It was a cold and snowy night at Denver’s Mile High Field, and when it was over, the home team had a reason to celebrate. For the first time since Week 17 of last season, the New England Patriots are in the loss column. A 30-24 OT defeat at the hands of the Broncos officially ended New England’s bid for a perfect season. Fans across the NFL that despise Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the team as a whole are indubitably jumping for joy.

Tom Brady got his team off to a flying start when he found both Rob Gronkowski and former Buffalo Bill Scott Chandler for TDs in the first half.  Ronnie Hillman ran for a 19 yd. TD for Denver to make it 14-7 at halftime.There was no scoring in the third, but 17 seconds into the fourth, Brady found Brandon Bolden for a 63 yarder that made it 21-7. A CJ Anderson rush for a TD and a Brandon McManus FG made it 21-17 and suddenly had the Patriots reeling. Then, back-up QB Brock Osweiler, starting in the place of the injured Peyton Manning, found Andre Caldwell for the score to make it 24-21. In the blink of an eye the Patriots had given up 17 unanswered points in a single quarter. Stephen Gostowski hit a FG to tie the game and send it to overtime, but it was very clear to everyone in attendance, Brady and his seemingly unflappable Patriots were rattled.

New England got the ball first in OT, but the Broncos D stepped up in a big way and forced Bill Belichick use send out the punting unit, something he hasn’t had to do many times this year. On the third down of Denver’s ensuing possession, CJ Anderson broke free to the left and ran in a 48 yarder to give the Broncos the W and the Patriots a stunning loss. It seemed as if Brady couldn’t run to the tunnel fast enough. To add insult to injury for New England, TE Rob Gronkowski was lost to a knee injury late in the fourth and did not return. His status has not been updated, but it can’t make the team feel much better.

When you think about it though, is the loss really that shocking? It took an overturned interception and touchdown for the Patriots to beat the Giants two weeks ago, and the team did not have an easy time against the Bills this past Monday either.  The Patriots play has been declining over the past few weeks, it seemed as if the loss was imminent.

The win is a very encouraging sign for Denver. Peyton Manning is likely out for the rest of this season (and possibly his career), and if that’s the case, Brock Osweiler will be permanently at the team’s reigns. He is 2-0 since taking over, exactly what Coach Gary Kubiak needs.

With the loss for New England, the Carolina Panthers are now the only undefeated team left this season. the Patriots are now 10-1 while Denver improves to 9-2.

Thoughts, reactions? Be sure to let the crew know at @FromThe300Level

By Matt Morris @Flat_Manigen74

By Matt Morris

The Section VI High School Football season may have ended on Friday with South Park’s state 1415989964_st_francis_red_raiderschampionship, but there was still more High School Football to be played in WNY. On a cold and windy day in Grand Island, the St. Francis Red Raiders and the Archbishop Stepinac Crusaders played in the 2nd ever NYS Catholic Championship game. Despite a strong second half comeback by the Frannies, Stepinac became the 2015 NYS Catholic High School Football Champions.

The Crusaders came in as the heavy favorite at 11-0, taking care competition in the Catholic High School Football League of Metropolitan New York, winning its title, earning themselves a spot in the State title game. Stepinac outscored their down state opponents 437-135 this season. Stepinac won the NYCHSFL title and played in the 1st ever NYS Catholic Football Championship game last year against Canisius losing 23-10.

St. Francis was not even expected to be playing in this game as they entered today 7-4. The Frannies started off the season with two great wins against Williamsville South and Holy Trinity. However, as they entered the middle of the season the schedule got much tougher as they faced Ohio and Rochester powerhouses in Walsh Jesuit and Aquains (likely the No. 1 team in the State) and then Canisius. But perhaps the scariest part of their season was after the Canisius game when they gave up 41 points to St. Mary’s of Lancaster. However, as the playoffs approached the defense began to sure up. St. Francis defeated St. Joe’s 42-20 in Week 8 and Bishop Timon 41-12 in Week 9 setting up for a rematch with the Tigers in the first round of the playoffs. The semi-final game at the Ralph was much closer then the week before but the Frannies still came out on top. In the Monsignor Martin Final, St. Francis not only shocked WNY but most of the state as they blew out the defending Catholic State Champion Canisius 42-7, giving them a spot at the Catholic State title game.

