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Tim Graham

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.


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They could be Mike Tyson leaving the prison gates, Tiger Woods after his divorce. Sure, the New England Patriots still have an invincible vibe. But as we know the Patriots, are they already extinct? Boston is ablaze with theories about the futures of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, about a supposed rift between the players and coach Bill Belichick, about the fallout from t…

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What's more real? The New England Patriots trading up in the first round to draft a quarterback and maybe dangling tight Rob Gronkowski? Or the matches Sunday night at WrestleMania 34? We talked about it all on the "Tim Graham Show." Our resident Patriots honk, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com, broke down the plausibility of his beloved team impacting the Buffalo Bills' pursuit o…

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This week's show was a mess. I caught co-host Mike Rodak of ESPN.com surfing the web and not paying attention. We were distracted by deer staring into our 1270 Sports Radio The Fan studio window. Buffalo News sports columnist Jerry Sullivan held side conversations into hot mics with Rodak and live-stream artist Jonah Bronstein. Creaky equipment was heard over the air. An…

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Marvin Lewis broke into a smile and seemed on the verge of laughing out loud while he spoke about AJ McCarron. Lewis coached McCarron the past four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. For now, McCarron is expected to be the Buffalo Bills' opening-day quarterback. So what is it about McCarron that makes Lewis beam at the mere mention? "He's a joy t…

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Star has diminished. That's what the analytics say about new Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Star Lotulelei. Asked to shine some light on his former player, Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera dismissed any data that suggests Lotulelei has slipped after five NFL seasons. "Let me tell you this about analytics," Rivera said, repeating one of his pet sa…

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Four years and one day later, Russ Brandon stood Monday at the very same patch of carpet upon which his bucking knees somehow kept him upright. Here, outside the Plaza Ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando, is where he announced to the world Ralph Wilson had died. "For us to be standing in the exact spot," Brandon said Monday, "is quite su…

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The O.J. Simpson interview started a discussion about journalism principles we were glad to tackle Wednesday on the "Tim Graham Show." Buffalo News senior columnist Jerry Sullivan, local author Lyndsey D'Arcangelo and Daemen College basketball coach Mike MacDonald (who got more than he signed up for) joined me for a conversation about the interview, how it came to be an…

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The Elons and Belmonts have vanished. Gone are the Mercers and Florida Gulf Coasts and Northern Colorados. The Drakes and North Carolina A&Ts are dial tones. Peruse the NCAA Tournament bracket and mostly you'll find women's seeds you would expect. So much chaff has been whisked away. Yet the University at Buffalo remains among the tall stalks, a Sweet 16 entrant …

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LAS VEGAS – As with certain people, some stories need little introduction. O.J. Simpson had friends who died while he served nine years in a Nevada prison for kidnapping and armed robbery. Among them was icon Muhammad Ali. From Simpson's exclusive interview with The Buffalo News, this is his recollection of the first time he met Ali, who had refused induction into th…

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LAS VEGAS – When talking about the greatest football player, particularly from before the NFL-AFL merger, Jim Brown's name is paramount. O.J. Simpson has another name rarely mentioned. "The only guy that ever intimidated me in a game was Dick Butkus," Simpson said Monday in a wide-ranging, exclusive interview with The Buffalo News. Simpson lined up against the Chi…

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LAS VEGAS – The challenge was issued in December. Four days removed from plowing the Buffalo Bills to victory through ungodly heavy snow, LeSean McCoy was interviewed about what it takes to run in those elements. Few excel in such treacherous conditions like McCoy has. Another with such a knack was Bills Wall of Fame tailback O.J. Simpson. "Well, what did O.J. say?" McC…

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LAS VEGAS – After seven seasons, O.J. Simpson was done with pro football. The NFL's greatest running back had toiled enough with the Buffalo Bills, played long enough to earn a pension and was ready to retire if not traded. He was convinced owner Ralph Wilson was more smitten with filling Rich Stadium than fielding a contender that would raise the payroll. Simpson en…

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LAS VEGAS — The dishwasher was chirping, and he couldn't figure out how to turn it off. The thermostat was a mystery. A freshly discovered leak dripped from a large stain in the garage ceiling, and he couldn't locate the cause. He hunched as he moved around the house, smoothly but with a shuffle more than a glide. Reading glasses perched on his salt-and-pepper head. He …

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Jordan Poyer, flying across the field for the Cleveland Browns to tackle a punt returner, didn't see it coming. A greasy, blindside wallop from a Tennessee Titans blocker buried Poyer in the grass. Sharp pain made Poyer think just the wind had been knocked out of him. He made it to the sideline and threw up blood. An ambulance rushed Poyer to the hospital, where Poye…

High Schools

Chad Kelly has been in the NFL for 10 months. And for 10 months his NFL dreams have been paused. At this time a year ago, when the top names of his draft class descended on Indianapolis and the NFL scouting combine, Kelly was encumbered by a laundry bag of red flags. The NFL had rescinded his combine invitation because of a new misbehavior policy — since terminate…