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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.

A few observations: One, the NBA postseason is fabulous. I know there's a singular, riveting drama to the Stanley Cup playoffs, but I'll take pro hoops any time. The stars don't get neutralized, or play only a third of the game; they're almost always the show. Two, Jeff Van Gundy was right. They might as well hand the Warriors the trophy and be done with it. They came f…

Sorry, but I'm not here to applaud Terry Pegula for actually standing in front of reporters for 15 minutes and answering a few questions about firing the general manager and head coach of his hockey team. That's how low the standard has become. Pegula goes 3-1/2 years without a press conference specifically about the Sabres, then he condescends to give us a brief exchan…

Terry Pegula said several times during Friday's press conference that his four watchwords for success were "discipline, structure, communication and character." After three and a half years without a presser specifically about the Sabres, the owner gave a two-minute opening statement and answered questions for 12 minutes. That was it. So much for the public's right to k…

Over the years, through harsh experience, I've learned that as bad as things might seem with the Buffalo sports teams, they can always get worse. After Doug Whaley's season-ending press conference on Jan. 2, I called it the low point in Bills history. But Thursday was the topper, a crowning day of dysfunction, a singular low for our professional sports franchises. Fi…

Wow. Six months ago, who would have predicted that Doug Whaley would still be employed by the Pegulas and their other general manager, Tim Murray, would be out on the street? But that's the case in the wake of the stunning news that Murray and head coach Dan Byslma had been fired. I have to give the Pegulas credit. I didn't think they'd have the nerve to fire another he…

I’m dedicating this year’s column to Al Sillato, a local golf legend who died last month, four days after his 102nd birthday. Sillato passed on after breaking his hip transporting a senior citizen to rehab in a wheelchair. Yeah, Al was still busy. He played golf for more than 90 years, 68 at Lancaster CC. He shot his age 500 times. Al didn’t play the senior tee…

As far as Jeff Van Gundy is concerned, they might as well hand over the O'Brien Trophy to the Warriors and be done with it, sparing everyone the burden of staying up late to watch NBA playoff games into the middle of June. "Golden State is your champion," Gundy, an ESPN analyst, said on Thursday. "It won't be close. No one is going to push them. It's over. It's over." …

This week, it's my turn to ask a question or two. It occurred to me while working on our annual golf preview section -- which runs in the paper on April 19 -- that my series on taking up golf and trying to break 100 appeared in 2000. That means my golfing career directly parallels the Bills' 17-year playoff drought, which began shortly after I finished the series in lat…

The Cubs received their World Series rings before Wednesday night's game against the Dodgers at Wrigley Field. It was a long time coming, a 108-year wait. Chris Coghlan is still waiting. Coghlan, who was on that Cubs team, watched the ceremony with his wife and baby boy in his Buffalo apartment, hours after playing for the Bisons against the Red Wings. "I don't know,…

One major rationalization for the Bills keeping Tyrod Taylor was that this was year's draft was such a bad one for quarterbacks. Really? Then how come they're spending so much time evaluating the top QBs? They've had private workouts with Mitchell Trubisky, DeShone Kizer and Patrick Mahomes. Evidently, Terry Pegula was present for the workouts. Nice of the owner to get …

Sabres coach Dan Bylsma had to answer some legitimate questions about his job security over the weekend in Florida. It's only fair that General Manager Tim Murray be subjected to the same sort of scrutiny during Wednesday's season-ending press conference. Granted, Murray isn't going anywhere. As history tells us, GMs survive longer than coaches in pro sports, even when …

I saw a story Monday that called Russell Westbrook the NBA's "new triple-crown king." Yes, Westbrook recorded his 42nd triple-double of the season Sunday against Denver, breaking Oscar Robertson's record for a single season. But Westbrook has a long way to go to be king (I like Kawhi Leonard for MVP, by the way). People always refer to 1961-62, the season in which the "…

Could you ask for a better sports week? From Sunday to Sunday, we have: The start of the Major League Baseball season; the NCAA hoop title games; the Bills' first OTAs; the Bisons' home opener; the Masters; the Cavs' big win in Boston; the women's world hockey championships; UFC 210 at KeyBank Center; and the finish of the NHL regular season. Did I miss anything? Oh …

Jason Day, lifted by the encouraging news about his mother's health, is the sentimental choice in the Masters, which begins Thursday. Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world, is a slight Vegas favorite ahead of Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy. But they're not my pick. My guy is from the United Kingdom, a former major winner who is chasing his first green jacket. No…

Monday was a dark day for UB. It felt the way it had two years earlier, when basketball star Justin Moss was tossed out of school for stealing from other athletes. Now and then, you're reminded of the potential dangers that come with competing in the murky world of big-time college sports. There was no crime this time, not in the technical sense. But it sure seemed as i…