This past week as I heard the abhorrent news of the Las Vegas Shootings I reacted analogously, without hesitation, as I did on September 11, 2001, when the very minute I heard that the first plane hitting the twin towers was not an accident. Flashback to 2001, I dialed one of my very best friends, living in the Big Apple, both home and cell phone numbers with no luck and continued throughout the morning. I finally called his parents residing in a different city and left them a concerned message which they later returned letting me know he was alright.
Fast forward to earlier this week and I started taking Vegas role call that of my mother, sister, brother in law, two nephews, one nephew’s wife and three close friends. I used resources including texting, calling and even Facebook messaging. I was not trying to hide in “my space” like last week. I was thankful that my family and friends were safe. At the same time shocked and saddened by one evil selfish coward act that took many lived and injured others as well as impacting all of the victim’s family and friends forever.
I found it toilsome to start my weekly commentary in an upbeat, giddy, comedic or sarcastic fashion. This will not bring anyone back or heal any injuries or sooth empty hearts. I just wanted to use this introduction to express the deepest possible condolences to anyone and everyone impacted by this cowardly act no matter how big or small the impact or grieving may be.
It reminded me again that as huge of a victory the win over Atlanta was. How fantastic the defense is playing at a world class level so far this NFL season. News of Jack Eichel inking a new near decade contract and Pominville making his return to the Sabres with a two goal spectacular opening night. When news such as the Vegas Mandalay Bay Massacre is reported, it just puts things back in to perspective that the Bills and the Sabres play a game. A game. A 17 year playoff drought, no Super bowl or Stanley Cup victory for the Buffalo Big Two in reality is so very insignificant. Such a sick feeling in my stomach as thoughts of the shooting at times is consuming. America’s resurgence Queen City is behind you Las Vegas. That’s really all I got for you as an opening this week.
Andy Dalton and the Bengals destroy the Browns
I shall resume where I left off last week alphabetically speaking about ….Things we know about the Buffalo Bills this week:
E.) Exceptional- This past week against the Falcons, Stephen Hauschka was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goal attempts, including field goals from distances of 55 and 56-yards coming in the fourth quarter of the Bills’ victory. This exceptional play earned him the Special Teams Player of the week for the second consecutive week.
F.) Final Injury Count-Both LB Ramon Humber – thumb injury and WR Jordan Mathews-thumb injury, are out against the Bengals and indefinitely. CB E.J. Gaines groin injury and his backup Shareece Wright with a back injury, are still questionable. The same goes for safety Micah Hyde (knee) which could really shorthand the secondary that has performed so well this season. Offensive tackle Cordy Glenn is dealing with his foot/ankle and is also questionable. The injury bug could possibly hit the Bills in an area that has carried the team.
G.) Goodbye- Wide Receiver Walter Powell was released as Philly Brown, Wide Receiver, was signed by Buffalo, only to be released once again by the Bills.
H.) Hockey: One Buffalo was in effect as several Bills were spotted at the Sabres season/ home opener. I caught a glance of Shady McCoy sporting a Sabres jersey with his number 25 looking sharp.
Stay Classy Bills fans and thanks for stopping by.