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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.


Isiah Thomas was reeling. You can always tell with him. In the worst of times, Detroit's proud captain chooses to speak in a barely audible whisper, mouthing a few well-chosen cliches and essentially saying nothing at all."We just lost a basketball game," Thomas said Saturday as a circle of reporters pressed in close to him, hoping for some small nugget of wisdom. "So…

You're waiting for a stoplight on Ohio Avenue, one of the main east-west arteries leading into downtown, when you get the peculiar sensation of being watched from above.As you peer out your driver's side window, your gaze is drawn upward, over the roof of a small coffee shop and to the large black-and-white images affixed to the side of a building behind it.And there …

It's not as if Terry Collins was about to panic. He has been managing in the minor leagues for almost a decade, and he has grown accustomed to difficult times such as these.But he had just seen his team lose four straight games at home, and the Bisons' manager knew it was time for changes. He knew he needed more players, and more of a positive commitment from the play…

THE NUMBERS ARE there. They are what makes this game so endlessly satisfying and so timeless. The seasons may come and go, but the numbers are left behind for our keeping, accumulated remembrances in baseball's dusty attic.In Ferguson Jenkins' case, there is no disputing the numbers. They speak with a quiet, forceful eloquence, which is the way Jenkins went about his …

TWO DAYS a week, the greatest scorer in the history of Western New York basketball stops by the house of a tutor. There, Marcus Whitfield is no longer a prolific scorer but a frustrated one, hoping to acquire some small advantage to use against the only opponent who has been able to shut him down.The SAT test has been a worthy and difficult adversary, more inscrutable…

A AND YOU THOUGHT your softball team had problems. You figured there could be nothing worse than two weeks of relentless rainfall. You'd kill to find a field in decent enough condition to play on. You'll be playing your first game any day now and you haven't even had your first practice.Well, things could be worse. You could be a member of the Buffalo Flash. They can'…

It is just before noon on a sunny Tuesday at Pilot Field. Batting practice has recently concluded, and the Bisons players are departing the field in groups of twos and threes, vanishing through the dugout runway to the sanctuary of the clubhouse.Meanwhile, the oldest Bison remains behind in the batting cage, where he's engaging in a running discourse, for anyone who'l…

ON HIS FIRST real day of minicamp, Don Beebe got his first full dose of minicams. The Bills' top draft pick had barely completed his first workout, and already the media were on him like a squadron of crazed defensive backs.So what do you think of the NFL, Don? About what you expected? Feeling any undue pressure, kid? You sure looked good going deep, but how do you t…

GORDIE LOCKBAUM was sitting in the locker room at the Bills' minicamp Wednesday, perusing a newspaper while awaiting the start of the 1 p.m. meeting. Just then, a veteran walked by and coldly informed him he was sitting in his chair.Lockbaum surrendered his chair and, for an instant, betrayed the anger of one who realizes he has been played for the fool. He quickly re…

CHICAGO GOALIE Alain Chevrier has watched this story unfold before. Last spring, he played for the New Jersey Devils, who, like this year's Blackhawks, slipped into the playoffs by winning in overtime in the season's final game, then stunned the hockey world by reaching the Stanley Cup semifinals.But that's all he did. He watched. After carrying the goaltending load …

The first thing you should know about the Tour de Trump bicycle race is the idea did not spring from the vivid, capitalistic imagination of the man for whom it is named, Donald Trump.Trump did not suddenly awaken one night and, turning to his lovely wife, Ivana, announce it was time to invest his money and his name in yet another enterprise. In fact, Trump has told pe…

II NEVER THOUGHT it would come to this, but I'm actually starting to feel sorry for Pete Rose.As you're no doubt aware, Rose is the subject of a lengthy investigation by two of our highest institutions -- baseball and the federal government. Apparently, he liked to place a wager now and then, and wasn't nearly as meticulous in figuring his taxes as he was in filling o…

TTHEY'VE BECOME so commonplace, they barely command our attention anymore, especially at a time when we're buried under daily reports of the hockey and basketball playoffs, the unfolding baseball season and the endless analyses of the NFL draft.Saturday, we learned there was a deeper reason for Jeff Musselman's inability to throw the baseball over the plate and, as it…

SCARCELY A day goes by without a new sports statistic being thrown our way. Third-down conversions. Quality starts. Save percentage. Greens in regulation. Batting average with two outs and runners in scoring position after beer sales have been cut off. Every action is reduced to fractions, every athletic movement exquisitely defined.So in a way, it's refreshing no one…

HE HADN'T yet turned 21, and already he had inscribed his name in the record book. On Sept. 29, 1986, Jay Bell entered an exclusive company of players whose achievement can never be broken, only equaled, by homering in his first major league at-bat.How easy it must have seemed then, all those reports of his vast potential confirmed with but a single swing. It was a fa…