Tonawanda News

November 17, 2013

DUVALL: NYC makes for an active week

By Eric DuVall
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — Some thoughts while on vacation for a week in the Big Apple:

• New York City is a lovely place to visit but I could never live there. So much of life in New York is about the city. Negotiating traffic and public transportation is a Herculean effort. Hours per day are given over to riding trains, walking streets and hailing taxis. Sure, you can read while sitting on a train but I wouldn’t want to lose that much time in my day.

Buffalo is more my speed. 

• Best New York City advice I got: Ride the Staten Island Ferry. It’s free and it gives you a spectacular view of the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan. 

• After watching the Bills get thumped by Pittsburgh it was clear to me rookie quarterback EJ Manuel has regressed. The time he’s lost to injury have taken a toll in his development. Against a tricky Steelers defense he looked like a deer in the headlights. 

It doesn’t get any easier this week, with a Jets team that has always given the Buffalo offense fits.

It’s unfortunate to say the least Bills fans and the team won’t get a complete body of work to judge whether Manuel is the franchise quarterback we’ve been searching for.

• So let’s get this straight: Our government can tap any phone, email or Facebook account in the world but it can’t get a health insurance website to work?

• While we’re talking about health care, President Obama deserves the hit he’s taken in the polls for the botched health care rollout. He and congressional Democrats spent months promising Americans if they liked their health insurance they would be allowed to keep it only to pull a bait-and-switch when millions of people got letters saying their plans were being canceled because they didn’t meet minimum coverage standards.

Now Obama has reversed course, at least for now. It’s giving state insurance regulators — not to mention insurance companies — fits and will likely result in higher premiums down the road. 

It begs a question: How did Obama and his health care minions not see this coming?

• Sabres Twitter joke of the week: During a drubbing Saturday night in Toronto people were passing around the hashtag #HireDarcy. 

Funny joke, but really, no.

• Bold prediction: Ryan Miller will again be the starting goaltender for the Americans at the Olympics, so hockey fans here will have at least two weeks to root for something.

• This whole Rob Ford thing couldn’t get weirder if you hired Saturday Night Live writers to script it. Crack-fueled drunken stupors, drunk in the office, driving around pounding vodka and Gatorade, crude remarks about your wife and oral sex? What’s left for this guy to say or do? 

And speaking of SNL, how great would it be if Chris Farley were still around to play this bozo? They look like they were separated at birth.

Eric DuVall is the managing editor of the Tonawanda News. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter, @EricRDuVall.