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November 2010

November 2010

Region: Buffalo

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From the Publishier - NFL players get to live most fans’ dream. They get fame and a lot of money for playing football. But anyone who thinks that they are just out there to get a paycheck should take a look at the 2010 Bills.
Halfway through the season, the team was still looking for their first win. The Bills have been blown out early and blown leads late. They’ve lost when game-winning field goals got erased by a late time out, and when their kicker missed the first extra point in his career. The team hasn’t stopped giving an effort, though. On the field, the players are busting it to turn things around, and off the field, the front office isn’t throwing in the towel either. The Bills brought in All Pro linebacker Shawne Merriman for the rest of the season, and two days later, Steve Johnson caught 11 balls in a heart-breaking loss to the Chicago Bears—their third straight loss by a field goal. Afterward, in the middle of a heart-broken locker room. He told the media, “I’d lose a million games with these guys. We’re going to be something to work with in the future.”
Compare Johnson’s reaction to the team a thousand or so miles south of us, where former Bills coach Wade Phillips got run out of Dallas after his team gave up on him and mailed in back-to-back games. Fans can’t ask for a better attitude from their guys. The Bills care, they hurt, and they’re doing everything they can to give Western New York a team they can be proud of. That in and of itself is something we can all be proud of. We take a closer look at Steve Johnson this month and give you the details on the Merriman signing. We also check in with another guy Buffalo can be proud of. We’ve told you about Fred Jackson’s incredible journey to the league before, but it’s a story worth re-telling, especially now that he’s once again beaten the odds to win the starting job.
Off the field and in the cage, the sport of Mixed Martial Arts is growing faster and faster. Networks like ESPN, CBS, and Showtime have taken notice. Soon, New York will too, as they’re one of the last states to ban the sport. Ontario saw the light, and will be holding their first event early next year. In the meantime, Sports & Leisure took in some pro and amateur MMA action at Seneca Niagara, which hosted Raging Wolf X. We give you a full report this issue, and we’ll have more fighter features in coming months. In the post-lockout era, players like Max Afinogenov and Danny Briere helped to make the Sabres one of the most exciting and dangerous teams on the ice. After several rule changes, we look at the success of the Sabres in the post-lockout era and investigate how this year’s team measures up in what we’ve termed as the Modern NHL. Happy Thanksgiving!
Some of What's Inside
Breakout seasons by Bills receivers makes up for Madden-ing lack of respect
Fred Jackson is sole survivor at Bills running back, again
100,000 hockey fans can’t be wrong: World Junior Hockey Championship coming to Buffalo
100,000 hockey fans can’t be wrong: World Junior Hockey Championship coming to Buffalo
All Pro Shawne Merriman joins Bills defensive front
Being a sports Fantasy Football Sponsored by: fan in Buffalo just isn’t easy
Midseason review
Make Room for Palmeiro, Alomar in 2011 Baseball Hall of Fame
Richmond rises to the occasion
Scottsdale, Arizona: A little bit of golfing heaven
Tonawanda teacher proves he’s on the way to a golf career
Bowling them over
Come to Cattaraugus
Play and learn in Chautauqua County, New York’s snowbelt region
November marks open water finale
Local boxing happenings
Saturday night cage fights
Upcoming Pro Wrestling Events
Tigers staying the course despite slow start
Best friends on and off the ice, will Canisius Ice Griffs get to the NHL?
Jay McKee: Bringing it all back home
Bulls see confidence, not cockiness in freshman quarterback Zordich
Super 16 scholastic cagers to watch
Giving Back to Western New York: Batavia Downs Casino and Western Regional OTB


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