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Page 2 SPORTS & LEISURE MAGAZINE September 2010

Buffalo broadcasting legend to be

enshrined in Hall of Fame

Community Sports Report

The 2010 Buffalo

Broadcasters Association

(BBA) Hall of Fame Class

will feature a broad array of

inductees who made their

mark both in front of and

behind the scenes, on a

national and local level.

Heading the class of 2010

is WGRZ-TV sports director

and frequent Sports &

Leisure Magazine columnist

Ed Kilgore.

Easily recognized

around Western New York

as the sports director for

WGRZ-TV, Kilgore has

filled several roles throughout

his nearly 40 years as

an anchor, host and photographer.

Born and raised

in Oregon, Kilgore attended

high school in Macon, Mo.,

and went to the University

of Missouri on a partial

baseball scholarship. He

graduated with a journalism

degree in 1969 and was able

to combine his love for

sports and journalism by

becoming a sports anchor.

In 1970, Kilgore landed his

first job as an anchor/photographer

for WOAI-TV in

San Antonio, Texas, before

moving on to become the

weekend sports

anchor/photographer for

KTRK-TV in Houston from

1972-73. After Texas,

Kilgore took a job with

WGRZ-TV and the rest has

been history.

Kilgore has also hosted

several shows in his career,

including the Lou Saban

Buffalo’s own Ed Kilgore

highlights this year’s list of

inductees.

Show in 1973, the Chuck

Knox Show in 1979-80, and

the Jim Kelly Show from

1987-97. He also became

the intermission host for

Sabres television on WGRZ-

TV from 1978 to 1998,

which led him to win his

first NYS Emmy for the

Buffalo market in 1993 for

“Best Sports Reporting.”

In addition to his career,

Kilgore has been very

involved with the community,

serving spots on the

Sabres Hall of Fame

Selection Committee,

Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame

Advisory Committee and

Bills Wall of Fame committee.

Kilgore is also deeply

involved in the Kids

Escaping Drugs campaign

and just returned from

Africa, where he climbed

Mount Kilimanjaro as a

fundraiser for the organiza-

tion. Ed and his wife

Debra reside in Orchard

Park.

This year, Kilgore will

be joined by some notable

company: Inside Edition’s

national correspondent

Les Trent; William

Siemering, the first program

director for National

Public Radio (NPR);

Buffalo News reporter

Brian Meyer, who spent

his broadcasting career at

WBEN-AM; and Mary

Brady and Margaret Russ-

Guenther, behind the

scenes administrators at

WEBR-AM.

In addition to the

inductions, the BBA will

present the Tim Russert

Medal of Merit to a recently

graduated broadcast

journalism student from St.

Bonaventure. The Hall of

Fame Ceremonies will also

recognize WNED-FM’s

50th anniversary.

The Buffalo Broadcasters

Association Hall of Fame

Dinner will be Tuesday,

Sept. 21. Cocktails will be

served at 5:30 p.m. and the

program will begin at 7pm

p.m. in the studios of

WNED-TV. Talk show host

Sandy Beach of WBEN-AM

and former news anchor

Susan Banks of WKBW-TV

and WGRZ-TV will be the

emcees for the evening.

Tickets for $40 for members/$50

for non-members

and can be purchased in

advance by calling 716-

873-2233.

Chan Gailey: Old school is in session

By Shawn Krest

The Buffalo Bills will be

improved in 2010, simply

because Chan Gailey won’t give

them any other option.

The new Bills head coach is a

blast from the past. When the old

school opened its doors, Gailey

was there already, shaking his

head and tapping his watch.

When the throwbacks landed,

Gailey stood several yards farther

upfield, wondering why they

didn’t work on their arm strength

in their spare time.

Gailey is molding the Bills in

his own image. They will be

tougher, feistier, and crankier

than in recent years.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of

training camp is how quickly the

transformation took place.

Plenty of recent Bills regimes

have talked the talk. They

preached toughness, while the

number of full pads workouts in

the summer sun could be counted

on one hand.

Not so in Camp Gailey. The

Bills showed up for work in

Pittsford in full pads and never

took them off. Two-hour workouts

were no longer a punishment

but a half-hour early dismissal,

given as a reward.

When asked about breaking

out the pads at the start of camp,

Gailey seemed surprised that it

was an issue. “We’re in training

camp, aren’t we?” he asked.

“Training camp is a time to

work.”

“The one big (difference from

last year) was we haven’t been in

pads when Dick (Jauron) was

here the past couple years, and

now we’re padded up,” said Bills

quarterback Trent Edwards.

“We’re going full go, right away.

Photo by Mike Majewski

Head coach Chan Gailey

brings toughness and feistiness

to the Bills sideline.

That’s kind of the mentality.

We’re here hitting and banging

heads right away, and that’s kind

of the attitude we’re going to

take.”

Injured players weren’t

exempt from hard work. The

walking wounded spent their

day behind the end zone, doing

medicine ball workouts and agility

drills. After Fred Jackson and

Marshawn Lynch suffered

injuries in the first preseason

game, they showed up next practice

in flak jackets, ready to get

their work in.

Being a three-time Pro Bowler

didn’t get a player off the hook

either. When the defensive linemen

gathered around an assistant

coach for some on-field

instruction that first week,

Marcus Stroud took a knee.

All instruction stopped and

the coach turned to the 10-year

vet. “Get up,” he said simply.

By the end of week one, players

were ornery and Gailey

wouldn’t have had it any other

way. There were post-play skirmishes,

and no coaches seemed

in a hurry to break things up.

At the end of one running play,

Jackson broke through the line

and continued downfield, determined

to finish the play in the

end zone. Cornerback Drayton

Florence streaked across the field

after him, determined to stop

him before he got there.

Both players found a second

and third gear as Jackson made it

across the goal line a few steps

before Florence caught him. The

message was clear from both

players; nothing comes easy this

year.

Gailey was tough, but at the

close of preseason, he also

showed that he was fair. High

draft picks were cut in favor of

undrafted free agents. While new

coaches are often partial to the

guys they bring in with them,

Gailey cut three of his own draft

picks when they didn’t make the

grade.

“The one thing when you

come in without any preconceived

ideas,” Gailey said.

“Everybody gets to start on an

even keel. Those guys (that made

the team) played well when they

got their chances. So, they made

the most of it. We told them that

everybody had a shot, and they

took advantage of it.”

One of the undrafted players

to make the team was receiver

David Nelson. “You have to make

the most of what you have and

the most of your opportunities,”

Nelson said. “And whenever

some bad things would happen I

would just keep my head up,

push through it and keep persevering…

My work is never done.

Just because I made the team

doesn’t mean anything.”

Sounds a lot like a certain

coach.


September 2010 SPORTS & LEISURE MAGAZINE Page 3

For Mike Robitaille, the road to recovery

leads him back to HSBC Arena

By Joe Kirchmyer

Buffalo Sabres analyst

Mike Robitaille has something

that he wants to say to

the people of Western New

York and Southern Ontario

when he returns to his role in

the studio for the 2010-11

season. Here’s a preview:

“You know people care,

but I never knew they cared

so much,” a grateful

Robitaille said. “It was such a

help in my recovery. The

response was a lot more than

I deserve ... a lot more. The

whole thing has been very

humbling. I can’t thank them

(the fans) enough.”

Referring to the Feb. 3

automobile accident that

occurred while he was on his

way to HSBC Arena for a

game between the Sabres and

Senators, Robitaille is still

recovering from spinal surgery.

While the neurological

damage caused by the accident

has left him in severe

pain for several months,

Robitaille says he’s feeling

much better than where he

was just a short time ago.

“I’m back on my feet and

getting my strength back,”

Robitaille explained. “The big

thing is that all of the really

critical stuff has been taken

care of at this point. Now it’s

strictly healing and reaching

a point where I want to be.

With any neurological damage

you have to wait for the

nerve endings to grow back,

and the big question is how

much will they heal?”

The former player still

goes to therapy four times a

week to deal with the “residual

damage” — the sensitivi-

Photo courtesy Robitaille Real Estate

Despite a car crash in

February and subsequent

spinal surgery, Mike

Robitaille will be back in

the HSBC booth this

October; there’s nothing he’s

looking forward to more.

ty, neck pain, headaches, etc.

“But you just have to hang in

there and stay with it. It’s the

only thing you can do,” he

said. “I’m in a much better

place than I was six months

ago. A lot better place than I

was three months ago. A lot

better place than I was even

one month ago.”

And while he still has a

way to go in his recovery, he

can’t wait to get back into his

studio role. Missing the end

of last season and the team’s

return to the playoffs was

tough on the 62-year-old

Robitaille.

“It was the oddest thing.

I’d watch the games and I’d

keep seeing things I wanted

to talk about between periods.

Instead of elbowing

(studio host) Kevin Sylvester

and telling him to bring it up

between periods, I could

only elbow my wife! I really

missed the camaraderie and

the game day feel. When

something is taken out of

your life for a while, you really

appreciate what you have.”

Shortly after the accident

and the delicate surgery performed

by Dr. Kevin

Gibbons, Robitaille admits

that the thought of working

again was among the least of

his worries.

“I just wanted to live a

physically normal life again,”

he said. “You have to be very

patient with neurological

damage. A broken arm will

heal in three months. With a

neurological injury, the

boundaries of healing are

more open-ended.

Sometimes it’s quick and

sometimes it isn’t ... and

sometimes it’s never. But I’m

very blessed. I’m truly a lucky

person.”

Raging Wolf IX: Mayhem In the Mist

Community Sports Report

On Sat, Aug. 28, Raging

Wolf held another exciting

show. They had a very good

turnout despite a number

of other large events going

on that same evening.

In addition to loads of

MMA action, fans were

treated to a special appearance

from the legendary

Royce Gracie.

Raging Wolf X is in the

works for Nov 6, featuring

Nuri Shakir, Raging Wolf

Welterweight Champion.

Results as follows:

155: Jamestown MMA’s

Paul Waite (3-0) defeats

Curtis Tillman MMA’s Shane

Manley (0-1) via split decision.

In the end, the three

judges scored the fight 29-

28, 28-29, 30-27 in favor of

Waite.

155: North West

Community Center’s Jason

Bauman (2-0) defeats Toma

MMA’s Marc Carrow (2-3)

with a first round knockout.

185: Castricone

Kickboxing and MMA’s

Kevin Ayers (3-1) defeats

T.O. MMA’s Pat Gorman (2-

2) with a first round knockout.

Gorman and threw three

punches to knock out

Gorman and end the fight at

the 2:43 mark of the first

round.

Photo by Marian Giallombardo

Elaina Maxwell being

pinned against the cage by

Alexis Davis.

185: Toma MMA’s Joe

Duffy (1-1) defeats Victory

MMA’s

Eddie Wieser (2-1) via

unanimous decision.

Heavyweights: Buffalo

Training Center’s Drew

Grazidei (2-0-1) defeats

East West MMA’s Saldin

Cummorovic (0-1) with

unanimous decision.

Though Drew Grazideia

and Saldin Cummorovic did

not have much gas left in

the tank after three rounds,

both fighters proved they

can take punches. In the

end, Grazidei’s performance

won over the judges as they

scored the fight 29-28, 29-

28, 30-27 in favor of

Grazidei.

Undrafted Bills make the most

of their opportunity

By Shawn Krest

The NFL spread out the

draft during the offseason.

Instead of covering seven

rounds in a weekend, the

league now spreads the

picks out over three days.

In the next round of

labor negotiations, the

league intends to shorten

the preseason, replacing

two preseason games with

regular-season contests.

Both changes could have

a significant impact on the

guys at the end of a team’s

roster, and the unsung

members of the front

office.

Four members of the

2010 Buffalo Bills waited

out the 72 hours of the

NFL Draft without seeing

their name on the crawl at

the bottom of the screen.

They never got a chance to

see their highlights package

get broken down by Mel

Kiper or Rich Eisen, never

got dubbed a “reach” or a

“project.”

The four players –

receivers Donald Jones and

David Nelson, tackle Cordaro

Howard and linebacker

Antonio Coleman – went

undrafted, then signed with

the Bills as free agents. They

earned a spot on the team

during offseason workouts,

training camp, and the preseason.

They now represent

eight percent of the Buffalo

roster. Almost as many of

them made the team (four) as

Bills 2010 Draft Picks (five).

After waiting 33 percent

Photo by Mike Majewski

David Nelson didn’t get any

attention on Draft Day, but he’s

an NFL player now.

longer to go undrafted than

any other free agents in

league history, undrafted

players may soon have 50

percent less game time to

make a case for a roster spot.

“As a guy that’s never truly

gone into the season as a

starter it’s kind of where you

get a lot of your playing time,

reps, getting up to speed and

getting ready,” Bills backup

quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick

said of potential cuts to the

preseason. “Obviously, if you

ask the guys that are playing

every Sunday you really want

to shorten the preseason

down, but for me, I enjoy the

preseason just in the sense

that you get a lot of work.”

Fitzpatrick has made plenty

of rosters on the basis of

his performance in the preseason,

but he entered his

first training camp as a

draft pick. He was taken in

the seventh round in 2005

by St. Louis.

Being taken within sight

of Mr. Irrelevant makes a

player a roster long shot,

but it’s nothing compared

to the players who sign

after the draft boards are

back in storage. A successful

roster run by an

undrafted player requires

help from a team’s scouting

department and assistant

coaches.

“I think a lot of that

credit goes to the scouting

department, to pick those

guys that didn’t get drafted

that have an excellent opportunity

to make your football

team,” Bills coach Chan

Gailey said. “They did a nice

job of getting those guys in

here, and then I thought our

coaches got these young guys

ready. That was impressive

that they were teaching them

and working with them and

giving them the time. Not

just saying, ‘Hey, you’re an

undrafted rookie, go over

here.’ They worked with

them, gave them an opportunity

and those guys took

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155: Buffalo Training

Center’s Jason “Babu”

Trzewieczynski defeats

Jamestown MMA’s Jay

Wadsworth via arm bar

submission.

205: Fight Club Canada’s

Mahnseah Boley (1-1)

defeats East West MMA’s

Gibson Sa (1-2) via split

decision. In the end, the

judges scored the fight 29-

28, 28-29, 29-28 in favor of

Boley.

170: Fight Club Canada’s

Tylor Solomon (3-0) defeats

Dayboll Jiu Jitsu’s Sammy

Passcuzi (1-2) via arm bar

submission.

190: Curtis Tillman

MMA’s Daniel Dwyer (3-1)

defeats Victory MMA’s Eric

Herbert (2-1) via rear naked

choke in the second round.

And the main event, 135pounds,

Fairtex Ceaser

Gracie’s Elaina Maxwell (4-

3) defeats Dayboll Jiu Jitsu’s

Alexis Davis (8-4) via unanimous

decision.

After Elaina Maxwell

failed to make weight, her

match against Raging Wolf

Flyweight Champion Alexis

Davis became a three-round

exhibition fight instead of a

five-round title fight.

In the end, all three

judges scored the fight 29-

28 in favor of Maxwell.


Page 4 SPORTS & LEISURE MAGAZINE September 2010

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.

From the Publisher

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!

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The playoff push,

September call-ups and beyond

By Dave Ricci

As August was winding

down, the Buffalo Bisons were

in the heat of their most exciting

playoff race since 2005.

