The Bigest Bill Signing of All
As I sit and watch the annual Variety Club Telethon and the reunion of sorts of Irv, Rick and Tom it brings back a great memory of my time with Rick Azar. In fact, I thought about this story after the Bills signed Mario Williams two weeks ago and all of the talk about it being the biggest signing since Jim Kelly.
Mar 25, 2012, 14:38
The Changing of Media
I was at the New York State high school wrestling championships over the weekend in Albany and event we used to televise each year when I was with the Empire Sports Network. In fact for 14 years Empire recorded and the replayed the finals across New York State and to five million homes across the country. Now the event is only carried on streaming video, which is the way of the future.
Feb 29, 2012, 10:42
Knuutila Still Seeking Gold For Area Grapplers
Anyone who knows me well knows this the time of year I take my annual journey to the New York State Wrestling Championships. Once again they are in Albany and again I will be down on the floor taking photographs of the Section Six wrestlers for this website, the DiPaolo Scholarship Fund and area newspapers. I have made this trip on and off since 1971 taking a few years off in the 1980's when I got married. Yet my devotion to the sport pales in comparison to Eric Knuutila who will once again be in Rochester Minnesota for the National Junior College Wrestling Championships.
Feb 22, 2012, 09:57
Larry Felser Has Seen It All
Recently Larry Felser retired for a second time from the Buffalo News. I say for the second time because Larry “officially” retired in 2001, but continued writing weekend columns for the News for the ten years.
Feb 17, 2012, 10:47
Post Super Bowl Items
Andre Reed deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. I read where Peter King voted for Chris Carter over Reed based on Carter’s stats over the same period of time. That’s not a bad argument, especially considering Carter had over 40 touchdowns more than Andre. Carter was a very good receiver and deserving of the HOF, but having watched them both in their prime I would put Reed in first. Andre Reed was had breakaway speed, moves, strength and was a great runner after the catch.
Feb 7, 2012, 11:55
Bills Super Bowl Memories
It has been 18 years since the last time the Bills were in the Super Bowl, but that’s exactly what I still think about when this weekend comes around each year. Those four trips following the Bills from Tampa to Minneapolis to Pasadena to Atlanta are engraved in my memories so I’ll share a few.
Feb 3, 2012, 14:07
Rashad Evans Continues to Excel
If you watched Rashad Evans battle Phil Davis Saturday night in a light heavyweight UFC bout on Fox you should have an appreciation for just how tough that sport is. New York State has yet to recognize mixed martial arts as a sport, but the rest of the country is falling in love with this hybrid mix of wrestling and boxing.
Jan 30, 2012, 12:01
Calvin Murphy's Greatest Highlights Only Exist in Memories
Calvin Murphy is back on Monteagle Ridge this weekend for a pair of basketball games and helping to sell some tickets. I could write ten pages on the greatest player ever to wear the purple and white because from 1967 to 1970 I was his biggest fan.
Jan 27, 2012, 10:38
Penthouse to the Outhouse
Whoever came up with the clever phrase “Penthouse to the Outhouse” said a mouth full. Life is filled with turnaround moments that see those in lofty positions come tumbling down. Some get right back up and return to their previous status while others can only reflect on what once was.
Jan 18, 2012, 09:58
Another Sabres MSG Story
One thing about writing a regular column, blog, article or whatever you want to call it is that certain topics can become redundant. The poor play of the Sabres and their MSG issue falls into that category.
Jan 12, 2012, 13:52