful the star winger plays in Game Three Monday night in Boston, as he was walking with a pronounced limp in his left foot.

But testing showed Vanek has no broken bones and no major damage. The Sabres are classifying it as a lower-body injury, but you and I can likely call it a severe ankle sprain. Vanek did travel with the team to Boston.

"This morning I expected to be sore, which I am and I'll just see how it feels tomorrow," he said. "I'm hoping to play. ... I'm still hoping for tomorrow even though I know deep-down it's a stretch. I would say Wednesday then. If it's not Wednesday then, I don't know. Maybe the next game. But the good part is that I feel like and we feel like I'll be back for the series."

Ruff said Drew Stafford was undergoing more testing later Sunday and would not fly to Boston with the team. But if Stafford clears those tests, he could play in Vanek's place Monday.

Better news than anticipated, it wouldn't be shocking if Vanek played Monday.

Bills to trade back in to get Tebow?

Shoot me now, per some BS rumor on ESPN :

In this week's edition of "Sunday at the Post," Michael Lombardi of National Football Post wrote that he's been hearing the Bills will, in fact, take an offensive tackle with their opening pick at No. 9 overall. Unsurprising, given the need and the talent available. But what is surprising is Lombardi's other assertion, that the Bills are interested in Tim Tebow and "might have to move to the bottom of the first to be in position to get him." Two key things here. First, saying the team "might have to move" into the back-end of the first round is obviously quite different than saying they "might move" to the back-end of the first round. There's no insinuation that the Bills will definitely be making the trade. But the second insinuation here is that Lombardi believes -- as some other pundits now argue -- that Tebow will be a first-round draft pick.

If that second point proves true -- that multiple teams want Tebow badly enough to either use their first-rounder or trade back into the round to grab him -- the final ten picks could be very exciting on Thursday.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Boston Bruins 5 Buffalo Sabres 3 F

by Steve

UH OH! Thomas Vanek gets purposely slashed on the leg, out for the game, and the Sabres curl up in the fetal position and quit? He has a "lower body injury" whatever the hell that means and missed 40+ minutes in the game. At the time the Sabres were up 2-0 and cruising. Maybe he means more to the team than he gets credit for, or the Sabres psyche is that of a little bitch. Either way they choked away a game they had in the bag.

Buffalo had a ton of chances in this game to bury the Bruins in the first and failed to do so. There were goats and a few shining players in the game but over all it was a complete failure of a game. Buffalo didn't register a shot in the 3rd until eight plus minutes in. Two quick Bruin goals on two shots mid way through the third was the death knell.

Basically the entire team was invisible after the first but more glaring was the absence of Torres, Kennedy and Grier. They were useless. Miller didn't have his best game. Connolly didn't do much. Pominville had a goal but wasn't noticed much after that. The power play came up empty again.

Roy had a strong game but he's too small to really matter enough. Why was the 4th line out there with less than 4 minutes left? Ennis has one bad pass and seemingly sat the rest of the game?

If Vanek is out long term this team is in major trouble. Maybe it was just the shock of losing him in this game but something needs to change of this team is going to do anything the rest of the post season.

Friday, April 16, 2010

MUST Draft QB in Round One


I am sick of this linebacker/defensive lineman garbage with the 9th pick in the draft. I understand, defense wins championships and all that but it isn't an accident that 95 percent of teams that make the playoffs every year have good quarterbacks. The exceptions? Those teams with defenses that rank in the top 5 in nearly every single defensive category.

Last year, the Jets ranked 1st in total defense, 1st in pass defense, 8th in rushing defense and 1st in points per game. The Ravens ranked 3rd, 8th, 5th and 3rd in those same categories. The other 10 playoff teams had quarterbacks named Brady, Manning, Palmer, Rivers, Romo, Favre, Brees, Warner, Rodgers and McNabb.

The starting quarterbacks (that played the majority of the season) from the Super Bowl champions since 1990 are Simms, Rypien, Aikman, Aikman, Young, Aikman, Favre, Elway, Elway, Warner, Dilfer, Brady, Johnson, Brady, Brady, Roethlisberger, Manning, Manning (Eli), Roethlisberger and Brees. Of these, all are or will probably be hall of famers except three...Rypien, Dilfer and Brad Johnson.

The defensive rankings of the 1991 Washington Redskins led by Mark Rypien were 2nd in points allowed and 3rd in yards allowed. For the 2000 Baltimore Ravens led by Trent Dilfer ranked 1st and 2nd in yards allowed and points allowed. Finally, the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by Brad Johnson, ranked 1st in points and 1st in yards allowed.

