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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.

If some NFL laughingstock like the Browns made the same offer and achieved the same result, nobody would have flinched along One Bills Drive. It was only Mike Gillislee, after all, and the Browns would still be the Browns. Sure, he gave the Bills a spark while backing up LeSean McCoy. He was a nice player, but he also was the same guy who had six carries for 21 yards ov…

OK, so it wasn't the most inspiring 15 minutes in Sabres' history. Terry Pegula never proclaimed himself a romantic speaker, and he looked like he would have elected for a tooth extraction Friday over a news conference. But at least he made a veiled attempt to take responsibility for their failures. "Accountability starts with me," Pegula said. "We are not happy with ou…

Terry Pegula started his first news conference about the Sabres in 3½ years by pointing the finger at himself. The mea culpa was a step in the right direction after going backward for the better part of six years. "Accountability starts with me," Pegula said. "We are not happy with our season this year, and there are no excuses. Six years ago, I stood here and told the…

Terry Pegula has little choice now given the current state of affairs. This entire mess began when he purchased the team, when he was nothing more than a filthy-rich Sabres fan with enough money to fulfill a childhood dream. He has since found out money can't buy expertise and credibility, and it certainly doesn't buy championships. The transition from successful busine…

Tim Murray lost his job Thursday for one reason among all others: Terry and Kim Pegula needed answers to how the Sabres would proceed after missing the playoffs yet again, and the general manager had very few – if any. Dan Bylsma was fired because he was one rung down from Murray. The Pegulas began cleaning house yet again with actions that were as swift as they were …

We tend to search for the good in people after they pass away, often showering them with positive platitudes under the tenet of respecting the dead. It becomes difficult when the life lost also was responsible for taking another, and ruining many more, as was the case of Aaron Hernandez. The former Patriots tight end didn't lose his life Tuesday so much as throw away hi…

In 1996, in his first season playing for keeps and four years after making his debut in a PGA event, Tiger Woods made the cut in all eight tournaments he entered and pocketed $790,594. He finished 24th on the money list, but it was evident his rise to No. 1 would come in short order. Tiger wasn't just the best young player but the best player period, taking the tour by …

Two months ago, Sabres captain Brian Gionta made a point to say coaching systems didn't really matter in the NHL. It was the 15-year veteran's way of saying most teams approach the game in similar fashion and, therefore, his younger teammates and others needed to stop whining about Dan Bylsma. Gionta is an authority when it comes to systems. He had 11 coaches in his car…

The Bills will enter the NFL draft with immediate needs at various positions, which tends to happen when missing the playoffs for 17 years running. Tyrod Taylor could use another wide receiver, which could open up the offense for Sammy Watkins. They have soft spots in the defensive backfield. Buffalo would like to end the playoff drought sooner than later. Indications p…

Two years ago, the vast majority of apologists who believed the Sabres could do no wrong happily embraced losing as a strategy for winning. They bought into the asinine notion that a single player -- wait, a "generational" player – could turn around the fortunes of an entire hockey team. It was ridiculous at the time, a product of desperate and delusional fans who all…

The International Olympic Committee for decades has taken pride in its ability to celebrate history and keep up with the times. Decisions are made in the spirit of competition while expanding interest and thinking about generations ahead. Track and field has around since the beginning while beach volleyball was added in 1996 and surfing in 2016. Alpine skiing has been a…

Daniel Cormier stood triumphantly in the octagon after forcing Anthony "Rumble" Johnson into submission early Sunday morning in the main event of Ultimate Fighting Championship 210 when Joe Rogan mentioned Jon Jones as a possible opponent for his next light heavyweight title fight. "Who?" Cormier said. "Who?" Cormier is an intelligent guy and part-time UFC analyst we…

This will come as a surprise to nobody, but I'm no expert when it comes to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. I had never watched an entire mixed-martial arts fight before Saturday night, unless you count Ronda Rousey putting Turtle in an armbar in the movie, "Entourage." So if you're expecting me to explain what separates jujitsu from taekwondo and karate, ask somebod…

Matt Parrino Age: 34 Title: Digital producer, writer and host of UFC Rankings Report on UFC.com. Parrino was born and raised in Amherst, graduated from Williamsville North High in 2000 and the University at Buffalo in 2010. He's a former Buffalo News intern who has been covering UFC for the past three years. He worked at D'Youville College as manager for the b…

Jerome Green pleaded with his younger brother before getting whisked away to prison on a three-year hitch for robbing drug dealers in Rochester. Carve your own path in life, he said, and stop following mine. Pay attention in school, earn your degree and follow your passion, he said, unlike me. "He made me promise," Desmond Green said this week while preparing for his Ul…