by Andre Robinson 

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Buffalo Bills News

The NFL Honors awards awarded Brian Daboll the assistant coach of the year but snubbed Sean McDermott for Coach of the Year as Kevin Stefanski who joined the Cleveland Browns as their Head Coach coming from the Vikings organization as a Offensive Coordinator led the Browns to an 11-5 record. The problem with this is that the Browns were 3rd in their division and their strength of schedule was in the bottom 4 in the NFL compared to the Buffalo Bills 5th hardest schedule in 2020. So wait a minute, McDermott only grasped 7 of the 50 first place votes and Stefanski got 25. Please make this make sense. He inherited a plenty decent roster and had the 4th easiest schedule and clinched a playoff berth the last week of the season and this guy landslides a coach who had a 13-3 record and if it wasn’t for Hail Murray would have went 14-2 and inherited the 5th hardest schedule and he gets almost the same consideration as Brian Flores who had 6 first place votes. The same Miami team that got their cheeks clapped by the Bills 56-26 when their playoff aspirations were on the line. Come on Sports World, we have to stop with this type of bias. This is just sickening and disturbing. How can anyone be okay with knowing the facts of this matter and allowing that to happen? Then again, we are seeing this type of bias in all aspects of life, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised huh? Moving on.

NFL Talk

The Super Bowl 55 game this year was a real flop as many thought this would be an exciting and action packed game but only turned out to be a clear mismatch. We again saw things that usually doesn’t happen like Patrick Mahomes only having 100 yards passing after 3 quarters or the 2019-20 Super Bowl MVP running for his life the entire game without Tampa Bay really blitzing or the fact that the Chiefs only scored 9 points and Patrick Mahomes worst defeat came as Tampa Bay beat the brakes off the Chiefs 31-9. Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown accounted for Tom Brady’s 3 touchdown passes. A lot of credit needs to be given to Byron Leftwich and Todd Bowles as they called phenomenal gameplans on both sides of the ball. The announcement was made that Tom Brady will be back next season and on a somber note Patrick Mahomes will have offseason surgery to fix his injured toe. 

NBA Talk

As the All-Star game approaches Kevin Durant and Lebron James lead the voting currently in their respective conferences. Stephen Curry and Bradley Beal lead in the guards category. But wait a minute, how does Damien Lillard have more votes than Donovan Mitchell? Klay Thompson hasn’t played all year but almost has as many votes as Chri Paul does? Laughable at best. 

Sabres Talk

The Buffalo Sabres have not practiced last Tuesday as the league has had multiple additions to the NHL’s COVID-related absence list. The Sabres shut down its facilities They last played on Sunday, Jan. 31 at home against the New Jersey Devils, who entered that game with six players in COVID protocol

716ers Local Sports Update

The 716ers Elite are gearing up for the seventh season of their youth basketball teams in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). The 716ers Elite 10u-18u tryouts will take place on the following dates and location. All tryouts will be held at Christian Central Academy, 39 Academy Street in Williamsville.

Boys Tryout Information- 

Sat, February 20th 2021 Ages 10u-12u Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm

Sat, February 20th 2021 Ages 13u-14u Time 5:15pm-7:00pm

Sat, February 27th 2021 Ages 15u-16u Time: 3:30pm-5:15pm

Sat, February 27th 2021 Ages 16u-18u Time: 530pm- 7:00pm

-Girls Tryout Information-

Sat, March 6th, 2021 Ages 10u-14u Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm

Sat, March 6th 2021 Ages 15u-18u Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm

The 716ers Elite will field both boys’ and girls’ teams for ages 9 through 18. There will be 9 divisions for both the boys and girls: 9 years old, 10 years old, 11 years old, 12 years old, 13 years old, 14 years old, 15years old, 16 years old, and 17-18 year olds. A total of 240 youth will be selected to participate in this program.

The program will feature Bryant & Stratton Collegiate Women’s Assistant Coach Tawan Slaughter. “I  have seen the love and community support the 716ers have received for the last six years, and saw a need  in this community for a highly competitive youth basketball program. There is a difference between playing in a house league and AAU. The 716ers Elite program has been developed to teach kids the true fundamentals and skills of the game. All of the coaches we bring in will have played collegiately, and are now coaching either collegiately, professionally, or at a high level of the game,” said 716ers Elite founder Tawan Slaughter.

Parents that are interested in registering their child can send an email to 716erseliteaau@gmail.com. Please indicate the child’s name, age, grade in school, and school they currently attend Students must maintain a high grade point average to remain eligible to participate. Please contact Tawan Slaughter for additional information at 716-986-3433 or 716erseliteaau@gmail.com. For more information on the 716ers Elite visit www.716erselite.net.

Rise Up Right Sports Reporter Andre ‘The Torch’ Robinson

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