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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

Richie Incognito squawked about Thursday Night Football after the loss to the Jets, but it was hardly the first time and he was hardly alone. NFL players for years have railed against games played after a short week. Many believe their health gets compromised while the league feeds its obsession for money. Another reason they're not overly fond of Thursday games is that…

Bills

The Bills must have felt relieved when they woke up Friday. It was as if they had been speeding down a winding road and rolled their car over six times before it burst into flames. But once they regained their feet and brushed off pants, they realized their injuries were limited to a bruised ego. You never know for sure, but their 34-21 loss to the Jets in MetLife Stadi…

Bills

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – LeSean McCoy rarely minces words, and he wasted little time getting to the point in the locker room after the game Thursday. He gave the Jets the credit they deserved while acknowledging the Bills were mostly responsible for their own undoing in MetLife Stadium. But it also was important to examine the big picture after the Jets' 34-21 victory …

Bills

Let's revisit the first day of training camp, when Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane addressed the media in back-to-back sessions at St. John Fisher College. The Bills coach and general manager sounded like they spent the night cramming for an exam on football clichés. McDermott rolled out phrases like "building an identity" and "focusing on the process" and "camaraderi…

Bills

Here's something that was unexpected Sunday, other than the score: Khalil Mack worked harder avoiding the rush after the game than he did trying to provide a rush during the Bills' 34-14 victory over the Raiders. He had such a rough afternoon that even the media blocked him. Mack tried evading reporters who surrounded his stall in the visitors' locker room. He stalled f…

Bills

In case you didn't hear, Khalil Mack was back in town for his first game since graduating from the University at Buffalo. In case you attended the game Sunday and didn't notice him, he was, in fact, on the field for the Raiders. Mack returned to Western New York with much fanfare but barely made a peep on the field in the Bills' 34-14 blowout over the Raiders at New Era…

Bills

Sean McDermott made the point last Monday, less than 24 hours after watching his team complete an unlikely comeback victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bills were built with players who were told by other teams that they weren't good enough. Micah Hyde suggested they were a collection of misfits. Indeed, it was fitting Friday evening for the Bills, when trading M…

Sports

Deonte Thompson was here a few years ago, you know, but even the most ardent Buffalo fan would have a difficult time remembering him. In 2014, he had zero catches for the Bills in their 17-9 victory over the Patriots in a meaningless season finale in Gillette Stadium. Kyle Orton took the first flight out of Buffalo after playing his last game, and coach Doug Marrone was…

Sports

No matter their record through five games, or the efficiency of their defense, or the high hopes the Bills had for this season, the lingering truth about their offense remained the primary reason for people to doubt them. Almost out of nowhere, that offense came through in a 30-27 victory. Let's not overlook their defense, which appeared to come unraveled while allow…

Sports

Watching over him on the wall above his bed is a large banner emblazoned of the Buffalo Bills. Keeping him warm while he sleeps is a Sabres blanket adorned with their emblem from when they had the NHL's best record. On a table next to his bed rests a stuffed buffalo in a UB uniform. Two boxes of Flutie Flakes sit on a shelf. He has a box of TO's cereal in honor of Terre…

Sports

Three decades later, Todd Schlopy remembers to bring a football everywhere he goes in case opportunity strikes. In a life revolving around visuals, he's in constant search of anything remotely resembling goal posts, a target that turns back the clocks to his brief moment of glory with his beloved Bills. Schlopy has kicked footballs everywhere from the intersection of Ro…

Sports

Aaron Judge surprised nobody last week when he was asked about his shortcomings after the Yankees took down the Indians in the American League Division Series. Judge was 1 for 20 in the five games and struck out 16 times, a record for one player in any postseason series. "It's part of the process," Judge said. "Just stay the course." Ah, yes, The Process. A day do…

Sports

Lost behind in the rubble last week in a record-setting defeat to Western Michigan was a ceremony that included a blue-and-white shovel, complete with a University at Buffalo logo, marking the start of construction on the $18 million indoor practice facility and signaling better days ahead for the football program. A section of bleachers on the scoreboard side of UB Sta…

If you're looking for something positive, the University at Buffalo surrendered 57 fewer points to Northern Illinois than it did the previous week against Western Michigan. Once again, it wasn't enough. Northern Illinois outlasted UB in a defensive struggle Saturday en route to a 14-13 victory over the Bulls at UB Stadium. In stark contrast to the shootout loss from a w…

Bisons and Baseball

CLEVELAND – Didi Gregorius must have felt like he walked into an impossible situation when he first reported to the Yankees in 2015. He wasn't just playing shortstop. He was replacing Derek Jeter, the most beloved Yankee of his time and among the most revered big-league players over the past half-century. Jeter spent 20 years playing in the Bronx. He was a fixture at …