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1  UB Sports / Football Recruiting / Re: 2015 Commit - Duke Hwang on: June 26, 2014, 10:36:59 PM
He was a BULL for North on their way through Sweet Home and to the title game. A few days ago when I checked out his twitter page his pic was of him standing next to an evil orange 'S'. So I didn't have any expectation that he'd make a quick choice. Very glad he made the RIGHT choice and changed that pic quickly.
2  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: 2014-15 early preview on: June 04, 2014, 09:44:37 PM
Don't know what they mean regarding Hanner since he had no 'last season'. No mention of Wigginton at all? I expect him to pick up a big part of Freelove's lost scoring. And no points given toward the 'Impact Player' score for Bearden? ESPN had him ranked #28 PG.

Akron with Dambrot 6th in the East, with NIU 2nd in the West? Yeah ok...
3  UB Sports / Basketball Recruiting / Offer to interesting 'local' kid, Emmitt Holt on: May 21, 2014, 01:13:09 AM
This kid from Webster Schroeder HS has been a rising name since last season when he averaged 19.8/14.6/5 blks and earned All-State 2nd Team. Very much in the McCrea mold, mature build with long arms but 6'6"-6'7" is keeping the major programs like SU from offering. Canisius offered, and he's said Kent St and NJIT have as well. I've read on forums that he moved from Newark, NY and knows McCrea's family, so that's a plus. He's with the City Rocks now and is listed as a 2015 since he will likely go prep to gain more looks.
4  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Football / Re: Could Mack Go #1? on: May 13, 2014, 12:44:51 PM
You know what I mean.

Within much of this thread, I don't, actually.
5  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Football / Re: Could Mack Go #1? on: May 13, 2014, 12:13:51 PM
Spare me combine stuff, we all know that on the field production is all that matters.

Michael Sam: "Man oh man, wish you could've been the GM making the picks"

Shayne Skov: "WTF?!!? PAC 12 1st team, multiple all-American lists, and I end up a UDFA!?!?"
6  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Football / Re: Camp dates and fan sites for the UB Players in the Pros on: May 11, 2014, 04:49:12 PM
Carlson to the Bears, Najja to the Steelers.
7  General News and Announcements / General Discussion / Re: HOT!!! Facilties Master Plan Released on: May 02, 2014, 03:10:06 PM
A news story from Business First on the status of the projects and fundraising:
8  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Football / Re: Ranking the MAC Coaches on: May 01, 2014, 12:06:43 PM
Hahaha! Martin and Whipple ahead of Campbell and Carey before they have even coached an FBS game? I didn't realize D2 and JVS records could be counted in an overall coaching ranking. In that case, Hofher with his high-major assistant history and a 45-35 record with six .500+ seasons at Cornell, could have been ranked top 6 in a similar list if by some time-warp he stepped into the UB job today.
9  General News and Announcements / General Discussion / Re: Return of the Buffalo Braves? on: May 01, 2014, 02:33:37 AM
Rich mentioned in recent years he was very close to purchasing the SF Giants. He lobbied for the expansion slot but was looking for a smaller expansion fee than what Colorado and Florida paid out. He talked and wrote often to sway more revenue sharing and that was a big regret for him, in hindsight. He conceded that, without changes to revenue sharing, any MLB team he might have brought here would not be in good shape.

NBA here? Meh. NHL ratings obviously rule, with a few marque NBA games with Heat and Thunder doing ok to very well. Otherwise the majority of NBA ratings are blah. In good times the FNC would be packed since everyone loves going there but, just like the Bills/NFL, the NBA is a more 'corporate' league. Fans and ratings only go so far if your city isn't full of excess white-color jobs and Fortune 500 coffers. That point is hammered home by outsiders each time they describe the Bills' relocation options. As it is the Bills have had to expand their market reach because they have sucked about all the revenue they can here.

