Sep 16

My Monday 5¢

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I went to a Bills game and this happened

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It has been way too long since our team has been good. The last time we made the playoffs was in 1999. It has been even longer since they have even won a playoff game. You know the story…everything that could possibly go wrong for an NFL team has gone wrong for the Bills since then.  We fans have seen it all.

Then I went to the Bills game yesterday and this happened.

John Murphy’s call of E.J. Manuel’s winning touchdown pass.

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And here is the entire winning drive.

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As the Bills offense took the field with a 1:38 left in the game, a lot people were already starting to hit the exits.  I was a little surprised by that.  Then again, maybe I shouldn’t have been.

Though I have no illusions about the Buffalo Bills being great this year, the eternal Bills optimist in me feels they are turning the corner.  I just want that feeling back I had in the late 80s and well into the 90s.  I want the Bills to make me want to shout again.  Yesterday they did.

Speaking of the game, this is gross

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Not everyone does this, but I was surprised again at how people leave their trash in the lots around Ralph Wilson Stadium after the game is over.  This isn’t something new. It has been going on for as long as I can remember.  It is gross.  It is wrong.

The (UB) New York Bulls

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If the University at Buffalo (UB) wants to re-brand their athletics program, they should consider getting rid of the whole New York Bulls initiative and start putting teams teams on the field or court in their big sports that actually win consistently.  No amount of branding or re-branding is going to change the perception of the program locally, regionally or nationally without that.

Changing the emphasis to New York instead of Buffalo is also a kind of a knock on the city where UB is are located.  If you want to re-brand athletics, the place you need to start is here with the people of Western New York, its students and alumni. Why not start putting more football and basketball games on TV, why not lower ticket prices for a few years for premium sports and why not intensify marketing/branding locally?

How is UB going to sell the Bulls to the rest of the world when they can’t even sell it here?

Rick Jeanneret

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It was nice to hear RJ on the radio last night as the Sabres kicked off the preseason with a win in Montreal.  I was going to post the highlights, but I couldn’t find them anywhere online today.

With the end in sight for him calling the games, I am going to try to savor every last drop of RJ I can over the next few years.  You just know he has a few gems left to call.

I have this theory that he is stretching out his time to retirement to hopefully give himself another shot at Stanley Cup run by the Sabres.

Since the Sabres or WGR didn’t post highlights, I will treat you to this.  It still send shivers up my blue & gold spine.

One last Bills and football comment

Just like the 24/7 news world we live now, we have a 24/7 world for sports news and info.  It is too much.  With everything available for the NFL or the Bills at our fingertips, all aspects of the game are analyzed, re-analyzed and over analyzed.  It is like a wall of white noise.  Don’t get me wrong…I love having access to sports news, info and data when I want it.  It just that I sometimes miss the days when I looked forward to get the stats in the paper on Wednesday or you had to wait for the sports radio shows to come on at night to hear more about the game or team during the week.  It made following the Bills an entirely different experience than what we have now.

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Sep 14

My Saturday 5¢

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That Canadian Problem with Toll Collectors

See that Canadian nickel up there…some wonderful New York State toll collector slipped it past me at the Williamsville Toll Barrier a couple of days ago.  I know this has happened to you as well.  The gal who dumped was sneaky about it.  She wrapped it up inside the bills I was given as change after the toll was paid.

This isn’t the first time it happened to me.  You really don’t have any recourse either unless you want to turnaround and head back on the thruway and argue over a nickel.  My guess is that she and other toll collectors who mistakenly take Canadian money will get in trouble for it.  It is easy to pawn it off on unsuspecting people like me.  Bastards.

Now what to do with the nickel?!?!

May Day, Brad May

After being stored on my phone for a few weeks, finally got to hear this today.

When you have a few minutes, listen to this 08/02/2013 interview with Brad May on WGR 550′s Hockey Hotline show.  Truly good stuff.

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The Hockey Hotline show is great.

And…how can not still love this.

46th Year on the Planet

It’s been a little over a week since I have hit the downside of 40.  Don’t know if it’s this way for others who are in their late 40s, but I do feel older and wiser.

You often hear about how people get set in their ways as they become chronologically challenged.  For me, this isn’t true.  I find that I’m more open than ever to changing how I do things and how I view the world.  I also find that I don’t sweat the small stuff as much anymore as well.

