Mini Takes: Peters’ heart is in Hawaii, not Buffalo

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Peters’ injuries another bad sign
Wondering where the heart of the Bills’ franchise left tackle is? It sure seems closer to Honolulu than Buffalo these days.
Like he did last season, Jason Peters will not finish the season on the field for the Bills, but he’ll still wind up making the trip to the Pro Bowl.
Is it a coincidence that Peters is absent with the playoffs out of reach? Too tough to call. We’re not saying the talented lineman is tanking it since the team has been eliminated, but we’ll say this — his holdout, and subsequent sloppiness didn’t help the franchise snap the postseason drought.
Until the team gets more commitment from key players, expect more futility in the future.

Nelson’s dishes something to savor
They’re fast, furious and fun. If you haven’t seen the Niagara University men’s basketball team yet, make sure to soon.
But while the obvious focal points are Tyrone Lewis, big guy Benson Egemonye and local product Rob Garrison, the team’s most mesmerizing memories come courtesy of point guard Anthony Nelson, who offers up the best dishes this side of the Como.
Nelson only had five assists in NU’s convincing win over St. Bonaventure this week, but he threw a couple others that would have been highlight reel stuff had his teammates been able to finish. And Nelson gives Joe Mihalich a huge edge — someone who’s fast enough to handle pressure, yet smooth enough to make good passes if he gets doubled.

Lydman again in slump
Heading into Saturday night’s home game, the Sabres’ Toni Lydman was working on a stretch of three games where he posted a combined minus-6. Ouch.
Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for the Buffalo defenseman. Sure he often gets paired against the league’s best lines, but that’s what being on a top defensive pairing means. Tough assignments, night in and night out.
Lydman is signed through next year, meaning he can be re-signed this summer. But unlike others who the team has locked down quickly, here’s hoping Buffalo takes its time and weighs all options.
Contact sports editor Tim Schmitt at 282-2311, ext. 2266.

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