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Seven-Headed Monsters Don’t Exist

 

Rashad Jennings getting handoff

Will Rashad Jennings have a Justin Forsett-like late career breakout, or will one of the young runners step up to take command of the RB1 slot? (Photo Credit: Steven Ryan)

Jim Bearor

The New York Giants are bringing back the four running backs that made up a disappointing backfield in 2015. They ranked 18th in terms of rushing yards and were the team’s worst positional group according to Pro Football Focus. Andre Williams continued to frustrate everyone who had a rooting interest in him, but the other three had decent seasons. Jennings the starter, Vereen the third down back, and Darkwa the fill-in, all ran for a little over four yards per carry.

There was quite a bit going on at the position last year, but you can’t have too many running backs, right? Apparently that’s how the Giants saw it, seeing as they signed free agent Bobby Rainey and drafted Paul Perkins out of UCLA in the 5th round. Oh, and they recently added Marshaun Coprich, an undrafted rookie from Illinois St.  That makes seven. It’s only training camp, so the roster will be trimmed down before it’s all said and done, but there’s no denying the backfield feels crowded right now. Continue reading

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Hard Foul Sports Podcast Episode 46: Brock Osweiler got how much money?!; Bills/Sabres/Leafs Talk

Brock Osweiler now has 72 million reasons to smile. (Getty Images)

Brock Osweiler now has 72 million reasons to smile. (Getty Images)

We had a show planned for you but then Brock Osweiler signed his eye popping deal with the Houston Texans, so that dominates the early portion of the show. Mike and Evan go on to discuss the Bills retaining some of their free agents and how they can improve next season without cap space. We wrap up the show talking about how well Eichel and Reinhart play together for the Sabres, and the tanking process in regards to the Leafs and Sabres.

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If you have an Android device and don’t want to use SoundCloud there are several apps on the Play Store that our show is available on. We recommend Podcast and Radio Addict.

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First Loaded Weekend in College Hoops

-Brian Wolf

First loaded Saturday of hoops is here!

There are always games. That is one of the best parts about the college basketball season, and sometimes we take that for granted. With the college football season now officially in bowl season, that means more free time on Saturday to watch college hoops. While we all enjoy a Monday night double header, nothing quite beats a full day of action on the hardwood. Sleep in a little bit, turn on GameDay, and then watch college hoops for twelve straight hours on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, CBS, the SEC network, the YES network. This is one of those Saturdays!

December 19th is the first really good hoops Saturday of the 2015-16 season. We have two quality neutral court doubleheaders, a top 10ish match up in Virginia, and at least 10 watchable fixtures to get you through 12 hours of the day. Now that college football takes a back seat and final exams should be wrapped up, it is time for some college hoops!

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Bills/Dolphins Quick Hitters

Brian Wolf

Sunday was a must win game for the Bills, and they handled their business. This win was sparked by the return of a couple of starters who missed the last game versus the Jaguars. Tyrod Taylor, Sammy Watkins, and Karlos Williams all played a huge role in getting the Bills back to .500.
Bills fans are celebrating the return of this guy. (Getty Images)

Bills fans are celebrating the return of this guy. (Getty Images)

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The Return of a Legend: Miller Back in Buffalo

Scott Goodwin

**This piece was written before the Sabres 3-2 victory over the Canucks on Saturday

Fans will salute the former Buffalo Sabre as he takes ice for the Vancouver Canucks in a Saturday afternoon home game. – Phot Credit: Associated Press

Fans will salute the former Buffalo Sabre as he takes ice for the Vancouver Canucks in a Saturday afternoon home game. – Phot Credit: Associated Press

Attention has focused directly on Ryan Miller for this weekend’s matchup against the Vancouver Canucks. There will be intense emotions streaming throughout the First Niagara Center as fans, players, coaches and other staff members reflect on the 11 seasons that the Michigan native spent in between the pipes for the Buffalo Sabres.

