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Tim Graham has covered the NFL since 2007 for The Buffalo News, ESPN and the Palm Beach Post. He was the Sabres beat reporter for seven years and served two terms as Boxing Writers Association of America president.

WHEATFIELD -- Chad Kelly's agonizing, three-day wait ended at 6:27 p.m. with a call from the Denver Broncos GM and Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway. The former St. Joe's quarterback was selected with the final pick of the entire draft, 253rd overall and ceremonial Mr. Irrelevant. The call from Denver came about 30 seconds after Kelly stormed out of his parents' ho…

As long as the Cleveland Browns are in the NFL, and they should be thankful there's no relegation system, Buffalo Bills fans have a reason to feel superior. Of the world's pathetic sports organizations, the Browns are among the most absolutely pitiful. Since they were resuscitated in 1999, they've had 15 seasons with six or fewer victories. The Browns won a single ga…

Three weeks ago in this space, I wrote that a vibe around One Bills Drive indicated General Manager Doug Whaley would not be fired right after the NFL Draft and could be safe through the 2017 season. That, however, was before the Pegulas jolted the Sabres a week ago, abruptly firing General Manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma. Now, everyone is on red alert. A …

Jay Skurski of [BN] the Blitz podcast fame knows what he's talking about when it comes to the NFL draft. I do not. So our good pal hooked up Wednesday with "The Tim Graham Show" on Sports Radio 1270 The Fan. Skurski delivered his thoughts on what the Bills will do with the 10th overall selection, Wednesday's report the team's scouting department is bracing to be w…

For 43 years, Walt Patulski's NFL experience haunted him. The coach he could neither satisfy nor understand was a voice in his head, driving Patulski to prove his worth as a father, a businessman, a public servant. The Bills drafted Patulski first overall in 1972. He had a decent career, but over time his name became synonymous with failure. His name often appeared on d…

Russ Brandon has been getting his teeth kicked in for a few months, and with the Sabres in shambles it might seem like a strange time to say this: Give Brandon a break. Fans rush to blame Brandon for every problem facing the Bills and Sabres. He's president of both teams, after all. But for a moment, with three NFL teams relocating over the past 14 months, conside…

With a dense fog stooped over downtown Buffalo, Terry Pegula revealed some managerial clarity. The NFL and NHL owner held a news conference Friday morning in KeyBank Center to discuss the firings of Buffalo Sabres General Manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma. Pegula took the blame for the Sabres' deficiencies, for overseeing a mess of an organization beset with de…

In one aspect, Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito appreciates the NFL's pre-draft industry, what with all its mocks and prospect scouting reports and rumors. "It's another source of revenue for us," Incognito said Thursday at One Bills Drive. "It's a big deal. "The more eyes, the more attention on football is good for all the players, good for the league, good for …

Knowledgeable hockey folks have made plenty of assertions Jack Eichel is an entitled young superstar. The mother of all reports surfaced Wednesday, with WGR 550's Paul Hamilton writing Eichel would not sign a contract extension with the Buffalo Sabres as long as Dan Bylsma remained coach. The controversial report drew immediate rebukes from Eichel's agent and led to …

Jack Eichel, all 20 years and two NHL seasons of him, won't sign a contract extension with the Buffalo Sabres this offseason if the club didn't fire, WGR 550's Paul Hamilton reported Wednesday morning. So Buffalo News beat writer John Vogl got Eichel on the phone Wednesday afternoon to get his side of the story. Vogl posted his exclusive Eichel interview as a Q&A…

What new Bills coach Sean McDermott and seven Super Bowl legends discussed I cannot say. But I do know how some of them feel about Bills General Manager Doug Whaley. They roll their eyes when speaking of McDermott's top scout. Two of the seven have told me in the past two weeks they can't believe the Pegulas kept Whaley after firing Rex Ryan in December. The to…

Who doesn't love Jack Armstrong? I love him. You love him. The American and Canadian people love him. Armstrong, the Toronto Raptors analyst and former Niagara University coach, joined "The Tim Graham Show" on Sports Radio 1270 The Fan to discuss the NBA playoffs and the fascinating MVP debate. In studio for the discussion were co-host (and WNY three-point king) J…