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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

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…

Bills

Eric Lee said all the right things while sitting down at his locker stall after the game, adhering to one of the tenets set forth by the Patriots under Bill Belichick: Never publicly disrespect an opponent. Breaking one of the cardinal rules is grounds for dismissal and, therefore, becoming an ex-Patriot. You should know that Lee actually was an expatriate of the Bills,…

Bills

The Hot Read was created to offer immediate reactions to events taking place in sports, but Sunday's game between the Bills and Patriots didn't exactly qualify as breaking news. I could have started writing the "Hot Read" last week and inserted names, stats and score Sunday. So how about the cold truth instead? Buffalo remains a long, long way from staying with New E…

Colleges

The University at Buffalo rolled out its football team at halftime of the Bulls' basketball game Saturday to congratulate them on being bowl eligible for the first time since Lance Leipold became head coach. It was a nice gesture that was greeted, strangely enough, with mixed reactions in Alumni Arena. You couldn't help but wonder if the lukewarm response was related to…

Colleges

Nate Oats knew going into the game Wednesday night that Niagara wasn't some pushover like it had been in the past. The Purple Eagles had taken their lumps for a few years. It took time for the bruises to fade, but their program emerged tougher for the experience. Senior Matt Scott had endured the growing pains after showing up as a timid freshman and evolving into a ter…

Colleges

The University at Buffalo became bowl eligible last week with a 31-24 win over Ohio in the season finale before another light crowd in UB stadium. It was solid win for the Bulls considering the Bobcats were 5-2 in the Mid-American Conference and 8-3 overall going into the contest. UB finished third in the MAC East division with a 4-4 record and was 6-6 overall, joining …

Bills

First, my apologies for not adhering to the 24-hours rule that allows for a full day to celebrate victory or agonize in defeat in the NFL. The Bills improved their playoff chances with a critical win on the road Sunday, which hasn't happened often over the years in this long-suffering town. For even the most ardent Bills loyalists, basking in the glow of beating a reeli…

Bills

Five weeks ago, after the Bills blew out the Raiders and improved to 5-2, it still would have been hard to fathom them beating the Chiefs on Sunday afternoon in Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City had stumbled against the Steelers and Raiders to fall to 5-2, but it was hardly cause for alarm. All along, the challenge for everyone who has watched the AFC this season is puttin…

Bills

The first lesson wasn't about X's and O's, necessarily, although Sean McDermott initially believed that was why Andy Reid stopped him almost immediately after sending him to the dry-erase board back in 1999, during their first season together in old Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. "No, no, no," Reid told his young, naïve administrator. McDermott's stomach dropped. …

Colleges

Anthony Johnson is still learning the ways of the world like any college kid, but the University at Buffalo wide receiver is smart enough to know this: When your inner circle includes a half-dozen players with NFL experience, including a former first pick overall, you might want to follow their advice. You might have heard of his top confidant, Texans superstar lineback…

Bills

The concept made sense before the season began, back when Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane were still punching One Bills Drive into their GPSs while knowing little about Buffalo's long and disturbing sports history, back when short-term expectations were low but long-term optimism was high. In theory, the idea of trying to win now while planning for the future was logic…

Bills

Nathan Peterman's first college start for Tennessee, after he replaced healthy starter Justin Worley, was a complete disaster. The redshirt freshman completed four passes for 5 yards and two interceptions and tore a ligament in his thumb on his passing hand in a 31-17 loss to the University of Florida. Peterman was inconsolable afterward before putting his performance i…

Bills

Here's a question for serious Bills fans who don't throw women through buffet tables, start themselves on fire, bat-spin themselves into RVs or run across New Era Field naked: Who was the last Buffalo rookie to throw for 300 yards in a game? Why, it was Dennis Shaw, of course. In his first NFL start, Shaw completed 12 of 21 passes for 317 yards and led the Bills to two …

Colleges

The NCAA reversed course and made the right decision Tuesday night when allowing North Carolina State freshman Braxton Beverly to begin his college basketball career. The governing body was a few weeks late, and the ruling came after it was bombarded by criticism, but common sense ultimately prevailed. This one was a no-brainer, even by the NCAA's meek standards. Beverl…

Bills

Tom Telesco laughed the other day when he was asked whether the Chargers would have a meaningful advantage Sunday at StubHub Center, their 27,000-seat temporary home in Carson, Calif., when the Bills roll into town. He didn't need to be reminded many in the stands will be rooting for the visiting team. "We know Buffalo travels well, including my family," Telesco said du…