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Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

Holiday Friggin' Cheer

WNYers may have noticed a sort of, musical anachronism on the local radio last week. It seems local soft stations WJYE 96.1 and WTSS 102.5 (those stations you hear in the reception area of your dentist’s office) began playing Christmas music a full 40 days before the actual holiday. Good lord.

Recycled Cereal

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller unveiled his new “Kick Save Krunch” on Nov. 17, a Honey Nut Cheerios knockoff that looks suspiciously like PBL Sports’ last celebrity cereal offering, Terrell Owens T.O.’s. Way to get the most of last year’s undoubtedly overstocked leftovers.

Derogatory Slurs

Buffalo Bills rookie CJ Spiller apologized on Nov. 17 for dropping an f-bomb on a friend via Twitter, dismissing the slur as merely trash talking. Quoth Spiller: “It’s not bad blood dat y’all have mannn”. 140-character limits or not, I think the English language deserves an “I’m sorry” for that gem as well.

Suburban Security

Well, it’s clear Amherst has gone to hell. The latest and once touted CQ Press City Crime Rankings on Nov. 22 dropped Amherst to 6th on its’ annual list of America’s Safest Cities, down from second last year. Conversely, Buffalo­­—and justifiably so—rose from 27th to the 16th most dangerous.

Faces of Meth

A West Side couple was charged on Nov. 22 with manufacturing meth in their home and face a maximum penalty of life in prison for production of the seriously messed up drug. Hold onto your hats, folks, because meth—the scourge of the West Coast—is coming to a tweaker near you.

By the numbers...


Consecutive unanswered points scored by the Buffalo Bills in the second half of their 49-31 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 21. After falling behind 28-7 in the second quarter the Bills roared back to their biggest comeback in 13 years, setting a new NFL record in the process. Never before had a team down by 17 or more at the half, come back to win by 18 or more.


Percentage of motorists who travel between 60 and 65 miles per hour on the Kensington Expressway (Route 33), according to a summer study by the Department of Transportation. In order to decrease the severity of accidents by negating the speed differential, officials on Nov. 18 increased the speed limit on the 33 from 50 to 55 miles per hour. Previous DOT studies have shown decreased fatalities on the Thruway after the speed limit was upped to 65mph.


Estimated cost per inch of the 4.2 mile extension of Route 219 in Springville that was officially unveiled on Nov. 19. The long awaited $129 million construction project—which was plagued by delay and cost ovverruns—took over three years to complete and is part of a plan that oneday hopes to link Toronto to Miami.

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