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October 6, 2013

DUVALL: Rough week all around for news, sports

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • adamczyk, ed.jpg ADAMCZYK: And now for something completely different... Last weekend I attended a local movie theater (a plushy, posh experience; they design these places now to get you out of your living room and away from your home electronics) to watch the sun set on the British Empire.

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  • wallace, amy.jpg WALLACE: Too much information? Is there such a thing as TMI or too much information anymore? Some might say yes.

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  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On reading and the lack thereof It was surprising to me a few weeks ago when a friend asked a group of us to estimate how many books we have each read over the last five years. The English teacher said 200 and he far and away led the pack. I was probably the median and my number was 20-25.

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  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: A Con-Con would be a con game

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  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: Conflict in Ukraine now a concern of global proportions It seems increasingly clear Ukrainian separatists, with the help from the Russian military, are responsible for the tragedy. They, of course, have denied it. They've also denied access to the crash site to international investigators seeking to recover the dead and determine what happened. That's not something the innocent party does.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADAMCZYK: Personal development, rendered in steel Accepting the premise that everyone needs to fill the same amount of time every day (24 hours, every day), some people use theirs rebuilding things, tangible things, and thus fulfill a few intangible goals.

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  • WALLACE: Festival season is underway Summer is the season of fairs and festivals. From Canal Fest in the Tonawandas to the Allentown Art Festival and Italian Heritage Festival in Buffalo to the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, the Western New York area has no shortage of things to do with the family over the summer.

    July 17, 2014

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: King George's abdication leaves many questions I've covered Niagara County politics for 10 years and it's been a fascinating -- and often infuriating -- experience. With the news the man known with equal parts respect and cynicism as "King George" is walking away it's about to get more interesting.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Canal Fest, here we come This column should be titled "Roads and Streets." First of all, Meadow Drive is finally open. Although it took very long to be completed, it's beautiful. Riding by the other day brought into focus how many people will use this to cut across town. One less thing for residents to complain about.

    July 12, 2014

  • ADAMCZYK: Homesick for someplace I've never been You stumble over things that make you wonder. I do, at least, and the latest is one of those advertising artifacts from yesteryear that encourage me to ponder what's changed and what never will.

    July 11, 2014

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