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Jerry Sullivan grew up in Newport, R.I., though some would dispute the grown-up part. He is a professional skeptic, thanks to 16 years as the lead columnist on the Bills. He loves the NBA, Strat-o-Matic baseball, Tom Waits and reading novels, along with the usual periodicals.

Jerry Hughes spoke rapidly, repeating his words to acknowledge the more painful realities. Of course, he feels he has something to prove this season. "Yeah, yeah, yeah," the Bills' veteran defensive end said Thursday after voluntary workouts at One Bills Drive. "Certainly, certainly. I go out there every year with something to prove. "It's not just from the money asp…

Bills head coach Sean McDermott was asked near the end of Thursday's OTA news conference about the recent comments by ex-general manager Doug Whaley, who crowed about leaving the organization a "parting gift" in the form of two first-round draft choices in 2018. "I appreciate that," McDermott said. "We appreciate it. We are going to use those to better this organizatio…

Buffalo and Nashville have a few things in common. Pete Weber has called games in both places. They were the only cities with only NHL and NFL teams among the four major sports -- until Las Vegas got its two franchises. Oh, and neither has won the Super Bowl or the Stanley Cup. We've had a lot more chances, of course. The Bills have gone 51 years without a title in the …

Bucky Gleason and I often commiserate about a frequent columnists' pitfall: We tend to write at the extremes, and it's often when a streak or trend is about to flip and blow up in your face. Two Februarys ago, I pointed out in this space that the Sabres were on pace for their worst-ever home record. They won at home that night and two nights later. A year later, I did a…

On Sunday, the host of a national sports radio program gave a thumbs-up to Game 3 of the Warriors-Spurs series because it "wasn't unwatchable." That's what qualifies for high praise for the NBA playoffs nowadays -- a game that demands your undivided attention for more than two hours, one that doesn't compel you to flip over to a cooking channel or go walk the dog. Ke…

On my way back from picking up this week's mail, I circled Oct. 22 on the calendar. That's the day the Bills come back from a bye to host Tampa Bay at New Era Field. Our old pal  Ryan Fitzpatrick, who signed with the Buccaneers on Friday, will be back in Buffalo. Fitzpatrick signed a one-year deal for a reported $3 million. After beating the Bills in last year's finale…

We all know people who struggle to keep their weight down and bounce from one diet to another. By the way, do I look fat in these pants? But we should all be so lucky as Seahawks running back Eddie Lacy. On Monday, Lacy tipped the scales at a robust 253 pounds -- and got a $55,000 bonus for weighing under 255 on the appointed date. Lacy earned the approximate annual …

Fresh off a one-week vacation in Rhode Island, I stopped off at Coles on Monday evening and ran into my old buddy, Rex Carr, who was stationed alone at the end of the bar. You know Rex. He's the middle-aged grump who fancies himself the foremost Buffalo sports fan. He was scanning the local sports section from behind a pair of cheap plastic sunglasses, a happy, glowing …

There were 17 games in Major League Baseball on Sunday. They took an average time of 3 hours, 20 minutes. All but one game – Pittsburgh's 10-inning win over Arizona – went nine innings. The Rays beat the Red Sox in a wet, wind-swept, nine-inning affair that lasted 4:32 in Fenway without a rain delay. That's how long it took the Nats and Dodgers to play nine in the N…

Money? Coaching volleyball has never been about the money. Back in the spring of 2013, Don Gleason worked as a volunteer assistant at USC. On his way back home to Buffalo from California, the Hamburg native worked half a dozen or more camps along the way. Denver, Illinois, Purdue University, Bowling Green ... it was the journey of a lifetime for a young volleyball junki…

Has the smoke cleared yet? All hell has broken loose since my last Mailbag. Terry and Kim Pegula have fired two general managers, a head coach and a chorus line of scouts since the last installment. Secretaries and cleaning staff could be getting terminated as I write this. But the most amazing thing was that photo of Doug Whaley and Tim Murray chatting at a downtown ba…

The Minnesota Twins set a Target Field record by hitting six home runs Tuesday night. That included a moon shot by Miguel Sano that traveled an estimated 466 feet and landed in the center-field restaurant. Waiter, there's a baseball in my soup! The Yankees and Rangers hit five dingers apiece Tuesday. Aaron Judge, fresh off tying the rookie record for homers in April, hi…

Column as I see 'em: During the press conference after Doug Whaley's firing, Terry Pegula downplayed the concept of a football "czar." He suggested that the term was a media creation and said he'd stick with the term "general manager". There's no way Pegula is bringing in a czar type now, a veteran football man to oversee the show. The Pegulas have empowered Sean McD…

Last summer, Terry Pegula said that the Bills' playoff drought was only one year, not 16. After all, he had owned the team for only one full season. On Sunday, when he announced the firing of Doug Whaley as general manager, Pegula said he wasn't interested in talking about the past. So why not take it a step further? Get really creative and re-set the drought back to ze…

After Sean McDermott finished reviewing the Bills' three picks on the final day of the NFL Draft, I posed the question: Was he prepared to give a vote of confidence to Doug Whaley and his scouting staff? "Right now, I'm focused on this draft," the first-year head coach said. "Honestly, I'm going to focus on this draft and what we have in front of us going on right now w…