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Bills, Bills, Bills

September 21, 2009

And We Ain’t Talkin’ Money!

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills

The NFL’s Buffalo Bills had a lousy preseason, and lost what looked like a won game against the New England Patriots last week. This week they cracked the winners column with a big win over the Tampa Bay Bucaneers in Orchard Park.  And after last weeks heartbreaking loss in the last 2 minutes of the game, this win is what they needed.  It’s what the fans needed.

Yes, TO had a big day, with a catch that’ll make the NFL highlight reels at the end of the year. Needed that, too.

The professional pickers were saying last week that Buffalo played pretty well in their loss, and put the Bills at about #20 or #21 in the power rankings last week, with the Bucs at about number 29 in the 32 team league. The Bills will move up, but only a little.

Their next opponent, the New Orleans Saints, are easily one of the top ten teams in the league this year, and maybe even in the top 5.

Jack Kemp – RIP

May 2, 2009

A Boy’s First Football Hero

Jack Kemp

Jack Kemp

Saw it first on twitter, and then here.

WASHINGTON – Jack Kemp, the ex-quarterback, congressman, one-time vice-presidential nominee and self-described “bleeding-heart conservative,” died Saturday. He was 73.

Kemp died after a lengthy illness, according to spokeswoman Bona Park and Edwin J. Feulner, a longtime friend and former campaign adviser. Park said Kemp died at his home in Bethesda, Md., in the Washington suburbs.

If anyone deserved the title “Mr. Buffalo Bill”, he did.

Jack Kemp was 73.

Lou Saben

March 29, 2009

RIP

Longtime Buffalo Bills coach Lou Saben has died at age 87 of a heart attack.

Saban left [the Patriots] for the Bills in 1962, guiding them to AFL championships in 1964 and 1965, the only titles the Bills have ever won. He quit for a job with the Broncos because of difficulties with owner Ralph Wilson.

Six years later, at the urging of Steinbrenner, Wilson rehired Saban, and he again was successful, overseeing O.J. Simpson’s record-breaking, 2,003-yard rushing season in 1973 and getting the Bills to the NFL playoffs the next season.

Lou was the cousin of former Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saben.

Villanova Tops Pitt

March 28, 2009

Not Pretty, But So Very, Very Good!

All Credit, ESPN

All Credit, ESPN

Minutes ago my Alma Mater beats their Big East rivals 78 to 76 in Boston to get to the fabled final four.

IIRC, this is the first time they’ve gotten this far since the amazing run in ’85 that is sung about to this day.

Go Wildcats!

Not Every Bills Fan Is Happy

March 25, 2009

T.O. Is Coming To Town

So laugh.  Please – laugh, especially since this is a little twisted.   Just a little.

March Madness Starts Early

February 26, 2009

Go Wildcats

Villanova Basketball

Villanova Basketball

My Alma Mater starts showing its stuff at just the right time convince me that they’ll make an impact in the NCAA tournament next month.  Now ranked at #10 in the AP poll (and #12 in the Coach’s Poll), Villanova got by DePaul on DePaul’s home court last night.  It was a race to the finish line.

”Come on, we got lucky,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said. ”They outplayed us. They outplayed us.”

But he wasn’t knocking his team.

”We didn’t play that bad,” Wright said. ”They just played really well and we didn’t play our best game. That’s what happens in the Big East this year.”

Yeah, the Big East is that tough.  DePaul’s not a bad team, especially at home, but they’ve yet to win in the conference.  Last night, they played tough all the way to the end.

Villanova trailed by eight points early in the second half, then went on a 21-5 run to take a 52-44 lead. The Wildcats were leading 60-48 with about 6 minutes left, but rather than pull away, they had to hang on as DePaul made a late push behind Will Walker ‘s 3-point barrage.

I insist that college basketball is more fun to watch than the pros.

It’s Madness! Madness, I Say!

January 28, 2009

And It’s Not Even March

Villanova Basketball

Villanova Basketball

We’re getting to that glorious time of the year, when one game takes precedence over them all.  One game, with that uniquely large ball, takes over office pools, Las Vegas parlors, television screens and conversations.

And it ain’t the Superbowl!

Soon, soon, college basketball takes over the stage with that form of insanity known in story and song, March Madness.  And today, this very evening, the insanity began in earnest.

Reggie Redding had a career-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead No. 21 Villanova to a 67-57 victory over No. 3 Pittsburgh on Wednesday night in the last college basketball game played in the Spectrum.

Dante Cunningham added 15 points for the Wildcats (16-4, 4-3), who beat a ranked team for the first time in five tries this season and they did it by coming up big on the boards and playing good perimeter defense in the second half.

You bet your sweet bippy they did.  The defense in the last 15 minutes was awesome.

Oh, and in another game of little note, (formally) #1 ranked Duke got beat by Wake Forest.

James Johnson ‘s layup with 0.8 seconds remaining helped No. 6 Wake Forest upended No. 1 Duke 70-68 on Wednesday night.

Johnson finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds and freshman Al-Farouq Aminu had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Demon Deacons (17-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Madness, much?