On this episode of the future award-winning Talking Buffalo Podcast, Patrick Moran has a chat with longtime Buffalo Bills beat reporter from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Sal Maiorana on a variety of topics spanning the Buffalo Bills as well as life changes during these trying times and his personal website that combines news with nostalgia.
Sal recalls getting into the business all the way back in 1982 and covering the Buffalo Bills full-time for the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle beginning in 1990, the first of four consecutive Buffalo Super Bowl appearances.
The guys then get into a discussion on how much things have changed today because of Covid-19 with respect to how people in his profession have to do their job. Sal reveals that after covering every game home and on the road for over 30 years, he’s only made the trek from Rochester to Buffalo for two training camp practices so far and that aside from the season opener he may not even be in the stadium for games this season. Sal also talks about the annoying if not impossible task of putting together unique content during these times because of incredibly restricted team access and in ability to talk to several people for a singular feature story.
They also talk baseball as both Patrick and Sal are lifelong Yankee fans and lament the fact that the top players continue to consistently be injured, prompting Sal to conclude the Yankees get more injured than most NFL teams.
Sal has a website dedicated to his historical content fans can opt-in on an email list that notifies of new content being posted. He hits on a few of the stories and why all these years later the content still means so much to him. It’s easy to tell the site is a true passion project for him.
Of course, they spend time talking about the Bills and Sal has thoughts on Josh Allen, Matt Barkley, the cornerback position and why he thinks the Bills deserve to be considered not just the AFC east favorites but legitimate Super Bowl contenders before ending by discussing a few new guys he’s eager to see in uniform this year.
It’s a cozy chat with one of the industries best old-school sports writers.
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