Pegula: Accountability Starts With Me

Terry Pegula professes that accountability starts with him.  Speaking to the media on Friday the Bills and Sabres owner accounted for the miscues that afflict both his franchises.  The Sabres have the second longest NHL playoff drought, and the Bills have been sidelined longer than any NFL team.  He stressed the need for character, discipline, and communication.  These are hopeful new beginnnings.  PEGULA RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF RESETTING HIS FRANCHISES.  THE INITIAL GROWING PAINS OF HIS ORGANIZATIONS MUST GIVE WAY TO CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDERS.  GRATEFUL TO THE OWNER FOR KEEPING THE TEAMS LOCALLY, WE UNITE AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills have announced their 2017 schedule.  The challenging lineup opens at home versus the Jets on September 10th.  It is followed by contests with Carolina, Denver, Atlanta, and Cincinnati.  The bye is in week 6.  Buffalo then hosts Tampa Bay and the Raiders, before taking on the Jets, Saints, Chargers, and Chiefs.  In December Buffalo hosts the Patriots, Colts, and Dolphins before playing at New England on Christmas Eve.  The regular season finale is at Miami on New Years Eve.  THE BILLS HAVE THEIR WORK CUT OUT FOR THEM.  4 DIVISION GAMES ARE LATE IN THE YEAR.  HOPING FOR THE BEST WITH A GRUELING SCHEDULE, WE RALLY AS 1BUFFALO.

The Sabres have fired head coach Dan Bylsma and general manager Tim Murray.  Their terminations come in the wake of another disappointing season.  Owners Terry and Kim Pegula released a statement thanking them for their hard work and contributions to the team.  A search for their replacements is underway.  So ends yet another failed chapter in Buffalo sports annals.  Terry Pegula will address the media Friday morning at 10.  THE REVOLVING DOOR THAT IS THE PEGULA’S SPORTS ENTERPRISES CONTINUES.  THE LACK OF STABILITY IN SENIOR MANAGEMENT UNDERMINES FRANCHISE PERFORMANCE.  HOW MUCH MORE FANS SHOULD HAVE TO ENDURE IS UNCLEAR.  HOPING THE PEGULAS FIND THEIR FOOTINGS AS OWNERS, WE STRUGGLE TO REMAIN 1BUFFALO.

The Bills have opened their voluntary veteran minicamp.  All eyes are on new head coach Sean McDermott as he launches his regime.  The focus will be on the competition at quarterback.  Tyrod Taylor, the reluctant holdover, will be challenged for the starting berth by Cardale Jones and TJ Yates.  The Bills are likely to take a QB in the upcoming draft later this month.  THE BILLS ARE A TEAM IN TRANSITION.  THE NEW COACHING STAFF IS COMMITTED TO BREAKING THE PLAYOFF DROUGHT.  THE ASSEMBLED TALENT WILL DEBUT IN THE MINICAMP SESSIONS. LOOKING FOR SIGNS OF A TURN AROUND, WE REMAIN COMMITTED AS 1BUFFALO.

New England has signed Bills running back Mike Gillislee to an offer sheet.  The 2 year deal is worth $6.4 million with $4 million payable in year one.  Buffalo is unlikely to match the offer.  They will receive a fifth round draft pick for the restricted free agent.  The Patriots continue their poaching of Bills talent.  They earlier took Stephon Gilmore at the outset of free agency.  YET ANOTHER PLAYER IS HEADED TO DIVISION RIVAL NEW ENGLAND.  BILLS FANS ARE LEFT TO WONDER HOW THIS COULD HAPPEN. SHAKING OUR HEADS AT AGAIN BEING OUTMANEUVERED, WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.

Rotoworld has ranked Doug Whaley the worst general manager in the league.  It cites Whaley’s repeated miscues in hirings and roster moves.  His firing is seen as only a matter of time.  Despite protestations of support from coach McDermott and owner Terry Pegula, the handwriting is on the wall.  WHALEY NEEDS TO GO SOONER THAN LATER.  SPECULATION ABOUNDS THAT HE WILL BE CANNED AFTER THE DRAFT.  LOOKING FOR A CHANGING OF THE GUARD AT GM, WE CAUTIOUSLY REMAIN 1BUFFALO.

Temple quarterback Phillip Walker has worked out for the Bills.  His visit is in advance of the college draft later this month.  Buffalo is seriously looking to take a QB to solve its dilemma on center.  With the 10th overall pick, they should be able to draft a name prospect.  THE BILLS ARE ACKNOWLEDGING THEIR GAPING WHOLE AT QUARTERBACK.  NEITHER TYROD TAYLOR NOR CARDALE JONES IS THE LONG-TERM SOLUTION.  LOOKING TO MANAGEMENT FOR INSPIRED DRAFTING, WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.

The Editors extend Easter Greetings to all Bills fans.  May you enjoy a peaceful holiday with your family and friends.  Easter celebrates the return of spring and regeneration of the earth.  It embodies the virtues inherent in professional sports – family, home, community.  IN THIS SEASON OF NEW BEGINNINGS, WE HOPE FOR A RESET OF THE BILLS.  VOLUNTARY WORKOUTS ARE UNDERWAY, AND THE DRAFT IS AROUND THE CORNER.  IN THE SPIRIT OF RENEWAL WE LOOK TO THE FUTURE, JOINING TOGETHER AS 1BUFFALO.

Speculation is running high whether Mitchell Trubisky is in the Bills future.  The North Carolina quarterback recently worked out for the coaches and owner Terry Pegula.  Buffalo is known to be shopping for a franchise quarterback.  The long-term solution is clearly not Tyrod Taylor who is a holdover out of desperation.  The Bills can use their 10th overall pick to take Trubisky and groom him for the future.  THE QB DILEMMA IS LARGELY THE FAULT OF INEPT GENERAL MANAGER DOUG WHALEY.  THE SOONER HE IS CANNED THE BETTER FOR THE FRANCHISE.  HOPING FOR THE RIGHT STRATEGIC MOVES, WE UNITE THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND AS 1BUFFALO.

Dan Rooney, long-time Chairman of the Steelers, has died at age 84.  A colossal executive in the NFL, he helped shape league policy for decades.  He commanded respect all over the country.  Vitally concerned with equal opportunity, he initiated the Rooney Rule, which requires minority interviews for head coaching and front office positions.  He fielded championship teams that brought home several Super Bowl victories.  He later served as United States ambassador to Ireland.  BILLS FANS UNITE IN CONVEYING CONDOLENCES TO THE ROONEY FAMILY AND OUR SISTER CITY OF PITTSBURGH.  A FOOTBALL GIANT HAS PASSED.  INSPIRED BY HIS LIFETIME CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE GAME, WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO,

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