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Buffalo ranks 40th in ‘Best Sports Cities’ poll

Posted by Chris Brown on October 8, 2009 – 3:19 pm

Buffalo placed 40th in a pool of 399 in Sporting News’ annual Best Sports Cities rankings.

Pittsburgh—which reclaimed its title of “City of Champions” with the Penguins and Steelers—is No. 1. Boston, last year’s No. 1 city, slipped to No. 3.
 
“They love sports. They’re excitable,” University of Buffalo football coach Turner Gill told Sporting News. “I don’t know that it’s one sport; they’re passionate about all the sports going on here — baseball, football and hockey, and so forth.”
 
This year’s Best Sports Cities list features almost 400 cities and towns in the U.S. and Canada, ranked by a system that assigns points to a variety of categories, including a city’s number of teams, their regular-season won-lost records, playoff berths, bowl appearances and tournament bids, championships, applicable power ratings, fan fervor, attendance and more.
 
The full list can be found here.


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Buffalo not ranked among top 10 football cities

Posted by Chris Brown on July 21, 2009 – 8:55 pm

Yep you heard right Bills fans in a rankings list compiled by FoxSports.com, their staff put together a rundown of the Top 10 football cities and Buffalo did not make the cut.

The list which absolutely has some qualified candidates (Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Dallas) also had some head scratchers (New Orleans #2?!). When you look at their criteria you begin to understand why they picked the cities they did. Here it is.

What qualities make a good NFL city? For our highly subjective purposes,leaning toward those with passionate, devoted fans with some sense of civic pride, and a stadium rich in either character, tradition or creature comforts. Basically, a place you’d want to visit, regardless of your fan allegiance.

Someone want to tell me how the heck New York made the top 10 with that dump called Giants stadium, which isn’t even in the state of New York? What tradition or character does that place have? It was built on swamp land. Plus New York is a baseball town, always will be.

As for Buffalo they easily make the grade for passionate and devoted fans with civic pride, the people that made up this list probably saw the stadium was built in 1973 and just chalk it up as a dinosaur with no character or tradition. How quickly they forget the 1980 opener, the ’88 division clincher in O.T., the AFC Championship game in ’90 (51-3) and the Comeback.

Judging by this list most of the voters couldn’t reference most of those games in the first place. Here’s the top 10.

1. Green Bay
2. New Orleans
3. Pittsburgh
4. Cleveland
5. Kansas City
6. Dallas
7. New York
8. Philadelphia
9. Chicago
10. Denver


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AFC East logjam

Posted by Chris Brown on November 3, 2008 – 5:11 am

With the Patriots falling to Indy on the road (18-15), the AFC East is a veritable logjam with New England, Buffalo and New York all at 5-3 and the Dolphins just a game back at 4-4.

Best division record right now belongs to the Jets at 2-1, followed by New England at 1-1 and Buffalo the last of the three top division teams at 0-2. Miami just a game back has a 2-1 division record.

The Bills have to that zero out of their division win column fast if they’re going to have a shot at any tiebreaker edge for a division title.


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