Friday, March 9, 2012

Opining on Bills signings, the Manning brothers & Syracuse hoops

The re-signing of tight end Scott Chandler on the heels of the re-signing of wide receiver Stevie Johnson is a positive trend for the Bills. It’s an indication that general manager Buddy Nix is putting his money where his mouth is and really does believe in keeping the talent Buffalo drafts and develops instead of serving as a free agent feeder system for other NFL teams.


I know it would make the Bills road to the playoffs more difficult, but I would love to see a healthy Peyton Manning wind up with the Miami Dolphins. One of the great things about having an NFL team in western New York is the opportunity to see some of the greatest players in football history come to town. And if you truly aspire to be great then at some point you are going to need to defeat opponents who are great.


Speaking of quarterbacks named Manning, I’m thrilled that we were able to land two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning as the headliner for the Rochester Press-Radio Club’s Day of Champions Children’s Charities Dinner on Wednesday, May 23 at the Riverside Convention Center. This is a great get and I’m not surprised that the 30 meet and greet packages sold out immediately, given Eli’s achievements and the popularity of the Giants in this area.


Dion Waiters’ 18 points off the bench obviously were crucial to SU’s 58-55 win yesterday at the Big East Tournament, but I was equally impressed with the contributions of reserves James Southerland (10 points in the final eight minutes), Michael Carter-Williams (four assists in eight minutes) and Rakeem Christmas (five rebounds, two blocks and an assist in eight minutes). Give Jim Boeheim some credit for going with the hot hands and digging deeper into his bench. He’s going to need to continue to do that if the Orange are going to fulfill their potential in the NCAAs.

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