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Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

Holy Shit the Bank Changed

On May 21 the temporary tarps were removed from around 100 former HSBC branches to reveal the new First Niagara signage, capping the bank’s acquisition of the HSBC’s local assets. It’s easy to understand the desire to chase profits elsewhere, HSBC, but remember, someday China’s bubble will burst, too.

Safety First

Nik Wallenda announced on May 22 that his sponsors are forcing him to wear a harness during his highwire walk across Niagara Falls. Way to suck all the magic and inherent danger out of what was a special event. Wallenda, who has never worn a harness before, says negotiations are ongoing.

See it's Not So Bad

Just one day before Wallenda’s capitulation, a man survived an alleged suicide attempt over the 188-foot Horseshoe Falls, becoming just the fourth person in history to do so without flotation or protective equipment. You see—man has conquered the falls. Now let the dude walk without holding his hand.

Community Loyalty

Local manufacturer—yes, some do still exist—Greatbatch announced on May 22 that the company will move its HQ to Texas after 40 years in Western New York. Before the anti-tax nuts get riled up, let this serve rather as a cautionary example of the dangers of letting a loyal, local corporation go public.

Sexual Stigmas

Buffalo Bills receiver David Clowney took to Twitter on May 22 to make public and post a picture of his negative HIV test on May 22, proclaiming excitedly, “Thank God for keeping my body healthy and safe.” Cheers to David for having the guts to ignore social stigma and promote responsible sex.

By the numbers...


Average price of a ticket, in Canadian dollars, during the first year of Buffalo Bills’ five-year, eight-game, $78 million series in Toronto, which began n 2008. By comparison, the average price of a Bills game in Orchard Park in 2008 was $51. Seen by many as a move necessary to maintain the Bills’ financial security in Buffalo, the NFL’s International Committee approved a five-year extension of the Toronto series on May 22, although reports say the value of the deal—and ticket prices too—will be “significantly” less than before.


Miles from Canalside to the Small Boat Harbor, using Ohio Street. At the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper’s Buffalo River Summit on Monday, May 21, Congressman Brian Higgins noted that an investment in improving the Ohio Street corridor would obviate the need for new bridge connecting Canalside to the Outer Harbor. This marks a change in position for higgins, for whom a new bridge which has been a priority project. Higgins estimated that improving Ohio Street, which would encourage development along the corridor, would cost between $7 million and $9 million, or 1/10th the cost of a proposed Buffalo Harbor Bridge.

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