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Ryan Miller makes The Onion!

Ryan Miller makes The Onion!

Another honor for our Ryan—satirically.

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Tiger needs golf, but golf needs him, too

Tiger needs golf, but golf needs him, too

The PGA Tour needs Tiger back in a big way. They're slipping precipitously down the backward path to irrelevance with the likes of Phil Mickelson, Mike Weir and Sergio Garcia as their main attractions. Tiger gives them instant credibility; a face everyone recognizes.

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Don't be shocked to see a gold for Finland

Don't be shocked to see a gold for Finland

What's impressive about the Finns' forwards is that with the obvious exception of the shamelessy cherry-picking Selanne, none seem to be too one- dimensional. All of them appear to be well-versed, complete players who play well in most situations: leading, trailing, one man down, one man up ... you name it.

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USA over Canada: Unexpected? Yes. Miracle? No.

USA over Canada: Unexpected? Yes. Miracle? No.

Almost immediately following Team USA's 5–3 preliminary round victory over Canada Sunday night, pundits and commentators were coining it one of the greatest upsets in hockey history. Whoa, there! Unexpected? Heck yes. But I'm stopping well short of ranking it in "greatest all-time upsets" territory.

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Could Buffalo become Pittsburgh North?

Could Buffalo become Pittsburgh North?

Could Buffalo become Pittsburgh North, modeling itself after a proven example? Because Donahoe is a living example of why not? (OK, fine, you got me there ... touche!). But remember, Donahoe didn't do too badly except in two crucial areas: coach and quarterback. One hopes--and remember, "hope" is the key word here—that Whaley won't make the same mistakes. He'll have Nix, whose record in San Diego is at least respectable, to help.

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The Olympic break arrives at a good time for the Sabres

The Olympic break arrives at a good time for the Sabres

Sabres fans, reactionary and bloodthirsty as always, are hitting their worn-down panic buttons and pronouncing the season a total loss. Never mind that Buffalo is well-entrenched in a playoff spot and spent much of the season's first fifty games asserting itself as a playoff-worthy group; we've all come to expect doomsday scenarios with our teams, so don't confuse us with the facts. But there's the pesky reality that won't go away, if we could all just focus for a second. All playoff teams endure bad stretches at some point in the season.

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Super Bowl XLIV: Possibly super

Super Bowl XLIV: Possibly super

On paper, Super Bowl XLIV is without question one of the finest big game match-ups of all-time. It seemed almost predestined that the finest teams in their respective conferences—featuring the finest two quarterbacks in the game—would meet.It's an ideal pairing in almost every way.

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Attention players: Leaving the Sabres can be hazardous to your future

Attention players: Leaving the Sabres can be hazardous to your future

It's funny how, during Regier's reign, players who had productive seasons with Buffalo fade into disappointment and obscurity with their new teams, whether in the wake of a trade or free-agent jettisoning. Sure, there are exceptions, like Dominik Hasek, J. P. Dumont and Maxim Afinogenov, but they've been few and far in between.

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Heaven knows I'm miserable in February—thanks to Snooki (and Tiki, and ...)

Heaven knows I'm miserable in February—thanks to Snooki (and Tiki, and ...)

Can't say I'm coming to you from a good place with this post. I'm pretty miserable, in fact, and since misery loves company, here's hoping you become infected after reading it.

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Kurt Warner has earned his praise

Kurt Warner has earned his praise

Warner's one of the good guys; one of the true class-acts in a game that so desperately needs them. It'll be a crime if he doesn't get the Hall-of-Fame vote on the first ballot, given his abilities to pick apart NFL defenses over the years. He'll always remain an inspiration for quarterbacks—check that, all players—who think of giving up on themselves because everyone else has.

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Brett Favre fell back to Earth, and I'm glad

Brett Favre fell back to Earth, and I'm glad

Whew, that was close. Brett Favre and his Minnesota Vikings came that close to reaching the Super Bowl. Am I the only one who's glad it didn't come to that? It's truly refreshing that we'll be spared from the massive overexposure and sappy melodrama Favre invokes from the national football media.

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Jammers skating through the pivots and blockers … Queen City Roller Girls

Jammers skating through the pivots and blockers … Queen City Roller Girls

Suicidal Saucies took on the Nickel City Knockouts as the Queen City Roller Girls took part in the 2010 season's second bout. Could be the best bang for your buck sporting event in the city.

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Friday thoughts: Farewell, Tom Modrak? At last?

Friday thoughts: Farewell, Tom Modrak? At last?

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Chan's the man? Really?

Chan's the man? Really?

It doesn't appear Marty Schottenheimer, Jim Fassel, and Mike Martz got so much as a phone call, let alone an interview. What does that say about Nix's sense of due diligence with this, perhaps the most critical hire in Bills coaching history?

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Indy fans are nervous—and they should be

Indy fans are nervous—and they should be

Hear that sound of an entire midwestern city bracing for the worst? It's the collective shallow breathing of Colts Nation. Indy fans have seen it before all too often: their seemingly unstoppable Colts offense starts to stall in the face of a good defensive scheme and pressure up the middle on Peyton Manning.

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