To start the game, it looked as they as though the Crusaders were going to roll over the Frannies, as they lead 28-0 with 7 minutes left in the 3rd. However, Jerry Hickson and the Red Raiders were not going to lay down. The Red Raider offense that everyone knew suddenly came alive as Hickson found Taurean Davis for 40 yards getting all the way inside the 5 setting up a 2 yard Brandon Metz run for a Touchdown. After a Stepinac fumble at midfield, the Frannies stuck again as Hickson found Garth Pinnock for 30 yards setting up another short Touchdown run for Metz. It looked like Stepinac was going to take back control, as Terrell Morrison caught another TD to put it back to a 3 score game, however Pinnock returned the following kickoff 90 yards for a Touchdown.

At the end of the 3rd, Stepinac still lead 35-21 but the lead was looking very shaky. To begin the 4th, Metz came up with his second pick of the day, this time taking it back 53 yards for a Touchdown, bringing the Frannies within one score of the Crusaders. Unfortunately for St. Francis, this was the last score of the season for the Red Raiders. Stepniac ran in another score with 7 minutes left and that would seal for the Crusaders as they won 42-28 on Saturday afternoon, giving them their first Catholic State title.

Senior Brandon Metz, a Connolly Cup finalist had 4 TDs and 2 INTs in the losing effort. Senior Wide Receiver Terrell Morrison lead the way for Stepinac catching 9 passes for 178 yards and 4 TDs.

The good news for St. Francis is that they return 20 juniors including, QB Jerry Hickson next year, as they try to make another run at the Catholic State title.

A prospect getting drafted in the first round of the NHL Draft doesn’t necessarily mean he’s destined for success. Many players have failed to live up to expectations after being a anticipated pick, but these five players stand out from the rest. This is Manigen’s Top 5, and today we’re looking at the top five biggest draft busts in NHL history. The criteria for this list is what spot the player was drafted in, how underwhelming his career was, and the player(s) he was drafted ahead of.

#5: Nikita Filatov: 6th overall, 2008- Columbus Blue Jackets

The biggest draft bust in recent memory is Nikita Filitov. This Russian winger was considered to be on the same level as that year’s first overall pick, Steven Stamkos. Seven years later, Stamkos is now one of the league’s elite, but hardly anybody remembers Filatov. The move plain and simple never worked out for the Blue Jackets. Filatov played in just 53 games over four seasons and scored just 6 goals and 14 points…yikes. Filatov now plays in the KHL in Russia and the Blue Jackets are just trying to forget that mistake.

Filatov was drafted ahead of Drew Doughty, Tyler Myers, Tyler Ennis, Alex Pietrangelo, and Zach Bogosian.

#4: Patrik Stefan: 1st overall, 1999- Atlanta Thrashers

This pick turned out being a microcosm of what the Atlanta Thrashers franchise was destined for: disaster. Atlanta was awarded the first overall pick of the first NHL Entry Draft the team participated in, and the team picked Patrik Stefan. Stefan was highly anticipated and the Thrashers seemed to be off to a flying start with the young center at the core of the new team. However, Stefan was disappointing to say the least, scoring only 177 points in his six seasons with the team. Atlanta traded him to Dallas in 2006 and the Stars did not resign him after his contract expired. As a result, Stefan retired abruptly that year.

Stefan’s poor performance was solidified in NHL history by his infamous blunder in his final season. No further commentary is needed.

Stefan was drafted ahead of the Sedin twins.

