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Bucky Gleason and I often commiserate about a frequent columnists' pitfall: We tend to write at the extremes, and it's often when a streak or trend is about to flip and blow up in your face. Two Februarys ago, I pointed out in this space that the Sabres were on pace for their worst-ever home record. They won at home that night and two nights later. A year later, I did a…

On Sunday, the host of a national sports radio program gave a thumbs-up to Game 3 of the Warriors-Spurs series because it "wasn't unwatchable." That's what qualifies for high praise for the NBA playoffs nowadays -- a game that demands your undivided attention for more than two hours, one that doesn't compel you to flip over to a cooking channel or go walk the dog. Ke…

On my way back from picking up this week's mail, I circled Oct. 22 on the calendar. That's the day the Bills come back from a bye to host Tampa Bay at New Era Field. Our old pal  Ryan Fitzpatrick, who signed with the Buccaneers on Friday, will be back in Buffalo. Fitzpatrick signed a one-year deal for a reported $3 million. After beating the Bills in last year's finale…

We all know people who struggle to keep their weight down and bounce from one diet to another. By the way, do I look fat in these pants? But we should all be so lucky as Seahawks running back Eddie Lacy. On Monday, Lacy tipped the scales at a robust 253 pounds -- and got a $55,000 bonus for weighing under 255 on the appointed date. Lacy earned the approximate annual …

Dan Steinberg is a sports columnist at the Washington Post and a darned good one, but he was losing me earlier this week while writing about the sorry state of teams in the District of Columbia. For a while, you would have assumed our nation's capital cornered the market on failure. I almost stopped reading. Steinberg rattled off stats supporting his argument while lead…

Fresh off a one-week vacation in Rhode Island, I stopped off at Coles on Monday evening and ran into my old buddy, Rex Carr, who was stationed alone at the end of the bar. You know Rex. He's the middle-aged grump who fancies himself the foremost Buffalo sports fan. He was scanning the local sports section from behind a pair of cheap plastic sunglasses, a happy, glowing …

Halfway through his first news conference Friday after he was introduced as general manager, Brandon Beane made a point to say there would be no football czar with the Bills moving forward. He stressed the idea of a group effort to get this woebegone franchise turned in the right direction. Bills fans who had been longing for one man to serve in the highest capacity of …

The Bills gave an unproven head coach more power than any in franchise history, so you shouldn't have been too surprised Tuesday when they hired Brandon Beane as their new general manager. Terry and Kim Pegula interviewed several candidates for the job, but now it looks like they did little more than go through the motions. Beane was their guy from Day One, assuming the…

Every excuse was at the Yankees' disposal, waiting for them in the clubhouse after the game, when they arrived at the ballpark Monday in Cincinnati. They were coming off an 18-inning marathon the night before in Chicago, leaving them short on sleep and thin on arms and without rising star Aaron Judge. If they lost to the Reds in an interleague game, no big deal. It woul…

It took me a few days, but my diligence paid off after someone spotted Doug Whaley and Tim Murray shooting the breeze last Tuesday in a downtown Buffalo bar. I had been looking for a barfly who overheard their conversation when I stumbled upon an actual fly that was buzzing around Osteria 166. Fortunately for me, the fly caught the entire exchange between the two ex-Buf…

Money? Coaching volleyball has never been about the money. Back in the spring of 2013, Don Gleason worked as a volunteer assistant at USC. On his way back home to Buffalo from California, the Hamburg native worked half a dozen or more camps along the way. Denver, Illinois, Purdue University, Bowling Green ... it was the journey of a lifetime for a young volleyball junki…

Has the smoke cleared yet? All hell has broken loose since my last Mailbag. Terry and Kim Pegula have fired two general managers, a head coach and a chorus line of scouts since the last installment. Secretaries and cleaning staff could be getting terminated as I write this. But the most amazing thing was that photo of Doug Whaley and Tim Murray chatting at a downtown ba…

In 1979, Bob Stanley pitched nine complete games for the Red Sox, including a 10-inning shutout in a 4-0 victory over Kansas City. The nine complete games he had that season were a career high for Stanley, and it equaled the number of complete games Boston's entire staff threw last season. In 1980, A's right-hander Rick Langford tossed 22 consecutive complete games, inc…

The Minnesota Twins set a Target Field record by hitting six home runs Tuesday night. That included a moon shot by Miguel Sano that traveled an estimated 466 feet and landed in the center-field restaurant. Waiter, there's a baseball in my soup! The Yankees and Rangers hit five dingers apiece Tuesday. Aaron Judge, fresh off tying the rookie record for homers in April, hi…

Column as I see 'em: During the press conference after Doug Whaley's firing, Terry Pegula downplayed the concept of a football "czar." He suggested that the term was a media creation and said he'd stick with the term "general manager". There's no way Pegula is bringing in a czar type now, a veteran football man to oversee the show. The Pegulas have empowered Sean McD…