My point: 10 out of 12 of last years playoff teams had stud QBs. 85% of the last 20 super bowl champions had stud QBs. The only way to succeed if you don't have one is to have an all time great defense. The Bills do not have an all time great defense and even great defenses win the Super Bowl 15% of the time.

THE BILLS NEED A QUARTERBACK. I have been saying it since the season ended and will keep saying it. We could have gone out and got McNabb-we didn't. We could have made a play for Vick or Kolb-we didn't. There really is no one else there worth a shit. That brings us to the draft. Sam Bradford will definitely be gone by the time we draft, although it is possible Jimmy Clausen will be on the board. If he is, we HAVE to draft him, period, no questions asked.

The following is a list of all first round quarterbacks taken since 1998, the year Peyton Manning was drafted.
  • Peyton Manning, 1998
  • Ryan Leaf, 1998
  • Tim Couch, 1999
  • Donovan McNabb, 1999
  • Akili Smith, 1999
  • Daunte Culpepper, 1999
  • Cade McNown, 1999
  • Chad Pennington, 2000
  • Michael Vick, 2001
  • David Carr, 2002
  • Joey Harrington, 2002
  • Patrick Ramsey, 2002
  • Carson Palmer, 2003
  • Byron Leftwich, 2003
  • Kyle Boller, 2003
  • Rex Grossman, 2003
  • Eli Manning, 2004
  • Philip Rivers, 2004
  • Ben Roethlisberger, 2004
  • JP Losman, 2004
  • Alex Smith, 2005
  • Aaron Rodgers, 2005
  • Jason Campbell, 2005
  • Vince Young, 2006
  • Matt Leinart, 2006
  • Jay Cutler, 2006
  • Jamarcus Russell, 2007
  • Brady Quinn, 2007
  • Matt Ryan, 2008
  • Joe Flacco, 2008
  • Matt Stafford, 2009
  • Mark Sanchez, 2009
  • Josh Freeman, 2009
In bold are the quarterbacks that are officially busts in my opinion. In italics are the quarterbacks that it is too early to tell and the rest have had success in the NFL. Other than the 4 who need more time to prove themselves, I believe that 13 out of the 29 other QBs are busts. That means we would have about a 16 out of 29 or 55% chance of hitting on a first round quarterback. TAKE A SHOT AT CLAUSEN AT 9. We would have a better than 50/50 chance at getting a quarterback who could actually be successful in this league. Also, we already whiffed on 1 so we are due to hit.

We do not have a single quarterback on our roster that is worth being better than 3rd string. Trent Edwards is my least favorite NFL player in history. Ryan Fitzpatrick is the most inaccurate QB in the NFL, college and ECIC section VI. Brian Brohm, a former 2nd round pick, was basically given away by Green Bay because a 7th round pick from the same draft is better. We need to try get a legitimate quarterback, and the draft is our only hope.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Countdown to the 2010 NFL Draft

by Steve

Wait what, the NFL draft is in a week? God damn. Why the hell is it on a god damn Thursday again? (Rd. 1: Thurs., April 22, 7:30 p.m. ET Rds. 2-3: Fri., April 23, 6 ET Rds. 4-7: Sat., April 24, 10 a.m. ET) Sabres game 5 is also Friday night so get your second tv out of the closet. Um, but who are the Bills going to draft? Here is the first in several posts breaking down the 2010 NFL Draft.

The needs are obvious. quarterback, wide receiver, tackle, guard, defensive end,, defensive tackle, linebacker, safety, holy shit this team blows. Drafting at nine isn't complicated. Take the most talented player at the biggest need or most likely to make an impact immediately. (Also we are assuming the Bills aren't moving out of nine even though they should)

There is no quarterback in this draft worth a top 10 pick so throw all of them out. There is likely to be three offensive tackles taken in the top eight so throw that idea out. Wide receiver, no way, guard, never, and the Bills took a DE/OLB hybrid tweener last year so that has to be out also. So that basically leaves two positions, inside linebacker or nose tackle.

Both positions are glaring needs in this new 3-4 scheme. There is absolutely no NT on the roster, Poz is injury prone, Mitchell isn't good and there isn't much else unless you really like Andra Davis or Nic Harris.

Meeting this criteria the only two or three players worth a look are Terrence Cody NT Alabama, Dan Williams NT Tennessee, and Rolando McClain ILB Alabama. I'm not going to waste time with this post breaking down these dudes so I'll cut to the chase...

My Pick:

Rolando McClain

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Running back on the trade black?