#3: Rick DiPietro: 1st overall, 2000- New York Islanders

Ironically, one year after Stefan, the New York Islanders drafted goaltender Rick DiPietro with the first pick. Drafting a goaltender high is considered taboo in the NHL, but Islanders GM Mike Milbury threw caution to the win and drafted the American backstop.  To make DiPietro the no. 1, Milbury traded then 21 year-old Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers. To say that move came back to bite the team on its collective rear would be an immense understatement. Though his reason for busting was more injuries than poor play, DiPietro still never came to fruition after how heavily the Islanders invested in him. He played in only 318 games in his career, all with New York, posting a 130-136-36 record. Despite his proneness to injuries, Milbury signed DiPietro to a 15 year contract in 2006 (that’s right, 15 years). He played in only 175 games after that and the Islanders bought him out in 2013. DiPietro is now a radio show host in NYC and Milbury is an analyst for NBC Sports. Need I say more?

DiPietro was drafted ahead of Dany Heatly, Marian Gaborik and Scott Hartnell.

#2: Alexandre Daigle: 1st overall, 1993- Ottawa Senators

“I’m glad I got drafted first, because no one remembers no. 2.” Alexandre Daigle said this after he became the new Senators first entry Draft pick ever (No. 2 was Chris Pronger.) . They would have been fitting last words considering how the highly touted Franco-Canadian’s career panned out. 129 goals and 327 points in a 616 game career is pretty bad for a guy who was considered on the same level as Rocket Richard. Daigle never scored more than 26 goals in a season.

In addition to Chris Pronger, Daigle was drafted ahead of Paul Kariya, Chris Gratton, Jason Arnott and Jocelyn Thibault.

#1: Brian Lawton: 1st overall, 1983- Minnesota North Stars

There really isn’t any way that you can’t call Brian Lawton the biggest draft bust in NHL history. 1983’s first overall, Lawton was the first ever American to go first overall in the NHL, and he had a modest career to show for it. 112 goals and 266 points in 483 career games. However, modesty isn’t what you’d expect from a first round pick, especially not Lawton. He wasn’t a bad player, but he’s the biggest draft bust of all time because of who the North Stars chose him over (the list will make you cringe).

Lawton was drafted ahead of Pat LaFontaine, Steve Yzerman, Tom Barrasso and Cam Neely.

Agree/Disagree? Did I miss anyone you think should be on here? Be sure to let me know.

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By Matt Morris @Flat_Manigen74

By Matt Morris


It is week 12 of the college football season and we are getting ever so close to who will be in the final four. The four teams have not changed when last Tuesday’s College Football Playoff rankings came out, with Clemson still standing tall at number one, followed by Alabama, Ohio State, and Notre Dame. Today is a must win for many college football programs today if they have any chance of surpassing one of those four. So do yourself a favor, find your favorite spot on your couch and grab the remote because it’s about to go down.

No. 17 North Carolina at Virginia Tech – 12pm EST (ESPN)

You may be asking yourself why is this game on the list. I will give you two valid reasons. The first and most important is that this is Frank Beamer’s final home game with the Hokies in what has been a long and storied career. After playing in the program, beamer took over in 1987. If you care even a little bit about college football history, it is worth tuning into this one. Second reason to watch is that this UNC offense has been putting up crazy offensive numbers, and made the largest jump in this past weeks rankings.

No. 9 Michigan State at No. 3 Ohio State – 3:30pm EST (ABC)

If Michigan State has any aspirations of making it to the final four, they need to defeat the Buckeyes in Columbus. The winner of this contest will meet Iowa in the Big Ten championship. With plenty on the line, Urban Meyer will once again turn to JT Barrett to start at quarterback. It appears that this is his team now. For Sparty, Connor Cook says he will be able to play after suffering a shoulder injury in their win against Maryland last Saturday. Cook was struggling, completing just 6 of 20 passes for 77 yards. Before that game, the senior QB had thrown for over 300 yards in four consecutive games. It is time for cook to ball out if they want a chance of winning it all.

