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Jerry Sullivan

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.


Bills

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Hanging on his wall at home, right below a photograph of John Lennon, there's a picture of Danny Amendola's  old Philadelphia Eagles practice jersey. One of Amendola's boyhood pals ordered the jersey on EBay and presented it to him as a constant reminder of how often he has been underestimated during his football career, and how far he has come as a…

Bills

ST. PAUL, MINN. — Well here we go, the long, overcooked leadup to Super Bowl LII, or as I'll refer to it from this point forward, Super Bowl 52. Fifty-two Super Bowls, like playing cards in a deck. Pick a game, any game. The Bowl is back in the Twin Cities for the first time since No. 26, the year Thurman Thomas misplaced his helmet. That's half a lifetime ago in Super …

Colleges

Twenty months ago, on the day he was announced as the Canisius basketball coach, Reggie Witherspoon talked about restoring the team he had rooted for as a young boy to local hoop prominence and re-engaging it with the community. Witherspoon hoped to make Canisius the city "franchise" again, to make the Koessler a destination, a show. He's getting there. On Wednesday, on…

Bills

News of Eric Wood's retirement was devastating from a human standpoint. It's also an unexpected blow to the Bills' rebuilding plans. Now, in addition to all their other needs, they have to find a starting center — unless you believe Ryan Groy is the long-term solution. The more holes on the roster, the less inclined Brandon Beane might be to package draft picks to move …

Bills

A few minutes after the Bills picked Eric Wood with the 28th pick of the 2009 NFL draft, I was on the phone with my old pal, Geoff Hobson, who writes for the Bengals.com website. Hobson got to know Wood when Eric, who played college ball at Louisville, was a high school star in his native Cincinnati. "You just got your next Kent Hull," Geoff told me. "He'll anchor the l…

Colleges

UB coach Felisha Legette-Jack had seen enough. Two games into the season, she pulled aside her star transfer, Cierra Dillard, for a little talk. Legette-Jack, a proponent of tough love, didn't pull punches. She told Dillard to stop being so selfish. No, not for being a gunner. She criticized Dillard for not shooting ENOUGH. "She was overpassing the ball and overthink…

Bills

Column as I see 'em: This time, I thought the Patriots were finished. They were down by 10 points in the fourth quarter. Tom Brady, playing with 12 stitches in his right hand, was struggling badly against a tenacious Jacksonville defense. Rob Gronkowski was in concussion protocol. Blake Bortles was having the game of his life. But Brady reminded us why he's the best …

Bills

Bills fans have a painful dilemma on Sunday afternoon. Which team do they root for in the AFC championship game, or should I say, whom do they root against? On the one hand, you have the Patriots, who have been the bane of their existence for the last 18 NFL seasons. How could Buffalo fans possibly root for Bill Belichick, the sinister football genius? Or pretty boy Tom…

Bills

How do I think Brian Daboll will work out as the Bills' offensive coordinator? Unless the Bills get it right at quarterback, he'll wind up like the dozen saps who preceded him, as the most unpopular man in town. The fact that Daboll coached for five Super Bowl winners in New England is no guarantee. There's a long list of Bill Belichick assistants who floundered after l…

Colleges

How tough is Wes Clark? Let Nate Oats, his high school coach, tell it. Five years ago, Clark injured his knee in the Michigan regional finals. Romulus was three games away from winning a state championship. Clark could barely walk. "The doctors said it was structurally OK if he could take the pain," Oats, now the UB head coach, said Tuesday night. "Well, it hurt. The la…

Colleges

In recent days, there's been talk among local media about this being perhaps the best season in men's Big 4 college basketball history. Well, it's certainly trending that way. The four teams (Buffalo, Canisius, Niagara and St. Bonaventure) are all currently over .500 on the season. In fact, they're all at least three games to the good. UB is 13-5 and 5-0 in the MAC for …

Bills

Column as I see 'em, Championship Week: It has long been a custom, once the Bills' season is done, to view the NFL playoffs through a Buffalo prism. This year, for the first time in 18 seasons, we had to wait a week because the Bills actually made it into the field. But when the Vikings' Stefon Diggs scored that last-second touchdown to beat the Saints early Sunday e…

Sports

It's hard to believe, but LeBron James is in his 15th season in the NBA. James was a mere kid of 18 when he burst on the scene in the fall of 2003. Nowadays, he sounds like a typical dad, lamenting how his job keeps him away from his kids. After the Cavs' morning shootaround in Toronto on Thursday, James said the only thing that makes him remotely contemplate retirement…

Bills 2017 season

The Bills have employed a dozen offensive coordinators since the start of the 2000 season. Only one, Curtis Modkins, lasted more than two seasons during that time, and Chan Gailey was running the show. At some point, each took his turn as the least-popular man in town, which is to be expected when anyone who can open a beer feels he could do the job better. Some were be…

Commentary

The Bills have employed a dozen offensive coordinators since the start of the 2000 season. None lasted more than two years during that time. At some point, each took his turn as the least popular man in town, which is to be expected when any fan who can successfully open a can of beer feels he could do the job better. Some were better than others. Kevin Gilbride wen…