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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.