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Bucky Gleason

Bucky Gleason is senior sports columnist for The Buffalo News. He has covered sports on all levels since 1992. He is a terrible golfer who remains undefeated in match play on the 19th hole. He lives in Hamburg with his wife and four children.


Before hanging up Thursday, Lane Kiffin made sure to share his personal taste of Buffalo. It was nine years to the day since he was last in town. He was in his second year as coach of the Raiders and was cruising toward a victory in Ralph Wilson Stadium when everything fell apart. Oakland was in full control and sitting on a 23-14 lead with the clock winding down toward…

Bill Belichick is the best coach in NFL history, so there's a tendency to eventually agree with him even when you initially disagree with decisions that seem suspicious. You eventually come around to thinking: Belichick knows more about football than anyone else, he rarely makes mistakes and therefore I must be wrong. Who would trade Drew Bledsoe to a division rival? Be…

Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNBlitz.com. Click here to subscribe.  The howls came early and often Sunday and continued Monday, the way they often do when a promising quarterback waits on the sidelines for his opportunity while the struggling starter braces for the day he's replaced. If the least popular guy in a desperate footbal…

Sean McDermott smiled Monday when he was asked about his honeymoon phase coming to an abrupt end after his first loss as a head coach. McDermott has had a relatively easy ride since he was hired in January, but the questions became more pointed and less polite during his session with the media. It should be expected when a team scores three points in a loss, as the Bill…

On Tuesday, with the Indians on the brink of tying the record for the longest winning streak since 1960, it left me to wonder: How many self-proclaimed sports junkies could name five players on a Cleveland roster that had the best record in the American League and the second-best record in baseball? The Indians lost the seventh game of the World Series in extra innings …

Allow me to address the fine people who are interested only in the facts, especially when they conveniently feed their limitless appetite for optimism about their favorite football team. The Bills are alone atop the AFC East for the first time since they opened the 2014 season with two straight victories. Folks, that's a fact. It was true Sunday when the Bills beat t…

Allow me to address the fine folks who are only interested in the facts, especially when they conveniently feed their limitless optimism. The Bills are leading the AFC East after beating the Jets, 21-12, Sunday at New Era Field after the Patriots lost their opener and Hurricane Irma wiped out the Dolphins-Bucs game in Tampa. The Bills outgained the Jets, 411-214 and had…

Chuck Peterman knew what was coming long before his son broke the huddle and shuffled under center. On the previous snap, Nate Peterman had been flattened by a safety on a quarterback keeper. After regaining his feet, his coach hollered from the sideline for him to call his own play. Sure enough … "He called the exact same play, and he went right after that kid," C…

There were numerous times over the years in which I wished to speak to that kid in the picture standing proudly alongside Greg Bell after his first practice in Fredonia back in 1984. You see a young, vibrant and wishful teenager who was eternally optimistic when it came to Buffalo sports. If he only knew what would transpire in the coming decade, how the lousy team he a…

J.J. Watt was hoping to raise $200,000 for recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and instead collected more than $4 million in donations after two days. The amount will increase with proceeds from the Texans-Cowboys preseason finale being directed toward southeast Texas. Ideally, every NFL team would follow Watt's lead and donate profits from preseason games …

Sean McDermott arrived 20 minutes late Tuesday morning for his scheduled gathering with the media, which was hardly anything new. McDermott had been tardy nearly every day since training camp began, prompting a veteran grump (not me) to ask if he would send himself home. McDermott showing up late for a bunch of reporters certainly isn't a felony, but he couldn't dismiss…

Giancarlo Stanton hit his 50th homer of the season Sunday and was on pace for 63 for the year. Roger Maris hit 61 homers in 1961, a single-season record that wasn't matched until Mark McGwire hit 70 and Sammy Sosa had 66 in 1998. Three years later, Barry Bonds hit 73. So who holds the record? History says Bonds does, but fans can let their collective conscience be their…

In his final months, knowing death was imminent from an incurable disease, E.J. McGuire drew up a bucket list. The former coach and longtime scout visited old haunts from his past. He reconnected with his former junior teams and dropped by his alma maters, Brockport State College and Canisius High. The most fitting box he checked before he died in 2011 was running a Bis…

Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson had the three best odds to win the PGA Championship this week at Quail Hollow, no surprise considering they also had the best odds last year when 125-1 longshot Jimmy Walker captured the Wanamaker Trophy. McIlroy was at 7-1 based on his history at Quail Hollow, his success in the tournament and his recent play. He owns the …

On Monday, Bryce Harper became the 14th player in major league history to hit 150 home runs before his 25th birthday. He was 24 years old and 295 days when he reached the milestone, notable only because Mike Trout was the same age, to the day, when he hit No. 150 last season. A few hours later, Trout smacked a double for his 1,000th career hit and added a solo home r…