Winning five straight as

they came out of the mid-

July All-Star break, the

Bisons looked as if they were

making their move. Then,

just as quickly, fate turned on

them with eight losses over

their next nine games, seeming

to send message that

playoff hopes were just out

of reach yet again.

But a funny thing happened.

Just when fans were

probably ready to write the

Bisons off, their confidence

got stronger.

Posting an 18-7 record

July 30 through Aug. 25

helped the Bisons to get back

in the thick of a wild card

race with Louisville,

Syracuse, Indianapolis and

Columbus at press time. My

question now is, where is the

help from the Mets?

I know how baseball works

and I’ll be the first to remind

fans that the duty of a minor

league team is to groom players

to be Major League-ready.

Bisons manager Ken Oberkfell

and his staff have done a great

job of that this year. It’s been

well documented how players

like R.A. Dickey, Ike Davis,

Chris Carter, Josh Thole, Jesus

Feliciano and others started

the year in Buffalo then at

some point all found their way

to Queens and made an

impact on the Mets roster.

Great. Again, that is the

duty of the minor league system.

But the Major League

parent clubs must never forget

they have a duty to their teams

and the fans of those teams.

And part of that duty is to now

and then make sure their

teams are in a good position to

win a championship if the situation

presents itself. The

Mets aren’t going anywhere

this season. The Bisons are in

a playoff race. Do the math on

what team should take priority.

Don’t get me wrong. I

applaud the Mets for the fine

job they did to stockpile the

Bisons with hot prospects and

quality veterans. They were

just as disappointed by the

lack of success in 2009 as

Bison fans were. The Mets

front office and ownership

Photo by Mike Majewski

Russ Adams is a primary

candidates for call-ups from

the Herd.

made an offseason promise to

a strong commitment to

Buffalo and they saw that

promise through. Now, it’s

time to go that extra mile.

Fans have not had a playoff

team to cheer for in six long

years. Seems to me the Mets

could buy additional goodwill

with the Bison fan base by

returning key cogs like Mike

Hessman and Pat Misch to

bolster the Bison lineup, especially

on the heels of the

announcement that the two

clubs extended their PDA for

an additional two seasons.

A rotation that features

Dillon Gee - the IL leader in

wins and strikeouts - Pat

Misch and Raul Valdes will

not only help the Bisons playoff

mission if they do qualify

for the postseason party but

this would likely be the toughest

staff to beat in a short playoff

series.

With key veteran players

like outfielder Jorge Padilla

likely out the rest of the year

after getting a double whammy

of a ball and fist to the face

when trying to break up a

double play ball against

Rochester on Aug. 18 and

infielder Justin Turner (knee)

out of the lineup as of press

time, the Bisons could use

some additional troops for the

last two weeks of battle. Sure

would say a lot about the Mets

if they come through.

When September comes,

who is gone?

Bison fans know only too

well that September can be the

unkindest month of all as

they’ve seen countless topflight

players and fan favorites

plucked from the lineup and

whisked away.

Top candidates for call-up

include Gee, Feliciano, Russ

Adams, Nick Evans, Mike

O’Connor and Sean Green.

Gee has the greatest chance

of being called up. Not only

does he lead the International

League in wins and strikeouts,

he also set a Bison modern era

single-season strikeout record

in August.

O’Connor has been the

unsung hero of the bullpen

notching three saves, a 4-1

record and 61 strikeouts in 61

innings.

Youngsters like Lucas Duda

also deserve a solid look from

the Mets. As of press time

Fernando Martinez, who has

lost some series sheen since

Baseball America tabbed him

the Mets top prospect last

year, was on the DL and so his

shot at a call-up is in doubt. If

he is healthy Justin Turner

should also be on the Mets

promotion list. Hitting over

.300, Turner has played

sparkling defense at second

base.

In the not too distant future

the left fielder Duda, who wasn’t

even on the radar screen as

a top prospect, will no doubt

be one of the most talkedabout

players come spring

training 2011. Promoted from

Double-A Binghamton on

June 13, as of Aug. 26 Duda

had 17 home runs, 53 RBI and

has become one of the most

feared hitters in the IL.

Pitcher Josh Stinson fashioned

a 9-3 record and seven

consecutive wins during a hot

streak in Double-A. Stinson

notched his first Triple-A win

on Aug. 27 and should be the

No. 1 or No. 2 guy in the

Bisons rotation come 2011.

Latest inductees into

The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame

Community Sports Report

Legendary Riverside High

School football coach Charlie

Dingboom and Bandits

lacrosse standouts Darris and

Rich Kilgour are among the

13 former sports luminaries

to be inducted into the

Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of

Fame’s Class of 2010 on Nov.

4 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo

Hotel.

Other inductees in the 20th

anniversary class of the

GBSHOF include Buffalo

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff; former

swimmer and coach

George Breen; Buffalo Bills’

all-time scoring leader Steve

Christie; Buffalo State coach

and athletic administrator Dr.

Gail Maloney; former St.

Bonaventure basketball standout

Ron “Whitey” Martin;

and former Canisius College

athletic director Dr. Daniel

Starr.

Four athletes from yesteryear

will be inducted in the

“Pride of Western New York”

category, which honors standouts

posthumously. They

include boxer Jimmy

Goodrich; former major

league baseball player Warren

“Buddy” Rosar; track and

field standout and promoter

Carl Roesch, Sr.; and legendary

North Tonawanda

football coach George Vetter.

Charlie Dingboom

Joe Ehrmann was a bigtime

football player with an

equally big opinion of his

high school football coach,

Charlie Dingboom. Ehrmann

was a 6-foot-4, 240-pound

tackle, who in 1966 under

Dingboom, led Riverside to a

fifth-straight Harvard Cup,

extending its winning streak

to 35 games.

“I would not have had the

opportunities I’ve had in

sports, and life, if not for

coach Dingboom’s coaching,

mentoring, advising and discipline,”

said Ehrmann, who

had a nine-year career in the

NFL. “Coach D. used his

position and platform as a

coach to not only help turn

boys into men, but he also

impacted a community by

creating civic pride in

Riverside that lingers to this

day.”

Dingboom leaves behind a

legacy of achievement. He

had a reputation as a strongwilled

disciplinarian in a

coaching tenure that spanned

six decades. His players knew

what was expected of them,

and he hammered away at the

team concept.

Dingboom served in the

U.S. Marines from 1944-46

and then graduated from the

University at Buffalo in 1950.

He played football for the

Bulls in 1946 and 1949. He

also did graduate work at UB

between 1954 and 1957.

He actually started coaching

in 1947, when he got

injured at UB. After graduating,

he returned to coaching

for good with stops at UB,

Kensington HS, Riverside,

Kenmore East and Nichols.

He’s best known for his

tenure at Riverside from

1959-89. After leading

Riverside to the 1960 Harvard

Cup Co-Championship with

Burgard, he went on to take

Riverside to 11 more

Thanksgiving Day games.

Besides a 41-game unbeaten

streak, Dingboom became

the only coach in Harvard

Cup history to win five

straight unshared championships.

Amazingly, his

Riverside teams reached the

traditional Thanksgiving Day

game every year during the

1960s.

Dingboom finished his

coaching career with a 120-

94-11 record. In 2002, he was

inducted with the first class

into the Harvard Cup Hall of

Fame.

Darris and Rich Kilgour

Darris and Rich Kilgour

grew up in Western New

York, and attended Niagara

Wheatfield High School. The

brothers have been staples of

the Buffalo Bandits franchise,

and the National Lacrosse

League (NLL) for almost two

decades. During this time

they have compiled quite a

resume, and have both been

inducted into the NLL Hall of

Fame.

Darris Kilgour was drafted

in 1991, the first player ever

drafted by the Buffalo Bandits.

During his playing career, he

played with the Buffalo

Bandits (1992-99), Rochester

Knighthawks (1999), and the

Albany Attack (2000). In

these eight seasons, Darris

earned three All-Pro selections:

first team in 1998; and

second team in 1992 and

1997. Darris retired in 2000,

and became the first player in

NLL history to have his jersey

number retired by the

Bandits.

Darris then began his

coaching career in 2000 with

the Washington Power, and in

2003 he returned to coach the

hometown Buffalo Bandits.

During his coaching career,

Darris was voted NLL Coach

of the Year in 2003, selected to

coach the Eastern All-Stars in

2004, won the NLL

Championship in 2008, and

in 2010, surpassed coach Les

Bartley as the all-time regular

season wins leader. Darris

Kilgour was inducted into the

NLL Hall of Fame in 2007.

Rich Kilgour also started

his career with the Bandits

during the 1992 season, and

stayed with the team until he

retired after the 2009 campaign.

Rich displayed his

leadership skills by being

team captain for 12 seasons

(1998-2009). As a defenseman,

he played 200 regular

season games and ended his

career with 107 goals, 249

assists, 356 points, 406 faceoff

wins, 913 loose balls, and four

NLL Championships (1992,

1993, 1996, 2008). Rich has

taken his passion for the game

into coaching, and is currently

the head coach for the

NCCC men’s lacrosse team.

Rich Kilgour’s talented career

has been recognized by the

NLL with his selection to its

Hall of Fame class of 2010.

Darris and Rich were part

of the 1992 Bandits team that

started the season with three

losses and then went undefeated

through four games

into the 1994 season. This 22game

win-streak stands as an

all time record. The Kilgours’

love for lacrosse not only

turned into a profession, but

they were also pioneers that

helped promote a sport that is

beginning to gain widespread

popularity.

For additional information

on the Greater Buffalo Sports

Hall of Fame, please go to

www.gbshof.com.

For information about tickets

sales call Melissa Gearhart at

855-4863.


Page 6 SPORTS & LEISURE MAGAZINE September 2010

AFC East preview: Jets ready to take over,

per their head coach

By Charles Roberts

It seems everyone is ready

to anoint the New York Jets

the runaway favorites to win

the AFC East. Some would go

even further and perhaps pencil

them in as the conference’s

representative in the Super

Bowl. Even bubbly (and vulgar,

if you watch HBO’s “Hard

Knocks”) head coach Rex

Ryan hasn’t exactly been shy

in saying he thinks they are

the best team in the AFC. It’s

not often that a team’s head

coach will come out and

exude such flat-out cockiness.

How do the Jets’ moves and

brash head coach stack up

against the rest of the division?

Let’s take a look.

New York Jets

They certainly have a lot to

build off, following a 9-7 season

that led them to the AFC

Championship game. What’s

even more impressive is they

made it that far with a rookie

quarterback under center. An

already-strong defense added

cornerback Antonio

Cromartie and defensive end

Jason Taylor. The offense parted

ways with running back

Thomas Jones, but added veteran

LaDainian Tomlinson.

Former Bills guard Ruben Brown receives

distinguished service award

Community Sports Report

The Monday Quarterback

Club is proud to announce

that former Buffalo Bills

guard Ruben Brown has been

selected to receive the 25th

annual Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.

Distinguished Service Award

for the 2010 season. Brown

will be honored during

pregame ceremonies at the

Bills-Lions game at Ralph

Wilson Stadium on Nov. 14

and at the Monday

Quarterback Club luncheon

at HSBC Arena the next day.

Ruben Brown was an outstanding

guard for the Bills

from 1995-2003. He played

in 136 regular season games

over his nine-year career in

Buffalo, making eight

straight Pro Bowls. He

signed as a free agent with

the Chicago Bears in 2004

and played four seasons

there, appearing in Super

Bowl XLI and the 2007 Pro

Bowl before injuries forced

his retirement from the NFL.

He now lives in Orchard

Park, N.Y. with his wife and

children.

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.

Photo by Al Pereira

Much of the Jet’s season

and the outcome of the AFC

East could rest on the sophomore

quarterbacks throwing

arm.

It all looks good on paper,

right? Here’s what’s missing:

Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle

Revis – all summer. Regardless

of when Revis signs, the fact

is, he is and has been a major

distraction to a team that

stunned the football nation a

season ago. His contract

squabble will likely be a focal

point regardless of when he

signs. This does not bode well

in the locker room. The good

thing is, the offensive and

Distinguished Service Award

was established by the

Monday Quarterback Club

in 1986 to honor former

players for long and merito-

defensive lines are rock-solid.

They locked up center Nick

Mangold to a seven-year, $55

million deal and return

defensive lineman Kris

Jenkins, who missed much of

last season to injury.

The major question mark

for this team is quarterback

Mark Sanchez. The key ratio

for this team is that of his

touchdowns to interceptions.

This team can’t afford another

12-touchdown, 20-interception

campaign.

New England Patriots

Head coach Bill Belichick

has been shifting toward a

youth movement for the last

few years, but nothing drove

that point home more than

his actions this year; removing

all the pictures and murals

depicting the “Team of the

Decade” that won three Super

Bowls in four years from

Gillette Stadium. The Patriots’

defense will be depending on

the emergence of safety

Brandon Meriweather, cornerback

Terrence Wheatley, safety

Patrick Chung and cornerback

Darius Butler – all early

draft picks from 2007 to 2009.

In April, the team added cor-

continued on page 15

Ralph C. Wilson Distinguished

Service Player Award Winners

Date Pos. Name

1986 DE Ben Williams

1987 G Joe DeLamielleure

1988 S Steve Freeman

1989 WR Jerry Butler

1990 G Tim Vogler

1991 QB Joe Ferguson

1992 OT Ken Jones

1993 CB Booker Edgerson

1994 CB Butch Byrd

1995 CB Tony Greene

1996 WR Frank Lewis

RB Roland Hooks

1997 TE Charles Ferguson

G Jim Ritcher

1998 OT Stew Barber

QB/WR Ed Rutkowski

1999 G Reggie McKenzie

NT Fred Smerlas

2000 LB Darryl Talley

E Ernie Warlick

2001 C Kent Hull

WR/KR Steve Tasker

2002 WR Don Beebe

2003 RB Thurman Thomas

2004 LB/P Paul Maguire

2005 QB Frank Reich

2006 DE Phil Hansen

2007 WR Lou Piccone

2008 S Mark Kelso

2009 WR Andre Reed

2010 G Ruben Brown

rious service to the Bills.

Brown becomes the 31st former

Bills player to be selected

for the award over the

past 25 years.

Collecting Memories with Mike Dyer

Kemp and

Simpson

have top

values for

fans

In their 50-year pro football

history, the Buffalo Bills

have excited Western New

York fans with their longtime

success on the

grid-iron. The

Bills have producedchampionships,

energy

and four Super

Bowl appearances.

For sports collectors,

the Bills

mean collections of

jerseys, caps, ties,

clocks, license

plates, golf clubs,

umbrellas and

shower curtains.

They collect anything

with the word

Bills on it.

Football cards

remain the top collecting

targets.

Naturally, the late

Jack Kemp has the

most demand among

Bills’ card collectors.

And why not? The form

e r

Congressman,

not to mentionunsuccessfulcandidate

for Vice President in

1996, directed the Bills to a

gaudy 31-9-2 record from

1964 to 1966. Those were

the Bills’ most productive

years in the old American

Football League. Kemp was

voted AFL Most Valuable

Player in 1965.