Buffalo Mayoral Race and the Inevitable

With the Democratic primary over and Byron Brown winning, it further perpetuates the idea that the mayor is invincible in his run to get reelected.  This has essentially been the theme perpetuated since the start of the campaign by the local media, political pundits, etc.  I hate it.  Instead of really focusing ideas and issues, the race has been about Brown’s “war chest” or the “political machine” behind him.  You feed people this type of information long enough and they start believe that the mayor’s reelection is inevitable.  What is weird about is that the local media has taken the mayor and his administration to task on a lot of different matters in his tenure.  Why aren’t these type of issues the focus during the election?  Why are the only people really bringing them up are his opponents?

Maybe we will start to see some critical analysis heading towards the general election in November.  Then again, maybe not.

Brown surely feels the sense of inevitability.  This is from a Buffalo News blog post week titled “Sergio wants to debate, Brown does not” from the day after the primary.

Mayor Byron Brown, who won last night’s Democratic primary with 68 percent of the vote, said last night that he “gave” Rodriguez three debates already, and he did not commit to any more. “We are focused on the work that needs to be done in this city now,” he said.

With the way the current mayoral reelection landscape is, why would he want to debate Sergio Rodriguez if he feels he has already won.

Fatberg

This is pretty gross.

From USA Today:

A 15-ton massive blob of food fat and baby wipes, dubbed Britain’s largest-ever “fatberg,” has been removed from a London sewer, local water authorities said Tuesday.

The utility company Thames Water spent three weeks working to remove the fatberg, which was about the size of a bus. The giant mass was discovered after nearby residents reported issues with flushing their toilets, Thames Water said in a statement.

“While we’ve removed greater volumes of fat from under central London in the past, we’ve never seen a single, congealed lump of lard this big clogging our sewers before,” Gordon Hailwood, Thames Water’s waste contracts supervisor, said in the statement.

Like I said, GROSS.

It makes me wonder what people pour down the drain locally.  Ewwww!  I don’t think people get that what ends up in the sewers ends up back in our waterways.

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Aug 04

Me Weekend 5¢

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State of News Media in Buffalo


When someone like Matthew Broderick hits the B-lo to do some acting for an upcoming movie, I understand that is big deal to us locals.  It is cool.  What I don’t understand is how our local media literally drops everything else in the quest to secure some photos, video footage or sound bites from him.

After I saw the video above, I couldn’t believe this was allowed to air.  To me, its one minute, thirteen seconds of what has become of local media.  The rush to get ahead of the other media outlets lets things like this happen.  Quality suffers, we suffer and our news isn’t really news anymore.

Fast Food Jobs

Who would have thought a decade or two ago that fast food workers would be walking off jobs nationwide for better wages?  I know I didn’t.  It is a sad portrayal of life in 21st century America .  This is how people are trying to support families and themselves.  Flipping burgers is no longer a joke.

Our Reaction to Positive Buffalo Stories in Major Newspapers

I wrote this on Twitter a few days ago after the New York Times did a piece on Buffalo.

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Being a proud Buffalo type weirdo, I like seeing and reading about the good happening here in big time news outlets.  But we seem to have this need here in the B-lo to take these type of stories and amplify them until it hurts to somehow justify to ourselves that Buffalo is coming back or on the rise.  It makes us look silly. Listen to me, we don’t need to do that.  We need to continue to go about our business here and keep working to help Buffalo.  The accolades from out of town will come and go.  When stories like the New York Times article happen, we need to switch from an attitude of “see, Buffalo really matters” to an attitude of “that’s nice, carry on.”

Woodlawn Beach

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If you have never been to Woodlawn Beach State Park, you need to go.  It is not too farm from anywhere around the B-lo, sports a huge beach, a nice boardwalk through a wooded area and beach grass to get to beach and from all appearances is well kept. I stopped there a few nights ago for the sunset and it was fantastic.

Training Camp

I love the Bills. I love that E.J. Manuel looks like the real deal at QB. I hate that football has become larger than life.  The coverage of training camp and the 24/7 endless football coverage turns me off.

The internet age has brought an overload of football and sports coverage.  After awhile, it all becomes white noise to me.  Funny thing is that by simply posting this, Tweeting or using other social media, I add to it.

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Jun 08

Great hearing Joe Ferguson on @wgr550's @JohnMurphyShow (Nice job Murph!)

Great hearing  Joe Ferguson on @wgr550's @JohnMurphyShow (Nice job Murph!)

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Jun 07

The Angel and the Soldier

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I have said that I would start posting more of my poetry here in the past.  Well, I don’t really ever do it.  But I guess by posting this I am actually posting more.

Enjoy or not.

 

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