"One Before I Die" is a Buffalo Sports podcast hosted by Western New York native brothers, Sam and Ethan Aebli. These guys will provide you with the ups, the many downs, and everything in between about the Bills and the Sabres. Join them on the journey of bringing a championship to the city of Buffa…
The Bills are officially back which means game recaps are officially back. It was a tough first week as the Bills were handed an L from the Steel City. The boys give their thoughts on the game as well as how they feel moving forward about the season. Although the result wasn't ideal, it isn't time to overreact to much just yet. The guys also look ahead to week 2 in Miami and talk about the importance of the game especially after the week 1 loss. It is a long season, this is just the beginning. Go Bills!
Ladies and gentlemen it is the moment you've been waiting for: your Buffalo Bills are officially back as the 2021 NFL season kicks off this week. Friend of the program Trent Maurer joins the show to break everything down with the boys. We start off with an in-depth preview of the marquee Week 1 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers, focusing on how our offense will stack up against their top ranked defense. We then move into our annual "pick the schedule" as we quickly breakdown every game on the calendar for the year. We finish some team MVP, team X-factor, and final predictions to make sure everyone is ready to go for the big year.
It's cut day! The time has come for the Bills to narrow down their roster to 53 guys and we break it down position by position. Sam and Ethan give their takes on what their 53 man rosters would look like and explain why they made each decision. With just a couple weeks away from week 1 of the regular season the guys also breakdown what they saw from the first teams in the preseason finale against the Packers. Football season is right around the corner and we will be giving a full preview of the season as it rapidly approaches. It is finally about to be time for Buffalo football.
Massive episode in store as the boys hit the 100 episode mark! We take a quick stroll down memory lane and talk about some of our favorite moments over the past 99 episodes and what we have to look forward to. We also talk pre-season Week 2 at Chicago, stand-out young guns, Mitch is back, and Duke is out. We also throw in some Sabres (why not?) and talk Jack Eichel emoji and RJ retirement.
It is the 2 year anniversary of the pod and the boys grind out another episode in honor of it. The Bills are officially back as their first pre season game is in the books. The boys recap this pre season game, talk about the NFL Top 100 list, and weigh in on Luke Kuechly being at Bills practice. The Jack Eichel news has been as quiet as a mouse so nothing new there. Only a few short weeks away from regular season football!
Episode 98 is all about that cheddar cause JA17 has secured a bag. That's right folks, Sam and Ethan break down Josh Allen's $258 million, 6 year extension that he just signed with your Buffalo Bills. We break down what we like, what it means, and how big this moment is for the franchise as a history defining moment. We also look ahead to our first preseason game vs the Detroit Lions this Friday and what players/position groups we are looking forward to getting a sneak peak at.
A lot of different kinds of news came out this past week within the Buffalo sports world and the boys are here to talk about it. Numerous reports came out about the Buffalo Bills potentially relocating to Austin, Texas. Do you buy it? Sam and Ethan talk about these rumors and give their opinions on what it really means. After Kevyn Adams had a press conference regarding free agency and the Jack Eichel situation this past week, Jack Eichel's agents came out with a statement online. The boys react to this and give their cold hard honest opinion on what they think of Jack Eichel lately. Only a few more weeks until Bills football is back!
Folks we are back with a vengeance as we have an absolutely loaded episode. A TON has happened over the past week in the NHL and Sabresland and the boys are here to break it down. We talk Borgen to the Kraken in the Expansion, Sabres #1 pick Owen Power, Risto & Reino OUT, and Eichel still hanging around... for now. We dig deep into what we think about the returns on the big trades, where in the world is Jack Eichel going to play next year, and what will the 2021-22 Sabres roster potentially look like on opening night? Strap in.
With the NHL' s Expansion and Entry drafts coming up, the boys have a lot to talk about regarding the Buffalo Sabres. They give their thoughts on the Sabres' protection list that was submitted over the weekend and discuss the expansion draft which welcomes the Seattle Kraken to the NHL this Wednesday. The NHL Entry Draft is also this week so the boys talk about what the Sabres potential busy day might look like. Strap in for episode 95.
Ladies and gents we have officially hit the dog days of summer. Never the less, the boys are bringing you some heat with a snake draft. Ethan and Sam draft the best Buffalo Sports summer BBQ by selecting 1 food, 1 drink, 1 Sabre, 1 Bill, and 1 Coach to invite to your BBQ. We also discuss the latest Eichel video and how this impacts our view of him.
