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Bucky Gleason

Bucky Gleason is senior sports columnist for The Buffalo News. He has covered sports on all levels since 1992. He is a terrible golfer who remains undefeated in match play on the 19th hole. He lives in Hamburg with his wife and four children.


Running

Christine Nichols wasn't even five minutes removed from hearing doctor's orders Thursday when she began, well, disregarding doctor's orders. She'll be 29 weeks pregnant, in her third trimester, when she runs 13.1 miles Sunday in the Buffalo Marathon. Nichols understood what her physician meant when reminding her it could be a warm day on the course. She nodded when she …

High Schools

The baseball remains unmarked with about two dozen others in a white bucket in the Macks' garage in Williamsville. Well, there should be a smudge from Joe Mack's wooden bat, left before it sailed over the right-field fence on the grass field last year at Williamsville North High School. Allan Mack knew his role the moment Joe made contact. He quietly walked past the out…

Colleges

Greg Cullen was talking to his mother a few weeks ago about how much life would be different if he would have waited longer in the recruiting process. Niagara University was the first Division I baseball program to show interest in him, and he pounced when coach Rob McCoy offered him a scholarship. It all happened so fast. Looking back, Cullen might have drawn intere…

Sports

This is hardly worth the heated debate generated by LeBron vs. Michael or Tiger vs. Jack or even Yanny vs. Laurel, but it is worth mentioning that Brad Stevens belonged somewhere in the discussion about the NBA's best coaches – unless NBA coaches were the ones having the discussion. Stevens guided the Celtics to 55 victories this season, second-most in the Eastern Confe…

Bucky and Sully

Two months have passed since the University at Buffalo hired Mark Alnutt to replace Allen Greene as athletic director. He became the fourth AD since 2015, when Danny White left for Central Florida. The list includes interim Kathy Twist, who took over on an interim basis when Allen Green left for Auburn. Alnutt was juggling his new job with family responsibilities in Mem…

Colleges

Chantal Martinez Blanco still gets teased by family and friends about her college choice when she returns to Puerto Rico. Three years after she left the sunshine and comforts of the Caribbean island to pursue better tennis and a quality education, they continue to ask the same question: Why the University at Buffalo? Even she didn't fully understand the answer when s…

Latest Sabres

By now, long-suffering hockey fans in Buffalo must be cringing while watching the Vegas Golden Knights. The Sabres never won a Stanley Cup and for years have been an abject failure, and along comes an expansion team that marches from the desert to the conference finals in its first season. Vegas has become the darling of the NHL, a wonderful tale about a team that came …

Sports

You probably know the top six spots for home runs in a season are held by three sluggers who played between 1998-02: Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. In 2000, the heart of the Steroid Era, there were a record 5,693 homers across the big leagues. Last year, players combined for 6,105 homers to shatter the previous mark. The single-season strikeout record also fe…

Bills

Trouble had been brewing for several years and intensified in recent months as Russ Brandon's professional and personal lives collided. The relationship between the Bills and Sabres and their team president was going to end sooner or later, but this didn't figure to end well. Brandon was a good servant under late owner Ralph Wilson and a humble person before losing his …

Latest Sabres

The player to whom Rasmus Dahlin has been most compared is Nicklas Lidstrom, known as the Perfect Human Being later in his career because it seemed he could do no wrong. When it came to the fantastic player-fantastic person combination, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone better. Lidstrom was among the best defensemen in NHL history and played at a high level for 2…

Bills

By the time Sunday rolled around, after Josh Allen introduced himself to Buffalo and tackled tough questions about his past, you could almost feel a shift in the prevailing opinion among Bills' fans. Perhaps they needed a few days to come to terms with the fact Buffalo selected him over Josh Rosen. The initial response in Buffalo was overwhelmingly negative and, therefo…

Bills

If you're like many who ignored the hype going into the NFL Draft and are just joining others suffering from draft fatigue, congratulations. You effectively skipped the semester without anyone noticing. There's still time to cram for the final exam and earn a better grade than kids with perfect attendance. Bills General Manager Brandon Beane had studied so much that his…

Bills

People could argue all day whether Tom Brady or Bill Belichick played a larger role in the Patriots' success without reaching a clear conclusion. Let's agree they were fortunate to have one another, so long as you also agree the Patriots' success came from a combination of pure genius and dumb luck. Brady is the best example of the latter. The greatest quarterback in NF…

Bills

Last week, I was talking to an old friend about the sense of dread that comes from being a Buffalo sports fan and how manufacturing optimism has become a taxing and fruitless exercise. In recent years, many have skipped "hoping for the best" and gone straight to "expecting the worst." Terry Pegula must have sensed Sabres fans were worn out after his hockey team finished…

Colleges

Rewind the clocks 10 years. I'm behind the wheel with smelly hockey equipment in the back seat and my 11-year-old, Sabres-loving, hockey-playing son in the front. It was the same year Buffalo became the first team to miss the playoffs after reaching the conference finals in consecutive seasons. We were driving home from a spring clinic at Hockey Outlet when he started t…