LOCKDOWN DAY, MAYBE
Fullervision has your survival guide
NEWS for Sunday, March 20, 2005 Today is the first day of spring, which started at the vernal
equinox, ~7:30 am ET. It is also Palm Sunday.
Today is also the day that, according to an unconfirmed report,
protests against the Internet cigarette-credit card deal will begin,
with the potential to seal off the City of Salamanca and the Seneca
While in my opinion, large-scale protests seem highly unlikely, it is
still possible... so, travelers, take the following advice:
Route 219 will be the biggest trouble. Travelers from Buffalo
should use Route 16 instead, which goes through Olean into Bradford.
Springville and Ellicottville residents, take Route 219 down through
Great Valley, then take County Route 18, County Route 51, then turn
right on County Route 19 into Allegany. People going to Jamestown
should take Route 62.
Interstates 86 and 90 may be sealed off around reservation
territory if protests occur, meaning exits will be closed (all the way
from Steamburg to Limestone on the Allegany Reservation).
Avoid Route 417 west of Allegany (I-86 Exit 24)... skip Route 438
in all forms; use Route 39 instead.
For obvious reasons, avoid smoke shops and the Seneca Allegany
Fullervision News will monitor the situation as it develops... I will
be passing through Salamanca this morning to survey the situation (and
catch my bus to Oswego). Sports
scene: U.B. falls to St. Joseph's in the NIT, 55-50... the
Knighthawks defeated the Bandits, 11-10 in overtime. Today, another
Amerks game and the NASCAR Golden Corral 500.
NEWS for Saturday, March 19, 2005 Get ready for yet another Hillary Clintern running for office--
adviser Leecia Eve, son of "We Believe in" Arthur Eve, is contemplating
a run for lieutenant governor under Eliot Spitzer, this from WLEA.
The end of an era: Buffalo Councilman Jimmy Griffin, who served as
mayor for 16 years through the 1980s, is finally calling it quits
effective this weekend, this from WIVB. Sports
scene: today-- AHL: Amerks @ Syracuse, NLL: Bandits @ Knighthawks,
NIT: UB @ St. Joseph's (audio)...
tomorrow-- NASCAR: Golden Corral 500, AHL: Cleveland vs. Amerks @
Buffalo. Last night: Bandits over Minnesota, 13-11 and the Amerks over
Albany, 5-3... meanwhile, the Syracuse Orange was eliminated in a
first-round overtime loss, 60-57 to Vermont.
NEWS for Friday, March 18, 2005 Fullervision News
has received an unconfirmed report from within the City of Salamanca
saying that the Seneca Nation of Indians is going to launch a massive
series of protests, possibly including the tire fires made infamous
during the 1990s, that would close off the City of Salamanca beginning
this Sunday. These protests would be in response to Gov. George Pataki
and AG Eliot Spitzer, along with the governors and attorneys general of
nine other states, convincing the major credit card companies to stop
doing business with Internet cigarette vendors (most of whom are
Indians). Fullervision News will have more details as they become
Update, noon ET: Added Buffalo
News article stating Seneca response to cigarette deal. This weekend's sports:
the Amerks host Albany this Friday, travel to Syracuse this Saturday,
and face Cleveland this Sunday in Buffalo, where they will be
experimenting with "blue ice." In the NLL, the Bandits host Minnesota
on Friday, and on Saturday, they travel to Rochester for another
matchup with the Knighthawks. UB continues its NIT run against St.
Joseph's this Saturday (audio),
while NASCAR runs the Golden Corral 500.
As if we're really surprised, a disturbing trend took place yesterday
in the NCAA tournament-- in the four 1/2/3 vs. 16/15/14 seed games
yesterday, the 14/15/16 seeds held very close to the 1/2/3 seeds well
through halftime... but then the 1/2/3 seeds would go on this run while
the 14/15/16 seeds would seemingly disintegrate. This includes
yesterday's matchup between Niagara (14) and Oklahoma (3).
NEWS for Thursday, March 17, 2005 Oh, boy: WKBW-TV
are reporting that Erie County Legislature Chairman George Holt has
even more problems on his hands, with a seemingly suspicious $100,000
in pork funding going to his son's "All Pro Hoops" program. Nobody from
the "All Pro Hoops" program was available for comment and the program
seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth.
Last night in the NIT opener, UB defeated Drexel, 81-76, this report
from the Buffalo
News. They face St. Joseph's this Saturday. Niagara's team takes on
NCAA powerhouse Oklahoma this afternoon.
Meanwhile, down here in Cattaraugus County, cuts continue to try and
close a $1.4-million budget gap in that county's budget, this from WPIG.
NEWS for Wednesday, March 16, 2005 Well, who'd have thought that we'd have a 9.1% increase in
Cattaraugus County's general fund balance (i.e. a $1,000,000+ surplus
from last year)? Well, according to the Salamanca
Press, that's exactly what happened, due to overestimating social
services expenses and underestimating sales tax revenue.
Remember that notorious "Math A" test? It's gone now-- they're going
back to a traditional categorized math system, this from the Associated
The Rochester Americans will be experimenting with blue ice as they
take on the Cleveland Barons in Buffalo this Sunday, this from the Associated
NEWS for Tuesday, March 15, 2005 Today is the infamous "Ides
of March," the anniversary of the death of Emperor Julius Caesar.
Today's headline: New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi (above)
is going to look into the Erie County budget fiasco, this from WGRZ.
NEWS for Monday, March 14, 2005 Bracketologists start your engines: the NCAA Basketball
Tournament brackets have been released... click
here for the printable bracket. In general, it's a disappointment--
Niagara, a guaranteed bid, was knocked all the way down to #14 in the
"Austin" region, while Buffalo was snubbed despite a 22-win season
after a nailbiter loss in the M.A.C. championship. The Bulls will play
in the NIT against Drexel this Saturday while Niagara is forced to face
traditional NCAA powerhouse Oklahoma.
NEWS for Sunday, March 13, 2005 Well, it has been said that Buffalo is a hard-luck city... I
personally think that it's a conspiracy against the city by other
states to sap us out of a championship team and the revenues that would
come with it... but somehow, Ohio University, playing against the
University of Buffalo, managed to come back from a 19-point deficit to
tie the Mid-American Conference championship and force an overtime...
still unable to overcome, a second overtime was forced, and guess
what-- somehow Ohio won on a last-second shot (by a freshman, no less)
that SAT ON THE RIM (a magnet, perhaps?) before going
in... go figure... so now,
the automatic bid for the MAC goes to Ohio, and Buffalo will probably
have to settle for an NIT bid (the NCAA has a notorious bias against
"mid-major" conferences on all levels, and of course there's the
aforementioned anti-Buffalo angle, so they will most likely be robbed
of a chance at the NCAA championship despite a 20-win season). The
official NCAA bracket will be released at 6:00 PM today. Click
here for the Buffalo News article.
In other sports, the Rochester Americans failed to notch a point for
the first time in over a month, losing in regulation to Syracuse,
3-1... but the Knighthawks were able to pull off a 13-12 win over
NEWS for Saturday, March 12, 2005 In sports last night, the Bandits outscored Minnesota, 23-16,
while the Amerks edged Binghamton, 4-3 (this is odd, the schedule said
they were playing Syracuse last night). Check out the (probably now
erroneous) sports scene here.
A judge in Niagara Falls threw an entire courtroom-- spectators and
all-- into jail after one cell phone rang, this from WIVB.