Bass Pro debacle sends a clear message


For a decade now it has been planned that Bass Pro would anchor the downtown Buffalo, NY waterfront development, but that reality came to a screeching halt as Bass Pro has formally pulled out of the project.

This sends a clear message that if Buffalo is going to keep the Bills and for New York State to prosper again the current constitution needs to be scrapped all together.

I know for sure that the United States Constitution can be scrapped by following certain procedures and I don’t doubt that is the same case for New York State.

To me the most glaring sign of how bad it is in New York is a line uttered from ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd, “New York State is the most taxed state and has the least to show in regards to athletic facilities.

Obviously, this was before the New York Giants and Jets new stadium, but he is right.  Before New York City got its act together with stadiums the last time a stadium had major renovations done was Bills’ Ralph Wilson Stadium in the late 1990’s and the last brand new pro athletic facility that was built was the Buffalo Sabres’  HSBC Arena in 1996.

In the end, if something isn’t done politically soon they will have to divide up New York State just so people can have the basic necessities in life.

Will Gailey use Nelson the right way


For the first time since Jay Riemersma the Buffalo Bills have a exceptional receiving tight end in Shawn Nelson.

The question is will Gailey use him the right way?

For a long time now tight ends in the Bills offense have been blockers or simple dump off options.

With Nelson that should change since he was a former wide receiver he has the speed to separate from strong safeties and good route running skills.

There are already some indications of this as in the Buffalo News it is mentioned that one of quarterback Trent Edwards passes hit tight end Jonathan Stupar on a seam route.

Geesh, when was the last time the Bills actually used that type of route in a football game? Probably most likely in the glory days of the early 1990’s with tight ends Keith McKellar and Pete Metzelaars.

In the end, if the Bills offense is going to be successful this year they need to take advantage of Nelson’s skills.

Did Shanahan shoot himself in foot


Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan forced nose tackle Albert Haynesworth to retake the conditioning test.

The question is now did Shanahan shoot himself in the foot doing so?

According to Pro Football Talk, Haynesworth had to skip the conditioning test Saturday to rest as he has developed a swollen knee.

The fact of the matter is that Haynesworth is a nose tackle and nose tackles don’t have to run down the field. So, when a head coach forces a nose tackle to take a 300 yard conditioning test there is going to be problems.

A swollen knee indicates something is torn within the knee, so at the least Haynesworth will miss two weeks to recover from orthroscopic surgery. Obviously, it can be longer if they discover something major wrong.

Just because Haynesworth is a National Football League player doesn’t mean he can run as far as you want him to. Haynesworth is a grossly overweight human that cannot run that far.

In the end, if Shanahan keeps pushing Haynesworth like this after he returns there is a good chance he could lose him for the season.