Kemp’s No. 1 target is the

1964 Topps card. That piece

of cardboard, which came

with bubble gum, is selling

for $200 in excellent-mint

condition.

Kemp cards from 1965-67

are also top goals. Their values

range from $100 to $200

each.

Hall of Fame running

back O.J. Simpson, always

controversial, has the fifth

most popular Bills’ card.

O.J.’s rookie card from 1970

will cost you $80. During

his 1994 trial, that same card

was going for as much as

$1,000.

The No. 6 card in demand

is a 1964 Topps Daryle

Lamonica rookie card. It is

worth $60.

Rounding out the Top 10

are 1965 Topps Pete

Gogolak rookie card ($50);

1963 Topps Cookie

A Simpson autograph from his jail cell can get the seller as

much as $100.

Gilchrist rookie card ($40);

1960 Fleer Elbert Dubenion

rookie card ($40); and 1960

Fleer Rich Lucas rookie card

($30).

A 1960 Fleer rookie card

of Tom Rychlec is valued at

$28 and a 1965 Topps rookie

card of Wray Carllton will

cost you $26. Now a TV

football analyst, ex-Bill Paul

Maguire sees his 1960 rookie

card at $15. O.J. Simpson’s

Topps cards from 1971 and

1972 go for $15 each.

The rookie cards for Bruce

Smith and Andre Reed (both

1986) are valued at $6 each.

A Jim Kelly Topps rookie

card from 1987 is also at $6.

Kelly directed the Bills to

13-3 records in both 1990

and 1991. His teams were

23-9 over the next two

years. And Kelly had four

consecutive trips to the

Super Bowl with Thurman

Thomas, Reed, and Smith.

For fans who collect Bills

quarterback cards, the targets

are Drew Bledsoe,

Dennis Shaw, Joe Ferguson,

Bill Munson, Vince

Ferragamo, Frank Reich,

Todd Collins and Trent

Edwards as well as

Kemp, Kelly and

Lamonica.

For the Super Bowl

program, the 1991

Bills-Giants scorecard

has the most

value. It will cost

you $25 for that

program.

The Bills’ Super

Bowl programs

against the

W ashington

Redskins and

Dallas Cowboys

(twice) range in

value from $14 to

$20 each.

Media guide

collectors yearn

for the Bills’ 1963

media guide. A

difficult-to-find

Bills’ 1963 guide

recently sold for

$760 on eBay.

Signatures are

always in

demand by

collectors.

Again

Kemp signatures

are the most valuable.

A signed photo by

Kemp can get you $100.

Other items signed by the

former great quarterback are

valued from $75 to $100.

O.J. Simpson signatures

generally sell for $45. But a

Simpson autograph from his

jail cell can get the seller as

much as $100.

So check your attics and

basements for Bills collectible

items. There is gold

out there.

Mike Dyer, a retired sportswriter,

can be contacted at

mikedyer59@yahoo.com.


September 2010 SPORTS & LEISURE MAGAZINE Page 7

2010-11 Atlantic Hockey season preview

By David Rourke

(95), blueline mainstay New York.

Garrett Bartus could be

Over the last five years,

Carl Hudson, and 2008-09 For the Air Force looked upon to carry the

Atlantic Hockey has made

Atlantic Hockey Rookie of Academy, senior Jacques workload for Connecticut

a name for itself in

the Year Dave Kostuch, Lamoureux highlights the in net this season. Bartus

Western New York.

Smith has nine new faces in Falcons offensive attack. In posted a 5-14-1 record in 20

During that time, Atlantic

which to integrate into a just two year with Air appearances with a 3.26

Hockey has moved its

team that has its eyes set on Force, Lamoureux has GAA and a .900 save per-

championship tourna-

the Atlantic Hockey scored 55 goals and added centage.ment

to Rochester, and

Championship.

40 assists.

Holy Cross found anoth-

the RIT Tigers made a run

Among the new faces in Sophomore Adam er young goaltending talent

through the NCAA

Atlantic Hockey this season Pleskach will lead American in Thomas Tysowsky. The

Tournament to the

are the Niagara Purple International. As a fresh- sophomore-to-be saw

Frozen Four. With the

addition of Niagara to the

conference, Atlantic

Hockey has an even

Photos courtesy

Atlantic Hockey

Canisius’s Cory Conacher, NU’s Bryan Haczyk, RIT’s Andrew

Favot.

Eagles. They join Atlantic

Hockey after College

Hockey America disbanded

after last season. Head

man, Pleskach led the

Yellow Jackets with 15 goals

and 10 assists. He was the

only player on AIC to

action in 34 games with an

11-17-6 record, while posting

a 2.43 GAA and a .910

save percentage.

stronger presence in Ringwald and Chris Tanev. their first-ever appearance coach Dave Burkholder will notched double digits in Senior Mike Gurtler

Western New York.

Junior Chris Haltign in the Atlantic Hockey try and replace forwards goals.

paced the Mercyhurst

Last year, the Tigers cap- (Oakville, Ontario) and semifinals, the Griffs will Chris Moran (9-33-42) and Probably the youngest offense with 30 points last

tured their second Atlantic sophomore Chris Saracino look to improve their finish Ryan Olidis (14-19-33) team in Atlantic Hockey, season. In 33 games he net-

Hockey Regular Season title (St. Louis, Mo.) will likely as head coach Dave Smith from last year’s squad. He the Army Black Knights will ted a team-high 14 goals

and first Atlantic Hockey be the top defensive pairing returns 2009-10 Atlantic will look to seniors Bryan be led by one of its six sen- while adding 16 assists. He

Tournament Crown, but this season. The other ques- Hockey Player of the Year, Haczyk (Nutley, N.J.) and iors. Cody Omilusik will was the only player last sea-

their season only went up tion mark this season will Cory Conacher Marc Zanette (Nobleton, provide the scoring the son to score three short-

from there. In their first- be between the pipes. Jared (Burlington, Ontario). The Ontario), along with sopho- Black Knights need as last handed goals in a game.

ever NCAA appearance as a DeMichiel saw action in all senior forward posted more Paul Zanette year he netted team-high 18 Senior Nathan Longpre

D-I program, the Tigers but two games last season career highs last season (Nobleton, Ontario), who goals and notched 16 will lead Robert Morris into

opened a lot of eyes by cap- and led the Tigers to their with 20 goals, 33 assists and all totaled 20 plus points assists.

a new era this season, as the

turing the East Regional run to the Frozen Four. a team-record 53 points. last year. Burkholder will With three of its top five Colonials will participate in

Crown, defeating Denver Junior Jan Ropponen Fellow senior Vincent look to junior Chris scorers from a year ago their first season in Atlantic

and New Hampshire, while (Espoo, Finland) and soph- Scarsella (Lackawanna), Noonan (Portage, Mich.) freshmen, Bentley will look Hockey. Longpre netted

advancing to the Frozen omore Shane Madolora who scored 11 goals and 41 between the pipes this sea- to sophomore Joe team-high 14 goals and

Four in Detroit. This year (Salinas, Calif.) saw limited points last year, also returns son. Noonan saw action in Campanelli to lead this added 17 assists for 31

head coach Wayne Wilson action last season, but for Canisius. In net for 18 contests last year, ending young Falcon squad this points last season.

returns his two top scorers, return to help RIT make Smith and the Griffs will be the season with a 7-9-1 year. Last season In his first two years with

junior Cameron Burt another run in Atlantic junior Dan Morrison record with a 3.20 GAA and Campanelli collected 10 Sacred Heart, senior Patrick

(Detroit) and senior Hockey. That tandem could (London, Ontario). In 27 a .909 saves percentage. Not goals and added 15 assists, Knowlton had five goals, 12

Andrew Favot (King City, be pushed by freshman Josh games last year, Morrison only will the Purple Eagles while playing in all 35 assists and 17 points in 58

Ontario). Burt scored a Watson (Lititz, Penn.) in posted a 12-11-3 record have a new league to play in games.

games. Last year in 37

team-high 16 goals and 47 net. Wilson welcomes seven with a 3.06 GAA and a .906 this season, but eight new After joining the team games he exploded for 13

points. Right behind him newcomers to a squad that save percentage. Despite faces as well.

midway through the season goals, 26 assists and 39

was Favot with 46 points, returns 17 letter-winners losing Josh Heidinger, Here are some of the last year, sophomore points.

on 13 goals and a team-high from a year ago.

Canisius’ all-time leader in players fans should look for

33 helpers. RIT will have a The Canisius Golden points (133) and assists when they come to Western

big hole to fill on the blue Griffins’ future is bright for

line with the losses of Dan the upcoming season. After

2010-11 Canisius College Schedule

Date Opponent Time

Sun., Oct. 3 YORK (ex.) 3:00 pm

Fri., Oct. 8 at Western Michigan 7:05 pm

Sat., Oct. 9 at Western Michigan 7:05 pm

Tue., Oct. 19 at Mercyhurst * 7:05 pm

Fri., Oct. 22 at Sacred Heart * 7:05 pm

Sat., Oct. 23 at Sacred Heart * 7:05 pm

Fri., Oct. 29 ARMY * 7:05 pm

Sat., Oct. 30 ARMY * 7:05 pm

Tue.,Nov. 2 NIAGARA * 7:05 pm

Fri., Nov. 5 at Connecticut * 7:05 pm

Sat., Nov. 6 at Connecticut * 7:05 pm

Sat., Nov. 13 HOLY CROSS * 3:35 pm

Sun., Nov. 14 HOLY CROSS * 3:35 pm

Fri., Nov.19 AIR FORCE * 7:05 pm

Sat., Nov. 20 ROBERT MORRIS * 7:05 pm

Sat., Nov. 27 at Bentley * 7:05 pm

Sun., Nov. 28 at Bentley * 4:05 pm

Fri., Dec. 17 at RIT * 7:05 pm

Wed., Dec. 29 at Notre Dame 7:05 pm

* - Atlantic Hockey Association contests

All times ET

2010-11 Niagara University

Schedule

Date Opponent Time

Sat., Oct. 2 YORK (ex.) 4:00 pm

Sat., Oct. 9 MERRIMACK 7:05 pm

Fri., Oct. 15 UMASS-LOWELL 7:05 pm

Fri., Oct. 22 at Union 7:00 pm

Sat., Oct. 23 at Rensselaer 7:00 pm

Fri., Oct. 29 MERCYHURST * 7:05 pm

Sat., Oct. 30 ROBERT MORRIS * 7:05 pm

Tue., Nov. 2 at Canisius * 7:05 pm

Sat., Nov. 6 vs. Northeastern ! TBA

Fri., Nov. 12 BENTLEY * 7:05 pm

Sat., Nov. 13 BENTLEY * 7:05 pm

Fri., Nov. 19 RIT * 7:05 pm

Sat., Nov. 20 AIR FORCE * 7:05 pm

Tue., Nov. 23 COLGATE 7:05 pm

Fri., Nov. 26 at Army * 7:05 pm

Sat., Nov. 27 at Army * 7:05 pm

Fri., Dec. 3 CONNECTICUT * 7:05 pm

Sat., Dec. 4 CONNECTICUT * 7:05 pm

Sat., Dec. 11 at Colgate 7:00 pm

! – Game site TBA

* - Atlantic Hockey Association contests

All times ET

2010-11 Rochester Institute of

Technology Schedule

Date Opponent Time

Sat., Oct. 2 WILFRID LAURIER (ex.) 3:05 pm

Fri., Oct. 8 vs. St. Cloud State ! 5:37 pm

Sat., Oct. 9 at Nebraska-Omaha ! 8:07 pm

Sat., Oct. 16 UMASS LOWELL @ 7:05 pm

Fri., Oct. 22 at Rensselear 7:00 pm

Sat., Oct. 23 at Union 7:00 pm

Fri., Oct. 29 ROBERT MORRIS * 7:05 pm

Sat., Oct. 30 at Cornell 7:00 pm

Sun.,Nov. 7 at Air Force * 8:05 pm

Fri., Nov. 12 CONNECTICUT * 7:05 pm

Sat., Nov. 13 CONNECTICUT * 7:05 pm

Fri., Nov. 19 at Niagara * 7:05 pm

Fri., Nov. 26 SACRED HEART * 7:05 pm

Sat., Nov. 27 SACRED HEART * 7:05 pm

Fri., Dec. 3 at American International * 7:05 pm

Sat., Dec. 4 at American International * 4:05 pm

Fri., Dec. 10 at Mercyhurst * 7:05 pm

Sat., Dec. 11 at Mercyhurst * 7:05 pm

Fri., Dec. 17 CANISIUS * 7:05 pm

Thu., Dec. 30 vs. Robert Morris # 3:05 pm

! – Mutual of Omaha Stampede, Omaha, Neb.

@ – Game played at Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.

# - Game played at Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.

* - Atlantic Hockey Association contests

All times ET


Page 8 SPORTS & LEISURE MAGAZINE September 2010

Doctari’s Fishing Forum with Rich Davenport

Stellar summer

gives way to fantastic

fall

The days are growing

shorter, the nights a bit cooler,

and the calendar says its

time to bid adieu to summer

and welcome autumn fishing

all across the WNY region.

The summer of 2010 will be

remembered for hot days

and hotter fishing, setting up

a potential bonanza for

autumn as fish begin the

feeding binge in advance of

winter.

Walleye

Lake Erie exhibited perhaps

the best walleye fishing season

of memory, and even those

who remember the heydays of

the 1980s concur this year

topped all others for consistent

numbers, large sizes and a

prolonged hot and heavy walleye

bite from June through

August.

As waters cool, migrating

baitfish and the following

walleye start heading back to

the shallow western basin, but

with water temperatures still

high across all of this magnificent

Great Lake, anglers

should expect yellow pike to

remain in New York waters

through end of September.

Most consistent action

remains west of Dunkirk

Harbor, with recent best success

reported as west of

Barcelona Harbor, near

Salmon begin their annual spawning

runs in fall, as Collins angler Dane

Stocker shows here.

Ripley/State Line, working

worm harnesses over 110-130

foot depths. Dipsey diver rigs

bring top mention, with

dipseys set back between 160

and 260 feet, depending on

counterweight setting. All

hours of the day produce, but

early and late show best. Stick

baits run off seven to 10-color

lead core and medium to large

spoons run off downriggers

set near 70 feet also consistently

tempt ‘eyes into strikes.

Chautauqua Lake walleye

anglers witness higher catch

rates, thanks to aggressive

restoration efforts over the

past several years. North basin

efforts produce when working

outside weed edges near the

17-foot break line, either drifting

with spinner/worm combos

or casting 1/4 oz Hot-N-

Tots worked with a slow

retrieve.

Trout and Salmon

Lake Ontario all

summer kept trout

and salmon seekers

busy with schools

of fish near shore

between one to five

miles off ports such

as Wilson, Olcott

and Oak Orchard; a

rarity during any

typical summer.

Spoon programs

presented 40-60

Photo by Rich Davenport feet down produce

large Chinook

salmon and rainbow

trout. Expect

the bite to heat up, with sizes

showing even larger than what

anglers have seen thus far this

year. In fact, spring and summer

LOC derbies in 2010 produced

some of the largest fish

(salmon) seen in many years,

good news for silver fish follies.

As September wears on

and the fall salmon spawning

run begins, expect many fish

eager to bite close to the creek

mouths.