No. 15 LSU at No. 22 Ole Miss – 3:30pm EST (CBS)

A couple of weeks ago LSU was undefeated and Leonard Fournette was the clear front runner for the Heisman award. They also controlled their own destiny in the SEC heading into their match up against Alabama. Two losses later, and two mediocre showing from their star running back, and all of a sudden Les Miles is on the hot seat. While that may seem a little insane, it just goes to show you how quickly things can change in college football.

No. 10 Baylor at No. 6 Oklahoma State – 7:30pm EST (FOX)

Baylor freshman quarterback Jarrett Stidham is good to go for the Bears despite being a question mark all week. This is huge for the Bears as they will need solid quarterback play if they have any hopes of taking down the Cowboys and Mike Gundy. Oklahoma State is the Big 12’s best shot at a playoff team heading into today. Oklahoma State finishes their season at home, and with no Big 12 championship game, if they can win in convincing style, that should be enough to put them into the final four.

No. 18 TCU at No. 7 Oklahoma – 7:30pm EST (ABC)

With both Josh Doctson and Trevone Boykin out for the Horned Frogs, Oklahoma needs to take advantage and dominate this game. Baker Mayfield has been outstanding all season long for the Sooners and should have another big day. A win today for Bob Stoops and company sets up a playoff like game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State next Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium. In what essentially would be the Big 12 championship game, whoever comes out victorious has a good chance to crack the top four.

We all knew that one day they both would be there. Since 2013 Bryce Harper and Josh Donaldson have consistently been two of the MLB’s best, lighting up the highlight reel and fans across the league. In 2015 both stepped up and became the MVPs of their respective teams. And now, they are the MVPs of their respective leagues as well.

Bryce Harper’s 2015 season was nothing short of sensational. Once a highly touted prospect, Harper took the MLB by storm in his rookie season, but declining performances in 2013 and 2014 led many to believe that maybe the hype surrounding him was all for not. This season, the Washington Nationals RF proved that it wasn’t, posting career highs in every offensive category.  A .330 AVG with 42 HR (tied for the MLB lead) and 99 RBI made him quite an easy choice for the National League’s MVP, as the BBWAA voted him unanimously the winner. At 23 years of age, Harper is the youngest unanimous MVP in MLB history. Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt was the runner up and Cincinnati’s Joey Votto came in third.

The Nationals may not have lived up to expectations this season but Harper sure as the day did. To reiterate, he’s only 23. Imagine what he will do as he continues to mature, the sky is the limit.

For the first time since 28 years, the American League MVP comes from north of the border. After finishing fourth in 2013 MVP voting and eight last year, Toronto’s Josh Donaldson beat out reigning MVP Mike Trout 385 to 304 to bring win his first ever Most Valuable Player award. He is the Blue Jays’ first MVP since George Bell in 1987. Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain came in third (he has a World Series title to his credit this season, so I doubt he cares).  Many were wondering how Donaldson’s first season at Rogers Centre would go after he was traded from Oakland last November. It would have been difficult for it to have been much better. The 3B led the MLB in RBI this year with 123, and also hit 41 HR and batted .297. His HR and RBI totals were both career highs. Donaldson proved to be the spark that the Blue Jays were looking for, as he spurred the team to its first postseason appearance since 1993 that saw them make it to the ALCS.

Now that life it back in Canada’s only baseball team, the Blue Jays will be a major threat in coming years, especially with Donaldson leading the way.

It’s been fun covering Major League Baseball action this season. Keep up with @FromThe300Level this offseason for all your MLB news.

By Matt Morris @Flat_Manigen74

By Matt Morris

The BBWAA voted the usual two pitchers to take home the prestigious title of pitcher of the year for the 2015 season. But, unlike previous seasons where the likes of Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer and David Price have been the winners, this year it was two new names. Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros and Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs were rewarded with the title of Cy Young’s name for their breakout seasons.

