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September 2010

September 2010

Region: Buffalo

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From the Publisher: The kids are back at school. The weather has turned cooler. Days grow dusky at dinnertime. And the Buffalo Bills are back in action. It didn’t take long at all for visitors at training camp to see the change in the 2010 Buffalo Bills. The pads were on from the start and the players displayed the feistiness instilled by their coach. Chan Gailey has brought back the oldest of old-school toughness and spent the late summer reworking the team in his image. Back in the spring, we took a look at some of the players that the NFL Draft machine missed. They were either taken late or not at all but managed to become a factor in the league. This year, a fresh new batch of undrafted rookie free agents made the Buffalo Bills. We take a look at them and the odds they overcame in this issue. As football begins, baseball, at least the minor league version, winds down. While the Bisons’ and Redwings’ seasons in the International League may be done, several young Western New Yorkers are settling into their new roles throughout the majors and minors. After receiving feedback from Sports & Leisure readers, Bob Plezia is back with updated on Western New Yorkers in pro baseball. Summer has also been a time for celebrating Buffalo’s rich athletic history. Ruben Brown joined Booker Edgerson, Frank Reich, Thurman Thomas, Don Beebe and other Bills alumni as the latest recipient of the Ralph C. Wilson Distinguished Service Award and Bob Caico takes us back to a different era with an article on the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame. The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame also welcomed its newest class, including familiar names such as Coach Charlie Dingboom, Steve Tasker and the Kilgour brothers, Darris and Rich. At the top of GBSHOF class, however, is Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, a clear portent that hockey season is right around the corner. And what would hockey in Buffalo be without the everopinionated Mike Robitaille commenting between periods? Sports & Leisure was able to catch up with Mike and speak to him about his accident, the progress of his recovery and the outlook for the Sabres next season. Mike also expressed his humble gratitude for all of the fans that helped him to get through his ordeal; he can’t wait to come back, better than ever.
A special GET WELL SOON goes out to our wrestling/MMA writer, Ivan the Impaler!
 What's Inside:
For Mike Robitaille, the road to recovery leads him back to HSBC Arena
Undrafted Bills make the most of their opportunity
AFC East preview: Jets ready to take over, per their head coach
Former Bills guard Ruben Brown receives distinguished service award
2010-11 Atlantic Hockey season preview
My adventure: Climbing Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro
Williamsville golfer sets sights on defending men’s state title
Fall is a “Special” Time for WNY Golf
Bills’ Roosevelt looking to be the ultimate hometown story
Cross country one step at a time
Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame


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