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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.


George Bell stopped himself in mid-sentence and called over to the Blue Jays' clubhouse boy. "Cafe," he said. "With five sugars."Four writers, who were gathered in front of his locker, lowered their notebooks in disbelief. Five sugars, George?"Oh, yeah," Bell said with a smile. "It makes me sweet."Now there's something you don't hear that often. George Bell and sweetn…

The less said about it, the better. If Tuesday's extra-inning victory was a masterpiece, this one was a 2-year-old scribbling in crayon on the living room wall.Just one night after their most stirring victory of the season, the Blue Jays turned in the year's most dreadful SkyDome performance Wednesday night, a forgettable, 10-3 loss to the Red Sox.By the middle of the…

Wade Boggs made his concession speech Tuesday. Sitting in front of his locker three hours before Boston's game against the Blue Jays, Boggs admitted a fifth consecutive batting title is now beyond his reach."Yeah, it's over," said Boggs. "I'm 14 points behind. That's too many at-bats, too many hits. I mean, I could go 6 for 8 and pick up only three points. I'd have to…

The remarkable thing, perhaps even more remarkable than the game itself, was the mood in the locker room afterward. There was no shouting, no outward celebration, only the faint rustling of players dressing hurriedly, trying to beat midnight out the door.The Blue Jays have played so many of these games lately, they hardly know how to react to them anymore. This makes …

Mookie Wilson seemed astonished by it all. Lloyd Moseby shook his head sadly and said he found it amazing. One loss, and suddenly everyone wants to know what's wrong with the Blue Jays.Certainly one game is no cause for panic. Despite Monday night's 6-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox, Toronto still holds a two-game lead over Baltimore with 11 games to play. The Jays are i…

The legends and the alumni gathered here this weekend to celebrate the Syracuse football centennial, but for a half the current Orangemen missed the point entirely. Instead of honoring the game, they threatened to set it back 100 years.Their first three possessions ended in a fumble, an interception and a blocked punt. At halftime, they trailed, 7-0, against an Army t…

ONE EVENING in the early 1960s, Joe Lapchick, the legendary St. John's basketball coach, arrived home and walked quietly up the stairs to his bedroom. His son, Richard, soon realized something was wrong, for his father hadn't come down to read the afternoon paper, as was his custom. Richard walked to the bottom of the stairs, where he heard the sound of his father cr…

A ALEX KARRAS, the actor and one-time pro football star, used to host a celebrity golf tournament in Detroit. Karras, an irreverent and fun-loving sort, wanted to poke fun at golf's rigid standards of etiquette and decorum. So he designed some rather bizarre hazards for his event. For example, at one point he had a bunch of zoo animals -- giraffes, elephants, the whol…

A FEW days ago, Thurman Thomas decided it was time to watch the videotape again. He was not interested in being entertained. This isn't exactly a Honeymooners rerun we're dealing with here. When Thomas watches the tape, which he has done more times than he cares to count, he does it to become enraged.The Bills second-year running back still has the tape of ESPN from A…

SHORTLY AFTER 10 a.m. Thursday, they finally began tearing down War Memorial Stadium. In other words, they had a press conference. A few of the old Bills showed up for the occasion, along with the usual chorus line of politicians. At times, it was hard to tell whether the purpose was to knock down the Rockpile or to build up Mayor Griffin.The mayor got the first shot …

OK, HERE'S the play. Steve, you line up wide to the left, over by the curb. When the ball's hiked, you take a step back and I'll hit you behind the line. Fake like you're gonna run, but stop before the line and look for me squaring out near the first telephone pole. Now Billy, you follow behind me in the middle and be ready for the lateral. Unless they know it's comin…

WHAT'S THAT? You want to know about Leonard Smith? You've come to the right man. After all, Fred Smerlas has been in this league for a dozen years now. He has seen a lot in his day. A lot of movies, anyway."You ever see the movie 'Three O'Clock High?' " Smerlas asked.The answer was negative, so the Bills' veteran nose tackle offered a quick film synopsis. "Three O'Clo…

ONE OF the first things you notice about Jim Kelly is that he likes to refer to himself in the third person. "People expect a lot of Jim Kelly," he'll say. Or, "One thing you can say about Jim Kelly, he'll never go out the back door."He's hardly alone, of course. Speaking in the third person has become the fashion among modern-day professional athletes. Isiah Thomas a…

A AT THE RISK of having all my times out taken away, I'd like to take this opportunity to shout at the NFL owners. Come on, fans. Help me on this one. Let's make it so loud they won't even be able to hear themselves thinking. That is, those few owners who haven't yet lost all capacity for rational thought.Hey, guys! If you could stop squabbling over the new commission…

I SUPPOSE the most comical reaction of all came from Norman Braman, the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles. Upon learning that Eagles guard Ron Solt had been suspended for steroid use a week ago, Braman quickly identified the culprit. He blamed the media.That's right. Braman said that the "savaging" by the Philly press had been one of the major factors in Solt's decisio…