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  1. Kruppstahl

    Buffalo Bills 2018-2019

    His problem is that he still failed to complete half his passes. He did make several nice throws, but they are offset by real head scratchers, including the last pick of the day that sealed the loss. His running will be taken away eventually and then he will have to throw, but he can't do that consistently enough to stay in the league. IMO.
  2. Kruppstahl

    Buffalo Bills 2018-2019

    Yes, nearly the entirety of Two Bills Drive is in love with him. The narrative today was that Crossman cost the game; Allen's 3 turnovers seem to have been conveniently overlooked as that conflicts with the other standing narrative that Allen is clearly our new franchise QB.
  3. This was the worst the team has played in probably 15+ games. The losing has to stop! Win a freaking game!
  4. Matt Larkin from The Hockey News just finished a segment with Schopp & Bulldog on WGR 550. If you weren't already excited about the Sabres this season, you will be after listening to the segment. Opening segment of Hour 2 of the show, 12/6/2018. https://wgr550.radio.com/media/audio-channel/12-06-matt-larkin-hockey-news-schopp-and-bulldog
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    Are Your Expectations for this Season Changing?

    If one digs into the math/stats/data on this, you'll see that it is highly likely we will make the playoffs this year. Or to put it another way, it would be somewhat surprising for us not to. It's gonna happen!
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    Post job interview etiquette

    Did you send in hand written thank you notes to everyone you met with on your in-person interview? I would have done that, but beyond that, there isn't much you can do. Some organizations are notoriously slow, lazy, sloppy, disorganized when it comes to hiring. Good luck.
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    GDT - Maple Leaves @ Sabres - December 4, 2018 - 7:30 PM (EST)

    The loss with a couple seconds in OT was like getting punched in the gut and kicked in the nutsack simultaneously. Very entertaining game overall. We've been playing a lot of top teams lately. We need a nice chunk of easy schedule and some more wins.
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    GDT - Maple Leaves @ Sabres - December 4, 2018 - 7:30 PM (EST)

    I was very happy to just find out the game is on NBC Sports Network. HD for me tonight! I can't take much more of the low def Center Ice stuff. The picture blurred every time the camera moved in the Nashville game! Was making me seasick.
  9. Kruppstahl

    The Athletic Look into The Future NHL

    PS: Since Dahlin was mentioned heavily in this piece... He is still making giant mistakes from time to time, sometimes has a rough night in general, and yet clearly shows all the signs of greatness and does many really nice things now. The kid is a baby, aged 18, and won't be 19 until the spring! My God! What will he look like when he's a ripe old 22? He is going to turn into one of the best D-men in the league and will be a minute devouring guy who is on the ice half the game and in all the important, tough situations, controlling games. I believe he will be more important to the future success of the Sabres than Jack Eichel. His development might be the most important single player development on the team.
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    The Athletic Look into The Future NHL

    Terry Pegula strikes me as the lowest information sports fan you've ever known. I don't question his love of the franchise or desire to win. I question how savvy a sports fan he is, and if he truly understands what he needs to succeed in either football or hockey. He is the sort of guy whose success will always be limited by his best advisor telling him what to do. Where he excels is in a willingness to act quickly, spend money, and initiate change when it is deemed necessary to improve the on-field or on-ice product. Many if not most major league sports owners in N. America are not interested--at all--in making their franchise as good as it can be on the field or ice, but Terry I believe is. So that puts him ahead of many owners from that perspective.
  11. Kruppstahl

    Buffalo Bills 2018-2019

    He does have a some Flutie in him; also some Brett Favre. The thing is this: running around ad libbing on broken plays and leaning on athletic talent only takes you so far in the NFL as a QB. At some point, you have to calm down, read defenses at the line pre-snap, learn to go through progressions, and accurately deliver the ball even when receivers are "covered" by college standards. You need to throw them open, you need to anticipate where a receiver will be and throw the ball before he is there and see that picture in your mind pre-throw. The QBs who can do that are the best in the league during any era, and the ones you want to have. That entire approach to the game is absent from Allen's game, and always has been. Is he going to find that against NFL defensive talent in the next year or so? I would suggest "no" but time will tell!
  12. Kruppstahl

    Buffalo Bills 2018-2019

    Totally agree with all of the bolded; these are the intangibles I referenced in my first post a few pages back. Either a player has these or he doesn't, and I think Josh does. That's a good sign. Ultimately however, that will not be enough to make him a good QB. He needs to do NFL QB things on every play. Right now, most of the time, he is performing like a highly talented college QB with accuracy issues.
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    Buffalo Bills 2018-2019

    What is concerning is that what we saw yesterday--the highs and the lows--is who he has been for his entire football career, and why he was a controversial project type of draft pick. He is a player of extremes. He will leave a TD on the field b/c he can't execute a really simple pass to a wide open receiver while under no duress, but then he'll manufacture something special on a busted play. As someone said, he will need to iron out the rough spots in his game if he is going to stick in the league. How long will he get? That is the question! EJ Manuel got a whopping 14 games and then his career was over in Buffalo. Josh will get the rest of this year, and he'll be the starter for Game 1 next year. At some point next year, he will need to put it together. He probably won't get beyond next year to do that, and the hook may come before the season ends. It all depends on how he performs.
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    Buffalo Bills 2018-2019

    They are tall as a house, and much thicker since the Buffalo Bills website forum closed. That instigated a great migration of ignorant Bills fans over to TBD, weakening the gene pool even further than it already was. My complaint with the place is that for the most part, it is not a forum for intelligently discussing Bills issues in an objective manner. Rather, it functions as a "booster club" for fans who seek approval from like minded posters all engaging in the same group think all the time. Yesterday, one poster straight up accused someone of "not being a fan of the team" b/c that person dared to suggest Josh Allen might not be the Chosen One after all. On top of this, at least half of the posters there operate on about a 5th grade grammatical/comprehension level and that makes spending time there tough.
  15. Kruppstahl

    Buffalo Bills 2018-2019

    That is a good way to describe it: toxic. It really is, and the IQ of the forum in general is pretty darned low. I always feel like I need a shower after spending some time there.