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For over 25 years, Bob Matthews has held the title of Rochester's most popular sports writer/commentator. For over 20 years, Bob has hosted WHAM's nightly sports talk program...consistently ranked at the top of his time slot!
From 1978 to 2012, Bob Matthews was a sports columnist for the Times-Union and Democrat and Chronicle and a regular "As the Sports World Turns" contributor to the Gannett News Service. He is the only person to be selected Press-Radio Club Sportswriter of the Year (five times) and Sportscaster of the Year, and was a pioneer inductee into the Frontier Field Walk of Fame.
A Rochester native, Bob graduated from Brighton High School where he played varsity baseball, basketball and served as student council V-P. Bob is also a veteran, serving his country in Vietnam.
Always opinionated and outspoken, Bob's proudest accomplishment is advocating for Frontier Field. His all-time favorite athlete...former Red Wing Luke Easter. One of his sports regrets……not being around for the glory year of the Rochester Royals.
49ERS OVER TITANS THIS WEEK’S “BEST BET”
GOAL FOR SABRES(?): TOP ALL-TIME WORST SEASON
The San Francisco 49ers are trying to regain their peak form and the visiting Tennessee Titans don’t figure to put up must resistance on Sunday.
Titans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is showing why he couldn’t fill the bill in Buffalo. He’s a decent NFL sub but not likely to beat strong opponents as a starter.
This week’s “Best Bet”: SAN FRANCISCO (- 4 ½) 28, Tennessee 13.
Sunday’s other games
(home team in CAPS)
New England 24, NEW YORK JETS (+4) 13 – The Patriots lost another key man this week in linebacker Jerod Mayo and the talent gap against the rest of the AFC East continues to shrink, but I still can’t see Jets rookie Geno Smith outpitching Tom Brady.
San Diego 20, JACKSONVILLE (+7 ½) 10 – The Chargers are an average team on a bit of a role. That should be good enough to get the job done here.
KANSAS CITY (-6 ½) 27, Houston 14 – The pass rush of the undefeated Chiefs is a formidable challenge for QB Case Keenum in his first start for the struggling Texans.
Cincinnati 24, DETROIT (-3) 17 – The better all-around team is getting a 3-point spot.
MIAMI (-8 ½) 23, Buffalo 20 – The Bills usually give an honest effort and benefit from an overly generous spot.
Chicago 28, WASHINGTON (-1) 24 – Can’t recommend the Redskins until Robert Griffin III shows he is at least 95 percent. So far, he hasn’t been.
PHILADELPHIA (-2 ½) 30, Dallas 21 – The Eagles are healthier and due to end an eight-game home losing streak.
St. Louis 24, CAROLINA (-6) 20 – The woefully inconsistent Panthers are coming off a 35-10 road romp over Minnesota. I’m catching on.
ATLANTA (-7 ½) 28, Tampa Bay 17 – The Falcons are due for a top effort and the Buccaneers probably don’t have one in them.
Baltimore 23, PITTSBURGH (-2) 15 – The Steelers beat the overrated Jets last week for their first win of the season. The Ravens are a much tougher assignment.
GREEN BAY (10) 35, Cleveland 20 – Aaron Rodgers at home figures to be too much for the Browns.
Denver 33, INDIANAPOLIS (+6 ½) 30 – The Colts are better than they looked in Monday night’s road loss to San Diego but probably not good enough to spoil Peyton Manning’s homecoming.
Monday night’s game
NEW YORK GIANTS (-3) 30, Minnesota 23 – The Giants have to win sooner or later and I still prefer Eli Manning over Josh Freeman in his Vikings debut.
Thursday night’s pick was Seattle 24, ARIZONA (+6 ½) 13. The Seahawks won by 12 points (34-22).
Last week’s “Best Bet” results: 11-4 picking winners straight up (62-30 this season) and 5-10 against the Las Vegas point spread (45-44-3 this season)...The “Best Bet” is 4-2 straight up and 2-4 against the point spread after Kansas City, picked to beat Oakland by more than the 9-point spot, won 24-7.
I’m not buying the speculation that Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier is on the hot seat. Why dump him now? Sure, the team is off to a brutal start (1-7-1; one goal or fewer in seven of the nine games), but who expected the team to be anything but awful this season?
I don’t blame New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony for looking forward to impending free agency for the first time next summer but going public with it before this NBA season starts wasn’t too smart.
I watched the ESPN Sugar Ray Leonard-Roberto Duran “No Mas” documentary and I’m still not clear on why Duran quit in the ring that night.
Believe It Or Not: Barry Sanders averaged 238.9 yards rushing per game for Oklahoma State in 1988. Not too surprisingly, that is an NCAA major-college record.
The Democrat & Chronicle sports section always had excellent writers. The addition of the USA Today sports pages gives readers an even better deal.
I don’t get why third-ranked Clemson, playing at home with senior QB Tajh Boyd and leading the nation with 24 sacks, is a 3-point underdog to fifth-ranked Florida State with freshman QB Jameis Winston.
You have to respect Dallas Cowboys star DE DeMarcus Ware, who never has missed an NFL game and says he hopes to play Sunday despite earlier reports that he’d miss 4 to 4 weeks with a thigh injury.
The Oregon Ducks are undefeated against the Las Vegas point spread this season despite huge spots to outclassed opponents. The Ducks are favored by 39 points over Washington State on Saturday.
Cheers to Red Wings Hall of Famer Don Baylor, the new hitting coach for the California Angels. He won’t need to work much with Mike Trout.
Can the Sabres better the worst season in franchise history? It was the team’s second season, 1971-72: 78-game season; 16 wins, 43 losses, 19 ties, 51 out of 156 possible points; 203 goals for; 289 goals against; -86 goal differential.