Lake Erie also shows

tremendous action for Lake

Trout west of Brocton Shoals,

with steelhead now mixing in.

The bite has been best 80 feet

down over 10+ foot depths.

Expect steelhead to start moving

towards streams for their

fall runs, with smaller fish

entering now, larger fish following

later in the month.

My adventure:

Climbing Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro

By Ch2 Sports Director Ed

Kilgore

The idea of climbing Mt.

Kilimanjaro in Tanzania,

Africa (at 19,340 feet -

about a mile higher than

any mountain in Colorado)

hit me in May of 2009, and

finally became a reality in

August of 2010.

Eight Buffalo area

climbers joined me to help

raise money for Kids

Escaping Drugs, and we

trained hard for over a year

to get ready, and it’s a good

thing that we did. I can

honestly tell you the sixday

trek up that big mountain

was much tougher both

physically and mentally than

I thought it would be.

After flying some 24 hours

from Buffalo through

Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro

airport, our first glimpse of

Kilimanjaro was intimidating.

Downright scary, in fact,

because the mountain dwarfs

the rest of the landscape.

That first day through the

jungle on the Machame trail

for about seven miles of gentle

and sometimes quite steep

terrain was surprisingly

tough, and I was a wee bit

discouraged. At least the

playful Colobus black-andwhite

monkeys were fun to

watch along the way.

Day two was another full

seven-hour day, with much of

the trail following the path of

Photo courtesy Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore standing at Uhuru Peak, the

tallest point in all of Africa.

a steep rocky ridge before

reaching Shira Hut. While it

was still fairly warm, the

nights would be quite chilly

from here on. I hadn’t

camped out since Boy Scout

days, but my sleeping bag

was warm and I had a good

blow-up ground mattress, so

sleep came quickly. Now

we’re over 10,000 feet and

looking down at the clouds

below us with a terrific view

of Mount Kilimanjaro in

front of us, and my spirits

have improved.

Our porters help our

mood, as they hustle past us

with our tents and other

items to set up the next camp

for us, and lots of soups and

pastas keep us going, even

though our appetites aren’t

always the best.

Day three wasn’t

good, as we

began a five-hour

climb towards

Barranco Camp.

We reached the

famous Lava

Tower at 15,000

feet - higher than

any of us have

ever been except

in an airplane.

During the night,

16-year-old

Austin Schaffer

became quite ill

with altitude

related symptoms

and had to go

back down with his father

Jerry. All of us were a bit

shaken by this. Austin, I’m

happy to say, has recovered

nicely.

Right after breakfast we go

up the “Great Barranco Wall”

- a steep and intimidating

rock wall that includes a couple

spots where you literally

have to “hug the wall” and

avoid looking down at

straight drops of several hundred

feet.

Wouldn’t you know that’s

when I get an unexpected

“nature call!”

My “situation” gives guide

Jeff Evans some great material

for some “Kilgore imitations”

as we climb the rocky

wall, and all of us - me

included - laugh ‘til we cry.

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Williamsville golfer sets sights

on defending men’s state title

By Mike Dyer

Kenneth Riter will

have a lot of Western

New York cheering for

him this month as he

seeks to defend his title

as New York State Golf

Association Mid-Am

champion.

“It’s something I’d

like to do,” said the

Buffalo native. “I’ll go

into the tournament

this year with the same

determination I had last

year.”

Only once in the history

of the tournament

has a golfer won back-

to-back titles. That was

Syracuse’s Jim Roy winning

the Mid-Am championship

in 2001 and again in 2002.

Roy has won four titles overall.

The 47-year-old Riter, a

Kent State graduate, birdied

the final hole in the rain last

year to take the NYSGA

crown by a single shot over

three golfers. Riter slipped in

an eight-foot putt for a 54hole

total of 218. That was

good enough for Riter, a

member of The Park Club, to

capture the Robert Hogan

Men’s Trophy as state champion.

Riter steered in two

birdies on the final day after

ending the second day of

competition with bogeys on

his last three holes.

Photo courtesy Kenneth Riter

Kenneth Riter, the 2009 New York

State Golf Association Men’s Mid-

Amateur Champion.

That tournament was held

at Glens Falls Country Club,

clear across New York State.

Glens Falls is known for its

tight, hilly fairways.

The 27th annual NYSGA

Mid-Am will take place Sept.

24-26 at picturesque Crag

Burn Golf Club in East

Aurora.

Riter, an architect and

father of three, is very familiar

with Crag Burn’s layout.

“I’ve played it many times,”

Riter said. “I will be looking

forward to playing in front of

my family, friends and coworkers

this year.”

As he approached the 18th

tee on the final day last year,

Riter thought to himself he

didn’t want a playoff. “I

hoped to avoid that,” he said

thinking back. His tee shot

landed just eight feet

from the pin and he

tapped in the putt for

birdie to beat a field of

128 golfers from all

across New York State.

Two of the last four

New York champions

hail from Western New

York. Lancaster’s Aaron

Tallman was the winner

in 2006. Also,

Williamsville’s Tim

Hume was crowned

champ in 2000. Back in

1994 Rochester’s David

Benedict walked away

as champion.

Western New York

had its qualifier for the tournament

on Aug. 25 at Transit

Valley Country Club, East

Amherst.

Riter didn’t have to compete.

He was exempt from

the competition for winning

the 2009 championship.

Crag Burn Golf Club didn’t

open officially until 1972.

The par-72, 7,066-yard layout

can be treacherous to

golfers. Top birdie holes are

the par-5 second, eighth,

14th and 16th holes. There

are four par-3s as well.

The Mid-Am is restricted

to male amateurs 25 years or

older. Admission is free to

the state championship.

Albany’s Charlie Murphy

was the very first Mid-Am

champion back in 1984.


September 2010 SPORTS & LEISURE MAGAZINE Page 9

Mill Creek Golf Club review

By Ronald S. Montesano

There is no grand entrance

that leads to Mill Creek golf

club in Churchville, N.Y., nor

is there a garish billboard

along I-90 westbound. If you

know where to peek, though,

you can see the early holes of

the club’s championship

course that border the popular,

busy interstate. Mill Creek

maintains a profile of equilibrium;

those in the know are

quite aware of its location and

excellence, and they do a fine

job of spreading the word by

mouth. It’s time that you

became aware of this golfing

and dining sanctuary near

Rochester.

The Mill Creek experience

began at the turn of the millennium,

in 2000, with the

debut of the Short Course, a

nine-hole layout designed by

architect Rick Jacobson.

Situated on the northwest corner

of the property, the short

course provides a unique challenge

to the beginning and

experienced golfer. With four

sets of tees on each hole, a

variety of distances and topshelf

white sand in the

bunkers, the Mill Creek Short

Course offers an analysis of a

player’s iron and short games.

For the beginner, hoping to

gain understanding and

improvement, the Short

Course and practice facility is

just such a laboratory. For the

experienced player, intent on

honing the variety of shots

needed to compete successfully

in tournament golf, the nine

holes accord the necessary

environment from tee to green

(and surroundings) for

rehearsal and execution.

In 2004, the Championship

course and its Adirondack

house-style clubhouse opened

for play and sustenance.

Located atop and around the

glacial drumlin in the center

of the property, the championship

course measures

between 5,000 and 7,100

yards, depending on the tee

deck you select for play. A codesign

from Raymond Hearn

and Paul Albanese, Mill Creek

submits a winding, soaring

and descending challenge

throughout its 18 holes of

golf. From the initial first teedrop

to the opening fairway to

the challenging climb up the

final hole, Hearn and Albanese

etched an intriguing and

memorable routing throughout

this varied piece of land.

The Mill Creek champi-

Photo by Ron Montesano

The split fairway of Mill Creek’s 4th hole offers heroic and

safe avenues to reaching the putting surface.

onship course begins its saga

on the tee decks. Isolated dots

of level grass, situated at varied

distances and angles to the

target fairway or green, ensure

that skilled golfers will face a

challenge to execution, while

improving players will be

guided a bit more toward the

safe zones. The fairways are

wide-enough corridors that a

slight miss will still find the

edge or the first cut of rough.

Hazards tend to bump gently

in from the sides, although a

fair number of center-line

bunkers and streams make the

course both aesthetically and

architecturally varied and

appealing. The architects took

advantage of their own creativity

and the topography

that the site provided to

design split fairways on a

number of holes, most memorably

the fourth, 10th, 11th

and 18th holes. None of these

four resembles the others in

the slightest. The 10th drops

off the tip of the drumlin, the

11th promenades back up the

western slope, the 18th creeps

around the eastern side and

the fourth lies in a meadow on

the far-eastern edge of the

property.

Arriving at the approach

shot, one immediately notices

the size and texture of the

greens. Enough care was given

to create flat spots that each

putting surface boasts four to

eight pinnable locations.

Nothing enervates the average

golfer more than putting to a

well-worn hole location via

bumps, ball and spike marks,

only to see the ball veer offline

or hop and stop just shy of the

cup. No worries regarding this

at Mill Creek, mate! Play six

rounds at the course and you

might see the same flag stick

location a second time.

Depending on the time of day,

the amount of sunlight suggests

the gradient and skew of

the greens. The closer one gets

to the putting surface, the

more one notices the subtle

deviations from flat that

Albanese and Hearn gently

massages into the greens.

Putting is enjoyable, challenging

and equal parts frustrating

(miss!) and rewarding

(make!) at Mill Creek.

Mill Creek has its share of

memorable holes. For my

money, you won’t forget the

eight, a driveable par four with

danger left and long. The

green, situated just behind a

bunker and bank, slopes ever

so gently away from the

approach shot. Think about

the last green you approached

that sloped away from the fairway.

The aforementioned 10th

and 11th work in vertical juxtaposition

to light the fuse to a

sparkling inward nine holes.

The 13th through 15th may

represent the backbone of the

back nine. All three sit in the

lowlands west of the drumlin,

deceptively undulating

through apparently flat terrain.

A short par four, a long

par four and a sizeable par

five, each places opportunity

for glory or tragedy at your

disposal.

After your round, golf clinic

or practice session, be sure to

not miss the opportunity to

share some food and libation

in the tavern or restaurant.

The reclaimed timber, arched

into an inspiring peak, offers a

final reminder to the size of

the property and the owner’s

vision. In the end, the grand

entrance to Mill Creek will

never be needed; the grandeur

of the experience sees to that.

For more information visit:

Mill Creek Golf Club,

www.millcreekgolf.com,

Albanese/Lutzke Design,

www.golf-designs.com;

Raymond Hearn Design,

www.rhgd.com.

Fall is a “Special” Time for WNY Golf

By Rick Zurak, Golf Editor

It’s that time of year again.

The time when Western New

York golfers get to enjoy the

best time of the season. The

reason: There is no time like

fall time for golf around here.

The main ingredients

include cooler temperatures,

less crowded golf courses

and best of all, “Fall

Specials” galore.

Leading the pack this year

is Batavia Country Club. If

you haven’t played there

recently you will be pleasantly

surprised. The course has

plenty of challenge and is in

the best shape ever. Add to

that the fall specials and you

just can’t beat it. September

Sundays kick it off with rates

for golf and cart at just $25

before 9 a.m., $20 from 9-1

p.m. and just $15 after 1 p.m.

Starting Oct. 1, it’s $15 anytime,

seven days a week, just

a killer deal. Better yet, get

some players together and

form a small tournament.

Owner/Manager Chris

Pompa will take care of you

like no other.

The Links at Ivy Ridge had

a great summer and looks

forward to a great fall. The

award winning Links, located

on Main Street in Akron,

starts their fall rates on Sept.

20. They include $30 for golf

and cart before 9 a.m. and

$37 after 9. Weekends the

rate is $45, but the best deal

of all at Ivy, and perhaps in all

of WNY considering the

quality of the golf course: $30

for golf and cart seven days a

week after 2 p.m. Very, very

nice all around.

Just down the road from

Ivy Ridge are the 54 flags of

Arrowhead, Rothland and

Bright Meadows. Fall rates

Photo courtesy The Links at Ivy Ridge

The Links at Ivy Ridge is one of the great area courses offering

great Fall specials.

are intact right now with

more on the way starting

Sept. 17. For those rates go to

fiftyfourflags.com, but for

now enjoy Arrowhead from

anywhere between $20-$41,

Rothland from $16-$26 and

BrightMeadows from $12-

$19. All rates are for 18 holes

and include cart. Arrowhead

at $20 with cart is pretty tasty.

If you haven’t been to

Rochester to play

Ravenwood, now is a great

time to go. They have a “pay

what you want to pay” feature

on their website (ravenwoodgolf.com).

It’s there that

you will find the two-time

host of the New York State

Amateur as low as $32.

Senior rates for those 60 and

over are also in place.

Ravenwood is what I call a

“treat yourself golf course.”

It’s incredibly scenic, full of

rolling hills, very well manicured

and every bit as good as

most private country clubs.

And as I mentioned, it has

hosted the NYS Amateur

twice so you can play from

the tips and get all the challenge

you want. Need a sweet

three-day golf vacation?

Ravenwood teams up with

Bristol Harbour Resort,

Greystone and Mill Creek to

form the Finger Lakes Golf

Trail. Enjoy any three golf

course and two nights stay

for less than $300.

Fingerlakesgolftrail.com is

the place to go for a memorable

“local” golf vacation.

To the south we go to

Byrncliff Resort. Located 10

miles east of East Aurora in

Varysburg, Byrncliff has

received a ton of play this

year, which is a testament to

the golf course and hospitality

of the resort. Known for its

cross country skiing and

snowmobiling trails in the

winter, Byrncliff is still in bigtime

golf mode with fall rates

as low as $20 (walking) during

the week and $20 (with

cart) Sundays after 1 p.m.

There is a senior special with

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Page 10 SPORTS & LEISURE MAGAZINE September 2010

By Mike Fox

With the start of the 2010

NFL season, American football

steps to the forefront of

the sports world. Seasoned

fans often reminisce about

the many great players of

old, but as the answers to

some of these questions will

remind you, some pretty

darn good players have suited

up recently as well.

1. Joe Flacco is one of only

two starting rookie quarterbacks

ever to win two playoff

games. Who is the other?

a. Matt Ryan

b. Peyton Manning

c. Mark Sanchez

d. Ben Roethlisberger

2. Who holds the all-time

record for most receptions in

one regular-season game, with

21?

a. Terrell Owens

b. Brandon Marshall

c. Herman Moore

d. Larry Fitzgerald

3. Marvin Harrison is one of

only two players ever to post

back-to-back seasons with

1,500 or more receiving yards.

