Tweetbag! to start 2019

January 12, 2019 - 1:17 pm
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The Tweetbag to start 2019!

Let’s discuss what fresh hell this year in sports might bring to Buffalo.  I decided to roll into 2019 with another themed Tweetbag.  Some of your predictions or premonitions with my reactions and counter-predictions along the way.  Let's roll.


Possible!  Man I hope so… don’t I?  I was never the biggest Tiger Woods fan.  I was the guy that wanted him to be around and root against him… kinda.  I’m not even quite sure why I rooted against him when I did.  But having Tiger back in contention this year was a reminder of how much a part of the sports conversation golf used to be.  The majors used to be lock-it-down appointment television.  I'm Team Tiger and I would bet he gets one this year.

 

Stone Cold Lock! 

If they don’t… we’re getting trolled.  There is no good reason NOT to switch back to the appropriate color of blue.  The Sabres have looked like the Bruins on television for the longest time, donning a blue that’s just too dark.  Even this past week at the skills challenge they sported a lighter shade of blue.  We’ve heard just about every excuse there is why NOT to go back to the right shade of blue… right down to some claiming “they can’t make that color”.  Can you believe someone said that?  That’s a thing?  Half the teams in the league appear to wear a lighter blue (ok maybe it’s like 6) and the Sabres are stuck in Bruins blue forever?  Please.  I would welcome back the light blue, but also the red/black goathead motif as an alternate/ third jersey.  

 

More unlikely by the day.  Are the Sabres getting to the three spot in the Atlantic?  I sure don’t think so.  I don’t see them passing Boston and I will STILL predict that Montreal ends the season ahead of Buffalo.  If the Sabres are going to make it, I think they’re looking at a wild card which means a matchup with Tampa, or the winner of the Metropolitan.  If that’s Washington or Pittsburgh… great.  Whoever it is, it’s a big step down from Tampa.  Here’s a prediction from me if they get there - Ullmark starts Game 1.

Unlikely… unfortunately.  This is going to be the year of the offer sheet, but I don’t think that Arizona and Matthews will be the match that we’re talking about.  I predict Marner or Kapanen is more likely, and I’d say we need to look in more spots than just Toronto.
 

Auston Matthews to screw the Leafs.  To try to actually WIN the player and get him signed?  Brayden Point.  The Sabres can't sign any offer sheet that includes a 2nd round pick next year... BUT they may be able to do those that have a 3rd rounder.  There are two conditions on their 4th going to Pittsburgh that becomes a 3rd - Sheary scores 20, or Hunwick is traded.  Hunwick is in their control... and Sheary is behind the pace needed.  Something to keep in mind.  A 1st and 3rd would be compensation for a player signed for roughly between 4 and 6 per year (which isn't necessarily Brayden Point's range.. Just filling you in)

Book it.

Possible, but can we check in AFTER we find out if Tom Brady is coming back next year?  10-6 is going to be a BIG jump for the Bills and while Garnet is making that call here… I’m not.  The Bills should have more talent on paper, but will that mean more wins?  This year’s team won 6 games, and while Micah Hyde pointed out their close losses and how close they were to 9-7… they were equally close to 3-13.   They beat the Jags, Titans, and Lions by a combined FIVE points.  Moving the needle to 10 wins is a big ask and it’ll come down to just how much they can improve their offense, and whether or not New England is… done.

Today I will say no.  There are a number of scenarios that could play out, but I think that Sean McDermott remains one of the safest coaches in the NFL.  Here’s a hot prediction for ya… I think there would be a SPLIT before the two of them go.  Just… a hunch.

 

Ehhhh… I don’t doubt that SOME might be… but I’m not ready to predict a crash-and-burn in year two for Allen.  I bet there are some struggles and some flashes.  The thing I can predict, or at least HOPE for… is that the excuses go away.  I don’t mean that Allen won’t deserve some benefit of the doubt in his second year… but I don’t want to talk/hear/speak/think for a single second that he doesn’t have good enough weapons to compete.  That he didn’t this year was the Bills FAULT.  It was something they chose.  If we get into the season next year and we’re still talking about the offense not having a supporting cast, I’m gonna have a tough time.  It’ll be year THREE and this group inherited an offense that had talent.  By year three, if they want to turn it over to new talent, that’s fine… but it has to be there.  No more waiting for that.

Eek… Can we aim higher?  3300 would barely be top 20 this year.  Show me the 3300 and I’ll have a better idea, but as of today I’m gonna want more.   Then again… 3317 would be the 10th most passing yards in team history and the most since 2012.  It'd be a big step forward, and looks like a pretty good line to set.  A smell a future Twitter poll.


Yes.  I think we can make it work for Wide Receivers.


Like the dust storm scene in Mad Max Fury Road

 

Yes.

No.

 

Yes.

 

Hit a drive straight.  Then hit 5 drives straight in the same round.  Then… maybe 8.  I’ll settle for 8 in a single round.  My golf goals this year are to get out more, and play more rounds with you guys.  One of the fun things that happened last year was getting invites (I pay my own way don’t worry haha) to join you guys on your courses or in your tournaments  and side games.  Golf is a great game to get outside and get some new folks in your rolodex.  So hit me up this year.  You know my schedule.

 


Season two was better than season one so… yes.  Going in with high hopes.

 

Game of Thrones has something wonderful working for it… it’s one of the only live television events that holds up in the traditional sense.  Every other show in the world is binged on your own schedule (yes some of you may have done this with GOT to catch up) and there aren’t water cooler conversations every week.  There are betting lines on the final result of this season… and who the hell knows what’s going to happen.  Arya Stark is going off the board at +800 and I like that value.  I’ll put some scratch on Arya, and toss a bit more on the Night King who also sits at +800 according to oddshark.com.  See the odds below:

And in closing… 

Just the thought of it is terrifying!  BRB… gonna build a fear bunker for a world without fear bunkers!

Cheers, and a belated Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

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