Anthony Davis scored 52 points Sunday in the NBA All-Star Game, obliterating Wilt Chamberlain’s record (42) set in 1962. Headlines blared about his “record-setting” and “history-making” performance. Indeed, the facts show he had 18 dunks against the best players in the league. The reality: Davis would have had more resistance against some seventh-grade team in…

The breaking point came Jan. 16, two days after UB coach Nate Oats delivered a blistering assessment of his team following an embarrassing loss at home to Ball State. Oats wasn’t alone in his frustration. Blake Hamilton was beyond exasperated before taking matters into his own hands. Hamilton was seeing his senior year fade away when he rapped on his coach’s door at…

Anthony Johnson remembered the first time he saw Daniel Cormier. He was watching the 2001 NCAA wrestling championships on television when Cormier lost to Cael Sanderson. Sanderson had a 159-0 record with four national titles at Iowa State before winning the gold medal in the 2004 Olympics. If Cormier didn’t gain Johnson’s respect in defeat against the greatest colle…

Column as I see 'em: The Connecticut women's basketball team won its 100th consecutive game early this week, beating sixth-ranked South Carolina, 66-55, in what qualifies as a nail-biter by the lofty standards of Geno Auriemma's remarkable program. Do you know how many of those 100 victories were decided by single digits? Two. That includes a couple of six-game runs …

You have to love the Mailbag. It's fun, it's provocative, and sometimes it's downright enlightening. Sure, there are some mean souls and vicious trolls out there on Twitter and email. I'll admit, I'm an easy man to despise. But a lot of the feedback I get from readers is brilliant. A good Mailbag question informs and entertains. It makes everyone around it better, like …

On consecutive Tuesdays, two veteran NHL head coaches lost their jobs. On Feb. 7, the Bruins fired Claude Julien. One week later, on Valentine's Day, the Canadiens whacked Michel Therrien -- and replaced him with Julien. Montreal is leading the Atlantic, six points ahead of Boston. The Bruins are six ahead of the Sabres in the division. This cannot be reassuring to Buf…

The question has been asked from Buffalo bar stools to high offices of the NFL: Are the Bills keeping Tyrod Taylor? So far, nobody has come up with a definitive answer with the deadline less than four weeks away. The decision, once final, will provide insight into a bigger question: What’s their goal? If making the playoffs is the objective after a 17-year drought, th…

The Bills haven't made the playoffs since Doug Whaley officially took over for Buddy Nix as general manager in May of 2013. But it's not for lack of spending. According to ESPN statistics, the Bills are seventh from the bottom of the NFL in available money under the salary cap. They have a bloated, top-heavy salary structure, the kind you'd expect from a team that had m…

I've had Feb. 14 circled on my calendar since late November. I always look forward to that special day, one that reminds us of the coming spring and the romance of youth. I'm talking, of course, about the day when MLB pitchers and catchers officially report to spring training. I feel younger in baseball season, more connected to a simpler time. For me, it's still the na…

What a sly guy, that James Dolan.  The latest move for the Knicks’ owner in his public-relations Battle Royale with Charles Oakley, after suggesting Oakley had mental problems and was an alcoholic, was tapping into the long memory of New York basketball fans. Dolan saddled up with former Knicks bad boy Latrell Sprewell for their surprising win over the Spurs on Sunda…

Six years ago this month, after Terry Pegula was introduced to Buffalo upon purchasing the Buffalo Sabres, he held up Mike Ilitch as a model owner in professional sports. Say what you will about Pegula, but the man had good taste. Ilitch built the Little Caesar’s empire, became a billionaire, purchased two sports franchises and led the way in revitalizing downtown Detroi…

The Knicks have won one playoff series in the last 16 years. Considering their significance in the overall sporting culture, this qualifies them as a bigger laughingstock than their NFL counterparts at the opposite end of New York State. But there were times when the Knicks actually stood for something, when they were perennial title contenders who lived up to their rep…

The Mailbag is back after a one-week sabbatical at the Super Bowl. As you might have heard, Tom Brady had a pretty good night in Houston, leading the Patriots back from a 25-point deficit against the Falcons. It's not exactly news that I've considered Brady the best quarterback of all time for quite some time. As far as I was concerned, he didn't need to win a fifth Sup…

In the summer of 2013, after his freshman year of high school, Charlie Kwitchoff attended a Princeton rowing camp with a bunch of his pals. Marty Crotty, the lightweight coach at the Ivy League school, was from Buffalo, so he naturally took an interest in the group from his hometown. Crotty chatted up the kids and their families. He asked for their best score on the 2-K…

Since 2002, after a 15-year championship drought, Boston-area sports teams have won 10 titles in the four major sports. They include five Super Bowls and a Stanley Cup, covering the two major professional sports offered in Buffalo. Just know that Boston was Buffalo when it came to football and hockey before Bill Belichick showed up in 2000. The Patriots hadn’t won a S…