Don "Meatballs" Granato has been named the Buffalo Sabres full time coach. Sam and Ethan breakdown everything about the hire and what they think of what he can do for the team moving forward. This was an extremely important hire for Kevyn Adams and the Sabres organization and the boys talk about how they think it will play out in every aspect. The Sabres also made an addition to their front office with a hire in Sam Ventura as its VP of Hockey Strategy and Research. A highly touted hire according to multiple analysts and reporters, the boys breakdown their thoughts on it. Lastly, the guys give their takes on the alleged reports of Terry Pegula getting involved with the draft process.
We are back for another episode, this week answering a hard hitting question - is Jack Eichel actually a good leader? We all know what Jack can do on the ice, but what about off the ice? Ethan and Sam talk about Jack's post-game pressers, how his teammates talk about him and his relationship with the city of Buffalo. The boys also dig into the latest surrounding the head coaching opening, talk about Darren Dreger's latest on the situation, and give a sneak peak to who the next captain of the Sabres could be if Jack leaves.
The boys take a break from Sabres talk this week as nothing has been announced regarding Jack Eichel or a new coach yet. They turn their attention towards the Bills as stud receiver Cole Beasley found himself in the mud online this past week after posting a notes app PSA regarding Covid protocols in the NFL this year. The Bills also announce a new stadium will be coming within the next few years and they will be staying in Orchard Park as opposed to moving downtown. Big Baller Beane also went out and got a nose tackle by the name of Eli Ankou. Football season is right around the corner ladies and gents, get ready.
Another week in the books and the Sabres are still without a new head coach. Sam and Ethan break down the news of Gerard Gallant agreeing to terms to become the next Head Coach of the New York Rangers - ending all hopes of him coming to Buffalo. The Sabres will look elsewhere for their guy, and the boys weigh in on who they would like to see. They also talk LA Kings out on Jack Eichel, the Taylor Hall Curse is alive and well, and Stanley Cup predictions.
The highly anticipated Sabres off season is getting started as the draft lottery went down and the coaching search continues. The Swords landed the number one pick for this year's draft and the boys talk about what they think where the team should go with it. Julio Jones has also now entered the chat in the AFC and Sam and Ethan discuss what that means for the AFC as the Bills play them this year in prime time.
After a week pause the boys are back for a pretty random episode. Most notably, Sam and Ethan celebrate yet another first round exit by the Toronto Maple Leafs. They discuss who had a more disappointing season (Sabres v Leafs), updates on the Jack Eichel front, and rumors about Sabres head coaching interviews. We also get into some Bills OTA talk, Star's return/infamous video, and the Diggs contract restructure.
Things have slowed down on the Buffalo sports scene as the NHL season has come to an end but the NFL released the schedules for the upcoming season this past week and the boys talk about it. What games are shoe in wins? Losses? What games are you looking forward to this year? What is the best game to road trip to? The boys break down their early thoughts on the schedule as they gear up for the season. They also talk about the NHL Playoffs a little as those have started up. Ethan and Sam both give their opinions on who they think can make a run this year as well as who they would like to see make a push.
Just when you thought things were turning around, the Sabres are back with another franchise crushing moment. It was locker room clean out day in Buffalo and Jack Eichel had some pretty remarkable comments. The boys break down what transpired between the Sabres and Jack, Jack's likeliness to return next season, and what a possible trade will look like. They also dig into what Sam Reinhart's future may hold and what is Kevyn Adams possibly going to do next summer. The swords never cease to amaze us and they got us down bad.
With the Sabres season winding down, the boys chat a little bit more about what to expect behind the bench as the offseason approaches. Ryan Miller, the Sabres legend, also announced his retirement at the end of this season so the guys pay their respects. They also start to get into football mode as the NFL Draft went down this past weekend. They recap the Bills draft and how they think Brandon Beane and the boys did. The Bills also exercise Josh Allen and Tremaine Edmund's 5th year options on their rookie contracts.
That's right, it's draft season baby. Your 2021 AFC EAST CHAMPS are officially on the clock this Thursday as we finally get to see who our newest 1st round pick will be. There has been a lot of debate surrounding which way the Bills should go with this pick, but the boys sure have their opinions. We also talk more puck as the Sabres season winds to a close. We talk about this past week vs the Bruins, where Sam hit Keybank for the first time in over a year on Friday. We also talk a big time Eichel trade hypothetical that is sure to cause some chatter.
