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November 30, 2008
Shuffling off to Buffalo ... and Toronto

Drove through some snow flurries on the way to Orchard Park this morning, but as of right now, there's no white stuff. It is very cold and very gray out, so conditions could change. ... The 49ers' plan is to try to re-sign linebacker Ahmad Brooks early this week. Brooks was released yesterday because, with so many injuries at receiver, the 49ers had to elevate wideout Chris Hannon from the practice squad ... The plan is for Hannon to be dropped back down to the practice squad once the receiving corps gets healthy.

What to do in Buffalo and Beyond on a Saturday. By Matt Barrows, Matt Maiocco and Daniel Brown. First, you start with something light, such as a visit to the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society. The three of us were asked to fill out a survey by a rather attractive museum worker. (Who were we to say, no?) The survey had us give three words that described our experience. Each of us wrote "thorough," which is a nice way of saying the museum needs better editing. Waaaay too many things (a Cheerios box?) made it into display cases.

From there is was a short drive to the site where President William McKinley was shot in 1901. We had just been in Dallas where the 45th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's shooting was recognized. Let's just say that McKinley's shooting site doesn't exactly attract the crowds that Kennedy's does. In fact, we drove past it - twice - before realizing the site was marked by a small stone in the median of a residential street.

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After that, it was off to Anchor Bar for some wings and to watch the Virginia-Virginia Tech game. Neither went down easily for Barrows. With thick grease and cheap beer percolating in our stomachs, we drove to Niagara Falls. Once across the border we thought, 'What the heck? - let's go to Toronto and take in a hockey game." We pulled into the Air Canada Center Centre at 7 p.m. local, got some Canadian money and headed to the box office. No luck. They had three tickets, but they were in different parts of the arena. Our predicament was solved by a nice guy who witnessed our distress and got us three tickets at a nice discount.

It turns out that the guy was an ex-Leafs forward named Stu Gavin, who played 13 seasons in the NHL. Gavin took us to the alumni suite, got us each a beer and then told us to enjoy the game. Pretty sure Maiocco has a man crush on him. The Leafs won 4-2 and we shuffled on back to Buffalo.

The End.


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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