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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.


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…

Jerry West didn't see any need to be diplomatic. When asked if it would be safe to assign the Detroit Pistons the role of NBA championship favorites, the Lakers' general manager responded without the slightest hesitation."I don't think you have to play it safe," West said. "Detroit should be the favorite. Believe me, I wish everyone thought we were the favorites. Not …

Bobby Brower, the Yankees' new all-purpose outfielder, described himself as your basic blue-collar ballplayer, the kind who derives a curious fulfillment from dirtying his uniform by the first inning, even if he has to slide headfirst into the water fountain to do so. The guy hasn't yet figured out that warning tracks were invented with the safety of the outfielder in…

Yankees manager Dallas Green knows how simple this game can be sometimes.He was once a major league hurler himself, and like all pitchers, he takes special delight in reciting the most ancient of baseball truths."It's the same old thing that's gone on in baseball forever," Green said after Wednes- day's 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays. "Good pitching negates good hitti…

Don Mattingly, a gentleman even in the most difficult of times, tried his best to be gracious. But he made it clear from the start that he'd rather not discuss what has become, for him, an agonizing early-season ritual.Mattingly's batting stroke is much like the Buffalo spring: Worth waiting for but perennially slow in arriving. He had to go 2-for-3 last night in the …