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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.


NFL sideline protests had been a fading issue. A few players still kneel or raise a fist during "The Star-Spangled Banner," but the regular season began three weeks ago. Fans are watching the games, tracking their fantasy players, betting the point spreads. While Colin Kaepernick's continued unemployment after kneeling out national anthems last season remains a debate, p…

Here's a revelation about Buffalo Bills defensive end Kyle Williams: The only way an opponent can drive the five-time Pro Bowler nutso is to strangle him. Or maybe cheapshot a teammate. Williams simply doesn't respond to trash talk or other such nonsense, a part of his psychology we explored at "The Tim Graham Show" on Sports Radio 1270 The Fan. Did you know th…

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Brandon Beane's parents knew it was pointless to say goodbye before the Buffalo Bills' charter buses pulled away from Bank of America Stadium. Bob and Cindy Beane rose glumly from their seats, the season tickets they've had for 18 years in Section 340, while a song they've always relished hearing, "Sweet Caroline," played Panthers fans out the ais…

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In the Carolina Panthers' locker room this week, players floated all the diplomatic balloons about seeing Sean McDermott again. For sure, the Panthers miss their old defensive coordinator, but they're thrilled with successor Steve Wilks and the rest of the staff. Why, of course, they're looking forward to saying hello to McDermott on Sunday, when …

The New England Patriots are menaces. They've dominated the AFC East for so long, suffocating the hopes of the other three teams for a generation. They're not the biggest reason the Buffalo Bills have failed to reach the playoffs since 1999, but they're close. Now the Patriots are trying to swipe the Bills' signature monument. "The Comeback" was posted round and r…

The Buffalo Bills went through the last of their September calisthenics Sunday, muscling their way to a 21-12 victory in their scrimmage with the Division II New York Jets. You'll hear a lot of hardy-har-hars about the Bills being in first place in the AFC East, with the New England Patriots losing Thursday night and Hurricane Irma postponing the Miami Dolphins' opening…

Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane were given funzo questionnaires for the Buffalo Bills' 2017 media guide. Favorite movie, best concert attended, biggest pet peeve, last book read and so forth. The Q&A's were conducted separately, but they produced a striking parallel. In response to "biggest obstacle overcome," they gave the same answer. "Breaking into the NFL…

Not all of the interviews and research about Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott made it into my feature about him. Here are my favorite surplus items from "the process." Bills crew, assemble Through a long interview in June at the end of Bills minicamp, McDermott seemed to get most animated when I asked him what it was like, after years of imagining about it, what…

Sean McDermott was a coaching prospect, strolling the Philadelphia Eagles' practice facility with two wise assistants who owned whistles older than he was. He walked alongside defensive coordinator Jim Johnson and offensive coordinator Rod Dowhower, seven decades of NFL and college coaching experience between them. McDermott, known for continuously sopping every ounc…