Welcome to Part two of my off-season guide to keep you entertained until The Sabres and Bills are playing again. On Thursday I dedicated the whole post to hockey and took you through all the events leading up to the first full year of the Pegula Era. This week I explore football and all the other stuff to keep you occupied through the summer of 2011. The Buffalo Bills, soccer, NASCAR, and baseball: pick your poison.
Even with the lockout lifted, a new CBA still needs to take place, and until then the fans are being left in pigskin limbo. With free agency unable to take place, no undrafted FA’s were able to signed and we still do not know what players will be restricted or unrestricted. The one thing that I hope to God happens is that Donte Whitner leaves town. After his last twitter tirade, he still said he is open to returning to Buffalo. The self proclaimed football-Jesus needs to shut up and move on. Also if he could get hit by a truck, that would be aaaaaaawesome.
When, or if free agency does open, the Bills still have many holes to fill, especially at QB, TE, OT, DB, & ILB (If Poz walks). The Amish Rifle and Levi Brown are the only QB’s on the roster. Do they add an experienced veteran like McNabb or Marc Bulger, or a mid-level guy like Tyler Thigpen or Matt Moore? Either way, this is Fitzy’s team until they add a QB in the draft. Andrew Luck, anyone???
As mentioned, they also need tons of other help. 2010 waiver wire pickup Scott Chandler is tops on the TE depth chart (Desmond Clark is most likely available with the emergence of Greg “Greggie” Olsen), Erik Pears is our starting right tackle, and we have only three experienced corners, two of which are injury-prone. And with no Poz, it would mean rookie Kelvin Sheppard immediately steps into a starting role (maybe not a bad thing). So there is a ton of work still to be done. Of course Buffalo always seems to find some diamonds in the rough through undrafted FA’s, like Jason Peters, Jabari Greer, and Jim Leonhard. Those guys were steals and I’m so glad….what was that? We let all of them leave? Oh ok, that makes sense. *Smacks head against wall*
June 10th @NJ Blaze
Of course there are many more dates besides the two above, but those are the games that stick out right now. May 22nd the team opens up their regular season at home and the big day on June 10th will see the DGWU crew attending their game on Jersey soil (or is it mud?) in full force. Our trip to Central Jersey is sure to be exciting and will most likely end with my girlfriend’s parents bailing me out of jail. Check out the Barrister’s excellent post about Nick Mendola’s scrappy FC Buffalo squad and get excited for the upcoming season. You can check out the full schedule here and plenty of coverage on the team, right where you are at DGWU Sports. I just talked about soccer in a post. The Scizz talked about soccer in a post. I need a medal or maybe one of those nifty scarves I see all you fans with.
Oh yes, out of Europe and into redneck country. I have to be honest, I feel a little more comfortable here. No, I’m not a redneck, but I grew up watching NASCAR with my Dad and actually attended this race for solid 10 years with him. This year I hope to bring other members of the DGWU crew with me to celebrate some racin’ road-course style in upstate New York. Just a few hours away from NYC, this track is located in the middle of nowhere, but with a registered camping site located within the track infield and my father’s mustachioed best friend pounding beers, it is sure to be a good time. If you are not a race fan because you think that left turns are boring, this is a race that may peak your interest. The road-course features many twist and turns and you can check out a map of the track here and a list of the events here. The party goes Thursday – Sunday and I guarantee you a good time if you attend. Unfortunately, dumb ass fuckheads still take up the majority of the sports' fan base. Last year one of my favorites, former F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya took the checkered flag amongst outright racist boos from the crowd. Hmmm, maybe NASCAR and soccer do have something in common. SOCCER NASCAR These people need to die fiery deaths over a tank of blood thirsty sharks.
Yankees @ Orioles - August 26 - 28
Cubs @ Mets - September 9 – 11
Bisons games – Check the schedule
Always remember that during the summer months there are oodles and oodles of pointless baseball games being played for you to enjoy! I realize that maybe we have readers who are Indians, Pirates, and Blue Jays fans because of close proximity to Buffalo, but the DGWU crew represent the Cubs, Mets, and Orioles. The three series listed above are all ones to take interest in, because some of us may actually attend these games. You can look forward to ridiculously detailed Oriole knowledge from the Apologist at some point on this site, continued live-blogging of Cubs games from the Yachtsman and I, and terrifying accounts of being a newish Mets fan from the Barrister. I for one am excited about another possible DGWU roadtrip to Baltimore’s beautiful Inner Harbor for the Yankees series. Get on that Aps, but be careful of Omar Comin' (see image above).
Finally, if you are new to our site or at least have ignored our lovely podcast, please continue to look for new episodes of the CrapTastiCast with many different Buffalo-related guests all summer (including Joe from BuffaloWins this Monday). We will try our best to have a new one out to you each week with fresh/stale comedy, average sports knowledge, and sweeping generalizations. At least you get to hear that awesome intro music we have. Feel free to hit that nifty little iTUNES subscribe button down below to keep track of all new episodes and please download the past ones. It is a guaranteed goodtime for all to enjoy (except children, the elderly, and anyone originally from Philadelphia). And naturally a lovely way to waste away your mornings at work. Catch ya on the flipside.