The Bills were big news this week. Between the preseason and the pending sale of the team, coverage of the team dominated the most popular stories on BuffaloNews.com.
In the $9 billion business known as the modern National Football League, which shares 80 percent of its revenue among its 32 teams, Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park is a loser.
Even after $130 million in renovations this year, the Ralph is not – and probably never can be – the moneymaking machine that the NFL now favors.
The nightmarish tragedy that unfolded last week when a Manhattan violinist was slain during a brutal robbery in her Chautauqua County summer home began several miles away in a clearing near an old railroad trestle.
It was there, federal investigators said, that two blundering men who had met in a homeless shelter in Erie, Pa., caught a few hours of sleep early Wednesday morning, before one of them cooked up a plot to get money so he could buy drugs and “live like a rock star.”
The Buffalo Bills’ starting offense put on a horror show Saturday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside the newly renovated Ralph Wilson Stadium.
On eight possessions in the first half, the Bills turned the ball over three times, punted four others and saw time mercifully expire in the first half as a sold-out crowd showered them with boos heading to the locker room trailing, 24-0. The Buccaneers went on to a 27-14 win in front of 66,764 frustrated members of Bills Nation.
Jerry Sullivan writes: “I’d like to believe the Bills are ready to make that leap [to the playoffs]. But after 14 years, I’ve learned to be skeptical. There are too many questions about quarterback EJ Manuel, and his backups, to buy in at this point.”
Renovations made to Arrowhead Stadium feature all sorts of amenities that fans want, designed for maximum comfort. It’s the type of stadium that teams need in order to compete in the modern NFL, and it’s a facility that can be used year-round.
When Lackawanna attorney Frank L. Bybel appeared in Lackawanna City Court two years ago representing a client facing a drunken-driving charge, he concealed the client’s earlier conviction of driving while intoxicated, according to an appellate court that has suspended the lawyer for nine months.
The Molly’s Pub manager accused of pushing a bar patron down a flight of stairs May 11 was arraigned today on new charges of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter.
Jeffrey Basil, 36, of Amherst, was ordered held without bail, more than three weeks after William Sager Jr., who suffered a devastating brain injury during the incident, died.
It appears the next Buffalo Bills backup quarterback candidate will be long on clipboard-holding experience.
The Bills are planning on signing journeyman backup Jordan Palmer, ESPN reported Monday night. Palmer entered the NFL in 2007 but only has thrown 10 passes in regular-season action over seven seasons.
Consultants have narrowed the list of recommended sites for a new Buffalo Bills stadium to four best sites, and it appears all the finalists are within Erie County.
The consultants’ report for the Cuomo administration is still being finalized, and it also will lay out the possibility for renovation of Ralph Wilson Stadium along the lines of the re-construction at Lambeau Field in Green Bay and Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, according to a source with direct knowledge of the report.
After being hit by a sport utility vehicle in December, Schwabl’s reopened Sunday in West Seneca.
The family restaurant, best known for its beef on weck, has operated at 789 Center Road since the 1940s.
To review, Goodwin didn’t appreciate the Kids Day crowd booing the Bills off the field at halftime Saturday against Tampa Bay. The jeering, warranted after another putrid display by the starting offense, wasn’t about one preseason game or even one season. It was about years of futility with another approaching.
Along comes this gem from Goodwin, a second-year wide receiver who has accomplished almost nothing, via Twitter: “Looks like we have to play against our own “fans” this year. Same ones booing prolly the first in line for autographs. Smh #FEWDM” – @flashgoodwin
When have the Bills been great at backup QB? Not that often, with a few notable exceptions.
Here are the five best Bills backup QBs. (And we’re not counting Doug Flutie, because he truly was a starter, even though he backed up early in 1998 and most of 2000.)
Nine Buffalo public schools will see new principals, but only four of those schools currently have new, permanent principals assigned to them.
The School Zone blog offered a list of all the leadership changes, including acting principals serving in a temporary role.
A harsh winter extended the deadline twice, but nearly round-the-clock work has the hockey and hospitality showcase downtown on track for a debut by Halloween.
Jerry Sullivan writes: “Who says the NFL preseason is a waste of time? Tonight at refurbished Ralph Wilson Stadium, long-suffering Bills fans will have a chance to witness what is becoming a can’t-miss summer spectacle for football lovers.
“Yes, for the second year in a row, the Bills will audition a backup quarterback in the final exhibition contest here against the Detroit Lions.”
Hamburg Central School District Superintendent Richard E. Jetter spoke just five words at his arraignment late Wednesday afternoon in Hamburg Village Court.
Village Justice Michael Biehler explained the arraignment process to Jetter, who pleaded not guilty to a charge of filing a false police report claiming that vandals had damaged his car. Then the justice asked Jetter if he had any questions. “I have none, your honor,” Jetter answered in a low, almost raspy, voice.
Doug Marrone made good on his promise to play his offensive starters Thursday night in the Buffalo Bills’ preseason finale. It was a calculated risk, however, that might end up costing the Bills.
Rookie receiver Sammy Watkins, the team’s first-round draft choice, suffered a rib injury during the Bills’ second offensive series against the Detroit Lions at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills ended the preseason with a thud, losing 23-0 before an announced crowd of 57,247.
Jerry Sullivan writes: “I don’t imagine most fans keep track of such esoteric details, but heading into the game at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Bills had lost the preseason wrapup to the Lions six years in a row.
“Even by preseason standards, it has been dubious entertainment, especially when they play it here. Consider this: In the five previous preseason home finales against the Lions, the Bills had not scored a single first-half touchdown.”
Did Buffalo steal “Shark Girl” from Cincinnati?
Officials behind the public art project at Canalside certainly are not saying so. But you might get that impression from some Cincinnatians, who are a bit sore that a city-funded public sculpture by one of their most beloved artists was unceremoniously transferred this month to Buffalo.