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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.


Bills

The first lesson wasn't about X's and O's, necessarily, although Sean McDermott initially believed that was why Andy Reid stopped him almost immediately after sending him to the dry-erase board back in 1999, during their first season together in old Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. "No, no, no," Reid told his young, naïve administrator. McDermott's stomach dropped.…

Colleges

Anthony Johnson is still learning the ways of the world like any college kid, but the University at Buffalo wide receiver is smart enough to know this: When your inner circle includes a half-dozen players with NFL experience, including a former first pick overall, you might want to follow their advice. You might have heard of his top confidant, Texans superstar lineback…

Bills

The concept made sense before the season began, back when Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane were still punching One Bills Drive into their GPSs while knowing little about Buffalo's long and disturbing sports history, back when short-term expectations were low but long-term optimism was high. In theory, the idea of trying to win now while planning for the future was logic…

Bills

Nathan Peterman's first college start for Tennessee, after he replaced healthy starter Justin Worley, was a complete disaster. The redshirt freshman completed four passes for 5 yards and two interceptions and tore a ligament in his thumb on his passing hand in a 31-17 loss to the University of Florida. Peterman was inconsolable afterward before putting his performance i…

Bills

Here's a question for serious Bills fans who don't throw women through buffet tables, start themselves on fire, bat-spin themselves into RVs or run across New Era Field naked: Who was the last Buffalo rookie to throw for 300 yards in a game? Why, it was Dennis Shaw, of course. In his first NFL start, Shaw completed 12 of 21 passes for 317 yards and led the Bills to two …

Colleges

The NCAA reversed course and made the right decision Tuesday night when allowing North Carolina State freshman Braxton Beverly to begin his college basketball career. The governing body was a few weeks late, and the ruling came after it was bombarded by criticism, but common sense ultimately prevailed. This one was a no-brainer, even by the NCAA's meek standards. Beverl…

Bills

Tom Telesco laughed the other day when he was asked whether the Chargers would have a meaningful advantage Sunday at StubHub Center, their 27,000-seat temporary home in Carson, Calif., when the Bills roll into town. He didn't need to be reminded many in the stands will be rooting for the visiting team. "We know Buffalo travels well, including my family," Telesco said du…

Bills

If you're looking for something absurd about the game Sunday, other than the result and that naked dude who streaked into the end zone before the Bills did, there's this: Tyrod Taylor needed an average game to match Drew Brees at the same stage of their careers as NFL starting quarterbacks. In his first 38 starts, Taylor completed 63 percent of his passes for 7,752 yard…

Bills

On second thought, maybe the Bills' dreadful performance against the Jets wasn't an aberration after all. It may very well have been what the legion of doubters suspected leading into Sunday's game against the Saints, that it signaled the start of the same old Bills rearing their ugly heads. Long gone now is the 5-2 start to the season and the rationalization by some …

Colleges

ALLEGANY – Under normal circumstances, considering the way things have gone in recent years, St. Bonaventure would expect to beat Niagara four out of five times, maybe more, in the Reilly Center. Bona has the more established coach, are deeper and more talented and play in a stronger conference. The challenge for the Bonnies in their season opener Friday night was bea…

Colleges

In advance of the 2017-18 season, the Big 4 basketball coaches joined The Buffalo News for a conference call on a variety of subjects. Mark Schmidt discussed the different culture surrounding St. Bonaventure compared to what Nate Oaks experiences at the University at Buffalo and Reggie Witherspoon sees at Canisius. Niagara coach Chris Casey spoke about overcoming the mass…

Colleges

In advance of the 2017-18 season, the Big 4 basketball coaches joined The Buffalo News for a conference call on a variety of subjects. Here, UB coach Nate Oats, Canisius coach Reggie Witherspoon, Niagara coach Chris Casey and St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt share thoughts on the size of the NCAA Tournament field: Q: A one-liner from everybody. Is 68 the right number …

Colleges

In advance of the 2017-18 season, the Big 4 basketball coaches joined The Buffalo News for a conference call on a variety of subjects. Here, UB coach Nate Oats, Canisius coach Reggie Witherspoon and St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt share thoughts on the FBI investigation into college basketball: Q: The people at the FBI might have a strong opinion on what's going on h…

Colleges

In advance of the 2017-18 season, the Big 4 basketball coaches joined The Buffalo News for a conference call on a variety of subjects. Here, Niagara coach Chris Casey, Canisius coach Reggie Witherspoon and St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt share thoughts on scheduling: Question: You are all opening up on separate days. You have Niagara going to Bonnies and UB and Canis…

Colleges

In advance of the 2017-18 season, the Big 4 basketball coaches joined The Buffalo News for a conference call on a variety of subjects. Here, Niagara coach Chris Casey, Canisius coach Reggie Witherspoon, St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt and UB coach Nate Oats share thoughts on the rampant growth of transfers: Q: When you talk about transfers, what is the way to negate …