Dallas Keuchel trumped Blue Jays ace David Price in the American League race, and deservingly so. He led the AL in wins with 20 and did not lose at game in Houston’s Minute Maid Park all this season, Oakland’s Sonny Gray finished third in the voting. Keuchel is the second Astro to win an award this offseason, joining Carlos Correa, who won AL Rookie of the Year. Keuchel’s lights out stuff helped the Astros to the playoffs for the first time since 2005. Alongside the 20 wins, Keuchel finished with a 2.48 ERA and 216 Ks. Keuchel physically led the ‘stros to there wildcard win over the Yankees, going six innings with seven K’s and no runs allowed on three days rest. Then he threw game three of the ALDS against the world series champion Kansas City Royals, going seven innings giving up only one run in a win that put the Astros up 2-1 in the series.

This time last year no one knew who Dallas Keuchel was, now he’s on top of the American League. Keuchel’s performance this season is a bright sign for an Astros team that looks to be going nowhere but up.

Everyone knew that Keuchel was a cinch for the AL award, but the National League voting was much more interesting, with Zack Greinke and Jake Arrieta both making strong cases for the honor. But, in the end, it was Arrieta. The 29 year-old was brilliant for the Cubs and the team would not have gotten where they ended up if it wasn’t for this guy running out to the hill every five days. He conducted a solid 22 win season, tops in the MLB, and added a 1.77 ERA and 236 Ks to that final line. In his final 20 starts this season, Arrieta went 16-1 with a 0.96 ERA and threw a no-hitter against the Dodgers. He dominated in the Wildcard Game against the Pirates, throwing a complete game shutout with 11 K’s, and then went 1-1 the rest of the postseason, getting a win in his start versus the Cardinals and a loss against the Mets (even though he pitched very well). Arrieta’s Cy Young award also makes the Cubbies the first team since the 2001 Seattle Mariners to win 3 major award for one season. Kris Bryant and Joe Maddon have also acquired hardware for the North-siders this offseason. Greinke finished second in the voting and last year’s winner Clayton Kershaw came in third.

The Cubs found their diamond in the rough with Arrieta and now he is an elite MLB ace. Like the ‘stros, this team is going nowhere but up and with Arrieta at the top, if they add another arm to assist him and Lester, the sky is the limit for this team.

MVPs will be announced tomorrow. As always, check back to @FromThe300Level!

By David Yager @YagaBomb24

By David Yager


Week 10 in the NFL had a lot of upsets. The theme for this week is simple… something my mom always said to me growing up. The truth always comes out in the end. Here are 5 things we learned from the NFL.

The Insanity that is the AFC EAST- Despite his super conservative play calling in the 2nd half, Rex Ryan and the Bills defeated the Jets, at MetLife Stadium, 22-17. After the game Ryan was seen on the sidelines jumping around like he won the Super Bowl. Ryan acted like a frat boy who just won a $50 beer pong tournament. The Jets were just as conservative, a few times during the game New York had 3rd and short yardage and 4th and short yardage. The Jets threw the ball behind the line up scrimmage instead of throwing it downfield, pass the first down marker. I have seen the Jets do this for decades. On a 3rd and 8 they will throw the ball 4 yards. The Bills are 5-4, the Jets are 5-4 and the Dolphins are 4-5. This is what you get when you have defensive minded, conservative coaches going up against Tom Brady. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. You will never consistently beat the Patriots with defense, you need to outscore them. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tyrod Taylor and Ryan Tannehill will never be able to do this consistently.

The Patriots are 9-0 for a reason- When Josh Brown of the New York Giants kicked a 29 yard field goal the Giants took the lead 26-24. With 1:47 left in the 4th quarter, I knew the game was over. I Tweeted, “I have seen this script 1,000 times, The Patriots will kick a game winning field goal. The Giants didn’t score a touchdown, they kicked a FG and left to much time on the clock. Bill Belichick used his timeouts wisely, giving Brady enough time to drive down the field. Some people called the Patriots lucky because Odell Beckham Jr. dropped a touchdown pass and the Giants dropped a sure interception. The Patriots aren’t lucky, they are good. There is a reason they keep wining division title after division titles. They were playing without a running back Dion Lewis and Julian Edelman yet they won a tough road game. They are the best organization in sports and win close games constantly, it is not luck… it is skill.

