With regular co-host Jerry Sullivan at the NBA All-Star Game, The News' Jay Skurski ably subbed in and joined WGRZ's Adam Benigni and TBN's Bucky Gleason on the first 11:30 p.m. show of "Sports Talk Sunday."
Here were five major points from the show:
1) LeSean McCoy is in trouble, but how much trouble? Skurski predicts the Bills' running back will be suspended by the league for 2-4 games, if he's arrested, which the hosts expect will happen this week. Bucky wonders if, given McCoy's other off-the-field issues (including the "creepy" all-girls party plan in Philadelphia), the Bills would consider cutting Shady? All three hosts don't foresee that happening.
[Read Skurski's report on suspensions levied by the NFL since the 2015 personal-conduct policy]
2) Rex Ryan-Jim Schwartz: The News' Vic Carucci reported Sunday that Rex Ryan never had any intention of keeping former Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz upon taking the job. Bucky says emphatically that Rex's ego got in the way, and the Bills should have absolutely kept Schwartz -- who was willing to stay. Benigni and Skurski criticize Rex's rigid demand to have his players fit his scheme.
3) How to evaluate the Sabres? Bucky mentions Dan Bylsma's aim to not get bogged down in the standings, focusing instead on three-game segments and embracing small victories from these mini-seasons.
For the rest of the season, Skurski thinks the Sabres should determine whether Lehner is the answer as a No. 1 goalie, as well as weighing their assets at the trade deadline. Bucky adds that the team is still a long way away from having a playoff-worthy roster; four or five more players are necessary.
4) Stamkos to Buffalo? While the three hosts note that Stamkos-to-Buffalo is little more than a suggestion tossed out by TSN's Bob McKenzie, Bucky is leery of why the Lightning would even let Stamkos go, and he further cautions the Sabres not to overpay. In the offseason, it's possible that Stamkos will use the Sabres as leverage to get more money elsewhere, Bucky adds.
[Mike Harrington's insight on Stamkos and Buffalo's potential interest]
Skurski believes that the Sabres should show interest in the star forward but doesn't believe that Tampa Bay will really let him go.
5) Extra Points:
-- Skurski: The NBA Dunk Contest was special on Friday, with high-flying Zach Lavine (Minnesota) and Aaron Gordon (Orlando) reminding Buffalo basketball fans what they're missing out on by not having a team.
-- Bucky: Always the optimist, Bucky moves away from the Bills and Sabres to highlight how University at Buffalo men's basketball coach Nate Oats and St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt are both worthy of consideration for their respective conference's coach of the year honors.
[Read Bucky's column on Nate Oats' work with the Bulls]
-- Benigni: He's sickened by the NHL's lack of punishment for the Flyers' Radko Gudas, whose hit to the head of Daniel Catenacci landed on the Sabre on the injured list. The Philly defenseman wasn't even called into the league office, which Benigni calls "pathetic."
Watch the next edition of "Sports Talk Sunday" at 11:30 p.m. Feb. 21 on WGRZ-TV. Follow the #STS hashtag on Twitter to join the conversation.