Give them some credit

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Many Buffalo Sabres fans are happy Saturday after the Sabres beat the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime.

Considering what happened last night you got to give them some credit.

The Sabres lost forward Jason Pominville for the game, and possibly even longer, along with defenseman Jordan Leopold. Fortunately, Leopold returned late in the second period, but the Flyers were back in the game at that time.

Pominville’s loss took a lot of steam out of them and a lot of times when a team loses a key player they fall apart. However, the Sabres gathered themselves for the third and eventually pulled it off.

In the end, with the way their playing you got to like their chances against anyone in the National Hockey League.

Reed accidentally tips Bills hand

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Since many current and former National Football League players have taken to Twitter many of them have revealed or said something that they shouldn’t have.

That was the case Thursday as former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed accidentally revealed that the Bills are interested in Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder.

According to WGR 550, Reed tweeted “@cponder7 Lookin forward to calling your name Draft Day!!!!!!!!!Bills brash like ur style.” Of course Reed then went back and deleted the tweet after he realized what he did, but at that point it was too late.

The Bills interest in Ponder is not surprising as Bills head coach Chan Gailey coached him in the Senior Bowl. Also, Ponder played in a pro style offense in college, which Gailey prefers in quarterbacks coming out of college.

In the end, if the Bills are going to get Ponder at this point they better be prepared to trade up, because someone else will now since the cat is out of the bag.

This month has been a doozy

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Many other parents are constantly on the go, but fortunately for me I haven’t really had to deal with it until now.

Simply, this month has been a doozy.

I have two reporting classes and that right there takes up a lot of my free time in between classes. The reason being it takes about two to three hours to edit footage down to about two minutes. That doesn’t even include having to go out and shoot the footage.

Well last night my partner and I had some fun last night trying to figure out what the heck was wrong with the computer we were trying to edit footage on. The thing is we were stuck on that computer as we didn’t have a camera and that computer was one of the few that had a HDV tape deck attached to it.

What happened is that on that computer somehow the settings were all messed up. What made it more difficult is that the computers in Savage Hall at Buffalo Sate are Apples. So, for a person that uses Windows everyday is like trying to put some toy together using a instruction manual printed out in Spanish.

Add in the competitiveness with in the broadcast industry and you have one hectic job.

In the end, what makes it great is seeing all that hard work live and come to life.

Six years ago today

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Monday Night Football has been a staple in many homes for over 30 years.

However, it was on this day April 18th, 2005 that things changed for its viewers.

On this date six years ago it was announced that in 2006 the show would be moving to ESPN. That certainly devastated a lot of viewers who for the previous 25 years watched it on ABC.

The move has been nothing short of a disaster as the move cost them legendary play by play man Al Michaels who left for NBC’s Sunday Night Football in America. Also, Sunday Night Football in America has surpassed them in the ratings.

It wasn’t always this way as ESPN was the play to go on Sunday night, especially for game highlights after the 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. games concluded. Unfortunately, some bad personnel decisions has hurt the network.

In the end, if ESPN wants to get back on top they are going to have to be innovative in its presentations of the NFL as right now a lot of it is just plain old boring.

Possibly one of the few true reports

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Many of the reports that are flying around the National Football League are mostly untrue as teams will send out misinformation to get the guy that they want.

However, what is coming out of Washington D.C. may be one of the few true reports out there.

According to NFL Network’s Mike Lombardi, via Pro Football Talk, the Washington Redskins are very much considering quarterback Ryan Mallet at 10th overall. Considering his track record with quarterbacks there is no doubt that this report is true.

What has held back Mallet from being the top overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft is his reported drug use. Of all the quarterbacks Mallet is the physically gifted quarterback.

Mallet is not that very mobile, but we are talking about Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan who is one of the best at developing young quarterbacks. Also, for what Shanahan likes to do you don’t really need a really athletic quarterback.

Shanahan is known for his running game as it allows pretty much any running back to be a star in it. With the running game established Shanahan then runs his passing game off of it by running a lot of bootleg and play action passes.

In the end, it is not about what a quarterback can and cannot do, but about what he can do.

 

Stafford still has a lot to improve

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Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is making headlines some headlines as of late for being able to throw the football 50 yards down the field after having surgery on his throwing shoulder.

The thing is Stafford still has a lot to prove.