Who is the other?

a. Reggie Wayne

b. Andre Rison

c. Andre Johnson

d. Randy Moss

4. Who is the only tight end

in the past five seasons to have

at least 18 receptions of 20 or

Photo by Joe Valenti

Only two players have ever

recorded back-to-back seasons

with 1500 receiving

yards. Was one of them

Andre Johnson?

more yards?

a. Tony Gonzalez

b. Dallas Clark

c. Vernon Davis

d. Antonio Gates

5. Only three players in

NFL history have scored eight

touchdowns of 50 or more

yards in a season: Crazy Legs

Hirsch, Devin Hester, and

who?

a. Chris Johnson

b. DeSean Jackson

c. Vincent Jackson

d. Percy Harvin

6. Who are the only teammates

ever to each rush for

1,100 or more yards in the

same season?

a. Larry Csonka and Jim

Kiick

b. Fred Taylor and Maurice

Jones-Drew

c. DeAngelo Williams and

Jonathan Stewart

d. Ray Rice and Willis

McGahee

7. Who holds the all-time

record for yards from scrimmage

in a season with 2,509?

a. Marshall Faulk

b. Thurman Thomas

c. Chris Johnson

d. Priest Holmes

8. What quarterback is the

all-time NFL career leader

with a 70.6 percent completion

percentage?

a. Drew Brees

b. Ken Anderson

c. Tony Romo

d. Rich Gannon

9. Who is the only fourtime

winner of the NFL MVP

award?

a. Peyton Manning

b. Joe Montana

c. Dan Marino

d. Dan Fouts

10. Who is the only player

ever to rush for three TDs in

three consecutive games?

a. Jim Brown

b. Emmitt Smith

c. Adrian Peterson

d. LaDainian Tomlinson

Answers

1. c 2. b 3. c 4. d 5. b

6. c 7. c 8. a 9. a 10. d

Lots of reasons to celebrate at Batavia Downs

By Bob Salzman

While looking forward to a

very successful present and

future, Batavia Downs took a

moment to celebrate its past

on Saturday, Sept. 4 with the

induction of Clint Galbraith,

Jeff Gregory and John

Schroeder into the Upstate

New York Chapter of the

United States Harness Writers

Association Hall of Fame.

The trio of legends was

honored with crystal keepsakes

between races on what

was being billed as “Hall of

Fame” Night at the oldest

lighted harness racing track in

America.

Galbraith, who still trains

horses, will forever be linked

with his great pacer Niatross,

who won 37 of 39 starts as a

two and three-year-old and

was named Horse of the Year

in 1979 and 1980.

Niatross was harness racing’s

first $2 million pacer and

was the fastest horse in his

sport at the time, posting a

clocking of 1:49 1/5 in a time

trial in Kentucky in 1980.

Galbraith also trained and

reined several other champion

horses, including Call For

Rain, who won the Breeders

Crown championship twice

during his storied career, setting

a world record for pacers

over a half-mile track by going

1:49 3/5 at Lexington in 1988.

Galbraith, who operates

Rodney Farms with his wife

Barbara, suffered an injury in

May in a barn accident and

has been on the mend during

recent weeks.

Gregory, meanwhile, grew

up in the sport as his father

Gary operated a public stable

and is still a trainer to this day.

In 2000, Jeff drove to 317 wins

while competing primarily at

Yonkers. Today, he is one of

Clint Galbraith, Jeff Gregory, John Schroeder

the top drivers on the lucrative

New York Sire Stakes circuit

and the grand circuit.

In 2002, Gregory piloted

Bubba Dunn to victory in the

$338,000 Yonkers Trot and

scored in 2005 in the

$750,000 Hambletonian Oaks

with Jalopy.

Gregory has amassed over

6,200 victories and purses

totaling over $55 million in

his career.

Meanwhile, Schroeder, a

Western New York native,

made his reputation primarily

by training top-level trotters.

His Kash Minbar earned over

$650,000 during his career

while trotting mare Cathy Lee

amassed nearly $200,000 in

earnings. Son Brian took over

much of the driving duties

after acquiring his license and

drove Collier St. Joey in the

1993 Hambletonian.

For his career, John

Schroeder won over 1,400

races and earned over $3.5

million in purses.

This group will join Buddy

Gilmour, Gerry Sarama and

Dave Vance, who were already

honored during ceremonies

earlier this year at Buffalo

Raceway. The USHWA will

name the representatives from

Vernon Downs and Tioga

Downs shortly and the official

Photoscourtesy

Batavia Downs

induction ceremony will be

held this fall at Tioga.

In addition to the Hall of

Fame ceremony, Batavia also

marked the 30th anniversary

of Niatross setting the 1:55

world record on a half-mile

track in 1980 and everyone

attending the track was eligible

for a drawing to win a set

of Galbraith’s racing colors.

September is also a huge

month for the Downs on several

other fronts as the Labor

Day drivers’ bicycle race is

always a popular event. On

Saturday, Sept. 18, Batavia will

host New York Sire Stakes

events for two-year-old fillies

and three-year-old colts. There

will be $280,000 in stakes

purse money on the line,

which is second only to the

night in 1988 when the

Downs hosted the Breeders

Crown with $286,000 in

stakes purses being competed

for.

The second free $1,000

handicapping contest of the

season will also be conducted

on Sept. 18 with the winner

receiving $500 and the top

five finishers all receiving

prize money. The August contest

was won by Dan Dickens

of Batavia with 46 points.

Fantasy baseball

By Mike Fox

With the 2010 finish line

in sight, those who play in

keeper or dynasty leagues

are already laying groundwork

for 2011 and beyond.

Many will be exercising

extra caution while doing

so, after the fantasy world

was given some healthy

reminders that the transition

from top-rated

prospect to major league

star is not always a smooth

one. Jason Heyward was the

talk of baseball after dazzling

his way into the

Atlanta opening day lineup,

then proceeded to make

what looked to be a seamless

adjustment to majorleague

pitching. A few

minor injuries and a few

slumps later, now Heyward

finds himself comfortably

in the middle of the outfield

pack in September. Stephen

Strasburg triggered many a

Kerry Wood flashback,

going from flame-throwing

strikeout machine to

Tommy John surgery candidate

in the blink of an eye.

Mike Stanton’s light tower

power carried over from the

minors, but his batting

average and on-base percentage

did not.

If your league rules allow

you to stash a player for at

least a year or two of seasoning,

here are some of the

names you should target for

the future. If your league

does not make this provision,

well, proceed at your

own risk next season.

Mike Moustakas was

given a $4M signing bonus

when Kansas City picked

him second overall in the

2007 draft, but two tepid

terms in A-level ball left

pundits questioning

whether Moose was the real

deal. Those questions were

temporarily laid to rest this

year after he raked his way

to the AA Texas League

Player of the Year Award,

posting a sizzling .352-21-

76 stat line, with a 1.100

OPS. The questions were reraised

after Moose struggled

upon being moved up to

Addendum: Western New Yorkers in pro baseball

By Bob Plezia

After running Western

New Yorkers in pro baseball

last edition, we have had a

few readers help find three

more players, one a Major

Leaguer. Also, some players

have moved and we have

some corrections.

Additions

John Axford, from

Canisius College, is now

pitching in the majors for

the Milwaukee Brewers.

Born in Simcoe, Ontario,

Axford is having an outstanding

season with seven

wins, one loss, a 2.53 ERA

and 19 saves with 58

strikeouts in 46.1 innings.

Jesse Bosnick, infielder

from St. Bonaventure, is

playing for the L.A.

Photo courtesy MLB Pressbox

Jason Heyward has reminded

fantasy owners of the

perils of investing too heavily

in rookies.

AAA Omaha, but his 3-HR,

11-RBI game at the end of

August should be enough to

convince even his harshest

critics.

Atlanta’s addition of 1B

Derrek Lee for the stretch

run suggests the Braves may

not be ready to turn over

the reins to Freddie

Freeman just yet, but it’s

not for lack of effort on

Freeman’s part. After a slow

start with the AAA

Gwinnett Braves, team batting

coach Jamie Dismuke

tinkered with Freeman’s

batting stance, and he’s

responded to the tune of

.319-18-87. His 35 doubles

suggest an increase in

homers could be coming as

he matures, and his .378

OBP and .521 SLG are more

than respectable for a 20year

old at AAA.

Reports say Cincinnati

pitching prospect Aroldis

Chapman’s fastball has been

clocked at 105 mph, suggesting

either a star in the

making, or a malfunctioning

radar gun. Like many

young power pitchers,

Chapman sometimes struggles

mightily with command,

and he’s yet to develop

a reliable third pitch, but

the Reds have 30 million

reasons to give him ample

opportunity to prove himself,

as evidenced by his

late-August call-up to The

Show with the Reds in a

Dodgers in the Rookie

Pioneer League.

Cory Brownsten, from

Lockport High School,

Monroe Community

College and the University

of Pittsburgh, is playing for

the Atlanta Braves in the

Rookie Appalachian

League. He is hitting .306

for the season. The late

Grandpa Gordy Schultz,

from the boys of summer

Delaware Park, has to be

proud.

Since we last reported,

Cito Culver has been promoted

to the N.Y. Penn

league, Staten Island

Yanks. Folli has been traded

to the Rays and is playing

for AA Montgomery.

Geltz has been promoted

heated pennant race.

The jury is still out on

Tampa Bay farmhand

Desmond Jennings.

Jennings shot up the

prospect charts last year

after showing blazing

speed and extra-base

power. He’s been tearing

up the base paths again

with the AAA Durham

Bulls (37 steals in 41

attempts), but his slugging

percentage has dropped

below .400. Carl Crawford

will be a free agent at the

end of this year. If he

leaves town, the Rays will

have an opening in center

field, and Jennings will

likely be given first crack

at the job.

Any discussion of baseball

prospects must include

the No.1 overall pick in the

2010 draft, Bryce Harper.

Harper has been in the

express lane of the fast

track since being mentioned

in the same breath as

LeBron James by Sports

Illustrated at the age of 16.

He passed his GED exam

that same year, skipped his

last two years of high

school, and enrolled in the

College of Southern Nevada

of the Scenic West Athletic

Conference – a league, incidentally,

that mandates the

use of wooden bats. The

Washington Nationals

made Harper the first junior

college player ever to be

selected first overall after

the 17-year old man-child

simply abused SWAC pitchers,

batting .443, with 31

homers and 98 RBI in only

228 at-bats. The Nats still

aren’t sure if they’ll develop

him as a catcher or as an

outfielder, but when you’re

talking this kind of power

potential, does it really matter?

Good luck to all of those

lucky enough to still be in

contention in their leagues

this year. To those who

aren’t, here’s hoping you get

Chris Johnson or AP in

your football draft, and

Alex the Great in your

hockey draft.

to AA Arkansas, and has a

2.16 ERA, and a 0.68 ERA

for the last 10 outings, in

16.1 innings. Mahoney

was sent to A, South

Atlantic League and has hit

.367 in the last 10 games.

Negrych has been sent

back to AA Altoona where

he has hit .344 in the last

10 games. Weglarz has

been on the disabled list

since July 26.

Corrections

Dave Hollins’ father did

not play MLB.

We are now watching 14

players; one in the majors,

one in AAA, three in AA,

five in A with four in the

N.Y. Penn League and four

in rookie leagues.


September 2010 SPORTS & LEISURE MAGAZINE Page 11

Fantasy football: It’s a passer’s paradise

By Leonard J. Mytko

If you play fantasy football,

you already know the old

adage about running backs.

That the best fantasy teams

were usually the ones with

the best running backs. Yet in

this new era where teams are

throwing the ball more, fantasy

football leagues have been

shifting to highlight the quarterback

position more. Take

last year for example. There

were a record 10 quarterbacks

who threw for at least 4,000

yards and a dozen with 25plus

touchdown passes. In

the last three years, 11 quarterbacks

have thrown 30-plus

touchdowns, the highest ever

in a three-year period. One

factor for explaining part of

this shift is that more teams

across the league keep moving

towards Wildcat offenses and

running back-by-committee

Bills’ Roosevelt looking to be

the ultimate hometown story

By Charles Roberts

If there is one universal

dream every child involved

in sports has, it’s suiting up

for the hometown team.

Then as time goes on, the

dream fades; the young

child goes away for college

and lands a job in a different

city.

Naaman Roosevelt will

have none of that.

A star quarterback for St.

Joseph’s Collegiate

Institute, Roosevelt became

the first recruit by Turner

Gill and his new regime for

the University at Buffalo in

2006. Although his days

under center came to an

end with the onset of his

collegiate career, he would

find great success as a wide

receiver.

He only caught 31 passes

and two touchdowns as a

freshman, but went on to

snag 63, 104 and 70 in the

seasons that followed –

making him the program’s

all-time leading receiver.

Following their MAC

Championship and appearance

in the 2008

International Bowl, it

seemed like Roosevelt and

then teammates Drew Willy

and James Starks were destined

for the NFL.

Unfortunately, their timing

wasn’t exactly spot-on.

Willy graduated and went

undrafted, while Starks’

senior season was dashed by

a season-ending torn

labrum. Suddenly, the once

potent offense looked rather

pedestrian and Roosevelt’s

104-catch 2008 season was

lost in the transition of

2009.

Questions of whether or

not he would hear his name

called during the NFL Draft

were certainly abuzz.

“I stayed at the house,

watched a little bit of the

draft, but tried not to watch

too much of it,” Roosevelt

said of his draft-day experience.

“I wanted to keep my

backfields. Tandems such as

Photo by Joe Valenti

After leading his Saints to a

Super Bowl title last season,

Brees ranks as the top fantasy

QB for 2010.

Miami’s Ronnie Brown-Ricky

Williams, New York’s Brandon

Jacobs-Ahmad Bradshaw, and

Carolina’s DeAngelo Williams-

mind off of it and stay

relaxed.”

Despite the butterflies

during the draft, Roosevelt

had already received a call

Photo by Mike Majewski

Lee Evans may be a lock as

the Bills No.1 receiver right

now, but with the hard work

and skills he has already

shown, hometown favorite

Naaman Roosevelt could

work his way onto the field

and hopefully the endzone.

from a familiar area code

earlier in the week, as the

Buffalo Bills touched base to

let him know if he went

undrafted, they would sign

him.

“I knew there were teams

interested, especially the

Bills and actually, Chicago

had expressed interest, too,”

Roosevelt said.

The one thing rookies

always tend to identify as

the most difficult transition

is the speed of the game.

Roosevelt was no different

in that regard.

“The speed of the game –

it’s much faster, much more

physical.” Roosevelt said;

sweat still bubbling, following

a training camp session.

“Things have been going

pretty good. I have some

ups and downs, but it is definitely

intense.”

“The step higher is

always going to be a little

more difficult, but it’s all

about adjusting and adapting

to the change,”

Jonathan Stewart are becoming

much more commonplace

across the league. And based

on this current trend of teams

splitting carries amongst their

backs continuing, fantasy

owners will keep noticing

quarterbacks throwing for

250-plus yards and two

touchdowns per game. So

make no mistake, fantasy

football fans, it’s the Return of

the Quarterbacks.

Drew Brees, Saints

He’s the best quarterback in

fantasy football… period. No

fantasy quarterback has

passed for more yards (9,457)

or touchdowns (68) than the

Super Bowl XLIV MVP over

the past two seasons. And in

his last four years as a Saint,

he’s averaged a whopping

4,575 passing yards and 31

touchdown passes. So when it

comes to his value and poten-

Roosevelt added.

Roosevelt said he still

keeps in steady contact with

Willy and Starks. Willy’s

attempt at an NFL career

has been a rocky road,

having been released by

Baltimore and

Indianapolis. He’s now

vying for a spot with the

UFL’s Las Vegas

Locomotives, while Starks

is with the Green Bay

Packers.

“I talk to those guys

quite a bit,” Roosevelt said

of his former college teammates.

