Preseason and Losman’s Last Stand

by Ryan

While there does seem to be plenty going on in the sports world these days, I can’t seem to get any of it together with enough coherency to warrant a full post. Here’s a few things that I’ve been thinking about lately. Feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments.

– The Sabres just announced their 2009 preseason schedule, and two home dates are on the list. Buffalo will play Washington at HSBC Arena on September 17, and Toronto on September 23. The Sabres will play both teams twice, along with a game in Detroit and another up at the Bell Center against the Habs. Here’s the full schedule:

Thursday, September 17 Washington at Buffalo 7:00 p.m. (HSBC Arena)

Saturday, September 19 Buffalo at Detroit 7:00 p.m. (Joe Louis Arena)

Monday, September 21 Buffalo at Washington 7:00 p.m. (Verizon Center)

Wednesday, September 23 Toronto at Buffalo 7:00 p.m. (HSBC Arena)

Saturday, September 26 Buffalo at Montreal TBD (Bell Centre)

Sunday, September 27 Buffalo at Toronto 7:00 p.m. (Air Canada Centre)

– Yesterday I got an email from reader Brian S. that involved our Reading With the Roost series. He just finished reading a book he thought we might want to take a look at. It’s called Running with Buffalo, and involves a Buffalo guy who moves to Boston after college. Brian said it’s something some former Buffalonians might be able to relate to, and so I’m going to buy it and give it a shot. Check the link to take a look, and be sure to email us if you have any suggestions as well.

– I did not watch the T.O. Show on Monday, and after looking at the reaction from others it looks like I made the right call. Wake me when he hits the end zone.

That being said, I am very excited about Bills camp. This year I think I’m really going to dive into getting to know this team, at least on a level I never have as a Bills fan. For better or worse, I suppose.

– The phrase “former Bills quarterback” can now officially be applied to J.P. Losman, as he signed a one-year deal with the UFL’s Las Vegas franchise. J.P.’s tenure with the Bills was certainly an interesting one, and I still say he was handled very poorly, but it’s good to see him land on his feet. Here’s an interesting clip from that story:

Said Losman: “I’m looking at my career over the long haul. OK, this is where I’m at in five years. But I look at it like, ‘Where do I want to be after a 10-year, 11-year career?’ There are some things I feel I want to work on that I need to work on, and this league gives me an opportunity to do that and to work with somebody who’s had a lot of success in the NFL.”

Fassel said his point is that Losman’s career isn’t a bust yet. “You’ve got to be blind not to see this guy can play quarterback,” the coach said. “And if he does his job this year and everything works out, I’ll be the happiest guy in the world if next year, there’s 12, 14, 16 teams saying, ‘This guy’s a quarterback; we all miscalculated this thing. He can play. Let’s go get this guy now.’ And then he’s back where he wants to be. That’s fine with me. I have no problem with that.

It’s nice to know that the UFL has lowered its expectations so far that they merely aim to by the football equivalent of a minor league rehab assignment. If Losman’s their big star and he’s hoping for a one and done, how can fans expect much more?

– I don’t think we’ve mentioned this since Monday, but Capgeek.com is reporting that Clarke MacArthur’s 1-year contract will be worth $1.4 million. That seems like a fair number, and an almost million-dollar raise for the winger. NHLNumbers.com doesn’t have the figures in there, but I believe that will give the Sabres a little more than $6.5 million in cap space left to work with.