The boys get real in depth on this episode as the Sabres have provided a lot more to talk about. The young guns are playing well and this team is actually exciting to watch for once. On this week's episode, Sam and Ethan give their reaction to the Taylor Hall trade, talk about the team under Ralph Krueger vs Don Granato, and go very in detail about what they think about the potential of Don Granato becoming the next head coach of the team. Sabres also recently hired Jason Karmanos as an assistant general manager who will play a heavy hand in this upcoming off season which will be very interesting.
Sabres fans, we are now at one of the most anticipated phases of hockey season - the Trade Deadline. As we all know the Sabres will be major sellers this year as almost nobody is safe from being moved based on how our season has gone. Sam and Ethan break down the Montour deal, talk about the potential Taylor Hall trade, and discuss who else could be on the move this year. We also talk Ullmark extension and Asplund/Mittelstadt/Thompson playing well as a line (possible permanent 3rd line?). Strap in for a loaded one.
The Sabres finally won a hockey game!!! After an 18 game losing streak the Swords finally get a couple wins in the past week. The boys breakdown how the team has looked as well as how they feel about the goaltending moving forward for the long term. Young guys starting to get a little more playing time and it is paying off. Not much Bills news so the guys look ahead to the NFL draft as well as the NHL trade deadline.
And the start of the Sabres yard sale has begun! Eric Staal is the first of the many expected departures for this upcoming trade deadline and Ethan and Sam are here to break it all down. We talk Staal trade, what a potential Taylor Hall deal might look like, and give our predictions for some familiar faces that might also be on the way out this spring. Ethan also sets his April win total as we may see some more Sabres Ws next month? Moving over to the Bills, we talk Matt Breida signing and the Bills get a new stadium sponsor.
REJOICE! Ralph Krueger has finally been relieved of his duties as the Buffalo Sabres Head Coach. A move that was long overdue has finally happened and the boys are here to give their final thoughts on the situation. They also discuss what the best scenario would be for the Sabres head coaching vacancy moving forward and talk about where the team goes from here. The Bills were back at it this week with a few more signings and Sam and Ethan talk about it. Is there more to come with Beane and the Bills before the draft? Does the defense need to be addressed a little more? We talk about it all.
After taking a week off, Sam and Ethan are back and the Sabres still haven't won a hockey game. The Swords are playing at a franchise low and show absolutely no signs of winning any time soon. Sam and Ethan discuss how little things have changed since the last episode and how disheartening watching this hockey team is. On the flip side, the Bills are back in our lives after making some key free agency signings and bringing back a few fan favorites.
What can we even say at this point? The Buffalo Sabres are at the lowest of lows a sports franchise can get. The full organization is in turmoil as the players, coaching staff, upper management, and ownership are all on different pages and there are no answers for the foreseeable future. This Sabres team is historically bad and the boys talk about their ongoing frustration with the team. On top of the horrible play, everyone's favorite topic, Jack Eichel trade rumors have entered the conversation again. Is it true? Who knows, but at some point these rumors aren't going to be just rumors anymore. On the football front, JJ Watt went in the opposite direction of Buffalo and the boys breakdown their thoughts on the Bills missing out on him. Packed episode so give it a download and a listen.
Ep. 76 is here and it's a full blown therapy session. The Sabres come back from COVID pause and proceed to lose 3 out of 4 games and look absolutely LOST. Sam and Ethan talk about the lack of progress the franchise has made since the ownership change, the impact this will have on the fanbase, and the chore it has become to watch this team play hockey. We also talk Skinner healthy scratch, why is Kyle Okposo still in this lineup, Jake McCabe injury, and FIRE RALPH KRUEGER.
After a 2 week hiatus, the Sabres return to the ice. The boys talk about what they expect in the return to the season from a COVID riddled squad. They talk about their excitement level with this team as well as the look ahead on the schedule. There is still much of the year to be played and if the Swords are going to turn it around it is now or never. This team needs to find its identity and make a push and Sam and Ethan talk all about it. Tune in for some bonus talk about what Ethan has been doing to keep busy with the Sabres out of commission the last couple weeks.
The Buffalo Sabres are on COVID pause, the Bills' season has been over for over 2 weeks, so the boys are running dry with Buffalo Sports content. We start talking about the Sabres hiatus and what it can mean for when the squad does get back to the ice. The conversation quickly moves into Super Bowl talk - but focused on how it affects the Bills (shocker). It doesn't take long for Sam and Ethan to start arguing over free agency. Just an all-around wild card of an episode - strap in.
