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Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers


Sure, the way polls look now he had nothing to gain by debating a rapidly self-destructing “Crazy Carl”, but luckily Andrew Cuomo finally manned up on Oct. 7 to calls from the Paladino camp for a public showdown. Let’s just hope this thing proves as entertaining as we all think its going to be.

Hockey Knowledge

A 19-year old Orlando girl was arrested for obstruction and underage drinking on Oct. 9 after originally claiming to be 21 and from Buffalo. An officer tested the girl by asking if she was a fan of the Sabres. But the girl blew it, replying that she preferred the Dallas Cowboys instead.

I'm Not Homophobic

The Pride Center of WNY rallied outside Paladino campaign headquarters on Oct. 12 to protest negative comments he made to a gathering of Orthodox Jews on gay marriage and the “homosexual brainwashing” of children in public school. Well, I guess Carl can kiss the East Allen vote goodbye.

Prioritizing Safety

On Oct. 12, the same day the NHL handed Chicago’s Niklas Hjalmarsson a two game suspension for his cheapshot hit that left Buffalo forward Jason Pominville concussed, the league gave another player two games for taunting a player with an oral sex gesture. Yea, thats fair.

Lame Ducks

Gov. David Paterson was in town on Oct. 12, attempting to smooth over tensions with the Seneca Nation over the collection of $200 million in casino revenues owed the state. Earlier Paterson rejected offers to pay the local govs directly, bypassing the state. Am the only one who forgot this guy still worked here?

By the numbers...


Consecutive home games at Ralph Wilson Stadium that were sold out prior to the Buffalo Bills’ 36-26 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 10. Official attendance for that game was 58,304—well below the stadium’s full capacity of 71,967. The last Bills game to be blacked out on local television dates back to Dec. 24, 2006.


Estimated value in millions of dollars of a North Tonawanda family’s unfinished painting of the Virgin Mary and Christ—if confirmed to be a lost work of the 16th century Italian renaissance master Michelangelo. According to a story in the London Sunday Times the painting, dubbed “The Mike” by the family, was passed down through the generations and spent the last 26 years in safekeeping behind the family’s couch.


Dollars per Buffalo resident in unfunded retirement health benefits promised to public sector workers according to a study released Oct. 13 by the Empire Center for New York Policy. In all the state of New York has $205 billion in liabilities for which the government has not set aside money, including Buffalo’s $2.43 billion—third highest per capita behind Syracuse ($11,200) and Niagara Falls ($9,295).

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