What is wrong with the Green Bay Packers? The Minnesota Vikings are 7-2, the Green Bay Packers are 6-3. The Packers seem to be out of sync on offense. They lost their number 1 wide receiver Jordy Nelson in the preseason (98 receptions and 13 touchdowns last season). But, normally Rodgers will adjust to what he has. He hasn’t this year and I believe it is because he has lost faith in WR, Randall Cobb. Over the past two games Rodgers has thrown at Cobb 22 times for 9 completions. During Sunday’s loss against the Lions, Rodgers threw 8 straight times away from Cobb. I am not saying this is a similar situation with Tom Brady and Randy Moss, but Rodgers doesn’t seem to have confidence in his number 1 wide receiver. I still like the Packers to win this division, but they need to right the ship before it is too late. It was the first time since 1991 that the Lions have won in Green Bay.

It is over for Peyton Manning- Under Peyton Manning, The Denver Broncos are 19-2 in September and October, they are 13-7 in November and December. Against the Kansas City Chiefs Manning was 5-20 for 35 yards, 0 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. On the year he has 9 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. I wrote in the pre-season that the Broncos defense is good enough to win but Manning’s arm is shot. He once had a 90 mile an hour fastball, now he has a 75 mile an hour change up. As the cold weather approaches he will become less and less effective. Age catches up with every great athlete and it has caught up to Manning. I expect him to retire at the end of the season.

Rob Ryan is finally fired- Great coordinators don’t get fired, they become head coaches. I wrote in the pre-season… How does Rob Ryan still have a job? He has now been fired by the, Raiders, Browns Cowboys and Saints. Just to show you how bad Ryan has been as a defensive coordinator I am going to compare every quarterback he has faced with MVP Candidate Tom Brady.

Tom Brady:                       Completion % 67.8, TD-INT 24-3 QBR 71.6

QB’s against the Saints:  Completion % 66.7, TD-INT 28-4  QBR 78.7

Rob is a lot like his brother Rex, They are stuck in their ways and teams have adjusted to their blitz packages.

Bonus Coverage

Andy Dalton lost the Monday Night game 10-6. He is now 4-12 in Games played on Primetime and playoff games. When he is in the spotlight he becomes a JV quarterback.

The Carolina Panthers are 9-0. I still don’t think they can win a Super Bowl with that offense but I give them a lot of credit for an amazing start to the season.

The NFC East is still anyone’s division. Giants… 5-5, Redskins…4-5, Eagles…4-5, and Dallas is 2-7


Don’t forget to tune in every Thursday to the “Monte Cristo Sports Thing Show” highly entertaining featuring Monte Perez and Chris Rosa

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Buffalo, NY- Welp, Lindy Ruff was finally on the right side of a No Goal call in Buffalo. Unfortunately for Sabres fans it may have cost them a win Tuesday night in front of 18,101 at the First Niagara Center.

Former Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff returned with the Dallas Stars, one of the league’s best teams of the 2015-16 season. The Stars wasted little time going to work on the up and coming Sabres, scoring the opening goal just 51 seconds into the first period. Valeri Nichushkin notched his 2nd goal of the season after Cody Eakins forced a Buffalo turnover deep in their own zone.

Dallas was in control for the entire first period, outshooting Buffalo 9-6 and winning 70% of the face-off’s. The Sabres drew a high-sticking penalty at the end of the first but could not capitalize. Buffalo came out with some juice in the early part of period 2 but could not sustain any pressure. Face-off’s continued to be a challenge, winning just 7 in the Dallas zone during the 2nd. They were able to get 11 shots on Antti Niemi but none were quality scoring chances.