The Bandits are a small-time throw-in each time the Sabres have been sold, drawing crowds (with 40+ % being Canadians from just over the border) but never competing with the Sabres for revenues with the shared ownership. NBA here would be like squeezing blood from a stone for the needed winter revenues. And, if the Bills can rarely draw many high-level FA's here, the NBA here would prove equally tough. Vancouver was never very good since players didn't want to play there, and today Milwaukee, Minnesota, and Detroit have all struggled to improve their rosters, other than the draft.
10  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Football / Re: Khalil Mack Memorable Moments and what you can expect on: May 01, 2014, 01:50:38 AM
That play sums up all the superlatives which make Mack's pass rush special: strength, speed, deceptiveness, leverage, balance. He's like a 5-tool baseball player when it comes to his pass-rushing. I've rarely heard a draft analyst rave about a devastating defensive player in terms like 'superior balance' that make him sound like a star RB, or 'masterful understanding of leverage' that make him sound like an Olympic wrestler.
11  UB Sports / Football Recruiting / 2015 commit, Brandon Smiley on: May 01, 2014, 01:35:01 AM
6' 2" WR/DB playing at Sweet Home. Yet another big, quick athlete from the Panthers. 1st team Class A All-state DB as a JR. Big play DB but looks like we have recruited him as WR right now. He's not quite as fast or as smooth as Jordan Johnson, and runs a bit too upright right now...but then again, it works for Starks, so what do I know.
12  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Football / Re: Bull Run 2014 Spring Game Thread on: April 19, 2014, 11:44:12 PM
I missed another spring game due to travel for the holiday but could at least sneak away to watch it online. Checking out the spring game write-ups and highlights of UB vs UMass, the differences between the squads remains clear: mistakes. Checking out UMass's sieve OLine and QB play was painful. For us, as much as having back-up QB's and a steady wind slowed our offenses at times, there were very few mistakes or huge breakdowns. I thought the Spectrum graded the units fairly. I felt better after watching this game of attrition than past spring games early on with Quinn when there were some big offensive and defensive numbers that may have given false hope, but lots of youth, poor depth, and a slew of errors.
13  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Football / Re: Chad Kelly out at Clemson on: April 16, 2014, 10:07:18 PM
I really don't think UB was ever that high on his list when he was in high school.  I think that was just a courtesy to the local school.  IMO

He had us over some AQ programs based on Quinn, competing, and being close to family:
14  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Football / Re: Chad Kelly out at Clemson on: April 15, 2014, 03:32:00 PM
Chad Kelly certainly sounds like a spoiled brat and a full blown nut job, but I am not so quick to dump someone overboard. He's had a privileged background of any superior athlete in this culture and needs a whole lot of growing up. But he wouldn't be the first to be in that position. I remember Randy Moss with his problems at Notre Dame and then Florida (or Florida State?) before ending up in his home state Marshall University. He did OK with Marshall and had a nice (if bumpy) professional career.

I'd expect Kelly to get offers from much bigger football programs but if he somehow he ended up at UB, I'd like to think of all of the potential advantages. The bigger the risk the greater the opportunity for gain.

That's my sense as well. He could end up anywhere though he did have UB high on his list, and when he was at St Joe's I think being around more family members locally kept him straight. If it were a player in most any other position, you may not take a shot. But securing wins in the MAC is much easier when you have a top 5 QB. With Kelly you are getting the height and the skill set on the level of a LeFevour or Harnish. I'm also a little worried concerning Collin Michael's lack of quickness developing into the offense. He has strong tools and should get there, but I expected a bigger push from him for the #2 spot this spring.
15  UB Sports / Other Sports / Re: ECC Hockey will play at Harborcenter on: April 09, 2014, 02:45:57 PM
Though it is now official ECC at HC has been in the works since last year, so no surprise. Canisius and ECC at HC is a matter of convenience for both, and though a quality facility, 1800 is still no larger than Buff St or Northtowns. The proposed 5th rink at Northtowns would have expectations of being better than the current feature rink of 1800, "NCAA quality" as Barry Weinstien describes, with a larger capacity more befitting any UB varsity program.
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