BACK IN THE BOX! Returned last season as the host of "the Penalty Box", the post game call in show for Rochester Americans broadcasts on Sports 1280 WHTK, as well as studio host for game broadcasts and intermission updates. Looking forward to starting a second straight season this upcoming year.
Weekend morning newscaster on WHAM.
Sometime fill in host for Bob Matthews or John DiTullio, as well as hosting call-in shows during Yankees and Red Wings rain delays.
Graduated from West Irondequoit high school (in 1984) where I was the sports director at the student run radio station, WIRQ, as well as the "voice of the Indians" football and basketball radio broadcasts.
Graduated with a B.A. degree from Florida Southern College (in1988). Announced FSC basketball games on local cable TV. Also announced local high school football games on local cable TV.
Have worked for WBBF-AM, WPXY-AM, Sportsradio 990, and then moved on to Clear Channel in 1997, where I have worked for WHAM and WHTK since as a board operator, producer, newscaster, traffic reporter, weatherman and sports host, as well as all-around good guy.
I am also psyched to be back on the air hosting "the Penalty Box", the post game call in show for the Rochester Americans radio broadcasts on 107--3 FM and 1280 AM.
I recently also started reading newscasts on Newsradio 1180, WHAM. It is a good opportunity for me, although I never saw myself as a "news guy". I am still enjoying the opportunity.
A story on Yahoo sports last Friday handicapped the possible places Michael Vick would end up next season. The story assumed that Vick has played his last down in Philly, and would be moving on next year. Guess who the author named as the most likely place for Vick to end up....? Would you believe, Buffalo?
Yes, Jason Cole believes that Buffalo would be the most obvious and logical place for Michael Vick to play next season. Cole quotes a "source close to the quarterback" saying that despite the Bills denials in 2009, that the Bills were actually a pursuer of Vick then.
He says the Bills are built to win "as soon as possible", that they have a solid offensive line, and that head coach Chan Gailey has experience working with mobile quarterbacks, being the offensive coordinator for the Kordell Stewart-led Steeler team that won the AFC North division a decade or so ago.
Cole makes some very good points. I would like to add a few more. With the Bills personnel, specifically running back CJ Spiller, the Bills would have a ton of speed in that offensive backfield for Gailey to play with. With draft choice TJ Graham entering his 2nd year, which is when most dominant receivers come into their own, the Bills would have the fastest QB/RB/WR combination in the NFL.
I like the idea quite frankly. Vick still has a few years left, and is still the most dynamic player in the NFL. What is the old adage...."speed kills"? Well, the Bills would have speed in droves offensively, and that is an exciting proposal.
There aren't any real blue chip, can't miss, first round quarterbacks in next April's NFL draft. If the Bills were to add Michael Vick, it would free up a draft pick that they would have used on a quarterback, and instead allow them to draft the top wide receiver in the draft or 2nd best depending on where the Bills end up in the standings. They could also use that pick on the best available run stuffing interior linebacker that they currently lack.
I know a lot of people are down on Vick right now, but that could actually help Buffalo. They might not have to give up more than a 2nd or 3rd round pick for Vick, and the expectations bar would be lower. Expectations weren't too high for Vick in Philadelphia when he got the starting job, and for a half season at least, he was one of the best players in football.
The other thing to remember is that for the last two years, Vick played behind possibly the worst offensive line in football. He had no time to throw, and often was running for his life before he could even set up to pass. Give him protection and a short passing scheme like Chan Gailey currently has in place, and the result could be dynamite.
I know it would not be popular with many people in western New York, especially with animal lovers. Vick still has that stigma from his dog-fighting arrest. There would no doubt be protests and picketing at the stadium, and there is no doubt Vick would not be making many promotional appearances around the area. Many fans would still revile Vick and many would probably root against the Bills. If I were the Bills brain trust, I would tell those people, "sorry folks but this is about winning football games".
If the Vick idea doesn't fly, then I have another one for you: Trade for Matt Flynn.
Seattle gave Flynn a guaranteed $10 million dollars in a three year, $26 million dollar deal last offseason. Then they decided to make rookie 2nd round draft pick Russell Wilson their starter after training camp. Flynn was highly sought after after last season and would provide a huge upgrade over Ryan Fitzpatrick, even though he is more unproven than Fitzy.
Fitzpatrick is proven. You know what you are gonna get. I'd rather take my chances on an uproven Flynn or a high risk Vick, than stand pat with Fitz or risk missing on a highly drafted quarterback. Get one of these two guys and put off drafting q future franchise quarterback until there is one worth drafting a few years from now.
Buddy.....are you listening? Any questions...you have my cell.
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