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Manuel working with kids at Super Bowl

Posted by Chris Brown on January 31, 2014 – 9:10 am

Bills QB EJ Manuel will be part of a Pop Warner football clinic for youth football players in the New York metropolitan area this evening.

More than 150 New York-area Pop Warner athletes will work with New York Giants Pro Bowler Jason Pierre-Paul, Manuel, Denard Robinson and Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas to offer insight and instruction at the 7thAnnual Panini Pop Warner Skills Clinic.

“I’m here with Panini. I have a memorabilia deal with those guys,” Manuel told “I’ll get a chance to coach up some kids tomorrow at a clinic. Panini is hosting so I’ll have a chance to give back to kids.”

The special event will take place Friday evening at Chelsea Piersand. During the two-hour clinic, Pierre-Paul, Manuel, Robinson and Douglas will lead athletes through a series of informative football drills and talk to them about their own experiences. After the clinic, the players will sign autographs for all participants.

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Super Bowl teams lost coordinators last year

Posted by Chris Brown on January 24, 2014 – 10:36 am

While a good number of Bills fans are ticked that the Cleveland Browns hired Mike Pettine away from Buffalo there’s an interesting note to make about how teams fare after they lose a good coordinator when looking at this year’s two Super Bowl participants.

The Denver Broncos lost their offensive coordinator Mike McCoy last year, who was named the head coach of the San Diego Chargers. In 2013, the first year with a new coordinator they finished number one in the league in total offense. Similiarly the Seattle Seahawks, the NFC rep for the Super Bowl this year, lost their defensive coordinator last offseason in Gus Bradley, who was named the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. And the Seahawks finished number one in total defense in 2013.

Granted, both units already had a lot of things going for them in terms of talent, but having been a top 10 defense in 2013, there’s no reason to believe there should be a drop off for Buffalo’s defense, especially knowing that the majority of the players in that defense are under contract and will be back for 2014.

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Former Bill on Super Bowl officiating crew

Posted by Chris Brown on January 17, 2014 – 11:13 am

Earlier this week the NFL named the officiating crew for Super Bowl XLVIII and a former Bills safety will be the back judge for the big game in a couple of weeks.

Former Bills safety Steve Freeman was named the back judge for head referee Terry McAulay’s Super Bowl crew. Freeman has been an NFL official for 13 seasons and has officiated eight playoff games.

Under the NFL officiating program’s evaluation system, officials must be rated in the top tier at their position to be eligible for the Super Bowl. They must have at least five years of NFL experience and previous playoff assignments.

Freeman played 12 seasons for the Bills (1975-1986) appearing in 178 games with Buffalo where he recorded 23 interceptions, returning three of them for touchdowns.

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NY/NJ gets Super Bowl XLVIII

Posted by Chris Brown on May 25, 2010 – 3:22 pm

It took a fourth round of voting, but in the end New York/New Jersey was awarded Super Bowl XLVIII.

Broadcast live on the NFL Network the fourth round of voting, which required simply a majority vote gave NY/NJ the required 17 votes needed.

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NY/NJ Super Bowl bid a lock?

Posted by Chris Brown on May 25, 2010 – 8:17 am

There doesn’t seem to be much anticipation for the NFL’s announcement where the host city will be named for Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014. That’s because there are reports indicating that the bid is in the bag for New York.

According to the NY Daily News, the field of candidates has for all intents and purposes has been reduced to two, New York/New Jersey and their sparkling new gem of a stadium just over the Hudson in the Meadowlands or Tampa.

With Commissioner Roger Goodell’s praise of NY/NJ as a potential host city, many believe it’s a foregone conclusion that NY/NJ will get the 17 votes needed today to win the Super Bowl bid.

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