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Game of Thrones S6 E3 Recap: The One With Jon Snow’s Small Pecker

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Three “television enthusiasts,” the dynamic brother-sister duo of Marci and Rusty Buehler and Zac Hirschbeck, watch Game of Thrones each Sunday night and exchange their thoughts on the show’s happenings.

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Where Do We Go From Here?

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The ice at First Niagara Center was removed a few weeks ago and the 2016 NFL Draft is over. My head is telling me it’s time to take a break from the Sabres and focus on the Bills, but my heart is telling me that the start of the new Bills season isn’t nearly as interesting as the end of the Sabres season.

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Game of Thrones S6 E2 Recap: He’s BAAAAAAAACK!

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Three “television enthusiasts,” the dynamic brother-sister duo of Marci and Rusty Buehler and Zac Hirschbeck, watch Game of Thrones each Sunday night and exchange their thoughts on the show’s happenings.

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Game of Thrones S6 E1 Recap: Melisandre’s Saggy Bum

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Three “television enthusiasts,” the dynamic brother-sister duo of Marci and Rusty Buehler and Zac Hirschbeck, watch Game of Thrones each Sunday night and exchange their thoughts on the show’s happenings.

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Why the Bills Shouldn’t Wreck the Ralph

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It’s come to that time of year again where the billionaires who call themselves NFL owners whine about the difficulties of owning the most valuable franchises in American athletics. At the most recent NFL owner’s meeting, one issue of particular importance was a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills. The other NFL owners would like to see a new stadium or major upgrades (of which the recent $130 million investment does not qualify) in the next five years, just in time for the team’s lease to expire in 2022.

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Up Close and Personal

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At least once a season, I like to purchase Sabres tickets that are close to the ice and right behind the player benches. The view from these types of seats can be challenging because you completely lose sight of the puck in the near corners, but the advantages of being a row or two away from the benches outweigh the disadvantages. A seat on the glass allows me to see how players, coaches and referees interact with each other. It reminds me how violent and fast hockey can be at the game’s highest level. The fan experience becomes a little less entertaining and much more educational.

This year, my up close and personal Sabres experience was last Saturday’s game vs. the Winnipeg Jets. It was a fun game— maybe the most enjoyable experience I’ve had watching the Sabres in person in several years. Here are ten things I took away from the game:

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The Bipolar Express

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On matters related to the the 2015-16 Buffalo Sabres, every yin quickly calls forth a yang.

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The Theory of 10 Episodes

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Count me among the small group of dewy-eyed hockey fans who earnestly believed there was a good chance the Sabres would make a gigantic leap into the playoffs this year. With two months left in the regular season and Buffalo currently given a .5% chance to make the playoffs on SportsClubStats.com, this might be a good time to acknowledge that those expectations might have been a little too optimistic.

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

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February 28th will mark the two-year anniversary of the first trade Tim Murray made as GM of the Buffalo Sabres, a deal that saw the Sabres give up Ryan Miller and Steve Ott in return for three players and two draft picks. That deal contained both pleasure and pain. It was sad to see Miller depart after over a decade spent in a Sabres uniform, but it was exciting to see Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, and a first-round pick come back to Buffalo.

Almost every big trade Murray has made over the past two years is a lot like that first one. Each big deal contains players or prospects we can’t wait to see on the ice at First Niagara Center, but there is always at least one player or pick we hate to see sent to another club: Hudson Fasching costs you Brayden McNabb; the Evander Kane deal has to include Brendan Lemieux and a first-round pick; to get Ryan O’Reilly you have to add JT Compher into the mix.

Murray has made tremendous progress in retooling the Sabres roster, but there is still a lot of work left to be done. An experienced top-four defenseman, a scoring forward, and a talented veteran with extensive playoff experience are at the top of Murray’s wishlist. With the 2016 Trade Deadline quickly approaching, it seems inevitable that at least one respected member of the team will be traded away. To paraphrase the great Joe Strummer, who should stay and who should go?

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Making Great Television: A Discussion of Making a Murderer

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Although they might be a little late to the party, Tim and Zac Hirschbeck are both fans of Netflix’s Making a Murderer.

The dynamic father-son duo discuss what makes the show so captivating, Steven Avery’s guilt, Manitowoc County’s role in the happenings, the most sympathetic and despicable characters, and where the show might go from here.

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