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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.


Sports

Shelley Looney woke up Thursday morning feeling groggy and sounding like she had finished chugging a 12-pack of gravel. She was working on little sleep after tossing and turning before finally drifting off after 3:30 a.m., knowing the U.S. women's hockey team beat Canada for the gold medal in the Olympics. Twenty years after she scored the winning goal that lifted the A…

Colleges

ALLEGANY – If you're around sports long enough, you learn that very little is required to arouse the competitive spirit of a high-level athlete. All it usually takes is a little poke at their pride or show of disrespect. They'll tap into just about anything for extra motivation in an effort to gain the slightest edge. You can imagine how St. Bonaventure felt during warm…

Colleges

Isaiah Reese was bewildered by the question Tuesday, not completely processing what was being asked and entirely uncomfortable with the direction in which the conversation was headed. OK, so the sophomore at Canisius looked at me the way my kids do before suggesting I'm from another planet. "What did you ask me?" he said. I'll keep it short: Have you entertained any …

Bills-Free

One day after Syracuse scored a major upset over second-ranked Clemson in October, John Lally was taking a tour of his alma mater when it struck him. There were reminders everywhere he looked of immortalized football players who had worn No. 44 for the Orange. Ernie Davis wore 44 when Syracuse won the national championship in 1959 and two years later when he became the …

Colleges

ALLEGANY – For more than a half-century and 665 games in all, St. Bonaventure has played in the jewel known as the Reilly Center and treated legions of fans to many a great moment. It would be nearly impossible to draw a definitive conclusion and identify one game as better than the others. People of a certain age would argue it was the matchup in which Bob Lanier led S…

Colleges

ALLEGANY – Let's return to late December in the days after St. Bonaventure beat Syracuse in the Carrier Dome for the first time in history. Coach Mark Schmidt was on edge leading into the Atlantic 10 opener, worried his players would fall victim to a letdown in a home game against Massachusetts. The Bonnies coasted to an easy win over the Minutemen that put their coach …

Sports

Forty years ago this month, Buffalo Braves guard Randy Smith came off the bench and had 29 points, seven rebounds and six assists before he was named Most Valuable Player in the NBA All-Star Game. I can still remember watching the game with my buddy, Johnny Owens, in his home down the street. I was 10 years old when the East beat the West, 133-125, on Feb. 5, 1978, befo…

Bisons and Baseball

Former Clarence High pitching star Mark Armstrong, selected out of high school by the Reds in the third round in 2013, has retired from baseball. Armstrong confirmed Tuesday that his pitching arm didn't respond well after undergoing three surgeries, the latest to remove bone spurs. As it turned out, Armstrong made a wise decision to turn down a scholarship to Pittsburgh…

Sports

There are always exceptions. Tom Brady has co-existed with Bill Belichick for 18 seasons in the NFL. Tim Duncan played all 19 NBA seasons under Gregg Popovich, who has been coaching Tony Parker for 16 years and Mano Ginobili for 15. They're traces of evidence that it can work. For the vast majority, the connection between coaches and players lasts only a few years. Mess…

Sports

Todd Marchant was preparing to sell his house in Western New York last year when he stumbled upon boxes of items from a hockey career that started in Buffalo and took him around the world. One piece of his past was his Team USA jacket from the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer. Marchant played 17 NHL seasons and won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks. Many remember him wit…

Colleges

Reggie Witherspoon loves to tell a story about growing up in Buffalo in the late 1960s and early '70s and being like many kids who dreaded going to church. His parents had a means of sparking his enthusiasm, telling him Calvin Murphy could be attending Sunday services that day. "They got me every time," Witherspoon said with a laugh Sunday morning. "I would be like, 'Al…

Colleges

ALLEGANY – Courtney Stockard and Amadi Ikpeze turned to the crowd with just more than a minute remaining Saturday, while St. Bonaventure put the finishing touches on its sixth straight win, and flexed their muscles. It was their way of reminding those at the Reilly Center that the Bonnies are more than high-scoring senior guards Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley, that there …

Sabres

It's a familiar tale of Buffalo, beer and people. Craig Ramsay was standing at the bar in some watering hole in Augsburg, Germany, in November when he heard a group of men speaking English. In short order, he learned they were Americans who were working in the city of 280,000. "Little bar in the hotel," Ramsay said by telephone from Slovakia. "We had finished our mee…

Colleges

In December, on their way to campus after spending Christmas with family, Dwayne Lee showed his brother Jason a video that had been uncovered from their aunt's basement in New Jersey. The clip included 32 seconds of their mother, caught on an old handheld recorder. Jason had vague recollections of Rhonda Lee, knowing his mother mostly from pictures stashed in scrapbooks…

Colleges

ALLEGANY – Jaylen Adams had already made seven three-pointers when it became clear he couldn’t be contained Wednesday night. Saint Louis had tried all evening and failed. Every time the pressure of the moment mounted, it was swatted away like some minor inconvenience by the senior guard. Just more than nine minutes remained and Adams had already made deep threes in succ…