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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

About a half-hour before kickoff, Tony Romo suggested on "The NFL Today" that quarterback Tyrod Taylor could solidify his place in Buffalo if he led the Bills over the New England Patriots on Sunday. All that meant to me was that Romo either was sadly misinformed or taking a wild guess. See, that's how rumors get started. I suppose it was possible for the Bills to br…

Colleges

SYRACUSE – Jaylen Adams was still drowning in euphoria after the game Friday night when he slipped away from the visitors' locker room and made his way back to the court. The senior was hoping for a brief visit with his mother after one of the biggest wins of his career at St. Bonaventure. That's when he heard the noise radiating from within the Carrier Dome, an outpour…

Colleges

SYRACUSE – The whispers grew louder every year as Jaylen Adams continued developing into an elite player at St. Bonaventure. There was talk he would leave for a bigger and better program after his first two seasons. Last year, there were rumbles about him turning professional. Adams kept coming back, in part because he knew heavy minutes would be available with the Bonn…

Colleges

SYRACUSE – Howard Washington played with curly highlights in his hair before practice Thursday and gazed toward 30,000-plus empty seats in the Carrier Dome, pondering this question: Could he have stayed at Canisius High School and still achieved his lifelong goal of playing for Syracuse? The short answer: Yes. Syracuse likely would have noticed him dominating in West…

Colleges

SYRACUSE – Nate Oats was in no mood for moral victories after watching his team throw a good scare into Syracuse and falling short Tuesday night, in part because he believed the University at Buffalo was the better team in the Carrier Dome. And it was hard to argue with him. Syracuse prevailed because it was longer and more aggressive early in the game, but it wasn't as…

Colleges

SYRACUSE – Nate Oats delivered the news to his players Tuesday on UB's ride to the afternoon shoot-around in the Carrier Dome. Senior Wes Clark finally met NCAA transfer requirements, ending a saga that made him a spectator for nearly two years before he started against Syracuse. "Everybody on the bus cheered," Oats said with a laugh. "Well, I don't know about the pract…

Colleges

SYRACUSE — The University at Buffalo received a major boost going into its game against Syracuse on Tuesday night when senior guard Wes Clark finally became eligible to play after sitting out nearly two years. Clark warmed up at the Carrier Dome before the 7 p.m. tipoff and was expected to play. Clark has not played in a game since Feb. 13, 2016, when he was a junior at…

Bills

Sean McDermott has ventured into the New Era Field parking lot after home games enough times to identify with devout Bills fans. The head coach has gone out of his way numerous times to thank them during his first season while praising them for their undying loyalty. If there's one aspect that separates McDermott from the fan base, however, it's history. McDermott has s…

Bills

Bills coach Sean McDermott approached Kyle Williams on Saturday morning and asked him to address his teammates the night before the game. The defensive tackle had eight minutes for his speech, but Williams knew it wasn't nearly long enough to deliver a heartfelt message. How do you whittle 12 years into eight minutes? How to explain a love affair between a passionate fo…

Bills

People can argue all they want about whether or not the Bills are for real, whether they’re the team that started 5-2 or the one that lost four of five or something in between, but everyone could agree on this and perhaps only this: It has been a weirdly entertaining football season in Buffalo. Let's remember that the Bills were a borderline penalty on a two-point conve…

Bills

Tyrod Taylor knows how to scramble, so it's not as if he feared getting sacked by the rush of reporters that was herded through the doors of the Bills' locker room while he was walking out. Taylor nearly slipped away after the game Sunday before he was stopped at a nearby elevator. Taylor made two things abundantly clear: He wanted to play Sunday in the Bills' 13-7 win …

Bills

Years from now, people will remember the snow more than anything else. It's just as well because it wasn't really a football game between the Bills and Colts on Sunday at New Era Field. It was a battle of real estate in a lake-effect storm in a game that required overtime and bordered on absurd. LeSean McCoy brought the contest to a merciful end with a 21-yard run off l…

Colleges

Last weekend, after an uneventful season debut against UB, St. Bonaventure guard Jaylen Adams made something clear. Never mind the air ball on his first outside shot and the nine points he scored in 28 minutes. What would you expect? He was rusty after he was sidelined for a month with a sprained ankle. "I'll get better," Adams said. Adams isn't all the way back yet.…

Columns

If he had a little more time to process a game the Steelers won with a field goal as time expired, a game in which a linebacker from each side was carted off the field and sent to the hospital, perhaps Ben Roethlisberger would have offered more insight and come up with a better answer. The Steelers-Bengals game was brutal by any definition, an unsightly display of testo…

Bills

Sean McDermott declined to announce his starting quarterback for this week while meeting with the media Monday, saying he was awaiting word on Tyrod Taylor's health after he left the game Sunday in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. One person praying for a speedy recovery was Nathan Peterman. The two became fast friends this season, in part because they're teammate…