Jerry Sullivan

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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.

Column as I see 'em: The Connecticut women's basketball team won its 100th consecutive game early this week, beating sixth-ranked South Carolina, 66-55, in what qualifies as a nail-biter by the lofty standards of Geno Auriemma's remarkable program. Do you know how many of those 100 victories were decided by single digits? Two. That includes a couple of six-game runs …

You have to love the Mailbag. It's fun, it's provocative, and sometimes it's downright enlightening. Sure, there are some mean souls and vicious trolls out there on Twitter and email. I'll admit, I'm an easy man to despise. But a lot of the feedback I get from readers is brilliant. A good Mailbag question informs and entertains. It makes everyone around it better, like …

On consecutive Tuesdays, two veteran NHL head coaches lost their jobs. On Feb. 7, the Bruins fired Claude Julien. One week later, on Valentine's Day, the Canadiens whacked Michel Therrien -- and replaced him with Julien. Montreal is leading the Atlantic, six points ahead of Boston. The Bruins are six ahead of the Sabres in the division. This cannot be reassuring to Buf…

The Bills haven't made the playoffs since Doug Whaley officially took over for Buddy Nix as general manager in May of 2013. But it's not for lack of spending. According to ESPN statistics, the Bills are seventh from the bottom of the NFL in available money under the salary cap. They have a bloated, top-heavy salary structure, the kind you'd expect from a team that had m…

The Knicks have won one playoff series in the last 16 years. Considering their significance in the overall sporting culture, this qualifies them as a bigger laughingstock than their NFL counterparts at the opposite end of New York State. But there were times when the Knicks actually stood for something, when they were perennial title contenders who lived up to their rep…

The Mailbag is back after a one-week sabbatical at the Super Bowl. As you might have heard, Tom Brady had a pretty good night in Houston, leading the Patriots back from a 25-point deficit against the Falcons. It's not exactly news that I've considered Brady the best quarterback of all time for quite some time. As far as I was concerned, he didn't need to win a fifth Sup…

In the summer of 2013, after his freshman year of high school, Charlie Kwitchoff attended a Princeton rowing camp with a bunch of his pals. Marty Crotty, the lightweight coach at the Ivy League school, was from Buffalo, so he naturally took an interest in the group from his hometown. Crotty chatted up the kids and their families. He asked for their best score on the 2-K…

One year ago today, the Sabres lost to Florida, 7-4, giving them a home record of 9-16-3 and putting them on pace for the worst home record in their history. Slowly, they came around. They finished 7-3-3 at home a year ago. After a slow start to 2016-17, the Sabres have finally found their winning personality at KeyBank Center, where they expect to win and are never out…

HOUSTON – Column as I see 'em, Super Bowl: Ten hours later, I'm still in shock. The Patriots' 34-28 win over the Falcons was the greatest Super Bowl ever played. It ranks among the most memorable events I've ever covered, right up there with the Laettner game, the No Goal game, the Bills' comeback over Houston, and Game Seven of the 1991 World Series. The only prob…

HOUSTON – Roger Goodell simply had to bite down and bear it. The NFL commissioner was forced to present an improbable Lombardi Trophy to Robert Kraft and the Patriots with Tom Brady, the MVP, standing alongside in triumph. Brady got his record fifth Super Bowl championship, the ultimate payback for being suspended for four games and having his legend tarnished by accu…

HOUSTON – Seven worthy men were voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. It's too bad that the seven who were elected for enshrinement are getting less attention than one notorious character who did not. Cries of outrage at Terrell Owens' omission overshadowed the achievement of the magnificent seven: LaDainian Tomlinson, Kurt Warner, Terrell Davis, Kenny…

HOUSTON − They've heard the criticism. How could they avoid it? It's been out there all season, a refrain for New England haters everywhere to embrace. Sure, the Patriots' defense is good. They've allowed the fewest points in the NFL. But who have they played? We'll find out how overrated they really are when they run into that Falcons offense on Sunday in the Super B…

HOUSTON -- The sports world has become well aware of Chris Hogan over the last two weeks. But he's not the only Bills castoff who will be starting for the Patriots in the Super Bowl next Sunday at NRG Stadium. The other guy is Alan Branch. It's hard to miss him. Branch, a veteran defensive tackle, is a 6-6, 350-pound mountain of a man who helps anchor the middle of the …

HOUSTON – The NFL has done its best to downplay any controversy and political talk during Super Bowl week. The league has long been quite adept at controlling the message, even before the age of alternative facts. According to The New York Times, the NFL did not include a single mention of the name "Trump" in transcripts of Opening Night interviews to the media, despi…

HOUSTON – Julio Jones says he didn't follow the NFL as a young boy in deep southern Alabama. He has one vague memory of watching Barry Sanders on a film clip. Football wasn't a big part of his life until he was almost a teenager. "I was always outside," Jones said Wednesday during a Super Bowl media session. "I mean, I had a childhood, running around and having fun. N…