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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.


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 …

Bisons and Baseball

CLEVELAND – Terry Francona is a baseball lifer with 17 seasons as a manager behind him, so mounting pressure Wednesday was hardly foreign. He was under far more duress as the Red Sox's skipper in 2004, when they won their first World Series in 86 years and exorcized the Curse of the Bambino. Francona returned to his usual state of serenity hours before Game Five, usin…

Bisons and Baseball

Joe Girardi acknowledged, after his faux pas in Game Two last week against the Indians, that he may not be invited back next season to manage the Yankees. He's entering the final year of his contract and, as he said, the Yanks ultimately will determine what's best for the organization. Girardi was ripped royally for failing to challenge a ruling on the field that Lonnie…

Sports

The NFL has changed dramatically over the years with quarterbacks getting more protection and receivers getting more room than ever in a pass-happy league, but the Bills adhered to an old-school formula while winning three of their first four games: Run and stop the run. Win the turnover battle. Play well on special teams. The Bills executed all three to varyin…

Colleges

Once his players were finished wiping the tears from their cheeks in defeat, after all momentum shifts and mood swings, after the crazy plays and ridiculous numbers that came with a homecoming game for the ages, UB coach Lance Leipold still had room in his heart for sympathy. Leipold stepped away from the chaos and the competiveness during one of the seven overtimes to …

Colleges

The University at Buffalo can be certain it will never again score 68 points in a football game and lose. In a record performance, the Bulls fell short in a 71-68 loss to Western Michigan in a game that took seven overtimes to complete. Jarvion Franklin ended the game after 4 hours and 31 minutes when he found a hole in the middle of UB's defense and stretched across th…

Bisons and Baseball

CLEVELAND – Once there was a time in which the Yankees, with their limitless resources and disregard for payroll, were the buyers in the open market while teams like the Indians developed prospects in their system and picked up free-agent scraps when they could find them. The Yankees have changed their thinking but so, too, have the Indians, which made for an interest…

Bisons and Baseball

CLEVELAND – If there was a challenging decision standing before Terry Francona while the Indians coasted to the best record in the American League and into the playoffs, it came this week when he directed his attention toward the mound before Game One against the Yankees in the division series on Thursday night. Let me remind you that Francona has been among baseball'…

Sabres

Terry Pegula was characteristically elusive Wednesday when he began retreating toward the elevators after the news conference announcing Jack Eichel's eight-year contract extension worth $80 million. It was vintage Pegula, who never has been comfortable with the limelight. Right when he appeared content with politely declining an interview request and continuing about h…

Sports

John Gaffney told his son numerous times over the years that golf someday would become easy. Billy would grow taller and stronger with age, but most importantly he would overcome the mental barriers of a sport that can drive the absolute best completely bonkers. The elder Gaffney knew a thing or two about success. He was among the top amateurs in the region for years an…

Sports

Nobody would dispute whether the Bills have had their share of breaks so far this season, but there comes a time in which their success can't be dismissed based on good fortune alone. Their defense has been terrific. The running game has reawakened. The whole thing is coming together. Dare anyone say Buffalo is for real? If their 3-1 record fails to convince critics …

Sports

Alex Nwora was like many watching from afar. He knew little more than what he read online and heard on television: Four assistant coaches and six others were rounded up and charged in federal court in alleged recruiting schemes that rocked college basketball from its foundation. Nwora isn't just the men's basketball coach at Erie Community College. He's the proud father…

Sports

If his career ended tomorrow and the money somehow ran dry, Micah Hyde figured he could survive just fine on one skill learned from his youth: gardening. It's true. When he was a kid growing up in Fostoria, Ohio, he worked on a farm owned by retired principal Ken Watson. Watson never married and had no children, so he treated kids in town like they were his own. He paid…

Sports

Marcell Dareus will be back at practice on limited basis Wednesday, a sign the Bills defensive tackle has made incremental improvement after suffering a sprained ankle. Coach Sean McDermott wasn't sure whether Dareus would be ready against the Falcons after sitting out Buffalo's win over Denver. Dareus hasn't been right since last season, when he was suspended for four …

Sports

When Jerry Hughes criticized Jim Kelly on Monday, he didn't just take a stand against the greatest quarterback in Bills' history, inspirational cancer survivor and communal treasure. He added yet another layer to a debate that has shown more staying power than Kelly himself. I'm sure Kelly's supporters quietly were disappointed in Hughes for being disappointed in Kelly …