Logan Mankins let loose in Buffalo


Logan Mankins let loose in Buffalo

By Jon Fucile

If theres one man you dont want to make angry on the Patriots, that man is Logan Mankins. Hes roughly two tons of bottled rage. If you mess with his teammates you better believe youre going to get a big piece of your behind handed to you.

The Buffalo Bills decided to test him Sunday and the results were disastrous for the city.

During the game, Mankins became angry after a couple of questionable hits left his teammates a bit dazed. He went after the Bills, but was restrained for the time being. Once the Patriots lost, however, Mankins erupted.

Players and fans alike ran from the stadium as Mankins rampaged through downtown Buffalo, tipping any cars or quarterbacks he saw.

He also reportedly tracked down a nearby herd of buffalo. Just because.

At one point he was seen with Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and the two engaged in some tag team buffalo hunting. No one was spared.

Sources have told Wicked Good Sports that no human beings were killed during the rampage and that Ryan Miller should eventually make a full recovery to choke in the first round of the playoffs.

We are told, however, that Jim Kelly suffered a far worse fate.

Mankins reportedly entered the still empty Buffalo Hall of Accomplishments to find Jim Kelly starring at an empty case where Super Bowl trophies are to be held, assuming the Bills ever win any.

While Buffalo fans hit the streets as though beating the Patriots was just as good as winning the Super Bowl, Jim Kelly was abused worse by Mankins than he was by the Dallas Cowboys defense.

Fellow Buffalo hero Brett Hull even got in on the action, as Hull and Mankins decided to throw Kelly through as many tables as lost Super Bowls.

Hey guys, for those Buffalo residents out there who cant count that high, how many Super Bowls in a row did Jim Kelly lose?

The Buffalo police department was helpless to stop Mankins as Police Chief Lindy Ruff began openly weeping when Mankins attack began and blamed the referees for Buffalos cheap shots.

Mankins was last seen training for a second round of attacks in his forest hideout with the Brothers Gronk.

If you see Mankins, please do not approach him. Local authorities have advised people to contact them directly. He is considered bearded and dangerous.

Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team


Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while saying RIP Vine but not really feeling it since it’s a rabbit hole I never really delved down into. 

*Down Goes Brown celebrates the “NHL’s old guys”, and yes, that means a gratuitous shout out to Zdeno Chara as the top defenseman on the All-Graybeard squad. 

*Hampus Lindholm has signed a long term deal with the Anaheim Ducks, so now that deal leaves everybody to wonder who is leaving the Anaheim roster in the eventual salary cap crunch. It will be interesting to see if this hastens any Cam Fowler trade talk as far as the Bruins are concerned because it looks like they need the help.  

*Pro Hockey Talk has the Oilers off to their best start since the Wayne Gretzky Era and people in Edmonton finally getting to see the hockey they’ve been waiting for over the past few years. 

*In honor of the Halloween season that we’re in, here are a few cool and scary goalie masks with a bit of spooky flair. 

*Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka is confident that his young team is going to rebound after a rough start to the season. 

*Speaking of creative uniforms, it’s a most wonderful time of the year for hockey when they bust out their Oktoberfest sweaters. 

*For something completely different: this matchup of Peanuts and Stranger Things hits all the right notes for fans of both. 


Van Noy: 'I was shocked" to be traded from Lions to Patriots

Van Noy: 'I was shocked" to be traded from Lions to Patriots

FOXBORO -- It's not often that NFL teams make deals before the trade deadline. Seeing starters get dealt before the deadline is a veritable rarity. It's no wonder linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who started in all seven Lions games this season, reacted the way he did when he was dealt to the Patriots earlier this week.

"I was shocked to go from starting there to traded," Van Noy said during his first back-and-forth with Patriots reporters. "I was shocked. I respect everybody with the Detroit Lions, they'll all be my guys there. Just grateful for the opportunity to come here and get it going."

Van Noy has been working closely with Patriots linebackers and linebackers coach Brian Flores since his arrival, even getting some last-minute notes from Flores before meeting with reporters and heading out to Thursday's practice. 

The 6-foot-3, 243-pounder wasn't completely unfamiliar with the operation in New England before being sent to Foxboro along with a seventh-round pick in exchange for a sixth-rounder. He admitted he had "a lot" of contact with the Patriots before being taken in the second round by Detroit.  

Now he's playing "catch-up" to learn the Patriots playbook, which could include learning multiple positions within the team's defense. He played mostly as an off-the-line linebacker in Detroit, but when he entered into the league out of BYU, he was considered to have the tools to be a productive pass-rusher as a pro. 

Van Noy, who lost about 15 pounds going into this season, indicated that the Lions didn't get the most out of him because of how he was used. 

"I mean, they didn't know where to put me," he said. "Here, they want me here, and I'm happy to be wanted." 

Van Noy was injured for much of his rookie season and had a hard time making an impact last year. He was relied upon to fill a more substantial role this season, playing in 60 percent of the team's defensive snaps. It's unclear just how Van Noy will fit in as a member of the Patriots, but he says he's willing to do whatever it takes to work his way back up another depth chart.

"I'm here now, and I'm gonna do whatever they have me [do], and whatever they want my weight to be at," he said. "Whatever they want me to do I'm gonna do it because I want to win and be part of this team."