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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…

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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)…

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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…

Bucky and Sully

In the late summer of 2011, Susan and Fluarry Jackson were driving home from their daughter’s track meet when they got a call from their son, Tyree. The head football coach at the high school wanted them to come in for a talk. A few minutes later, they walked into Mona Shores, a small school on Lake Michigan south of Muskegon. The first thing they noticed was Tyree’s …

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Koby Altman had a dilemma when he became the Cavs' GM last month. With LeBron James one year from a possible opt-out, and Kyrie Irving looking to be traded, should Altman look to the future or go for another NBA title run? He did both on Tuesday. The Cavs traded Irving, their star point guard, to the Celtics for guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizi…

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Considering the circumstances, Tyrod Taylor was surprisingly upbeat Tuesday afternoon. He sounded the way a starting quarterback is expected to sound, like a leader, a veteran who feels it's his duty to show the new guys how an NFL player responds in trying times. You couldn't have blamed Taylor if he had been in a sour mood. His receivers are disappearing faster than T…

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Even before Anquan Boldin stunned the Bills by deciding to retire from the NFL on Sunday,  people were suggesting that quarterback Tyrod Taylor was being "set up to fail." I've been hearing that sentiment a lot on talk radio and elsewhere on social media. Taylor can't have been thrilled with the trade of his top wideout, Sammy Watkins. Now Boldin, who was expected to be a…

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During his 56-game hitting streak in 1941, Joe DiMaggio struck out five times. In his last 56 games, rookie Aaron Judge has struck out 88 times. On Sunday, he extended his MLB record by striking out in his 37th consecutive game. That's troubling for Yankee fans, who have watched Judge go from an MVP favorite to a flailing mess since the All-Star break. Judge, who was hi…

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Early this year, during Super Bowl week, I had a brief discussion about politics with the outspoken Martellus Bennett, who was a tight end for the Pats at the time. "Do you ever wish you lived in the '60s, when athletes like Muhammad Ali, Bill Russell, Jim Brown and Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) took a stand for civil rights," I asked him? "My brother and …

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In his final months, knowing death was imminent from an incurable disease, E.J. McGuire drew up a bucket list. The former coach and longtime scout visited old haunts from his past. He reconnected with his former junior teams and dropped by his alma maters, Brockport State College and Canisius High. The most fitting box he checked before he died in 2011 was running a Bis…

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The mail came in a torrent in the aftermath of the Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby trades. The prevailing reaction from Buffalo fans was a conflicted unease over whether they should maintain hope for this season. When you think about it, that could have been the question in August for the last 18 years. Should people invest their emotions into another Bills season when m…

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The Doug Flutie-Rob Johnson controversy is a distant memory for Buffalo fans. But Sports Illustrated revived the debate in last week's feature on camp quarterback battles, in which they interviewed 10 ex-NFL players who were engaged in memorable QB competitions. Flutie has the reputation as a selfish jerk, but it's Johnson who comes across as resentful and pathetic. He …

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Column as I see 'em, Preseason: You don't have to be a psychologist to figure out what triggered Sean McDermott's tongue-lashing of his players during Monday's practice. Richie Incognito, speaking after the new head coach's rant and the practice scuffles that followed, had the money quote. Incognito said McDermott had the impression that there were "guys feeling a li…

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Justin Thomas won the PGA Championship on Sunday, becoming the 10th different winner in the last 10 majors. In fact, no one finished in the top three in more than one major this season. The question used to be whether Tiger Woods could break Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors. Now it's if anyone can equal Tiger, who won 14 and won't likely win another. Only three men (N…

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Tim Fries has lived a happy and fulfilling golf life. He's an accomplished player, a seven-time Western New York PGA champion. Two years ago, he played in the Senior PGA Championship. He's a respected head pro at Transit Valley, and one of 14 members of the national PGA board of directors. But this past weekend might have been the highlight, though Fries didn't strike a…