by Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page
We are counting from 99 to 0 to determine who’s the best Buffalo athlete to wear each number. It’s Buffalo Sports By The Numbers here on Buffalo Sports Page.
We’ll have a new number and athlete every day this summer. Each story also includes reaction from the Buffalo Sports Page staff, and a way to catch up on numbers you’ve missed.
After every 10 numbers, a Sylvester & Peck On Sports podcast will feature Budd Bailey and the guys reacting to the selections.
Stu Barnes, Sabres. The forward was dependable and consistent during his four years here. He had always worn #14 before, but couldn’t here. So he flipped the numbers on his back – but still wrote #14 on his equipment. Others: Phil Villipiano, Bills; Ken Sutton, Sabres; Jamie Mueller, Bills.
Paul Peck’s Digit Discussion: No real issue with Stu Barnes. A great guy, good teammates, clutch player. But I have a personal reason to go with Phil Villipiano. He is from my hometown of Oakhurst, NJ. Phil graduated from the same high school as I did, Ocean Township High School. Even bigger for me, Phil’s autograph is the first I ever got from a professional athlete. He appeared at a local event, while he was still with the Raiders. I was probably seven or eight years old, and that has always stuck with me. So for personal reasons, I go with Phil.
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