I’m now an author

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I wrote my first book Edward Patrick: The Discovery Within. It has been published by Austin Macauley and is available now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Austin Macauley’s website.

Now a little glimpse into the book itself.

The whole idea of the book came from reading the Harry Potter series. As great as it is, it’s not an accurate representation of magic here in America, because there is one big difference.

Guns in England are illegal.

In a world where magic is a part of everyday life, a group of friends find out that their and the local bully fates are bound to clash in the on going fight between heaven and hell. They will face numerous trials and many different places.

You never know where their journey will take them.

It has been a long journey to get to this point. So, I hope you enjoy reading.

Bills need talent not pieces

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For the first time in a very long time the Buffalo Bills are looking to add pieces around a talented young quarterback o offensen. The thing is the Bills need talent not just pieces.

After adding a veteran backup quarterback in Derek Anderson, Josh Allen started to come around and vastly improved showing he has the talent to make ot in the National Football League. That’s great, but this is football and you need other players to surround your quarterback.

When the Bills went to the Super Bowl the Bills aurrounded quartetback Jim Kelly on offense two Hall of Fame wide receivers in Andre Reed and James Lofton. Also, at running back they had Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas. Along with them they had a quality tight end in Pete Metzelaars.

Today, all the Bills have on offense is running back LeSean McCoy and wide receiver Zay Jones.

In the end, the Bills 2019 NFL Draft is all about surrounding Allen with the talent he needs to lead the Bills back to the playoffs and hopefully one day a Super Bowl.

Brady and Patriots ruining the NFL

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The New England Patriots on Sunday beat the Los Angeles Rams to win Super Bowl LIII. With the win it’s clear that the Patriots along with quarterback Tom Brady is ruining the National Football League.

Now, don’t get me wrong, Brady is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. What I’m saying is that it’s getting so boring watching the same team over and over again. I’m so sick of it that I watched a mere 30 minutes.

The Super Bowl was over before it even started once the two teams were set.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been stopping offenses find the Super Bowl for over 30 years now. Buffalo Bills fans know this personally as he was the New York Giants defensive coordinator that shut them down in Super Bowl XV.

In the end, until Belichick and Brady retire the NFL is now the BFL. The Boring Football League.

Trump should be impeached

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By now many of you have heard the news that President Donald Trump’s lawyers have been receiving  information from former campaign manager and convicted felon Paul Manafort lawyers. The mere fact that this is happening should lead to his impeachment.

Many have thought that Trump would be receiving information from his illegally appointed acting Attorney General  Matt Whitaker, and most likely is, the fact that Trump’s lawyers have been receiving  information from Manafort is stunning since he had a plea deal in  place with Russia Election Meddling Special. Many lawyers on national television shows have made it clear that not only is this unusual, but it’s also inappropriate. Also, many have argued that this is obstruction of justice and interfering in a investigation.

In the end, republican lawmakers need to get off their whining rears and work with democrats to impeach him as these types of acts cannot be tolerated.

Daboll and Allen provide hope

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Buffalo Bills fans are typically skeptical when comes to offensive coaches as you have to go back to the days of former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly when the last time they had an elite offensive attack. Well for the first time in a long time Bills fans have hope in Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and quarterback Josh Allen.

Daboll isn’t a stranger to success as he was on the New England  Patriots coaching staff for all five of their Super Bowl wins, and was the offensive coordinator for the 2017 NCAA Champion Alabama Crimson Tide. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Daboll knows how to develop an offense.

“You need to try to do what you need to do each week to win,” Daboll said according to WGR 550.  “Whether it’s a zone, a gap scheme, you have to have a variety in everything you do. Whether it’s gap schemes sometimes this week, zone schemes sometimes this week, a mix of both, you have to have, I’d say, an expansive playbook because you have to dictate tempo offensively, but there’s also a part of scheming and seeing what the defense gives you and trying to attack those weaknesses.”

That is a good thing to hear as Buffalo’s weather can sometimes minimize passing attacks. Also, the team lost two starters on the offensive line, so this will keep defenders offbalanced  and give a young offensive line an edge while developing. However, things will be much different for Allen.

Allen won’t be rushed into things as they want the quarterback to settle in first.

“Been doing this a long time with rookies at all different positions,” Daboll said. “It’s such a learning experience for all the rookies, whether it’s a quarterback, running back, tight end. Not only are they coming to a new system and having to adapt and learn an offensive system, they have to learn the people in the building, they have to find a place to live, they have so many different things they have to learn.”

In the end, the results aren’t going to show right away, so be patient as they will eventually.

 

 

 

NFL anthem protesters could learn from Kemp

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Ever since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started taking a knee during the United States national anthem prior to NFL games; a debate has consumed the nation on whether or not it’s a right to protest during its playing. If NFL players really want to make an impact they need to go brushup their history on former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jack Kemp.

Kemp started his pro football career bouncing around, but eventually found a home with the Bills and led them to two consecutive AFL Championships in 1964 and 1965. His biggest impact came after he retired in 1969 as he turned to politics.

Kemp turned the skills that made him success on the field to off the field. Those skills helped him eventually become  a congressman in the U.S. House of Representativesin 1971. It would be a position he would hold until 1989 when he was made Secretary of Housing and Urban Developmentl by President George H. W. Bush.

Eventually, Kemp rose all the way to Republican Vice Presdient nominee for the 1996 presidential election. It would be the last political position that Kemp would hold.