“Well, I guess we’re

all pretty busy now, so

actually, probably only

every couple weeks or so.”

“It’s definitely good that

we’re all on our way,”

Starks said in a recent

phone interview from

Green Bay. “We used to

talk about it (playing in

the NFL) all the time.”

“Naaman should do his

thing right there at home,”

Starks continued. “We all

still talk, you know, sometimes

text or send messages

on Facebook. It’s good to

keep in touch with those

guys.”

Roosevelt beat long odds

by earning a spot on the

Bills’ practice squad at the

end of the preseason. He

played admirably in the limited

time he was given during

the preseason and most

importantly, didn’t make

many mistakes. His cause

was helped by an injuryplagued

receiving corps,

with fellow rookie Marcus

Easley suffering a seasonending

injury, while thirdyear

man James Hardy was

cut after injuries sidelined

him for most of the preseason.

“Coach Gill gave me an

opportunity; the Bills gave

me an opportunity,” a humble,

but smiling Roosevelt

said. “I’ve just got to make

the best of it.”

tial production (4,000-plus

yards and 30-plus touchdowns),

Brees really is the picture

perfect fantasy quarterback

heading into this year.

Aaron Rodgers, Packers

After just two seasons as a

starter, Rodgers has quickly

established himself as an elite

fantasy passer with numbers

comparable to the likes of

Drew Brees, Tom Brady and

Peyton Manning. But unlike

them, it’s his rushing yardage

that adds a sparkle to his

already high passing totals.

Rodgers has ran for 523 yards

and nine rushing touchdowns

in those two years, and there is

certainly good reason to think

he’ll produce more big passing

and bonus rushing numbers

again.

Peyton Manning, Colts

If you ever find yourself

wondering what sorts of numbers

you will get out of

Manning, just stop yourself

right there. For each and every

season of his glorious 12-year

career, Manning has thrown at

least 26 touchdown passes,

and only once has he tossed

more than 33. He’s the league’s

safest bet to register 4,000

passing yards, 30 touchdowns,

and a virtual lock to

finish among the top fantasy

passers once again.

Philip Rivers, Chargers

With Tomlinson, Rivers

was a top-five fantasy quarterback.

And now that

Tomlinson is gone, the fantasy

ceiling for the 28-year-old

Rivers continues to rise. In

fact, he’s been solid gold over

the last two seasons, eclipsing

4,000 yards passing each year

while accumulating 63 touchdowns.

Plus, he’s tossed at

least one touchdown pass in

29 of those 32 games played

over that period. So feel safe

having Rivers as your ace

passer going forward this year

as well.

Tony Romo, Cowboys

Over his last four years as a

starter, Romo has solidified his

elite status, with per-game

passing averages of 269 yards

and two scoring strikes. He’s

also coming off the highest

yardage total (4,483 yards) of

his career and now enters

2010 with what could be his

most talented group of

receivers yet. So with a few

factors working in his favor,

Romo’s stats might even inch

up some more.

Tom Brady, Patriots

Aside from his lost 2008

season, Brady has been an

upper echelon fantasy passer

for almost a decade, with

seven straight seasons of at

least 23 touchdowns. A return

to his potent 2007 form

(4,806 yards, 52 total touchdowns)

is almost certainly a

distant pipe dream, but with

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Page 12 SPORTS & LEISURE MAGAZINE September 2010

A lot to watch in 2010

By Dave Ricci

As the 2010-11 scholastic

sports season kicks into gear

there will be no shortage of

compelling stories and topflight

athletes to gain your

attention, especially in the fall.

“The Boys of Fall,” country

singer Kenny Chesney’s ode to

high school football will no

doubt be blaring in football

locker rooms come game day

this fall. But will the song

inspire greatness? Only time

will tell.

The eyes of the state will be

fixated on Section VI to see if

our area can four-peat for a

third consecutive year in the

state football tournament.

Last year Sweet Home

grabbed their second straight

Class A state title, while North

Tonawanda (Class AA),

Randolph (Class D) and

Southwestern (Class C) also

brought titles home to

Western New York.

The one player likely to get

the most attention will be

Williamsville South stud QB,

Joe Licata. Headed to UB to

play college ball, Licata will

lead a potent Billies offense

that, despite all of the talent

they have had in recent seasons,

has not won a sectional

playoff game in 10 years. A

skilled QB and all-around athlete,

those who know Licata

best will say what stands out

the most is his modest,

unselfish team first attitude

and great work ethic.

But if anyone can give

Licata a run for the money it

will be NT’s Joe Montesanti.

Having graduated Mike Tuzzo,

the Jacks will go into 2010

with Montesanti lining up

under center. It’s pretty rare

that a team can lose their starting

QB that took them to a

state crown and return with

arguably a better replacement.

But that’s where the NT

Lumberjacks are.

Quick, smart, and athletic,

Montesanti was a key cog in

last year’s team. Those who

followed NT closely last year

often quipped that 2010

would be the Joey Show. That

time is here. More than skill,

Montesanti is the embodiment

of the team-first, one-for-all

and all-for-one mindset that

helped the Jacks win states.

While Montesanti will

shine, he certainly won’t have

to do it alone as the Jacks

return his twin brother, Dan,

Quarterback preseason prep

Christopher Koenig,

PT, DPT, MBA

I remember my time on

the football field; I played

cornerback during practice

occasionally. My favorite play

was called “lightning,” where

the corner came from the

deep outside at full speed and

really put a solid hit on the

quarterback. If the QB was in

mid-throw or didn’t see it

coming, it certainly could

have been dangerous. Most

QBs understand that on the

football field you are the primary

target. You have 11

players on the other team

that could be involved in you

being pummeled at any given

time. According to a study by

the American College of

Sports Medicine in 2004,

over 80 percent of injuries to

a QB are traumatic, meaning

that they occur because of

contact. Outside of head

injuries, the most common

site for injury in QBs is the

shoulder.

Just by analyzing the biomechanics

of the movements

of a QB, there are many times

that they have to open their

body up to injury to concentrate

on the field and their

target. When a QB is at the

furthest point while preparing

for a throw, the shoulder

joint is in a position where it

can easily be dislocated, or

damage to the soft tissue

structures can occur.

Depending on the extent of

the injury, a player can be out

over a year if surgery is

involved. The rehabilitation

process to most shoulder

injuries is lengthy, as the

small structures of the shoulder

do not have a very good

blood supply to aide healing.

Overuse injuries such as tendonitis

to the rotator cuff or

bicep tendon do occur, but at

a much lower frequency than

traumatic injuries.

Some of the largest mistakes

that I come in contact

with, either at the clinic or in

the gym, occur from muscle

imbalances. How many times

have you seen the same guy

in the gym bench-pressing on

a flat bench 20 sets, then following

that up with multiple

sets of bicep curls, and then

doing the same exercises the

next day? What this does is

creates an imbalance in the

shoulder complex, pulling

the humerus forward in the

joint, and placing the cuff in a

compromised position. It’s

amazing how many of these

guys are high school athletes

or college students. As a

coach or trainer, one of the

first things you should advise

your athletes on is performing

a well-rounded strength

routine, and paying attention

to all muscles necessary for

them to maximize their training

in the time they have.

As I advocate with all

sports, injury prevention

through training should be

just as important as performance

enhancement. These

two concepts actually go

hand-in-hand, because performance

halts if you are off

the field. QBs certainly need a

well-rounded full body routine,

with significant concentration

on the shoulder complex.

Scapular stabilization

and strengthening, as well as

glenohumeral (upper

arm/shoulder) strengthening

should be addressed in all

planes of motion. Training

should hit the larger muscles

such as the pecs, lats, traps,

delts; as well as the accessory

and smaller muscles such as

the rhomboids, serratus, and

all rotator cuff muscles.

Unless you are a pro, you

more than likely do not have

hours per day to devote to

such a specialized, full routine.

I advise using compound

movements first after

a proper warm up, and then

isolated muscles individually.

Compound movements, such

as presses and rows will hit

the most muscle mass in the

quickest amount of time.

There is no doubt that

chest press movements are

integral for athletes in sports

such as football, but so are

many others. A program to

strengthen the upper body

and shoulder complex for

QBs should include multiple

angle chest press and fly-type

movements. I like utilizing a

crossover or diagonal-type

movement as a concentration

exercise for chest, as you can

incorporate some shoulder

rotation and continue the

movement further than midline.

This will make the

smaller muscles of the shoulder

stronger at tighter angles,

which is often where injuries

occur. Muscles of the back

and scapular stabilizers are

just as important as the chest

and shoulders. Multiple angle

row movements, high to low

with a mix of dumbbells and

barbells can be used. For

football, unless it is a cable

movement, I prefer free

weights because of the stabilization

that is required

throughout the movement.

Direct rotator cuff exercise

should be held until the end

of the workout, or performed

on their own flexibility day to

avoid fatiguing them for the

larger movements. Cuff work

should be done a few times a

week for a QB, and at least

once per week for the rest of

the positions.

One exercise I would like

to highlight is a great compound

cable movement. It

starts to incorporate the latissimus

muscles, and then

brings in all the trap muscles,

all delts, as well as most rotator

cuff muscles. For this, you

want to set a cable pulley to

its lowest position, and use a

rope attachment. Grip the

rope with a thumb up position,

with the bottom of the

rope above your thumb and

index finger. Step back from

the pulley, and place one leg

in front of the other. Start by

pulling the rope inward high

to your chest, and then continue

to pull the weight

upward and back, rotating

your arms and palms back,

finishing with the rope split

near your forehead. The picture

shows the end movement

for the exercise.

If you have any question

about preparing for your sports

season, injury prevention, or

performance enhancement, feel

free to email me at

ckoenig@mcguiregroup.com.

Christopher Koenig is a doctor

of physical therapy, and the

director of physical therapy at

Harris Hill and Northgate

Health Care Facilities.

and likely the team’s unsung

hero Travis Charsley. They

also add an unlikely bit of firepower

to their offense from

across the Canal as Justin

Bacon, a Tonawanda High

School transfer, will now be

suiting up for NT.

St. Joe’s QB Chad Kelly,

nephew of Buffalo Bill great

Jim Kelly, should also be

watched. The other major

gridiron news is that nine

schools from the Buffalo

Public system have joined

Section VI.

Volleyball also has its share

of stories and players to

watch, most notably North

Tonawanda and its core four

of Sarah Hansen, Lauren

Metzger, Jordan Tylec and

Delaney Laper.

Growing up together in the

Jacks system last year, these

four led NT to its first

Sectional title since 1999, but

the season ended in a valiant

battle in the Far West

Regionals. Can they take it a

few steps farther this year?

A hot bed for volleyball

action, the Niagara Frontier

League will boast two of the

best players in WNY in Taylor

Lewandowski and Ben

Bowler. Both students at

Kenmore West, Bowler is

without question the best setter

in the league while

Lewandowski (out side hitter)

has been key to the Lady Blue

Devils run of dominance in

the NFL.

Eden will look to defend

their state title and former

Lancaster standout Lindsay

(Garbacz) Morris has taken

over as the new coach at

Tonawanda High School.

Christine Gibbons and Nikki

Smolinski will also try to lead

Nardin to success.

Girls soccer will see a

changing of the guard as the

two hands down best players

over the last four years,

Brianna Smith

(Nichols/Canisius College)

and Breanna Catipovic

(Mount St. Mary’s/Niagara

University), have moved on.

Girls to watch include

Courtney Mann (Frontier),

Catherine Williams (Nichols)

and Kailee DeFranks (Holy

Angels).

Strong and skilled, Mann is

one of the most respected

players in the state. A pure

soccer girl, Williams has that

rare blend of being able to

score but can also set teammates

up with perfect passes.

A case could be made for

DeFranks to not only be the

best goal keeper in the

Monsignor Martin Athletic

Association, but all over WNY.

Playing in the highly competitive

MMAA North Division

against teams like Nichols and

Nardin, DeFranks keeps her

team in every game and gives

them the belief they are always

in the game. DeFranks also

spent a week this past summer

in Costa Rica as part of a missionary

journey with other

area soccer players.

Erin Linz (Lewiston-

Porter) was the most impressive

young keeper in the NFL

last year.

Tonawanda Warriors may

not get a lot of attention but

they boast two tremendous

players in Kasey Weaver and

Kaitlynn Moore. Weaver is

ready to break out after

injuries have interrupted her

last two seasons. Moore,

meanwhile, is just flat-out one

of the most talented scorers

and ball handlers around. If

she were playing at a bigger

school you’d hear about her

exploits every day.

October is National Breast

Cancer Awareness Month,

which means schools all over

the region will be doing various

fundraisers. Last year’s

Amherst High School held a

Pink Week, where all 11 fall

sports teams sported some

type of pink theme of either

pink balls, hair ribbons and Tshirts

for an entire week of

games.

Ken-Ton had a Kills For A

Cure doubleheader that saw

the Ken-West boys and girls

host their counterparts from

Kenmore East.

Finally, no trip to a high

school game is complete without

a trip to the snack stand.

While most concession stands

feature the usual fare of dogs,

burgers, pizza and candy, if

you search a bit you can find a

hidden gem or two in most

stands.

My two favorites are the

homemade chili at Tonawanda

soccer and taco-in-a-bag at

North Tonawanda girls swimming.

Made by Karen Russell,

whose daughter Alyssa used

to play for Tonawanda, Karen’s

chili’s is by far the best I have

ever had. Taco-in-a-bag is one

of the more unique items that

features taco meat, cheese and

your choice of topping in a

bag of Fritos corn chips.


September 2010 SPORTS & LEISURE MAGAZINE Page 13

Cross country one step at a time

By Angela Stefano

When she participates in her

sport, Mary Veith doesn’t always see

spectators cheering her on. Her

playing field is varied – Delaware

Park one day, a Buffalo bike path the

next. Her biggest adversary isn’t

other participants or a ticking stopwatch,

but the weather and terrain –

and herself.

Veith, a master’s student at UB

and a three-time All-MAC athlete, is

a cross-country runner. A popular

sport in Western New York, teams

exist at most high schools and colleges

in the area.

Cross-country running shares

certain characteristics with track

and field events – competing as an

individual for points that count

towards a team total, for example.

The differences, however, “make

cross-country racing much more

strategic,” Jeff Gruendike, Daemen

College’s head cross country coach,

said.

Perhaps the most obvious differences

are in the course. Runners

compete on varied terrain and in

varied weather conditions, meaning

that times aren’t necessarily the best

indication of performance.

“There’s going to be bad weather,

but you use it to your advantage,”

Dustin Dimit, head cross country

coach at Buffalo State College, said.

“You might as well make the best of

it. Time isn’t the goal; place is.”

And when cross-country runners

talk about the crowd, they don’t

necessarily mean fans, who they

often don’t see during races. Instead,

they must deal with a crowd of competitors,

often in the hundreds for a

single race.

“You may not even see a teammate,”

Dimit said. “Some people

handle it really well, and others

don’t, but that’s one thing that

makes a successful cross-country

Shining stars for

upcoming soccer season

By Adam McGill

With the World Cup

coming to a close yet again,

it tends to bring a more

diverse soccer fan to the

world of soccer. The local

collegiate soccer season is

just kicking off and what a

perfect time to go over the

hometown stars. Below is

a short list of some of the

strongest “football” players

in Western New York:

Bryan Da Cruz – Niagara

University

The forward from

Ontario led the team’s

offensive attack as a rookie.