In the 3rd, the Stars extended their lead to two goals when Jason Spezza recorded his 7th of the year

Alex Gogligoski was originally credited with the goal but after the game the NHL awarded it to Spezza.

Dallas continued to dominate the play until an ugly cross-check by Jamie Benn was called at 12:37. Josh Gorges and Benn got mixed up away from the play and the end result netted the Sabres a man advantage opportunity.

It didn’t take long for Buffalo to respond. Ryan O’Reilly let an innocent looking shot go from jst above the right face-off circle that sneaked past Niemi. The goal brought the home crowd back to it’s feet.

Moments later Goligoski was whistled for a delay of game, after his clearing attempt skipped over the glass. Once again Buffalo’s 4th ranked power play took advantage of the extra man. This time rookie Sam Reinhart sniped a puck into the Stars net for the tying goal, or so we thought.

Ruff immediately signaled to the officials to review the play for a possible off-sides infraction. The goal was disallowed.

Buffalo was unable to keep the momentum going and ultimately allowed an empty net goal to seal their fate.

Tyler Seguin notched his 10th goal in the dying minutes of regulation. Dallas took home a 3-1 victory in Ruff’s return to Buffalo.

After the game Gorges said that Benn’s cross-check looked worse than it was and does not expet the league to review the play. He had a fresh cut under his chin, still bleeding. “It looked a lot worse than what it was” Gorges said after the game. Adding “I don’t expect to hear anything of it.”

Ruff said he really likes his team and aside from working with Team Canada this is the most talented group he has ever coached, top to bottom. Asked about the “No Goal” in the 3rd period he said his bench was yelling as soon as it happened (the off-sides). He didn’t expect the goal to stand.

Tyler Ennis might have played his worst game in Buffalo. Ennis was a plus/minus -2 and had a giveaway. He seemed to be a step slower than most of his linemates. Jake McCabe could use a night in the press box. I didn’t see anything in his game tonight that warrants a regular spot in the lineup.

Dallas has much more skill than Buffalo, I didn’t expect to see them outplayed as badly as they were. Bylsma deserves some blame here. The team lost all of the battles. They sustained little to no pressure at even strength. Continuously changing the lines shift after shift, how can anyone expect to find any cohesiveness?

Other than Ullmark who finished with 26 saves, the Sabres weren’t very good. Zach Bogosian returned to the lineup to play in his first game of the season. He was fine, didn’t try to do too much, Gorges played fine as well.

Wolf’s Three Stars

1- Alex Goligoski

2- Linus Ullmark

3- Doug Allen

Wolf’s Three Stiffs

1- Sabretooth (Crowd was silent much of the game…he/she has 1 JOB)!

2- Tyler Ennis

3- Jake McCabe

Buffalo plays Thursday in St. Louis and then have a rematch with the Stars in Dallas on Saturday.



The Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs both had successful 2015 seasons. The Rangers found life late in the year and won the AL West for the first time since 2011 after an impressive September surge. The Cubs won the NL Wild Card  and appeared in the postseason for the first time since 2008. Both team’s tales of success are all the more remarkable when you consider that neither was really expected to do very much in 2015. As a result of this, the Managers of both teams, Joe Maddon of the Cubs and Jeff Banister of the Rangers, were named the 2015 MLB Manager of the Year in their respective leagues by the BBWAA. (Ironically enough, both men win it in their first year with their team.)

