Responding to the fate of their beloved football quarterback Tom Brady, who again faces a four game suspension for his alleged role in “Deflategate”, the PawSox announced a “Free Brady Friday” promotion, which happens at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket on June 10.
It was the second Bandits loss during a home game this year and the fans were devastated. Buffalo was hoping that having home field advantage would give them a first-game win in the three game series of the Champion’s Cup Finals.
This was one of those “feel good homestands” at Coca Cola Field in downtown Buffalo this past weekend, as the Buffalo Bisons paid homage to their parent club, the Toronto Blue Jays, and their strong relationships and synergies with our Canadian friends by hosting a Blue Jays weekend.
The Buffalo Bandits went farther this past weekend than they have in the last eight years. After a 20-15 win over the New England Black Wolves on Saturday night the Buffalo team is now in the Champion’s Cup Finals.
This year fans’ hopes are high – if not a bit impatient – following their outstanding winning streak – as the Bandits seek to raise another championship flag – in First Niagara Center, where the team plays home games. The team’s last championship was in 2008.
He is a “switch pitcher”, capable of throwing from either the left or the right hand. And in fact, to hone his craft, over the years he has had a specially produced baseball glove made for him with four fingers and two thumbs, to allow him to seamlessly switch from right to left as the situation warrants.
28 years ago to the day, Buffalo unveiled its new downtown ballpark, then named Pilot Field, to rave reviews not only locally, but across the nation and the baseball world. Buffalo was high on the list for Major League Baseball expansion, the new stadium set the bar for design and amenities seen nowhere in the minor leagues, and the city celebrated with a parade, and all the pomp and ceremony befitting such an event.
To get a glimpse of exactly what Buffalo fans have to look forward to, maybe for years to come, one only had to watch last week’s Saturday matinee at home against the Winnipeg Jets, won by Buffalo 3-2.
That was the last time that Canada was shutout from the NHL postseason.
Back then it was a 12 team league, Buffalo and Vancouver would be the expansion entrants the following year. The two Canadian teams, Toronto and Montreal, failed to qualify in what was then an eight team playoff field.
That final day in the season to make player trades, which is always set for sometime late February or early March, quite often results in a media carnival atmosphere and hard core fans tuning in to watch the frenzy. Which teams will be looking to add that valuable piece for s deep playoff run? Who is looking to unload fat contracts? And which teams are in rebuild mode and finally coming to grips with that?