Roto World
According to Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson, a "Pro Bowl running back" is on the trading block to the point where talks have already begun with a team outside the division.
Though Robinson can't reveal the player or team yet, he did say it won't be a "shocking" deal and it doesn't involve Marion Barber. Possibilities include Marshawn Lynch (2008), Ronnie Brown (2008), Clinton Portis (2008), DeAngelo Williams (2009), and Willis McGahee (2007). Our best guess is Marshawn Lynch, possibly with a trade back to California and the Chargers. Apr. 10 - 3:57 pm et

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Kiper and McShay's latest Buffalo Bills mock

ESPN Insider only:

Todd McShay/Scout's Inc

Anthony Davis OT Rutgers

McShay: QB Jimmy Clausen is certainly in consideration but the Bills are in no position to start a rookie quarterback behind their existing offensive line. Davis needs to be motivated and his weight must be monitored, but we would argue he's the best pure pass-blocker in the 2010 crop.

Wow, if motivation and weight are mentioned about a first round pick WTF is any team doing considering this guy, especially in the top 10. Mike Williams anyone?

Mel Kiper Jr
Brian Bulaga OT Iowa

Kiper: The Bills need to keep whoever's throwing the ball upright, and Bulaga has the chance to be a good pass-protector at this level. I think the Bills would be thrilled to see Trent Williams available here, but in Bulaga, they have a chance to get a player at No. 9 that could go even higher. I think they simply take the best tackle on the board here.

More likely a RT in the NFL ? Ehhh. But this unanimous OT decision by these two 'experts' has me wildly nervous. An offensive tackle this high is a waste and clearly proves the decision to trade Jason Peters was the blunder of the decade. And that is an extensive blunder list.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins

Adam Schefter broke the story allegedly, here's a link:

Filed to ESPN: Mcnabb to Redskins for 2nd-rd pick this year and either a 3 or 4 next year depending on certain conditions.

The Philadelphia Eagles traded Pro Bowl QB Donovan McNabb to their NFC East rivals, the Washington Redskins, on Sunday. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan confirmed the deal to USA TODAY's Jarrett Bell.

The Redskins will surrender a second-round pick this year (No. 37) and either a third- or fourth-round pick next year, Fox Sports and reported.

McNabb has been the Eagles starter since 1999, when the club drafted him with the second overall pick. He brought the team to five NFC championship games and to Super Bowl XXXIX.

WOW trading him within the division? Gutsy idiotic or they have more knowledge than anyone else has. Plus this means the Bills will have a shot at shitty Jimmy Clausen @9. fml

Brian Roloff signs contract with AHL Providence


University of Vermont senior captain Brian Roloff will spend the rest of the season with the Providence Bruins after signing an amateur tryout agreement with the American Hockey League club.

Roloff made his debut Friday night, recording an assist in a 3-1 win over the Worcester Sharks. He will stay with the Bruins for their final five games of the regular season before returning to UVM to complete his degree.

The forward was Vermont’s third-leading scorer this winter with nine goals and 18 assists in 39 games. He played a total of 145 games for the Catamounts and finished with 26 goals and 53 assists.

Roloff is one of 26 former UVM players to skate in the professional ranks this season.

Friday, April 2, 2010

MLB 2010 preview: NL West

by Steve

Your waiting with bated breath for the NL West preview can come to a safe end, here it is:

Colorado Rockies wins 91
The questions surrounding Troy Tulowitzki and whether it was a one year wonder or sophomore slump seem to be quelled. He is the real deal. The rest of the team however appears to be average(Stewart, Iannetta, Fowler, Barmes) or on the downside of above average (Helton, Hawpe). The real wild card however is RF Carlos Gonzalez. The one time hot prospect is still hot but on his third team and already 24. He needs to prove the hype this season. Another rising star is young ace Ubaldo Jimenez, don't sleep on him this season.

Question Mark
Is the rotation strong enough to push for the division?

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Expect some snowy playoff baseball again in Denver

Los Angeles Dodgers wins 90
This team one through eight is solid if not great. The kids, Kemp, Either, Loney proved they didn't need another big bat like Man-Ram to win in the National League. For this team to compete for a division and beyond they need more from Russ Martin, Man-ram to play every day, and/or have Belliard and Furcal not deteriorate. Wait, who is their #5 in the rotation??!

Question Mark
Why did management believe having Vicente Padilla as their 2010 ace was sufficient?

