Who has the best name in Buffalo sports history?

The Nightcap will conduct a bracket over the next month

Nightcap
May 14, 2018 - 2:51 pm

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Ever think about some of the best names in Buffalo sports history and wonder who's is the best? Well we did too and put together a bracket to find an answer.

We put together 64 names of former players and coaches from the Bills, Sabres, Bisons, and Bandits. 

Voting will be conducted by the use of polls on Twitter. You can follow along and vote @WGR550

There are many snubs, as listeners have pointed out to us, but here are the entires to "The Great Buffalo Sports Name Bracket."



No. 1 Seeds:

Mansfield Wrotto - Bills Guard; 11 games played; 2010 

Coco Crisp - Bisons Outfielder; 60 games played; 2002-03

Morris Titanic - Sabres Winger; 19 games played; 1974-76

Darren Puppa - Sabres Goaltender; 215 games played; 1985-93


No. 2 Seeds:

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen - Goaltender; Sabres second round pick in 2017

Bacarri Rambo - Bills Safety; 19 games played; 2014-15

Cliff Pu - Winger; Sabres third round pick in 2016

Cap Capi - Bills Defensive End; 4 games played; 2017


No. 3 Seeds:

Takeo Spikes - Bills Linebacker; 47 games played; 2003-06

Cookie Gilchrist - Bills Running Back; 42 games played; 1962-64

Star Lotulelei - Bills Defensive Tackle; Free agent signee in 2018

Taro Tsujimoto - Sabres 11th round pick in 1983


No. 4 Seeds:

Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre - Sabres Defenseman; 27 games played; 1998-2000

Brett Bucktooth - Former Buffalo Bandits forward; 47 games played; 2007-2011

Miroslav Satan - Sabres Winger; 578 games played; 1996-2004

Punch Imlach - First general manager and head coach of the Buffalo Sabres


No. 5 Seeds:

Hannu Virta - Sabres Defenseman; 245 games played; 1981-86

Gates Orlando - Sabres Winger; 98 games played; 1984-87

John Blue - Sabres Goaltender; 5 games played; 1995-96

Roland Hooks - Bills Running Back; 98 games played; 1976-82


No. 6 Seeds:

Rowdy Tellez - Bisons First Baseman; 128 games played; 2017-18

Beauty McGowan - Bisons Outfielder; 378 games played; 1934-37

Grady Sizemore - Bisons Outfielder; 214 games played; 2004

John Van Boxmeer - Sabres Defenseman; 294 games played; 1979-83


No. 7 Seeds:

Rumun Ndur - Sabres Defenseman; 11 games played; 1996-99

Joe Klopfenstein - Bills Tight End; 1 game played; 2009 

Bob Boughner - Sabres Defenseman; 177 games played; 1995-98

London Fletcher - Bills Linebacker; 80 games played; 2002-06


No. 8 Seeds:

Milton Bradley - Bisons Outfielder; 36 games played; 2001-02

Richie Incognito - Bills Guard; 51 games played; 2009 and 2015-17

Carlo Colaiacovo - Sabres Defenseman; 36 games played; 2015-16

Wilf Paiement - Sabres Winger; 56 games played; 1986-87


No. 9 Seeds:

Boobie Dixon - Bills Running Back; 32 games played; 2014-15

Lindy Ruff - Sabres Defenseman, Forward, and Coach; 608 games played; 1,165 games coached; 1979-2013

Zenon Konopka - Sabres Center; 23 games played; 2013-14

Uwe Krupp - Sabres Defenseman; 327 games played; 1986-92


No. 10 Seeds:

Rob Ray - Sabres Winger; 889 Games Played; 1989-2003

Luke Easter - Bisons First Baseman; 1956-59

Preston Ridlehuber - Bills Running Back; 9 games played; 1969

Ashton Youboty - Bills Cornerback; 43 games played; 2006-10


No. 11 Seeds:

Alexei Zhitnik - Sabres Defenseman; 712 games played; 1994-2004

Lawyer Milloy - Bills Safety; 43 games played; 2003-05

Chidi Ahanatu - Bills Defensive End; 16 games played; 2002

Pierson Prioleau - Bills Safety; 54 games played; 2001-04


No. 12 Seeds:

Ed Wang - Bills Offensive Tackle; 6 games played; 2010

Peerless Price - Bills Wide Receiver; 84 games played; 1999-2002 & 2006-07

Vladamir Tsyplakov - Sabres Winger; 70 games played; 1999-2001

Darcy Wakaluk - Sabres Goaltender; 22 games played; 1988-91


No. 13 Seeds:

Bubbie Buzachero - Bisons Pitcher; 82 games played; 2007-08 

Dave Snuggerud - Sabres Winger; 115 games played; 1989-92

Drew McQueen Bledsoe - Bills Quarterback; 48 games played; 2002-04

I.K. Enemkpali - Bills Linebacker; 11 games played; 2015


No. 14 Seeds:

Joba Chamberlin - Bisons Pitcher; 7 games played; 2015

Vaclav Varada - Sabres Winger; 376 games played; 1995-2003

Coy Wire - Bills Safety; 80 games played; 2002-07

Yuri Khmylev - Sabres Winger; 254 games played; 1992-96


No. 15 Seeds:

Cory Bomberry - Former Buffalo Bandits forward; 61 games played; 2006-2009

Richard Smehlik - Sabres Defenseman; 589 games played; 1992-2002

Mike Hurlbut - Sabres Defenseman; 5 games played; 1997-2000

Joe Juneau - Sabres Center; 9 games played; 1998-99


No. 16 Seeds:

Brian Holzinger - Sabres Winger; 352 games played; 1994-2000

Sam Gash - Bills Fullback; 47 games played; 1998-99 and 2003

Mark Steenhuis - Current Buffalo Bandits forward; 266 games played; 2003-2018

Drew Willy - UB Bulls Quarterback; 44 games played; 2005-08

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