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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.


On Monday, after test results came back showing Marlon Kerner was out for another year, Kenny Irvin made his choice.When the season is over, rather than returning home to soak up the warm weather in Georgia, Irvin will stay in Buffalo to help the guy who wants to take his job."I was planning on going home for the offseason, but if (Kerner is) here rehabbing all alone, it c…

Rob Johnson was offensive and Bruce Smith was defensive. What else would you expect from a quarterback and a sack artist the day after a season-opening loss?First there was Johnson, the Buffalo Bills starting quarterback who was knocked silly when he was sandwiched by San Diego tackles Norman Hand and John Parrella in the third quarter of the Chargers' 16-14 victory.Johnso…

Buffalo Bills cornerback Marlon Kerner, coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, will miss the rest of the season after blowing out his other knee.Kerner crumbled to the ground after planting his foot and landing awkwardly while covering a punt in the Bills 16-14 loss Sunday to the San Diego Chargers in the season opener."It's rough," Kerner sai…

Anybody hear how Matthew Barnaby is going to take a shot at Dominik Hasek the first chance he gets in training camp? Wait a minute, was that last year?Did you know about the battle going on between John Muckler and Ted Nolan? Guess those guys don't get along. Larry Quinn is officiating but here's the clincher -- they don't get along with him, either. Old news, you say? Tho…

Ted Washington doesn't talk much to rookies. There's really no easy way around His Surliness for at least the first year, so the new players keep their distance when they first reach Buffalo Bills training camp. Gabe Northern followed suit when he arrived as the Bills' second-round pick in 1996. He gave the 350-pound nose tackle some room. He made a few good plays in train…

Jay Riemersma has the best hands of the three. He has the big, strong mitts needed by a reliable receiver. Duane Young is the best blocker, a tank coming off the line of scrimmage.Lonnie Johnson possesses the best combination of both, although he's neither as skilled at catching passes as Riemersma nor as efficient in the trenches as Young.It's too bad for the Buffalo Bill…

Jamie Nails will probably make his first NFL start in place of injured guard Joe Panos when the Buffalo Bills open the season Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.Panos still has not fully recovered from a sprained knee suffered on the fifth day of training camp, and he did not play in any of the preseason games. Bills coach Wade Phillips said Monday he would wait until W…

The day he was named by the Buffalo Bills to replace Marv Levy, Wade Phillips promised he had learned valuable lessons as a head coach with the Denver Broncos.Word around the league was that Phillips lost control of the Broncos in 1993-94. Critics said he was too soft on his players and spent too much time delegating authority instead of using his own. After he was fired f…

The Buffalo Bills' experiment with kickoff specialist Cole Ford basically turned out to be a clunker.Ford, acquired off waivers from Oakland on Wednesday, came up short on four of his six kickoffs in the Bills' victory over the Washington Redskins on Friday night in the preseason finale.Ford's opening kickoff went to the 7-yard line, and his second went to the 5. He also l…

The new era for the Buffalo Bills started with Wade Phillips and continued with Rob Johnson and Antowain Smith. Add Eric Moulds to the ever-growing list.The former No. 1 draft pick was rewarded with a starting job after fighting through two frustrating seasons with the Bills before breaking through this year."I knew the ability was there," Moulds said. "I just had to get m…

Steve Christie said it's similar to a hitting a driver off the fairway. Put the ball on a tee, and it's going much higher and farther. Off the ground, you better have a Big Bertha.The Buffalo Bills picked up kicker Cole Ford off waivers Wednesday in hopes he can do a better job than Christie in getting his kickoffs into the end zone.The Bills resumed their search for a kic…

The Buffalo Bills have already found one encouraging sign going into Friday's final preseason game against the Washington Redskins -- third-down efficiency.The Bills, who converted a league-worst 25 percent of their third downs last season, have cashed in on 40 percent through the first three preseason games this year."It's another thing we didn't do well last year that we…

It's OK to look at him differently these days. The creases on his face are a little deeper. There are times his legs appear weary. The expectations for him are lower.Thurman Thomas understands times have changed. He's a little wiser but more beat up now that he's near the end of his career with the Buffalo Bills. He has evaluated his 10 seasons. He knows his induction into…

Marlon Kerner had a good day Monday. Any time he gets through practice without having some problem with his left knee, it qualifies as a good day.Kerner participated in his first full practice in more than three weeks after experiencing complications from a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained last December."I felt good out there," the fourth-year cornerback said. "I …

Every year, a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his hole in Pennsylvania and casts a shadow determining whether there will be six more weeks of winter.The Buffalo Bills use a defensive end, Bruce Smith, to find out how close they are to the regular season.The 10-time Pro Bowl selection participated in his first full practice Monday, signifying that the opener …