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Before hanging up Thursday, Lane Kiffin made sure to share his personal taste of Buffalo. It was nine years to the day since he was last in town. He was in his second year as coach of the Raiders and was cruising toward a victory in Ralph Wilson Stadium when everything fell apart. Oakland was in full control and sitting on a 23-14 lead with the clock winding down toward…

Jerry Sullivan joins the Morning Bull show every Monday (7:40 a.m.) on 97 Rock to talk Buffalo Bills football and more. This week, Sully discussed the Bills' first loss of the season, Tyrod Taylor, what it's like to (not) meet Kevin Harlan of CBS, animals picking NFL games, his dog's name, the best local coverage of the NFL (you're reading it) and what's next for t…

News Sports Columnists Bucky Gleason and Jerry Sullivan analyzed the Bills loss in Carolina on 1270 The Fan on Monday. Is it too early to bench Tyrod Taylor and play rookie Nathan Peterman at quarterback? “I know fans are calling for Nathan Peterman to be thrown in there already, but it’s much too early,” Bucky said. “They are weeks away from that.” “T…

Join News Sports Columnists Bucky Gleason and Jerry Sullivan on their weekly radio show from 4 to 6 p.m. today. Bucky and Sully will break down the Bills loss in Carolina and discuss whether it's too soon to turn to rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman. The lineup card also includes a segment on the surging Cleveland Indians and the MLB playoff race. Follow The Buffalo…

In case you missed it, Wednesday was the silver anniversary of the famous No Punt Game. On Sept. 13, 1992, the Bills beat the 49ers at old Candlestick Park, 34-31. It remains the only regular-season game in NFL history in which neither team punted. I thought about that game Friday morning, while watching a replay of the Thursday night game between the Bengals and Texans…

As soon as the Bills traded for the Chiefs' first-round pick in next year's NFL draft, rooting against Kansas City became a secondary pastime for Buffalo fans. The worse they finish, the higher the pick. Naturally, the Chiefs knocked off the Patriots in the season opener Thursday night, 42-27, scoring the most points of any opponent during Bill Belichick's time. Andy Re…

I often refer to the NFL as the most popular sport in the U.S. But you could make an argument that fantasy football has become a greater obsession in this country. I'm sure some fantasy fanatics consider it an actual sport. The average weekly viewership for NBC's Sunday Night Football last season was 22.5 million, the largest of its 11-year existence. Estimates of fanta…

There were numerous times over the years in which I wished to speak to that kid in the picture standing proudly alongside Greg Bell after his first practice in Fredonia back in 1984. You see a young, vibrant and wishful teenager who was eternally optimistic when it came to Buffalo sports. If he only knew what would transpire in the coming decade, how the lousy team he a…

The Bills' regular-season opener is barely a week away, so the populace is getting restless, and a little crazy. After Thursday's stirring preseason win, you can probably guess who was the main topic of discussion in the weekly mail. Yes, it's Nathan Peterman, the backup quarterback for a rebuilding team and therefore the most popular man in town -- with the possible ex…

Who says the preseason finale is a meaningless exercise? The Bills made history on Thursday night at New Era Field, beating the Lions, 27-17, in the traditional exhibition finale for the first time in a decade. Seriously, the Bills had lost nine straight to Detroit in the NFL's fond, forgettable preseason rivalry. Before Thursday's breakthrough, they hadn't won the late…

J.J. Watt was hoping to raise $200,000 for recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and instead collected more than $4 million in donations after two days. The amount will increase with proceeds from the Texans-Cowboys preseason finale being directed toward southeast Texas. Ideally, every NFL team would follow Watt's lead and donate profits from preseason games …

Sean McDermott arrived 20 minutes late Tuesday morning for his scheduled gathering with the media, which was hardly anything new. McDermott had been tardy nearly every day since training camp began, prompting a veteran grump (not me) to ask if he would send himself home. McDermott showing up late for a bunch of reporters certainly isn't a felony, but he couldn't dismiss…

Giancarlo Stanton hit his 50th homer of the season Sunday and was on pace for 63 for the year. Roger Maris hit 61 homers in 1961, a single-season record that wasn't matched until Mark McGwire hit 70 and Sammy Sosa had 66 in 1998. Three years later, Barry Bonds hit 73. So who holds the record? History says Bonds does, but fans can let their collective conscience be their…

A head injury and a head case. That sums up the Bills' sorry state of affairs after Saturday's unwatchable, 13-9, preseason loss in Baltimore. Tyrod Taylor, the team's beleaguered starting quarterback, suffered a concussion after completing one pass against the Ravens. His status for the last preseason game (assuming the Bills would be foolish enough to let him play)…

The people aren't in a very cheery state of mind these days. You can tell by the tenor of the tweets and emails, which reflect a sense of despair and frustration that's remarkable even by the standards of Bills fans. Are they tanking? Why don't they give Nathan Peterman the No 1 job? Do you think they'll bring in (fill in name of unemployed veteran wide receiver) to hel…