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Queen City Roller Girls are Queens for a Day

Queen City Roller Girls are Queens for a Day

For those wondering what the Queen City Roller Girls have been up to since making the cover of our December issue, we have some very cool news: May 22 was officially proclaimed as QCRG Day in North Tonawanda.

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Soccer Blitzes its way into Buffalo

Soccer Blitzes its way into Buffalo

The FC Buffalo Blitzers open their inaugural season at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium Saturday, May 29.

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A Buffalonian in Yankee Stadium, and more Wednesday thoughts

A Buffalonian in Yankee Stadium, and more Wednesday thoughts

Strolling down the gigantic staircase from our nosebleeds to the second level, we could peer out and see the old House that Ruth Built, now a fenced-off pile of rubble that resembles downtown Berlin, circa 1945.

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What does Seattle see in J. P. Losman?

What does Seattle see in J. P. Losman?

As expected, J. P. Losman is getting a second chance, inking a $630,000 deal with the Seattle Seahawks. Must be Pete Carroll knows something the rest of us don’t.

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No love for Jairus Byrd, or Bills fans

No love for Jairus Byrd, or Bills fans

The fifty-member tribunal that ticked their ballots on their AFC freshman fave voted again, and thus swiftly ended my brief campaign to sway them to select the Buffalo Bills' Jairus Byrd in Cushing's stead.

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Do the Bills have a master plan? Let's hope so ...

Do the Bills have a master plan? Let's hope so ...

Fans can appreciate excitement, and it's a good bet Spiller will bring that. But as 4 p.m. on Sunday rolls around, Buffalo fans are simple: if the Bills win, we're excited. Whether Spiller has rushed for 200 or two yards, if the team scored touchdowns and beat its opponent, the excitement is there. Go ahead and bore us; we're quick to forgive if we're celebrating a "W."

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The Sabres pull a disappearing act

The Sabres pull a disappearing act

Whew, that was quick. Buffalo Sabres fans wait two-and-a-half years to see playoff hockey again, and ... Poof! Speaking of disappearing acts, I heard today that Tim Connolly and Derek Roy were just notified that their team was playing the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

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Buffalo gets dissed by NBC, Mark Recchi, and the NFL—again

Buffalo gets dissed by NBC, Mark Recchi, and the NFL—again

Mark Recchi using Tim Kennedy as a tackling dummy to set up Boston's game-winning goal in Game Three says bad things about the Sabres' suddenly waining chances to make it out of the first round. The team's best forward has been ... Mike Grier? Ouch.

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First round playoff picks for non-gamblers

First round playoff picks for non-gamblers

Is it possible the Sabres will fall to the Bruins in round one? Of course. Is it likely? Hello no. But the other playoff series are a bit tougher to predict.

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Which Sabres team will show up Thursday?

Which Sabres team will show up Thursday?

What are we to make of this version of the Sabres? We've seen them, from October to April, be maddeningly fragile and satisfyingly strong; frustratingly low-scoring and gratifyingly high-octane. The only consistently good thing has been Ryan Miller, on whose stellar play the team has fallen back on in times of trouble.

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Marshawn Lynch's final chance

Marshawn Lynch's final chance

Isn't it time Lynch realizes it's fourth-and-long and getting perilously late in the game of salvaging his career?

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Great baseball in Toronto, NYC—and Buffalo

Great baseball in Toronto, NYC—and Buffalo

Aside from a brief flirtation, Buffalo has never enjoyed the Major Leagues. Yet we're baseball fans nevertheless because at our core, we're still Americans. And while we can't pull for our own hometown club, we know the way to the Bigs, which are essentially right in our backyard.

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A Madness to remember for Buffalo

A Madness to remember for Buffalo

I'm thinking that this weekend's NCAA Tourney games probably constitute basketball's finest hour in Buffalo. For two days—three if you count the day in the middle—the city ate, slept, and breathed the game, and here's the shocker: the games actually warranted the hype.

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Tim Tebow? Brian Brohm? Trent Edwards? No thanks.

Tim Tebow? Brian Brohm? Trent Edwards? No thanks.

I hope Buffalo doesn't draft Tim Tebow. I just don't like his awkward mechanics and left-handedness, which I think throws receivers off their game. Hey, I'm a lefty myself, but I'm just of the belief that we make great relievers and first basemen, just not necessarily top-notch NFL quarterbacks.

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T.O. moves on—but where to?

T.O. moves on—but where to?

It's obvious he and agent Drew Rosenhaus had a shrewd, one-year plan in the works: grab the cash from a desperate bettor, behave and try to put up some respectable numbers, and then cash in on one last bloated contract as the NFL's Fort Knox organizations hand them out like Halloween candy, no longer burdened by that pesky salary cap in 2010.

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