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The link on Linked In reminds me that I haven’t said anything here in a week. Heaven forbid I slack. It’s been an interesting, and exhausting time since.

Hillary Clinton came to UB this week and I kind of wanted to go to hear what she had to say. I’m an admirer of what she’s been accomplished and if she runs in 2016 I’d most likely vote her way, most likely. Predictably, some galoot yelled “Benghazi!” during the program. While it is important to understand what all was done wrong (and there seems to be enough fault for everybody), I can’t help but wonder where that jamoke’s righteous indignation was during Beirut in 83, Nairobi later on, and so on.

I don’t care about the Ipad air (sorry)

After working out in the elements, I watch game 3 of the World Series only to see it end on an umpire’s call of “obstruction.” I’m sure that has the folks in Red Sox nation in a bit of a tizzy this morning. One of the delights in not having a particular “horse” in this fight, was that I could enjoy my Guinness while watching a friend’s angst over such things.

Said friend reminded me of the Sabres’ score (another loss), to drink my beer, and shush my face.

Watching the Bills, as some effort is there.

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It’s pretty easy to pick on the Sabres at the moment as they aren’t giving us much to love other than stellar play by the goaltenders, but when a Sabres/Bruins game doesn’t sell out as happened this week, you got to know there is a problem there. When the game itself has all the excitement of one too many stays at the Bubble Hockey table, it really doesn’t matter what the variety of offerings are in the concession stand.

If management is surprised, fix it. And while you are at it, note that Toronto is leading the division and with 69 games left, I don’t think we can catch them.

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I’m pretty sure…


…That a Tigers-Brewers World Series would have been fun for everybody but network execs at Fox. Nothing against this year’s finalists, but Tony LaRussa reminds me of a certain football coach in the New England area.

…That the Bills need to tighten the old defensive belt even faster than other concerns. For five out of their six games so far, the opposing offenses are practically running downhill. Otherwise, we are just having an exciting time, but ultimately reality might set in with a resounding thud.

…I would have liked to have been in the First Niagara Center for the Sabres’ actual home opener. That building often seemed a little soul-less, when things aren’t going well. But with anticipation high, the joint has a palpable soul. Despite the loss (the only one so far), it must have been buzzin in Pegulaville.

…that being a Mets fan might have done damage to my baseball acumen. My fantasy team had a firesale after the All-Star break, but it was fun to watch the Red Sox finish coming unspooled right around the time the Bills were doing you know what to the Patriots.

…that I don’t miss the NBA.

…worrying about one call during the Giants game is folly for Bills fans when there were other chances to make that argument moot.

…that I can’t watch Patriots vs. Cowboys match ups as they can’t both lose. Damn.

…I like Ryan Fitzpatrick gambling periodically though. Stuff will happen, but even Jim Kelly had some three interception days. The trick is bouncing back.

The Yankees win!!


It’s funny what brings people together. I’ve been enjoying the playoffs once again and I am convinced of one truth. If the Yankees win, it would be the best thing to happen in baseball since the Red Sox in 2004. No sport I know holds its history like baseball and the iconic teams have always been that way. There are certain teams that just galvanize fans on both sides. My dad and I sat through some pretty awful Blue Jays games because it was the Yankees doing the pummeling. They’ve been off the big stage that a return is a good thing. It would cleanse the palate of all the steroid stuff.

I got a kick watching last night’s game. In the late innings, C.C. Sabbathia was cruising along so well, the camera panned the Angels bench and all the players had the look of “Dude, it ain’t happening tonight.” I like the way Sabbathia has adjusted to the rigors of pitching in New York. Hell, I like him because we have similar physiques.

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Want to reignite a little interest in the national pastime? Watch merchandise sales and tv ratings with the Yankees in the big show. Jerry Seinfeld was right when he said we are all rooting for laundry, but the pinstripes are a better look, brings people together. My older sister bought me a Yankees fleece some years ago. Threw it on for the first time today without really thinking (I think it was both clean and on top). The cashier at Wegman’s asked me “if I caught the game last night?” It took me a minute to register what we were talking about. 2 more conversations in the parking lot on similar topics.

The Yankees need to take the whole thing…It would be good for baseball.