It will be a different situation for Miller when he skates onto the ice wearing blue, white and green. I know, that sounded pretty good up until the green was mentioned. Miller was traded to the St. Louis Blues on a night that went from routine to hectic. It became a scramble to find an additional goaltender when it was announced that a trade had been made a mere half hour before puck drop. Steve Ott and Ryan Miller were exchanged for Jaroslav Halak and Chris Stewart on March 1, 2014.

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For The Mets, The Future Is Now

Mike Tolsma

November 1st, 2015. Mark that day down, as the New York Mets were still playing baseball. If I have said it once, I have probably said it 1,000 times – if you were to tell me the Mets would be playing baseball in November I would have laughed at you (probably hysterically). Who knew one trade (Cespedes), and a few young, blossoming stars (Syndergaard, D’Arnoud) would pave the way for a run all the way to the baseball seasons winding days. Terry Collin’s took the blame for Sunday nights 9th inning meltdown, and let’s face it – he was out-managed all series long by Ned Yost, of all people. But Yost pushed the right buttons for his side while New York and Terry Collins’ club just didn’t have the answers for the Royals pressure.

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College Football Review: Week 4

-Brian Wolf

We are a month into the season and five weeks away from the first College Football Playoff ranking. It’s a good thing because as of right now there are many teams that believe they are a top four team. We witnessed many top tier programs handling their business against lesser opponents while schools such as TCU were taken to the brink and barely survived. We got to watch a Heisman hopeful widen the gap from his opponents and we got to see Karl Malone still use a flip phone.

The current top two schools in the country, Ohio State and Michigan State took care of business with 38-12 and 30-10 victories. The Big Ten is definitely representing themselves well right now. TCU and Trevone Boykin escaped a close one against in state rival Texas Tech on a fourth down tipped reception for the game winning touchdown with under 30 seconds remaining. UCLA went on the road to take on Arizona and took care of business with a 56-30 victory. Number 17 Northwestern remained undefeated after a 24-19 victory over Ball State and number 18 Utah put a whooping on number 13 Oregon. Are we witnessing the fall of the Ducks?

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Eichel Shines In Opening Preseason Game

Scott Goodwin

I couldn’t help but have a smile on my face as the “Sabre Dance” played on WGR Sport Radio on Monday evening. The Sabres were finally back in action on a fresh sheet of ice at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Sabres trumped the Wild by a score of 3 – 2 despite the several prominent forwards missing from Buffalo’s lineup. Fans listening via radio or receiving updates must have been displeased by the fact that this preseason game went untelevised.

It’s a rare realization, preseason is now interesting this year, there are so many new things to analyze about this team. The theme of the preseason opener was music to any Buffalo fan’s ears. Continue reading

The Hard Foul Pick ‘Em: Week 2

– The Hard Foul Staff 

Week 1 is in the books, and the Hard Foul Staff looked like this with their predictions:

Brian Wolf led the way with 13 correctly picked winners.

Angela Nicholas, Evan Sally, Matt Haring, and Steve Stich had 11 correctly picked winners.

Scott Goodwin and Cruz Serrano knotted 10 winners a piece.

Rounding out the group was Jim Bearor, Zack El-Sharif, and Mike Tolsma with 8 winners.

This week, the gang does this one a little different. This is the style we intend to use the rest of the way. The staff decided on 4 big games and will be picking those, with the inclusion of Adam Bennett (HFSCleveland) as well.

The games this week we have decided to pick are: New England at Buffalo, Seattle at Green Bay, San Diego at Cincinnati, and Dallas at Philadelphia. Who do you have in this week’s Big 4? Continue reading

Rapid Reactions: Stock Up, Stock Down

-Matt Haring 

Week 1: Bills vs Colts

It was an absolutely electric atmosphere on Sunday for the Bills home opener, and the team certainly appeared to feed off of that energy. The Indianapolis Colts walked directly into a buzz saw, getting outplayed badly in all three facets of the game. It was a fantastic team effort overall that showed the league the potential that this Bills team has to make this year. I’ll take a look at the best and worst aspects of the Bills performance week one.

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