In the end, if NFL players need to stop taking a knee and get more active in the political world to truly make a difference like Kemp did.

 

 

Paitence will be a virtue

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The Buffalo Bills have had quite the offseason at the quarterback position. The one thing that comes to mind when I think about the position is that patience will be a virtue.

The roller coaster started when the  Bills traded away quarterback Tyrod Taylor. The rumor during the 2017 Nfl season that the Bills would make a move. However, trading Taylor was a very unexpected since he led the to their first playoff appearance in over a decade.

The trade left many to wonder what the team will do for a starter when free agency opened.

That left some people hoping for the top free agents that were available at quarterback. With Washington Redskins Kirk Cousins and Minnesota Vikings Keenum available, the team could of made a commitment to taking the next step in the playoffs while still looking  toward the future. However, the Bills went with backup Cincinnatti Bengals quarterback  A.J. McCarron.

That didn’t matter to Bills fans as their eyes were all tuned to what was going to happen in the 2018 NFL Draft.

As ths Draft approached many were hoping for UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen. However, many were disappointed when they heard the Bills took Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen.

The difference between the two is that Rosen is more accurate than Allen. That is a huge thing for many Bills fans as they have seen a over 20 years of inaccurate  quarterbacks. So, Rosen to many would have been a breath of fresh air.

Thankfully, the Bills have time with the signing of McCarron. They can take all the time they need to correct an mechanical problems.

In the end, as the saying goes patience will be a virtue.

 

 

 

Bills looking to move Glenn

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The Buffalo Bills made headlines over the weekend with the trade of quarterback Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns. It looks like the team isn’t done as it is being reported that left tackle Cordy Glenn could be on the move as well.

According to Si.com’s Albert Breer, via Profootballtalk, the team is open to trading Glenn.

That shouldn’t be a surprise as after three straight years of playing all 48 games, Glenn has only played only 17 of the last 32. Last season Glenn played in six of 16 games, which opened the door for tackle Dion Dawkins. Dawkins was a second round pick for the Bills in the 2017 NFL Draft and was a solid replacement.

The Bills would save a lot of money on the salary cap if they are able to move Glenn. Glenn’s cap hit is $9 million and is the second highest among left tackles, which would bring

According to the Sporting News, the Bills have $24 million in cap space left. So, trading Glen would bring the available space up to $33 million and allow Bills General Manager Brandon Beane to start shaping the roster the way he thinks it should be.

 

Sabres Get Flambeed

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The Buffalo Sabres took to the ice Wednesday night to extinguish the Calgary Flames. Well the Sabres instead got flambéed by the Flames with a final score or 5-1.

The game got away from the Sabres early as it was apparent from the start the team was not ready to play. This lack of effort resulted in a quick goal only 5:35 from Sam Bennett. Bennett scored in the midst of a mad dash for the puck when it bounced off the end boards, off Sabres goalie Chad Johnson’s right skate and lay in the crease.

The Flames only need three more minutes to essentially put the game away as forward Mark Jankowski ripped a shot through the five hold of Johnson to make the score 2-0. The score remained 2-0 after one thanks to Johnson making some solid saves which included a shorthanded breakaway.

You would hope that the Sabres would come out firing after some adjustments and a talk to by head coach Phil Housley, but that didn’t happen as things got worst in the second

After losing the faceoff in their own end the Sabres went down 3-0 five minutes into the second after Flames defenseman Mark Giordano took advantage of their confusion. The confusion started when Sabres forward Jordan Nolan lost his stick after it got tangled in a Flames forward. Nolan instead of continuing with the play without a stick went back after it and caused a mass confusion, which allowed Giordano an open look to rip a slap shot.

The Sabres starting goalie’s night ended just a minute later as Flames forward Sean Monahan ripped home a one-timer into the net for his 30th of the season. This is the second time the young forward has reached 30 goals and is now just one away from his career high of 31 with a lot of games to play.

The fifth and final goal for the Flames was scored by defenseman Dougie Hamilton on the power play. Hamilton’s goal was very similar to Monahan as it was also a cross ice one-timer. Hamilton’s 15th of the year times him for most goals by a defenseman with Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban.

Third period saw only one goal as Sabres defenseman Casey Nelson scored his second of the season with a mere :17 remaining, which ruined the shut out for Flames goalie David Rittich.

The Sabres look to bounce back tomorrow as they take a quick trip up the road into Canada to play the Ottawa Senators. Game time is 7:30 pm with team being on MSG for television and WGR 550 for radio.

Playoffs still a long shot

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The Buffalo Bills haven’t gone to the playoffs since the 1999, which ended in the Music City Miracle. The team has some talent, but they are still going to be a long shot to make the playoffs.

The simple reason is their division rival New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Brady’s rookie year was in 2000, which also happens to be the first season of the drought. It’s not a coincidence that the Bills haven’t made the playoffs since then. There is one problem this year for Bills fans.

That is Brady isn’t slowing down at 39-years-old.

Most quarterbacks by now are beat up, suffered numerous injuries and are tired of the daily NFL grind. However, that isn’t Brady as he is planning to play a lot longer.

“I’d like to play until my mid-forties,” Brady told Peter King of Sports Illustrated in an interview. “Then I’ll make a decision. If I’m still feeling like I’m feeling today, who knows? Now those things can always change. You do need long-term goals too. I know next year is not going to be my last year.”

Until Brady retires or his performance drops dramatically; the playoffs most likely will be a pipe dream for Bills fans.