Da Cruz won MAAC

All-Rookie Team Honors

in 2009 as he led the team

with seven goals. He

knows how to put the ball

away and the Canadian

forward has mastered several

crossover moves. He is

one of the conference’s

premier scorers and he

will have more opportunity

to get on the field as he

has established himself.

Barb Kiliszek – Buffalo

State College

The Electrical

Engineering Major gives

the Bengals a spark up

front. At 5-foot-4 she has a

small frame, but the speedster

started 15 games in her

junior year. Kiliszek put the

ball between the posts four

times, but more impressively

she dished off ten assists.

The Depew native was

named to All-SUNYAC second

team and she has

amassed 67 points in her

three-year collegiate career.

The forward crosses the

ball perfectly into the

mixer, and she will be dishing

the ball like a chief this

season.

Sam Margetts – Canisius

College

The forward started 15

games for the Golden

Griffins in his first season.

He finished third on the

team with five points, and

he even won Metro Atlantic

Athletic Conference Rookie

of the Week on Nov. 2. The

New Zealand scorer will

replace departed senior

Alan McGreal as primary

scoring threat for the Bulls.

Margetts is great at using

the whole field up top, and

the sophomore can finish

Photo by Paul Hokanson/UB Athletics

Forward Mike Unwin will

lead Buffalo’s offensive

attack again this season.

from anywhere in the 18

yard box.

Kelly Reinwald – Canisius

College

The junior helped the

Golden Griffins get to an

impressive overall record of

13-4-3. Reinwald is a quick

forward who posses a very

dangerous step over. She

scored four goals for the

blue and gold, but more

critical was her seven

assists. She has become

amazing at crossing the ball

into the middle of the field

and the striker has a strong

touch on the ball. She was

voted to the All-MAAC

First Team in her freshmen

season in 2008 and she will

lead the Griffs top level

again this upcoming season.

Tony Schiappa – Buffalo

State College

The Amherst, N.Y. native

is returning for his second

year as a captain of the

Bengals. The midfielder

was second on the team

with 16 points, by scoring

five goals and adding six

assists. Schiappa was

named to the All-SUNYAC

Third Team last year and

the senior can finish with

both feet. He has racked up

46 points in his first three

seasons and he has enjoyed

a great career in Buffalo.

Schiappa is an aggressive

midfielder, who is not

afraid to make runs up the

middle. The Business

Management Major is great

at managing the game and

he will lead Buffalo State’s

offensive attack again this

year.

Mike Unwin – University

at Buffalo

Unwin was named to the

Mid-American Conference

First Team in 2009, after

his first season with the

Bulls. He was a transfer

from Northern Iowa

Community College, where

he showed he could finish

by scoring 59 goals in two

seasons. Unwin found the

back of the net nine times

last season in Buffalo, as he

led the team in goals and

also points (with 19). He

shot the ball a total of 46

times last year and he is the

most dangerous player on

the field for the Bulls.

Unwin is a strong finisher

and the senior can put the

ball in all four corners. He

will be the player to watch

for the Bulls having earned

the confidence of head

coach John Astudillo.

Stephanie Velez –

University at Buffalo

The sophomore led the

Bulls attacking forwards in

her first season. She scored

six of the team’s eleven total

goals, and the newcomer

proved to be an extremely

valuable addition for head

coach Michael Thomas.

Velez (Mamaroneck, N.Y.)

has shown that she can

score in a tough conference

and the youngster has

earned a starting position

on a deep Buffalo team.

runner….How your

respond to those situations

can determine a

race.”

Runners, for example,

must know where to position

themselves and how

to push themselves. It

sounds strangely like the

drafting technique in car

racing, except it’s all mental.

“Two or three runners

can work together to push

each other,” Dimit

explained. “Sometimes

you’ll see the faster runner

stay back and push

his teammates along.”

The differences also

make training for crosscountry

races a unique

experience.

“The key…is to have a plan,”

Gruendike said. “We sketch out the

entire season and

preseason….[and]

our plan takes our

athletes through

five phases – aerobic

conditioning,

resistance, anaero-

bic conditioning,

sharpening and

tapering.”

Some of the

most key preparations,

too, take

place only a short

amount of time

before the race,

when runners are

able to warm up

on and survey the

course.

Photo by Dave Skolen

Cross country runners from several schools participate at

a local meet.

“They can identify where footing

may be difficult or where space is an

issue so they can make sure they are

properly positioned,” Jessica

Gorski, Daemen’s assistant coach

and a former team member

explained. “Mentally, it’s helpful,

especially when actually running

the race. Runners are able to

remember what point of they race

they are in and what they still have

to endure, so they can push themselves

accordingly.”

For Mike Woods, SUNY

Geneseo’s head coach and a 40-year

coaching veteran, mental preparation

is key in cross-country running.

Citing “things like positive

self-talk and imagery and relaxation,”

Woods feels that these

aspects are just as important in

training his team as the physical

aspects, perhaps even

more so at the end of the

season.

“They’re in peak

shape, so the physical

[part] is taken care of,”

he said. “[The mental

training] is what’s going

to get them to the next

level.”

To run cross country

is to dedicate yourself to

a certain lifestyle,

Woods said. Veith, who

has been running for 11

years and is engaged to

another long-distance

runner, agreed.

“We like to do different

activities, but it’s

always in the back of

your mind – how is this

going to affect my running?”

she said. “We’re

different, in terms of our

family, because it is such

a lifestyle for us.”

It’s a lifestyle that allows Veith a

time-out from everyday life.

“It kind of clears your mind and

acts as a de-stresser, and I think

that’s one of the reasons I’ve kept up

with it,” she said. “I don’t have to

think about anything. It’s time for

my mind to feel clear.”

The sport, more than others,

claims Woods, also helps its participants

learn about themselves.

“It taught me not to put limits on

myself and to dream big, and that I

could accomplish things I thought

were unaccomplishable,” Woods,

who ran in high school and college,

said. “There were times when I

thought, ‘Run 10 miles? I could

never do that,’ and then I’d be running

a half marathon.”


Page 14 SPORTS & LEISURE MAGAZINE September 2010

Senator Linda McMahon?

It could happen...maybe

By Ivan the Impaler

When you’re the CEO of a

corporation that had been

named one of Fortune

Magazine’s 200 Best Small

Companies, you probably

have money. When your family

owns more than 51 percent

of the voting stock of that

company, you definitely have

money.

But what’s money without

power? I don’t know, but it

can’t be as exciting.

Linda McMahon has been

the CEO of World Wrestling

Entertainment, while her husband

Vince “The Genetic

Jackhammer” McMahon, is

Chairman of the Board. Vince

had much more than his 15

minutes of fame- appearing

numerous times on WWE TV,

berating wrestlers and fans,

wrestling the likes of Ric Flair,

Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart,

Shawn Michaels, Steve

Austin, and yes, Zack Gowan,

on national TV. He’s even been

World Champion, after beating

Hunter Hearst Helmsley

some 10 years ago.

So how does Linda rise to

the next level? She does what

any other Red-Blooded

American with mucho money

does: run for public office.

Linda announced her candidacy

for the Republican

nomination for the United

States Senate in Connecticut.

How did this happen? A cursory

overview follows (as if

This Reporter is capable of

anything else).

-Current Senator Chris

Dodd (D) whose term expires

at the end of 2010 is increasingly

linked in nasty ways to

the financial meltdown and

Wall Street bailouts late last

year. His poll numbers plummet

as a result.

-Republican Congressman

Rob Simmons, a former war

hero, announces he will challenge

Dodd in 2010.

-Linda resigns as CEO of

WWE and says she will seek

the GOP nomination as well.

Her only prior political experience

was a brief stint on the

Connecticut State Board of

Education, a position she

vacated when tossing her

headgear into the political

arena

-Polls show Dodd running

even against both Simmons

and Linda; Chris announces

he won’t seek re-election.

-Connecticut State

Attorney General Richard

Blumenthal announces he’ll

seek the seat. He receives the

Democratic endorsement and

holds a 20 - 30-plus point lead

in initial polling.

-Linda starts spending

money like a drunken

wrestler (or promoter) on TV

ads. Simmons doesn’t have

squat to spend.

-Linda leads GOP primary

polling despite attack ads

from both Democrats and

Simmons pointing out tawdry

elements of WWE/WWF programming

over the years:

denigration of women, inappropriate

content for children

(Katie Vick, HLA, etc.), blood,

and of course, steroids,

steroids and steroids. Oddly,

nobody brings up that the

results are pre-determined.

-The GOP endorses Linda;

Simmons suspends campaigning

(i.e., no more $) but

stays in the race. Peter Schiff,

Tea Party fave, decides to

enter the Republican race.

-Blumenthal takes a PR hit

in June when stories resurface

that he claimed he saw combat

duty in Vietnam. (He did

serve in the Pacific during the

Vietnam Era, but never saw

combat). His lead drops to 3

points in one poll, but his

“clarifications” satisfy voters

and his lead rebounds, albeit

to the 19-23 point range.

-Linda wins the Aug. 10th

GOP primary with 49 percent

of the vote. Simmons gets 28

percent while Schiff (whose

campaign slogan was “Schiff

Happens”) gets 23 percent.

Thus, with no third-party

candidacy looming, it’s Linda

vs. Dick in the Main Event

this November.

The last poll before the primary

had Blumenthal up 10

points; the first post-primary

poll showed a 7-point lead.

Will the national trend of

independents shifting

towards Republicans follow

suit in Connecticut this fall?

It’ll have to for Linda to have

a shot, because Dems have a

substantial enrollment advantage

in the Constitution State.

Then again, while Blumenthal

is not an incumbent; is he

viewed as the “establishment”

candidate, and Linda as the

outsider? Can Linda seize on

this national mojo? Will

WWE programming suddenly

become more interesting

via sublimal attempts to skirt

the Equal Time Doctrine?

Will there be a heel character

named Nick Doomusall stealing

candy from children and

threatening to take away our

liberties? How will Dixie

Carter respond on TNA, other

than hiring more washed-up

wrestlers?

In wrestling, you CAN

make this stuff up.

In politics, you can’t.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday, Sept. 10 - WWE

Raw (house show)- Air

Canada Centre- Toronto,

Ontario, Canada - 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 11 - Empire

State Wrestling - St.

Johnsburg Fire Hall -7165

Ward Road-North

Tonawanda, N.Y.- 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 11 - WWE

Raw (house show) - Copps

Coliseum - Hamilton,

Ontario, Canada - 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 2 -

International Wrestling

Federation -The Meeting

Place -2469 Niagara Road -

Niagara Falls, N.Y. - 6:30 p.m.

start.

Scheduled matches: Pepper

Parks defends the title against

John McChessny, plus it’s

Team Stetson vs. Team Ice:

The losing team’s captain gets

his head shaved!

Saturday, Oct. 23 - NWA

NY- venue TBA - Rochester,

N.Y. - 6 p.m. Belltime. -

Seewww.nwaupstate.net for

details.

Tuesday, Dec. 28 - WWE

Smackdown - TV Taping -

Blue Cross Arena - Rochester,

N.Y. - 7 p.m.

TELEVISION

The Quintessential

Wrestling Program in WNY

History is Wrestlevision/No

Limits TV, featuring the best

talent locally, regionally and

beyond! Watch the action,

assembled by Big Guy

Productions, in Rochester at 3

p.m. Sundays on My18

(WBGT-TV). In Suburban

Erie County, it’s on Time-

Warner Cable Channel 20

every Saturday at 4 p.m., with

replays Mondays at 11:30

p.m.

RADIO

Kindly listen to The Pain

Clinic, Saturdays at 10 a.m.

on WHTK-AM (Hot Talk

1280) in Rochester. Cashman

Rich Jones and his All-Pro

Staff have all your wrestling

news and insight, along with

special guests. Not in

Rochester? No problem! You

can listen online at

www.feelthepain.net.

Six countries competed

at the Lockport Athletic

& Fitness Club’s 2010

Summer Olympics, which

attracted over 200 spectators.

Several distinguished guests

including Mayor Mike

Tucker, “Baby” Joe Mesi,

Team Abdallah head coach

Juan Deleon, Tim Mulvey,

and Talking Phone Book CEO

Jeff Folckemer were in attendance

to watch the games.

Pictured: (lt. to rit.) Cookie

Butcher, Matt Harrison,

Andrew Aikin, Kyle Gibbas,

Greg Mulvey, and Mallory

Moebs.

Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame

By Bob Caico

On Saturday, Aug. 21, I

made an hour and half

journey to Belfast, N.Y. to

attend the second induction

at the Bare Knuckle

Boxing Hall of Fame. A trip

down to Belfast is almost

like a trip back in time with

the quiet and vintage

neighborhoods. On one of

the streets in nearby

Angelica, N.Y., lays the

Angelica Victorian Inn

where a buffet breakfast

was set up and a silent auction

was held. Hall of Fame

coordinator Scott Burt was

a wonderful host as he

unveiled the official 2010

induction artwork by

Chicago boxing artist Chris

Guzman. Following breakfast,

the honorary inductee

this year, former welterweight

champion Bill

Backus, was given his beautiful

trophy. The attendees

were treated to watching a

tape of Backus’ win over

Jose Napoles in 1970 with

Billy giving his commentary

of the brawl. The 11 bareknuckle-era

immortals were

then given their place in the

Hall. The bare-knuckle era

for boxing lasted from 1719

Local boxing happenings

By Bob Caico

The St. John International Boxing

Program at the Dr. Bennett W. Smith Family

Life Center on Michigan St. in Buffalo held

their second Friday Night at the Fights program

on Aug. 27. Pastor Michael Chapman

and boxing coach Darryl Graham again put

on an entertaining program of amateur boxing.

Teams from Rochester (Future Boxing,

Right Move), Buffalo (PAL, Northwest CC),

Lackawanna, Tonawanda (Victory) and

Wheatfield (Thunder) participated on the

nine-bout card. The winners and runnersup

are as follows.

D’Von Balkom (Right Move) dec. 3-2

Gabriel Echevarria (Future)

Angel Gonzalez (Future) dec. 4-1

David Geary (Victory)

Corey Weathers (Right Move) dec. 4-1

Jonathan Cirino (PAL)

Rudy Ngayot (PAL) dec. 5-0

Joe Patera (U.B.)

Antoine Ngayot (PAL) dec. 5-0

Emir Skalonja (Victory)

Shayquan Gomez (Right Move)dec. 4-1

Eric Plumeri (NWCC)

Destyn Hopkins (St. John’s) dec. 4-1

Rayquan Balkum (Right Move)

Jamiel Tyson (Future) rsc-1

Jon Snyder (Thunder)

Lavisas Williams (Future) dec. 5-0

Dante Palmer (Lackawanna)

••••••••

D’Andres Hockerson of Rochester took

home a Ringside world championship in

Kansas City on Aug. 7 in the 15-16 year old

101-lb open class. Also from Rochester,

Wilmont Wood won the 165-lb 17-34 year

old open world championship. Tommy

Roque of Dunkirk now boxing out of Camp

LeJeune, N.C., lost a decision in the 132-lb

17-34 open semifinal match.

