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  1. For all the snarky, “know it all” responses about how Josh Reed / Sal Cappaccio really got over on the OP, I would invite you to read the article in Buffalo News today, posted on TBD as well, written by News media reporter Alan P. It completely contradicts every thing Josh Reed had to say. It’s says in fact that the local affiliate has plenty of input into what games are shown locally, and their request to change games from what the network originally scheduled “is usually granted”. This of course makes perfect sense since both the local affiliate AND the network always seek to maximize ratings. Makes perfect sense to many, except two Media guys, Reed and Cappaccio, who apparently don’t have a clue how the media works. In fact Cappaccio tweeted out that’s it’s the individual fan who should reach out and complain to the network. Apparently he is unaware that’s the job of a local affiliate, and in fact local affiliates do this all the time. Except apparently the Buffalo affiliate, since their sports “director” Reed is clueless
  2. You wonder if our local CBS affiliate (WIVB) has any inkling as to what WNY viewers prefer to watch. I refer to of course to todays genius decision as to which NFL game to broadcast locally. Would it be Miami v Denver ? Huge implications in that game for Bills fans. How about the much hated Pats v Houston, again a game with playoff implications for Bills? No no, the choice is to broadcast that fascinating matchup of Pittsburgh v Jaguars, one of the worst mismatches of all of today’s games. The stupidity here boggles the mind. Where is the crack channel 4 sports team? Like sports “ director” Josh Reed. No say, no input, no advice as to what game would have the most appeal in WNY. Don’t even notice that your own network chose the worst possible game, or are u that oblivious?
  3. Why in the world would they not show Miami v Denver in Buffalo area. Most critical game on Sunday for Bills fans
  4. Ramsey will soon be the highest paid CB in NFL history. And for good reason. Many thought the Bills got a great bargain when they signed White, and many pundits criticized White for signing that contract, but when u compare these two players you can see the difference between great and pretty good. Ramsey completely shut down Metcalf yesterday, while the reaction by Bills media to Metcalf’s performance v Bills was basically “well he is going to get his”. And of course Hopkins destroyed White in playoff game last year, and again yesterday. That doesn’t happen to Ramsey, who will be paid accordingly. I think it’s safe to say the Bills were very fair to White with the contract they gave him.
  5. Having a hard time understanding Bills defensive game plans recently. They simply don’t seem to tailor their game plan to the specific opponent they play each week. Case in point - Patriots roll into town with perhaps the most pathetic wide receiver group in recent NFL history. One truism about WRs - most difficult thing for a WR is to create separation versus NFL caliber defensive backs. It’s oh so much easier for lesser talented WRs to find soft spots/openings in zone coverage (see Zay Jones). And yet against these talent challenged WRs we played a ton of soft zone - allowing Cam to have a decent passing day. Worse yet was the times they did go man to man. Pats had one decent, experienced WR Sunday - Jacobi Myers. On his big catches of the day he was matched against either are worst cover corner (Taron Johnson) or a safety. Why wasnt our 10 million dollar CB on him ALL day?. He was their number one threat. Take away the best/favorite target. Again not scheming for the specific opponent. Please don’t respond by telling me Jacobi M operated out of the slot. Doesn’t mean White can’t be assigned to him. Last year they matched White up against big time tight ends. It’s not a surprise that the D has struggled this year, when staff doesn’t adjust scheme to specific opponent. Too predictable- offenses coming in here know exactly what to expect. And it shows.
  6. I have long complained about how coaches, including McD, when in a situation very late in the half, deep in their own territory, 1 or zero timeouts, run the half out by handing off to a running back. They can’t reasonably expect a long run in that situation, especially against a prevent defense. A fumble is far more likely than a long run putting the team in field goal position. Yet you see it over and over - hand offs to a running back to run out the clock. WHY NOT TAKE A KNEE. And this is precisely what happened to Chargers yesterday. Very late in first half, deep in their territory they hand off to RB, fumble resulting in Tampa TD and completely changed course of the game. And so the Bills yesterday- 1:36 left in game - Raiders have only one time out, and the choice is to hand off to Singletary 3 times, rather than take a knee. Ridiculous and dangerous. In fact, on the first down play, Allen almost tripped going back, resulting in a very awkward handoff. Could have been a disaster. TAKE a KNEE!!
  7. Anecdotes are not evidence. The numbers are what they are. One person’s death does not change the actual facts.
  8. You don’t have to be a scientist to read the numbers, although that may be a bit of a stretch for you. In any event, I wasn’t the “scientist” back in March who rendered his expert advice that the NFL should cancel/postpone free agency. That was Vic.
  9. That noted virologist, Vic Carucci, is at it again - in pure panic mode. It was Carucci several months back complaining that the NFL should not go forward with the scheduled free agency period because of the virus. Good thing all ignored that genius piece of advice. This morning he is all concerned about how positive tests could affect the regular season, because a key player could miss a big game because of a positive test. Hey Vic, key players miss big games all the time, because of injury. Nothing unique here. In fact, you may recall Bruce Smith missed a PLAYOFF game because of, oh don’t panic Vic, the FLU. Someone needs to sit good old Vic down and explain that this is not Ebola. The risk of death to the age group these players fall into is virtually zero. That applies to their children as well. In fact, for those age groups the flu is statistically more concerning. The five Bills players who reported to camp and tested positive were completely unaware they had even been infected. So take a deep breath Vic, relax a bit, this is not the Black Death revisited. Stick to subjects that u have at least a little knowledge of.
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