It is officially hockey season exclusively and the boys get right into it. The Buffalo Sabres have played 10 games so far and Sam and Ethan talk about what they have seen so far from the team. They talk about the team's frustrating tendencies even with a new roster. The guys also go into specific players and which guys have impressed them the most and vice versa. Everything that has gone on in the short season so far is talked about so tune in!
Ladies and gents, this is a tough one to swallow. No sugar coating anything, Ethan and Sam power through the episode breaking down the Bills 38-24 AFC Championship loss to the KC Chiefs. They talk about the entire 2020 season as a whole, what this loss means in the long term, and the outlook of the Bills franchise heading into the off-season. With football season now coming to a close, the focus now shifts on over to the Swords. We talk about the Sabres picking up 3 out of 4 points in Washington this past weekend, the inconsistent goaltending, and new/old faces in the lineup.
Bills Mafia!!! For the first time since 1994, the Buffalo Bills are headed to the AFC Championship game. The boys talk about the importance of taking a step back and enjoying the moment and ride even as hard as it can be. They also talk about the 17-3 win that propelled the boys into this position. While the Bills are absolutely buzzing, the Sabres have also started back up but in a less than ideal way. They haven't looked all that great and Ethan and Sam face the music even with the Bills doing their thing. Loaded episode today. Make sure to subscribe, rate, and review!!!
Ladies and Gents your beloved Buffalo Bills have notched their first playoff victory in 25 years! Sam and Ethan dive into the back and forth contest between the Bills and Colts on Super Wild Card Weekend. We talk about Daboll's play calling, Josh Allen being an Agent of Chaos, and the bend don't break defensive performance. We look ahead to the game vs the Ravens and how our expectations have changed at this point in the season. For the second half of the episode we break down the 2020-21 Buffalo Sabres season. We talk about lineup changes (or what hasn't changed), what to expect from the boys this year, and much more.
Oh baby, now the fun begins - the Bills put an absolute pounding on the Miami Dolphins to round out the 2020 regular season as their campaign now continues into the playoffs. Ethan and Sam break down the Week 17 slaughter, Josh Allen breaking the Bills passing record, and the momentum this team is carrying into the postseason. We then look ahead to Wild Card Weekend in our tilt vs the Indianapolis Colts and what they are going to bring to the table. Strap in, circle the wagons, and let's roll.
Nothing like clinching the AFC East one week and then coming back and stomping the Pats in Foxborough the next. The Bills dominate the Patriots in a 38-9 route and move back into the 2 seed in the AFC. With one more week in the regular season, the boys talk about the turn around of the narrative of the Bills as well as potential playoff scenarios. Bills Mafia, get ready, we still have a lot of work to get done.
The Buffalo Bills are the AFC East champions for the first time since 1995. What a ride it has been so far but the boys are not done yet. Sam and Ethan talk about the division clinching win over Denver as well as the Bills moving forward. They talk about the playoff scenarios that lie ahead and what matchups are the most favorable for the Bills. It is a packed episode and the guys recorded it in person live together for a little extra spice. Enjoy.
Oh baby, life is good in WNY when the Bills win football games. Sam and Ethan are back for anotha one in Ep. 66, breaking down win number 10 for the 2020 Buffalo Bills, who ain't your Dads' Buffalo Bills. These Bills are good, scary good. The boys talk about the pregame Tik Tok antics, how the defense is officially BACK, and Josh Allen leading the offense to a statement 2nd half performance and officially solidifying this team as a CONTENDER for the AFC Title. They look ahead for what is to come in Week 15 traveling to Denver to pay a visit to Drew Locke and the Von Miller-less Broncos, and then finish the episode talking some Sabres as the NHL announced the 2020-2021 season will be starting early January.
Big time Pittsburgh sports fan and good friend of the boys Nick Koeneke joins the show this week to preview Sunday night's matchup between the Bills and the Steelers. They take a deep dive into the Steelers, the matchup, and the NFL as a whole. The boys also discuss the big win over San Francisco on prime time and the outstanding performance by Josh Allen.
Coming in hot off the bye week, the Buffalo Bills are back in action and so are Ethan and Sam with Episode 64. The boys dive into the Bills 27-17 W over the LA Chargers in an ugly, "grind it out" game. The Bills D stepped up big time, as they continue to improve and play better down the stretch. We discuss AJ Klein continuing to silence the haters, Tre White doing Tre White things, cleaning up the turnovers, and dominating the special teams game from start to finish. We also look ahead to Week 11 heading back to Arizona to take on the well-coached 49ers and what it will take to improve to 9-3.
