I can attest that the kid's fastball threatened to tear through Mach-3, and the centerfield radar gun was consistently flashing 95 to 99 mph. And that, well ... that's fast.
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This isn't the first incident involving Sabres' prospect Zach Kassian, whose reputation in OHL circles preceeds him. He's already an outright villain in some Ontario loop locales.
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.
The FC Buffalo Blitzers open their inaugural season at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium Saturday, May 29.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.