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August 26, 2006

TIM SCHMITT: OLN wants to hoard Sabres games

Once again, Sabres fans will be punished for their enthusiasm. After garnering some of the highest ratings of the season on OLN, the network announced it will use its exclusive rights to hoard seven Buffalo games this season.

Since last season’s postseason panic forced Adelphia to put the channel on regular cable, fans won’t miss the games. But they will miss Rick Jeanneret. And considering the fact that many close to the organization keep speculating that this might be Jeanneret’s last year, that’s depriving locals of nearly 10 percent of what could be his last body of work.

Sure, the games will be on radio, but it’s not the same.

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The preseason buzz about the UB football season didn’t change much about the football kickoff event, which was held Friday in Amherst.

About 4,000 people showed up to see Turner Gill and the UB players, followed by a concert by the Gin Blossoms.

To put the excitement in perspective, the Blossoms drew about 10,000 for a concert on the canal in North Tonawanda two summers ago.

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While we’re on UB, word has it that Turner Gill’s become stricter with sideline passes at UB home games. He has told the athletic department that Tom Osborne is welcome, however.

It’ll take everything Gill and Osborne can muster to get four wins this year.

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The rift between the owners of The Greens — the restaurant at Hyde Park — and the city isn’t a new story. It’s been brewing. This week’s public tirade is just the latest symptom.

And truth be told, I think the restaurant’s owner have every right to be angry. Hyde Park is still an unmitigated dump, even if it does see a decent volume of play. Much like everything else in Niagara Falls, the lack of vision in making the course to an attractive golf destination has finally caught up with it. Now, the only people who want to play there are season-ticket holders and those who get a reduced rate.

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