With the anticipated vote to accept the approval of Terry and Kim Pegula into NFL Ownership, we began tonight’s show asking the listeners, other than “thank you” what would say to or ask the Pegula’s as they begin to assume ownership? Plenty of responses from stadium issues to ticket prices were voiced. We also heard sound from head coach Doug Marrone on the success of kickoff specialist Jordan Gay this season.
John Breitenbach, from Pro Football Focus called in as our first guest to discuss his ReFo from the Bills game in Detroit. Breitenbach graded out some of the Bills individual performances, which included his high marks for defensive end Jerry Hughes and Sammy Watkins. He said in his years studying the NFL he hasn’t seen a catch like the dramatic bobble reception Watkins had on the game winning drive. He graded Watkins at a +3.2 and named him to the Pro Football Focus All-Pro team for week five. He also weighed in on the game Jerry Hughes had, who Breitenbach says stuck out as one of the stars of the game.
“With Mario Williams coming off the other edge, he’s (Hughes) is in a really good situation. He’s going to see a lot of one-on-one matchups and this was a game where he really took advantage especially with his power, which isn’t something you’d really expect. He really produced with his bullrush. He had a really, really outstanding game.”
At the top of the hour, we were joined by Jim Quirk, the Executive Director at the NFL Referees Association to discuss the recent criticism in the NFL when it comes to officiating. Quirk discussed some controversial calls and where this year specifically, there are some mixed signals between the league and officials on the field causing some confusion. He also talked about how those interested in officiating get involved and the climbing-the-ranks process it takes to get to the NFL.
Finally, Tom Quatroche, ECMC’s Sr. Vice President of Marketing, Planning, and Business Development called in to discuss the 9th Annual Billieve weekend which starts Friday night in Niagara Falls on the Rainbow Bridge. They will place a pink ribbon across the bridge and then light the Falls pink, all to raise awareness for breast cancer screening. ECMC will also sponsor Sunday’s game against the Patriots to show those in attendance the display of hope from survivors of breast cancer.
“It’s just really nice to see the Bills and the players are so engaged in this process to make sure folks understand the importance of this and really feel it. It’s one thing to talk about it, it’s another thing to actually, whether it’s the pink ribbon, the lighting of the Falls, or the survivors coming onto the field, to really understand what it means and we hope that people take this as an opportunity to understand they need to get screened…The whole weekend is just a really great effort by the Bills and the NFL to raise awareness for breast screening.”
For more information you can visit www.buffalobills.com/billieve
Bills multimedia reporter Alexandra Vitale also joined us from Duff’s Famous Wings in Orchard Park where she sat down with Bills fans to get their thoughts and questions on the team. To hear all of that and more from Tuesday’s John Murphy Show, click below.
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