The Texas Rangers were not expected to do anything coming into Jeff Banister’s first season after how abysmal their 2014 had been. And, when the team lost ace Yu Darvish to Tommy John Surgery in Spring Training, it seemed that the team was in for another horrible year. However, guided by AL Comeback Player of the Year Prince Fielder, Texas managed to keep its deficit in the AL West close. And, when division-leading Houston slumped in September, the Rangers played their best ball all year, posting an 18-10 record that won them the West while Houston took the Wild Card. Though they were up on Toronto 2-0 in ALDS, the Rangers couldn’t seal the deal and were eliminated in 5 games. Never the less, they had a phenomenal year and Bannister can be proud of his work. He kept his team going through injuries and won a division title, despite having very little to work with. Banister received 112 vote points to win the honor. AJ Hinch of Houston came in second and Paul Molitor of Minnesota came in third.

Joe Maddon came to the north side of the Windy City this year with a lineup that was full of potential, but no one was really sure what would come from the Cubs. The team started the year with top rookie Kris Bryant in Triple A Iowa, and the move garnered criticism. However, the Cubs called him up on April 17 and the results couldn’t have been better,as Bryant had a rookie year to remember and captured the NL’s Rookie of the Year honors. New addition Jon Lester and the emergence of Jake Arrieta guided the team’s pitching, while the youthful prowess of Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell, Jorge Soler and Kyle Schwarber lead the way on offense. This young lineup did not have a hard time gelling, as it defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates for the Wild Card and then the powerhouse St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS. Though the Back to the Future prophecy was foiled in the NLCS vs the Mets, Joe Maddon’s squad proved that inexperience isn’t synonymous with poor play. Maddon took a very young team to the NLCS. As that talent continues to mature, the Cubs are going to be a force to be reckoned with in the future. The Cardinals Mike Matheny was the runner up and the Mets Terry Collins came in third. This is Maddon’s third MOY crown (he won it twice in the AL with Tampa, 2008 and 2011).

Tomorrow will be the Cy Young Awards. Don’t miss @FromThe300Level coverage!

By Matt Morris @Flat_Manigen74

By Matt Morris

Earlier this evening, the Baseball Writers Association of America named Kris Bryant of the Cubs (NL) and Carlos Correa of the Astros (AL) the 2015 MLB Rookie of the Year in their respective leagues. It was the first of the Association’s four major awards that will be released this week.

No surprise here in Bryant’s case, as the Cubs third baseman took all 30 first place votes. He is the first National League rookie to win the award unanimously since Scott Rolen did so in 1997 and the sixth Cub to win the award.  The Cubs took their time with the 23 year-old at the beginning of the year, and it couldn’t have worked out better. Bryant helped lead the 2015 Cubbies, one of the youngest lineups in league history, to their first playoff berth since 2008 with a 97 win season, playing all around the field at third base, first base, and all three outfield positions. He compiled a .275 average with 26 home runs and 99 RBI, all after making his debut on April 17th. The 99 RBI he put up are the most by an NL rookie since Ryan Zimmerman’s 110 in 2006. The Cubs view Bryant as the future of the club, and, as the years pile on, it will not be long before we start hearing this kid’s name in NL MVP voting. (San Francisco’s Matt Duffy came in second and Pittsburgh’s Jung Ho Kang came in third.)

On the American League side, two shortstops who could very well be the future of the MLB battled for the award in Correa and Francisco Lindor of Cleveland. But, in the end Correa received 17 first place votes while Lindor gained 13 (Minnesota’s Miguel Sano finished third). Correa helped lead the Astros to their first playoff berth since 2005 after being promoted to the big leagues on June 8. The first pick of the 2012 amateur draft and’s no. 2 prospect entering 2015 did nothing but rake at the big league level offensively and defensively. He hit .279 with 22 home runs, 68 RBI and 14 stolen bases. Correa also shined on the defensive side of the ball, wowing both home and road crowds by making Derek Jeter-esque plays and acquiring a .967 fielding %, which will only get better as he grows into the league. Many look at Carlos Correa and think of him possibly as the next Derek Jeter. And at 21 years old, he has a long future to prove that name.

Tomorrow night the BBWAA will announce the Manger of the Year winners. Be sure to check back with @FromThe300Level for coverage.

By David Yager @YagaBomb24

By David Yager