Heartbreak. That is all that needs to be said to describe this episode. The Bills fall short in Arizona after a last second Hail Mary. The guys get emotional on this episode and talk about what they were feeling during the game on Sunday. Oh, the Sabres also dropped new uniforms.
Western NY's finest, the Buffalo Bills, are 7-2 and the juices are flowing. Ethan and Sam breakdown the best win of the 2020 season. Josh Allen was amazing, the offense was unstoppable, and the defense turned the ball over in a big time W. After talking Bills vs Seahawks, the boys also look ahead to next win in Arizona (we are coming for you Kyler) and the outlook on the season moving forward. Sam also shares a funny gambling story from his weekend.
The Bills beat the Patriots at home for the first time since 2011 and move on to 6-2 at the midway point in the season. The boys talk about what they saw in that game and look ahead to the rest of the season as the Bills enter a gauntlet of a schedule moving forward. The NFL Trade Deadline also approaches its end at 4pm on 11/3 so the guys discuss what the Bills need to do there. Half of the season down, one more half to go. A lot of football to be played but the Bills are sitting pretty atop of the AFC East, at least for now...
Fire them into the sun - Ethan and Sam are dead men as the Bills do not cover in a disgusting game against the NY Jets. There is a silver lining, as the Bills did end up winning the game by a score of 18-10 but failed to score 1 single touchdown. If you came here to get your hopes up and hear great things about WNY's football team, you came to the wrong place. Ethan and Sam break down everything in one of the worst football games of the 2020 NFL season. They also touch on two big RFA signings by the Sabres in Sam Reinhart and Linus Ullmark.
The Bills drop their second straight game of the season this time to the defending Super Bowl champs but it was the way they lost that have Sam and Ethan feeling low. Defense continues to struggle, offense has disappeared, where do we go from here? All thoughts are shared on this episode as well as a bet to keep Ethan alive is given out at the end of the show...
Sam and Ethan are back for a bitter-sweet episode, as in surprising fashion the Buffalo Sabres are the ones bringing the smiles this week. On the flip side, the boys first discuss the elephant in the room - the 42-16 pumping in Nashville, TN by the Titans over our Bills. They dig into the putrid defensive performance and the offensive struggles, and then give their thoughts on what needs to change so we do not get embarrassed on Monday night versus KC. The mood gets brighter as Sam and Ethan get into what the Taylor Hall signing means to the Buffalo Sabres franchise and what kind of impact it will make on the 2020-2021 season. They finish off discussing the other free agent signings the Sabres made prior to Hall, and get into the 2020 NHL Entry Draft that went down last week as well.
BILLS MAFIA STAND UP BECAUSE WE ARE 4-0!!! Sam and Ethan talk about the great start to the season for the Bills and breakdown the Vegas game in full detail. They look ahead to the Titans game and talk a little NHL as the season is now officially over. It's been a tough start to the season for the Josh Allen haters of which there are many and the boys continue to talk about the QB lighting it up.
Oh baby - the Bills are 3-0 and the boys are buzzing. Sam and Ethan break down what was a rollercoaster of a week 3 matchup vs the LA Rams that ended in a Buffalo 35-32 comeback win. Josh Allen is a man child, Devin Singleterry is a stud, and the offense is on fire. The defense... not so much - but Sam and Ethan explain why it is still too early to give up on them. They also break down the week 4 matchup in Vegas and touch on the Bob McKenzie Eichel trade rumors.
We are now 2 weeks into the NFL season and the Buffalo Bills remain undefeated. The boys recap everything from the 31-28 win over the Dolphins and then look ahead to the matchup against the 2-0 Rams. There was also a little Sabres news this past week as the Swords made a trade for vet Eric Staal. Sam and Ethan give their take on that as well. Packed eppy, make sure to rate and review as well!
It is officially football season and the Buffalo Bills are 1-0. The boys break down everything that happened in the first matchup of the season from Josh Allen's 3 TD game, the Jets lack of offense (or defense?), the injuries to Milano and Edmunds, and rookie kicker Tyler Bass's rough start. We have a new Squeezing the Cheeks and also look ahead to the week 2 matchup in Miami.
Sam and Ethan are joined by now recurring guest Trent and his co-host on Amateur Hour Sports Jake. They run through the entire Bills schedule and give their predictions as well as talk about different storylines that could determine the team's success. Strap in and get you Bills fix for this upcoming season.