Exclamation Point
McCourt's divorce may be ruining a spectacular nucleus

Arizona Diamondbacks wins 82
Does this team age? The entire lineup seems to be all young dudes that have some how been around 4 or 5 years. LaRoche and Kelly Johnson as their veterans is a major cause for concern. Miguel Montero is one of the more underrated young catchers in baseball. Former White Sox CF Chris Young is beyond puzzling. Was he on roids, just a head case, or not 100% committed? Also it is a make or break year for Conor Jackson in right. The rotation is in trouble if Edwin Jackson doesn't bounce back.

Question Mark
How long will Brandon Webb be out for?

Exclamation point
Justin Uptin got paid!

San Francisco Giants wins 82
This team is either built to win now or never. Rowand, Huff, Derosa, Renteria, Sanchez, how many decently good seasons can they have left? Pablo Sandoval was the darling of 2010 but he needs to prove it wasn't a one year streak of luck. God damn this rotation is stacked though. Cain, Lincecum and Zito are a great 1-2-3 for a mid major market team. Nate Schierholtz could have a big season.

Question Mark
Anyone remember Jonathan Sanchez's no hitter?

Exclamation Point
the Giants have won the most games of any team in the history of baseball

San Diego Padres wins 69
Another divorce in the NL West could derail an entire franchise? Over under 7/15/10 the day Adrian Gonzalez is traded. At least the youth movement got started in '09. Chase Hudley is the real deal, but does anyone know who the hell Kyle Blanks or Will Venable are?

Question Mark
How long is it going to take to rebuild this mess?

Exclamation Point
Jon Garland is their ace over Chris Young

Thursday, April 1, 2010

MLB 2010 preview: NL Central

by Steve

In our continuing series to predict exactly what is going to happen in baseball this season and inform you of the numerous things you're too dumb to know; let us break down the National League Central.

St Louis Cardinals 94 wins
The media darling of Major League Baseball, the St Louis Cardinals are perpetual favorites in the eyes of most prognosticators. Maybe it is because they have the best player in the league, but I think it has more to do with them being in the middle of the country, a small big market team that avoids controversy and the spot light. They're overrated. Pooj and Holliday are solid but what about the rest of the position players? Molina is good but is CF Colby Rasmus really the next coming of.. ? Then again the mediocrity of this division helps big time.

Question mark
2nd, 3rd and SS. Are Freese, Schumaker and Ryan good enough?
Exclamation point
Carpenter and Wainwright are under rated

Cincinnati Reds 86 wins
Is this team always the most over hyped underdog in March/April or is it just me? Volquez is on the 60 day DL, not good. Harang had an awful '09 while Arroyo was solid. Those two will have the biggest impact on the Reds '10 season. Then again which Bailey and Cueto will show up, the young studs or noodle armed flops? Who knows maybe this team is the perfect combination of young, Bruce, Votto and Stubbs, and old, Cabrera, Rolen and Phillips.

Question Mark
The rotation

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Again my sleeper for 2010, why buck the trend!?

Milwaukee Brewers 85 wins
After an injury plagued 2009 Ricky Weeks is due for a big season. Braun and Fielder are entrenched all-stars but the rest of the team is mediocre. Hopefully for Brewer nation Carlos Gomez figures it out with a change of scenery and that Escobar is ready for the Bigs. Get to know Casey McGehee and start to forget who Corey Hart is.

Question Mark
Are either Gallardo or Wolf top of the rotation guys?

Exclamation point
The Gomez for JJ Hardy trade will define the 2010 Brew crew

Chicago Cubs 79 wins
Lovable losers my ass. This team might just be a bunch of losers. Their window is shutting quick. D Lee is soon to be 34, Ramirez soon to be 32, and Soriano is 34. The rest of the team is young but not as skilled. Soto needs to make some major strides from behind the dish and Fuckyoudome needs to be better. Marmol is a relative new comer to the 9th inning while Samardzija needs to start pitching 6+ innings.

Question Mark
Why is Marlon Byrd the starting center fielder?

Exclamation point
This team needs to make some moves ASAP

Houston Astros 71 wins
Geoff Blum might be the worst starting 1b in baseball. Pedro Feliz will not be an awful 3b signing. Jason err Michael Bourne and Hunter Pence need to take over this team and become their new identity. Berkman man only miss a few weeks with the knee injury but he is 34 and might be breaking down for good. Carlos Lee makes a ton of jack but his stats are ridiculously consistent.

Question Mark
Who the hell is Tommy Manzella?

Exclamation Point
This rotation stinks

Pittsburgh Pirates 67 wins
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Question Mark
Is this team going through 18 more years of rebuilding?

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The city of Pittsburgh deserves to have one crummy team fuck 'em.