Inside of the barn where John L Sullivan trained for the last

bare knuckle boxing championship in 1889.

to 1892. Burt, who is an

auctioneer, then held the

silent auction and proceeds

from the memorabilia went

further enhance the Hall of

Fame and restoration of the

training barns.

We then proceeded to

leave the Inn to tour the

restored William Muldoon

training barns in Belfast

where John L. Sullivan

trained for his world title

fight against Jake Kilrain in

1889. The interior of the

barns were untouched for

years, and their historic

contents make it feel like

you are walking through a

time machine. You see

where the fighters trained,

slept and worked out. One

does not have to be a boxing

fan to enjoy the day, the history

and authentic building

and contents make the trip

seem as a stroll down memory

lane.

For more information go to

bareknuckleboxinghalloffame.com.

Photo by Bob Caico

Rudy Ngayot (left) of the Buffalo West Ferry

PAL won a decision over Joe Patera of the

University of Buffalo Boxing team at 150

pounds.

••••••••

Heavyweight Johnnie Davis of Niagara

Falls suffered his first professional defeat

when he was stopped in the second round on

Aug. 28 in Pittsburgh. Lee McGinnis (3-0)

overwhelmed Davis with punches and the

referee was forced to stop it. Davis’ record

evens out at 1-1-1.

Russell Jordan (15-8) of Rochester

dropped a unanimous decision to Jose Angel

Rodriguez (16-2-1) of New York City. The

fight held at Dover Downs in Delaware was

for the IBF North American jr. middleweight

title. Scores were 115-113, 117-111 and 118-

110 in the 12-round contest.

••••••••

Felix Mercedes (6-0, 4 KOs) of Buffalo,

trained by Juan DeLeon proved too much for

the more experienced Sergio Aparicio (13-4-

1) of Argentina, stopping him with a double

left hook to the body in round 5 of a scheduled

6. Felix weighed 142 1/2 for the fight in

Toronto on September 4th.

••••••••

Also on Sept. 4th Guillermo Sanchez (11-

2-1) of Buffalo was stopped in the 2nd by

Adrien Broner (17-0, 14 KOs) in Cincinnati.

Fight was scheduled for 10 rounds.


Fishing from page 8

Yellow Perch

Lake Erie ringbacks, scattered

for much of the summer

due to winds and high water

temps, start settling into fall

feeding haunts. Silver Creek,

Sturgeon Point, Seneca Shoals

and the “perch buoy” off

Dunkirk Harbor now show

decent schools in depths

between 55-60 feet. Live

emerald shiners work best,

but salted emeralds will work

as well.

Chautauqua Lake yellow

perch continue to dazzle

anglers of all ages, and the

perch factory is showing no

signs of stopping in the near

term. Any depth, anywhere

with minnows, jigs and grubs,

plastics take hungry perch

throughout the day; perfect

for parents to introduce their

AFC East from page 6

nerback Devin McCourty in

the first round.

The question marks are

pretty obvious. First and foremost,

can wide receiver Wes

Welker be as effective as in

years past following a torn

ACL in Week 17 last season?

Secondly, will quarterback

Tom Brady’s ongoing contract

negotiations become a distraction?

Lastly, can the young

defense rise to the occasion?

Miami Dolphins

The huge (literally) addition

came at wide receiver.

The acquisition of Brandon

Marshall must have third-year

quarterback Chad Henne salivating.

Looking back at the

missing components of a playoff

team from two years ago,

the wide receiver position is

one of the bigger question

marks. At 26, Marshall is still

young enough that one man

should make a difference.

The Dolphins also lured

Karlos Dansby, the most pro-

kids to the sport of

angling.

This and that

New 2010/2011 Sporting

licenses went on sale Aug. 16

and this license year expires

on Sept. 30. Remember to get

your new license, which takes

effect Oct. 1.

Changes to baitfish transportation

regulations are in

the works, and a public comment

period is open until

Sept. 10. Establishing a baitfish

transport corridor for

Lake Erie anglers will alleviate

the frustration many experience

as emerald shiners are aplenty

in the upper Niagara

River, yet regulations today

prohibit collection and transport

of this preferred baitfish

overland in a motor vehicle.

We need this one changed,

and science has shown this

change is more than warrant-

ductive linebacker

on the market, with

a glossy new contract worth

$43 million ($22 million of

which is guaranteed).

Perhaps the most undervalued

move the team made was

adding defensive coordinator

Mike Nolan. Your most recent

memory of Nolan might be as

the former San Francisco

49ers head coach sporting a

suit and tie on the sideline,

but in fact, he was the defensive

coordinator for the

Denver Broncos last season

and proved his worth. The

Broncos gave up the fewest

points during their 6-0 run to

start the 2009 campaign.

Turning around defenses is

nothing new for Nolan, who

began working as a linebackers

coach in 1982 at the collegiate

level, made his way onto

the NFL sidelines in 1987 and

stayed on the defensive side of

the ball until 2004.

Buffalo Bills

There were no VH1 cameras

trolling the sidelines in

Fantasy football from page 11

targets like Randy Moss, Wes

Welker and Julian Edelman,

Brady still has what he needs

to challenge the 4,000-yard

and 25-touchdown marks.

Matthew Stafford, Lions

Despite an injury-plagued

rookie season that saw him

throw seven more interceptions

(20) than touchdowns

(13), he still threw for 2,267

yards and could easily outdo

the handful of other quarterbacks

who get drafted before

him based purely on his natural

skill and new batch of

weapons (Jahvid Best, Nate

Burleson, Tony Scheffler). So

don’t be shocked if you see the

former Georgia Bulldog put

up close to 4,000 yards and

25-plus touchdowns this year.

Kevin Kolb, Eagles

Out goes Donovan McNabb

and in comes the apprentice.

Entering his fourth season

after three years of backing up

McNabb, Kolb is looking to

build right away on his only

two pro starts to date when he

threw for 391 yards and 327

yards respectively, and four

touchdowns. All indications

point to the Eagles continuing

to air it out with a rock solid

supporting cast around Kolb

in DeSean Jackson, Jeremy

Maclin, Brent Celek and

LeSean McCoy.

Joe Flacco, Ravens

With one of the league’s top

offensive lines, a dynamic running

back in Ray Rice and a

couple of new impact threats

at wideout in Anquan Boldin

and Donte Stallworth, a

potentially breakout season

for the third-year starter could

be in the cards. He had some

sensational showings last season,

especially early on, but he

also tailed off with five sub-

ed. To comment, visit

www.dec.ny.gov and click on

the Baitfish Regulations link.

Remember, take a kid fishing

and give the gift that lasts

a lifetime.

Rich Davenport is co-founder

of WeLoveOutdoors.com, an

avid outdoorsman and member

of the NYSOWA. His works are

also published in N.Y. Outdoor

News, Walleye.com and the

Buffalo News. Rich is also the

recording secretary for the Erie

County Federation of

Sportsmen’s Clubs, secretary of

the Western NY Environmental

Federation, member of the Erie

County Fisheries Advisory

Board and is the Region 9 Rep

NYSCC Big Game Committee.

E m a i l

rich@weloveoutdoors.com.

Pittsford, NY this summer

during training camp. There

was, however, a new head

coach, Chan Gailey, along

with a hard-hitting, fully

padded attitude. The Bills

opted to stay the course at

quarterback, bring back last

year’s shuffle, while adding a

shiny new Cadillac to their

stable of running backs in

rookie C.J. Spiller.

Their recently converted 3-

4 defense should steal a win or

two in 2010, as their defensive

backfield returns last year’s

rookie sensation Jairus Byrd

while welcoming back a handful

of injured players such as

cornerback Leodis McKelvin.

They also added veterans in

linebacker Andra Davis and

defensive lineman Dwan

Edwards. Less the Spiller pick,

the revamped front office

focused heavily on defense.

The most notable of the defensive-minded

picks were second-round

nose tackle Torell

Troup and third-round defensive

end Alex Carrington.

234 yard contests in his final

five games. All in all though, if

he turns the corner, he could

easily improve on his 2009

numbers (3,613 yards, 21

touchdowns).

Donovan McNabb, Redskins

Say what you want about

him being past his prime and

all, but McNabb is coming off

a very productive 2009 campaign.

He missed a pair of

games due to a rib injury, yet

still put together his third

highest career yardage total

with 3,553 yards and even

accounted for 24 touchdowns.

So as we saw with Brett Favre

last year, sometimes the risk is

worth the reward.

Other quality arms

Matt Schaub, Texans;

Carson Palmer, Bengals; Jay

Cutler, Bears; Matt Ryan,

Falcons; Eli Manning, Giants;

Brett Favre, Vikings.

Robitaille from page 3

So now that he’s getting

ready to return to his role as

analyst, does Robitaille have

any insight regarding the

upcoming season? Of course

he does!

“The whole deal is making

the playoffs. That’s the ultimate

goal. The team is trying

to improve upon last season,

with management still trying

to make good decisions on

where they need to get better.

At the end of the day, you have

to be thinking playoff hockey,

and playoff hockey is a different

animal where you’re talking

about playing every other

WNY golf from page 9

cart at $26. You may want to

experience the getaway that is

not far away and enjoy an

overnight package deal

including lodging and meals.

The fall foliage at Byrncliff is

some of the best you’ll ever

see.

A little to the north at South

Shore Country Club in

Hamburg (southshoregolfcourse.com)

you’ll find $28

fall rates including carts. The

best is yet to come at South

Shore because in October the

rates will drop another $5-$7.

Keep an eye on their website

for details.

Glen Oak in Amherst is a

Robert Trent Jones design that

features a great layout, a good

test of golf and continues to

make improvements to make

it one of the best golf courses

in the area. Starting Sept. 20

fall rates kick in as low as $29.

You can enjoy that rate weekends

after 3 p.m. or during

Glen Oak’s prime time of

weekdays before 10 a.m. I

always like to remind you of

the Tournament Club at Glen

Oak, which you can join for

Bills from page 3

advantage of their opportunity.

That’s what it’s all about.”

Of course, the real onus is

on the players to perform in

their limited opportunities.

“They did a lot of good

things,” Gailey said of the

rookies. “It wasn’t just one or

two and it wasn’t just every

now and then. They did some

very good things on the field,

and that’s where you have to

do it. You can do it in shorts all

you want in OTAs and minicamps,

but when you get to

training camps and games,

that’s where you have to go

Kilimanjaro from page 8

We continue on, and by

day six, tired and dirty but

still in good spirits, we’re

ready to summit, and that’s

the REAL challenge for sure.

By 1 a.m., we’re heading

up the steep and often rocky

path to the summit in the

dark, with only our headlamps

providing visibility. It’s

getting colder now, and the

altitude makes it tough to

breathe. It’s ALL mental now.

We’re all exhausted, but

something keeps us going.

night for

almost three

months. That can be difficult

for a player, so when you can

find players who really want

to go through that, then

you’ve got yourself something

good.”

“We’re also starting every

game with very good goaltending,

and not every team

can say that. Without good

goaltending, you’ve got no

chance whatsoever,” Robitaille

added. “Another critical part

of the season will be how the

defense holds up with the loss

of (Toni) Lydman and

(Henrik) Tallinder. Those are

two top defensemen who

just $30, establish

a USGA

handicap and

play in bi-weekly tournaments

throughout the year. It’s a lot

of fun if you like to play

“friendly” competitive golf.

The other “premium” golf

course in the Buffalo area,

Harvest Hill in Orchard Park,

is targeting the seniors for the

fall. If you are over 60, you can

tee it up at Harvest Hill

Monday-Thursday after 10

a.m. for just $29. Another

sweet deal. Harvest Hill, the

home of the First Tee of WNY,

continues to offer great programs

for junior golfers and

features a great practice area

for all ages.

Other places to enjoy great

fall rates are Beechwood in

Niagara Falls, Ontario. Owner

Brian Antonsen and company

are celebrating the 50th season

of golf at Beechwood and

would love for you to experience

their golf course at a

great rate. Fort Erie Golf Club

is a great “executive course”

featuring 18 holes, mainly par

threes, for all levels of players

to enjoy and at a great rate.

Gothic Hill is a par three

course in Lockport that fea-

out and perform and

play.”

The rookies probably

won’t see the field as soon as

first-round rookie C.J. Spiller.

Several of them will probably

not dress for the early games.

Some might only see action on

special teams. Considering

special teams is how most of

them made the cut, that’s fine

with them.

“Special teams is definitely

an important part of this

organization and they stress it

a lot,” Dominique Harris, an

undrafted defensive back who

was almost the fifth undrafted

rookie to make the team, said.

He survived the final cut only

This

continues

for

over SIX hours, and almost in

a daze I realize we’ve reached

Stella Point at the summit

some 19,000 feet above sea

level; we’re suddenly walking

on level ground, and just as

the sun begins rising I see

that we are now above the

crater - we’re nearly there!!

Tears sting my eyes, as I see

the sun peaking through, and

the huge glaciers are now

very near.

We officially hit Uhuru

Peak - 19,340 feet - at 7:15

played 20 to 25 minutes a

game. It’s imperative that

those holes be filled. You have

to be able to go with four top

defensemen to whom you can

dish out 20 to 25 minutes

every game.”

Fans will have to tune in to

team broadcasts to hear more

from the opinionated

Robitaille in the coming

weeks and months, as normalcy

returns to his career.

And, slowly, to his life.

Joe Kirchmyer is president of

Kirchmyer Media. To comment

on this story, send an e-mail to

jkirchmyer@verizon.net.

tures a fun course and a great

Friday fish fry. I recommend

the double header there.

Hickory Ridge, just east of

Albion features a campground

in addition to a fun, friendly

golf course and you can’t beat

their rates of under $20 with

cart. Last, but not least, if you

haven’t treated yourself to the

new Seneca Hickory Stick golf

course in Lewiston, do it. The

course features a ton of character,

a double green on nine

and 18, an excellent layout

and twilight specials that are

easy on your wallet.

The countdown to the end

of the season is on, but what

an awesome summer we had.

Fall promises to be another

great season and with all these

specials you need to keep it

going. Enjoy!

Rick Zurak is the host and

producer of the WNY Golf

Report TV Show Tuesdays at

6:30 on Time Warner Ch. 20.

He is also the Director of the

New York State Junior Golf

Tour. To contact Rick email,

zurakgolf@adelphia.net.

to be replaced the week of the

first game when the team

brought in a player off

waivers. “I can bring 100 percent

effort and 100 percent

commitment.”

Full effort and commitment,

combined with a committed

organization is almost

enough to get a spot on an

NFL squad. As Harris showed,

a little bit of luck and timing is

also critical, in order to beat

the odds.

“I was talking to Donald

Jones earlier and I was like

‘Man, we just made an NFL

roster,’” David Nelson said.

a.m. Sunday morning, and it’s

a balmy 12 degrees from the

top of Africa.

I call my wife Deb on a

satellite phone, and she’d just

gone to bed on what was still

Saturday night in Orchard

Park. I was so emotionally

charged up I could barely get

the words out “we made it!!”

Yes, we still had a long way

to go to get back down, but in

many ways, a part of me is

still up there enjoying the

view after a once-in-a-lifetime

adventure.

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