Thanks for Nothing

December 25, 2021 Depending on what survey you use, the Buffalo Bills average ticket price still ranks in the bottom five of the NFL.  Club level season seats go for around 25 hundred dollars each.  People I know who have them... love them.  And the numerous perks associated with them. Season tickets for the New ...

The Staley Swindle

December 18, 2021 Does the National Football League sometimes seem chaotic to you?  You should have been around in the 20s.  The 1920s. The 1921 Buffalo All-Americans had their season sidetracked by scandal and lost a surefire championship through some combination of greed, bravado, desperation, politics and alleged outright trickery. (Photo courtesy of Pro Football ...

Better Late Than Never

December 11, 2021 My former father-in-law Walter Slovenski coached track and field at Bates College for 43 years.  They dedicated the track in his honor in 1999, when he was too ill to attend. “1982-1983 men's track team carries coach Walter Slovenski,” Bates College Muskie Archives Photo and Audio Collections, accessed January 1, 2022, https://archives.bates.edu/photos/items/show/657 Former Rochester ...

UB’s Six Degrees

December 4, 2021 There are fourteen Section Fivers on the roster of the University of Buffalo football team.  Including kicker Alex McNulty out of McQuaid.  Originally a walk on for the Bulls, McNulty won the starting job as a sophomore and led the team in scoring this year.  McNulty kicked a 55-yard field goal to ...

Games That Keep Us Connected

November 27, 2021 We've spoken many times about how sports... despite their many flaws... still serve the greater good.  My family is pretty far flung.  My kids live in Athens, GA - Detroit, MI and Missoula, Montana.  It makes it tough to grab a quick cup of coffee and talk about current events. Elbert Dubenion, ...

Jake and Doctor Rick

November 20, 2021 I've seen just one Aaron Rodgers commercial over the last two weeks.  And that was on a Green Bay game.  Rodgers is clearly being publicly flogged for his vaccine approach.  That's when I realized just how much attention we're giving these commercials.  How powerful they are.  And what a significant year 2020 ...

That Other Name on the Wall

November 13, 2021 This is National Veterans Awareness Week.  Veterans Day last Thursday commemorated the official end of World War I... on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.  The war to end all wars it was called.  How'd that work out?There are 31 names on the Buffalo Bills ...

The Rem Dog

November 6, 2021 Modern baseball analytics would probably deny Jerry Remy a career.  He hit only 7 home runs in ten years, none over his final six seasons.  But in the 70s, there was room for a 5 foot 9, 165-pound second baseman who could field and run, and who got every ounce of ability ...

Why Sports Endure

October 30, 2021 So, I was in Atlanta last week to visit a friend and watch a little baseball. Phil is a lifelong Braves fan and a good bit younger than me.  1999, to him, is a long time ago.  That's when the Braves last played in a World Series. Now Atlanta isn't Boston, Philadelphia ...

The Last World Series

In 1968 the American and National Leagues had ten teams each.  They played 162 games and the teams in first place went to the World Series.  Simple as that.  It had been that way since 1903.  1968 was the last year before expansion brought expanded playoffs.  The Detroit Tigers and the defending champion St. Louis ...

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