According to the Detroit Free Press, via Pro Football Talk, Stafford threw the pass at the University of Georgia’s charity quarterback challenge that was held during halftime of the school’s spring football game. It may be food for Lions fans to see their starting quarterback throwing the football, but the fact of the matter is it changes nothing.

In each of the last two yeas Stafford has suffered a major shoulder injury. That means the next injury to his throwing shoulder may completely alter his arm and his career in the  National Football League. NFL teams know this as well, so if Stafford were to get injured again it would be highly unlikely he would ever get to be starting quarterback again.

In the end, it is do or die for Stafford’s career.

Miller shouldn’t be untouchable

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It has been debated right up until the start of the National Hockey League Playoffs whether Buffalo Sabres goalie should be pulled if he is having a bad game.

Well he shouldn’t be as it isn’t about goalies anymore.

Game two against the Philadelphia Flyers showed that it isn’t just about the goalie, but the team’s performance as a whole. In game one the team was solid and the Sabres earned a shutout win. However, in game two they took a bunch of boneheaded penalties and it cost the the game.

The thing it shouldn’t have come to that as at some point Miller should have been pulled to send a message. The Sabres can afford to with a solid backup goaltender in Jonas Enroth.

However, Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff stuck with Miller and ultimately lost the game.

In the end, if Ruff ever wants to win a Stanley Cup as a head coach he needs to keep all his options open.

Will Mallet heed some good advice

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Pro Football Talk today pointed out that Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallet got some great advice from golfer John Daly, who is an Arkansas alum like like ESPN’s Jon Gruden, who sat in on Gruden’s QB Camp.

The question is will Mallet heed Daly’s advice.

Gruden asked Daly if he has any advice for Mallet on managing his life and said this.

“The first thing I wish I would have done was that instead of worrying about how to handle everyone else, how do I handle me? I did a horrible job.  I wasn’t ready for it,” Daly said.  “I think the most important thing for Ryan is how he handles himself.  Whether it’s an interview or whatever, listen to the question before you answer it.”

“Some of the things you are going to do off the field, think about the responsibilities.  Because I’ve learned the hard way,” Daly said. “It’s not about your talent anymore. It’s about what you do with it.”

Simply, nobody can say it better than that, because that is the situation with rookies entering the National Football League for the first time. The NFL Draft isn’t about how good a player will be in the NFL it is about how talented they are and how their talents will translate to the NFL.

However, there is one factor that no scout can really measure and that is a player’s desire to succeed.  That is the reason why players that go undrafted succeed in the NFL.

In the end, Mallet has all the talent in the world physically, but what will make him or break him is what will go on in between his ears.

Some good news for once

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It is very rare to hear a positive story about a National Football League player doing something good with the money that he has earned playing in the NFL.

Well today is that rare day as coming out of Alabama is some good news about a NFL player.

According to Pro Football Talk, the University of Alabama has announced that former Crimson Tide and current Houston Texans linebacker Demarco Ryans has donated $300 thousand to the school to endow a scholarship for a football student athlete that is attending the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration.

It is nice to see a player giving back to the school that gave him a chance to make the NFL. You see athletes make donations all the time to children’s hospitals and other sorts of charities, but not to schools. Now, don’t get me wrong I am not saying that they aren’t deserving of the money. What I am saying is that there are other charities and families that sometimes get left out in the cold.

For example, a lot of times when there are budget problems with the government schools raise tuition and that makes it harder for students from lower income families to attend school. If they do when they are done they leave school with a mountain of student loans to help pay for books and other expenses.

In the end, if turds like Aqib Talib learn to act like Ryans their career wouldn’t be so darn short.

Breer is walking a fine line

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NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported, via Pro Football Talk,  that the mediation sessions between National Football League owners and players consisted of tough fence mending talks.

The fact is Breer is walking a fine line with this one.

Minnesota Federal Judge Susan Nelson ordered the mediation sessions and also ordered that both sides not talk about it at all. The fact is this isn’t the last set of talks where there were no real consequences. This is court and when a judge says something you do it.

That means not only is there consequences for the person and party who is blabbing there are also serious consequences for the reporter who is reporting it. That is in the form of jail time for refusal to give up a source. Many do as giving up a source would make you look untrustworthy and that usually leads to sources not likely wanting to talk to you.

In the end, unless Breer got assurances that he can give up who is source is to the court Breer should have kept his mouth shut and just sit on the story.