Tonawanda News — Bring that back to Western New York and you see it’s true. Besides open seat races, an incumbent — Republican or Democrat — hasn’t had a tough race in decades. Sure, maybe you think Brian Higgins, Louise Slaughter or the newly elected Chris Collins aren’t the reason the government is shut down but it’s tough to argue there isn’t a plague on all their houses now.
Will voters who have happily pulled the lever for these pols for years feel any differently in 2014? Fat chance.
Multiply that across the country and this is what you get.
When Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel took a sidelines hit to the knee in Thursday’s Browns game I, like everyone, held my breath. It could have been much worse than the sprain he suffered.
Still, what enthusiasm I’d gained for this young Bills team has all but gone out the window if Manuel isn’t on the field.
It’s a pretty simple formula: If Manuel is good, the Bills will be good. If he’s not — or if he’s hurt — we’re right back to square one.
Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery. In the meantime, it feels like the air went out of the balloon for Bills fans as long as he’s on the shelf.
To round out the sports news, the Sabres have started their season.
Someone might want to tell them that. Their performance through three games has me wondering whether they’ll win more than a dozen games this entire season.
They look just that bad.
The rookies are lost. The veterans are coasting (excepting a handful of guys). The coach is already giving testy post-game press conferences. And there are 79 games to go.
Darcy was right about the suffering — except maybe just how much Sabres fans are willing to endure it. Especially while he still has a job.
I promised the good, the bad and the ugly. In hindsight, I was wrong. We’ll get to the good part next week, I guess.