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A moment of silence for one of the great writers, Norman Mailer. Mailer's account of the Ali-Foreman fight in Zaire -- simply entitled "The Fight" -- was one of the great sports books of all time. I remember reading it in college and thinking, "My God, I wish I could write OR report like that some day.' Mailer was one of the great characters, and a bit of a …

Sorry, but it's a little to convenient. The Sabres are off to a slow start, they can't generate offense, their $10 million man is struggling, and we're supposed to believe it's because the NHL has gone back to a defensive-minded style? Because people have figured out the Sabres? I'm not saying there isn't justification for some of this talk. But it's laughable to hear it s…

Dick Jauron met with the media at 2:45 p.m. today and, not surprisingly, wouldn't say whether J.P. Losman would be his starting quarterback for the rest of the year. But Jauron did say that it was largely Losman's performance against the Bengals -- rather than Trent Edwards' wrist injury -- that led to his decision.  He reiterated that performance will dictate his lin…

Sorry, I'll get it right eventually. I was mistaken about the Patriots and the bye. This will actually be the FOURTH consecutive year that the Patriots play the Bills after a bye. Which makes it even more amazing.

I was looking over the Patriots media guide after learning that the Nov. 18 game at Buffalo had been moved to 8:30 when I came across this amazing fact: This is the third year in a row that the Pats play the Bills after a bye week. What is this, the league's way of punishing Ralph Wilson for taking a hard stance against the big-money owners on revenue sharing?

That was a remarkable performance by J.P. Losman against the Bengals on Sunday. I know it was against a very bad defense. But considering the circumstances -- his job and future on the line -- Losman played with amazing poise and accuracy. During the week, he had said he felt unusually comfortable, maybe like a guy with nothing to lose. The team seemed to feed off him. But…

The J.P. Losman supporters like to talk about the progress he made a year ago. Certainly, Losman did make strides a year ago. But people tend to dismiss the fact that he finished the year with two mediocre performances. I know stats can be misleading, but here's Losman's line for the last four games he started and finished, going back to the final two games of 2006:68-114 …

Maybe there's something to this "bend but don't break" thing, after all. In the latest NFL statistics, the Bills are 30th in total defense, which measures total yards allowed from scrimmage. They're 13th in points allowed, which measures, uh, points allowed. That's easily the widest disparity in the league between rankings in those defensive categories. So the Bi…

Not surprisingly, I'm getting killed by the J.P. Losman supporters on my email. They're coming out of the woodwork. They're exaggerating the facts to strengthen their own argument -- something with which I'm all too familiar. Anyway, I'm wondering if public sentiment has shifted significantly since Losman's heroic performance against the Jets Sunday. Three weeks ago, we to…

The NBA season gets under way Tuesday night, and to mark the occasion, the News will preview the coming season in tomorrow's paper. Allen Wilson, Rodney "Rock" McKissic and I, our three ardent NBA-watchers, will kick around 10 of the burning questions that are looming as the new season begins. Check it out and feel free to contribute your own thoughts on the blog…

It seems the Sabres'  Thomas Vanek is already struggling to live up to that seven-year, $50 million contract. After the loss in Montreal, Vanek admitted he needed to perform better. Then he was a minus-3 against Carolina and played just 12:33, a season low. That's a troubling sign, when a guy making that kind of money has his playing time slashed at the low point of a…

I give J.P. Losman a lot of credit for coming out on Wednesday and taking part in mass interviews in the fieldhouse. A lesser person might have sulked at his locker and blown off the media after finding out he had been officially demoted to backup quarterback. Losman said he would continue to prepare as if he was the starter. As a captain and veteran, he feels he owes his…

Yes, I advocated cutting Anthony Hargrove when he got in trouble with the police outside a Rochester bar last summer and was suspended by the league for substance abuse. The Bills preach about character and intelligence, and a lot of Hargrove's off-field antics have raised serious questions in those areas. Management can't have it both ways. They took a big chance on this …

Once again, the Bills' coaches made an abominable decision to let an opponent back in the game. To review: The Bills led by 12 points, 19-7, with 7:34 to play in the game. They had 3rd-and-10 from their own 8-yard line. The smart move was to run, punt and give the ball back to Baltimore's sorry offense, having run some valuable time off the clock. But no, offensive coordin…

Joe Torre is getting canonized for turning down the Yankees' one-year contract offer -- an insulting deal that brought back bad memories of Ted Nolan at the end. But if Torre had such a great sense of pride, he should have quit five minutes after the Yanks lost to Cleveland (boy, the tears really would have flowed from Suzyn Waldman then!). Steinbrenner had said Torre was …