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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.


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The story of Ryan Groy becoming a starting NFL offensive lineman doesn't begin in Pop Warner or high school or his beloved University of Wisconsin. It's rooted in 4,000 saplings that were planted in swampland his father owned in a small Midwestern town about two hours west of Milwaukee. Groy was 14 years old when he worked up the nerve to ask his father to buy him a use…

Golf

Golf experienced its greatest renaissance in the mid-1990s when Tiger Woods turned professional and turned the PGA Tour upside down, popularizing the game like none other in history. He made the sport cool for everyone and helped people find peace and serenity – and insanity – that come with the game. Memberships at private clubs reached their peak. Public courses becam…

Bills

On New Year's Day, not even 24 hours removed from the Bills clinching a playoff spot and ending a 17-year playoff drought, Sean McDermott already was prepared to issue a warning. It wasn't directed at Jacksonville, their postseason opponent, but long-suffering Buffalo fans. McDermott helped bring order to a confused and sometime reckless front office along One Bills Dri…

Bills

This is always a strange time of year with the Sabres done for the season, the NFL draft approaching, the Masters in the books and Major League baseball in the first few weeks of a 162-game schedule. Add a mid-April ice storm, and it made for a dark and dreary Sunday afternoon in Buffalo. Nearly every year, Buffalo is ranked among the top TV markets for the Stanley Cup …

Colleges

Matt Mazurek didn't wait for his baseball career to stall before he considered a career life in coaching. The idea first entered his mind while playing football for Silver Creek High under longtime coach Archie Bradley, who pulled the senior quarterback aside and told him he was a natural for the profession. Little did Bradley know, he made a profound impact on a young …

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No need to worry Wednesday if you happen to miss Jason Botterill's first postmortem news conference as a general manager. You know the drill. The GM conducts a gripping Q&A that enables him to say the Sabres fell short of their goal before he suggests better days are ahead. Buffalo has missed the playoffs for seven straight seasons under three GMs and five coaches. …

Colleges

The first time was painful enough. Alec Hoch had struggled to decide where to swim in college before the former Orchard Park High star verbally accepted a scholarship to the University at Buffalo. He was ready to sign the paperwork last year when UB cut men's swimming and three other sports. Hoch threw his name back into circulation and scrambled for a new home after Bu…

Colleges

St. Bonaventure basketball coach Mark Schmidt pulled his name from consideration for the same job at the University of Pittsburgh on Tuesday, hours before the Panthers hired Duke assistant coach Jeff Capel to take over a struggling program coming off a winless season in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Schmidt was among several candidates who interviewed for the Pitt job …

Colleges

All you need to know about Steve Watson was what moved him to tears Monday on the telephone. The athletic director at the University of Loyola-Chicago was in the midst of talking about the Ramblers' glorious run to the Final Four when he began reflecting on Frank Martin. Martin was the girls' basketball and volleyball coach at Allegany-Limestone and a communal treasure …

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The first thing that came to mind when the University at Buffalo introduced Mark Alnutt as its new athletic director Wednesday was that he was a football guy. Why, of course. Alnutt was a freshman walk-on who earned a scholarship to Missouri before building a career in college sports. Alnutt came across how you hoped a top administrator would conduct himself in his firs…

Colleges

OK, so your bracket was blown to smithereens in a regrettable first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. It has more red ink than your calculus final. How could you show your face in the office after picking Arizona to win the whole thing … especially when you work for the University at Buffalo? According to NCAA.com, which tracked tens of millions of brackets at five major …

Colleges

DALLAS – In St. Bonaventure's quiet locker room 20 minutes after the game, amid sniffles and tears and regret that come with defeat, the anguish was still too fresh for a collection of young men to put an entire season into perspective. They were too immersed in finality to comprehend totality. Life experiences teach us to place less emphasis on the present and gain gre…

Colleges

DALLAS – For four years, Jaylen Adams had been the one constant. St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt handed over the offense about 20 minutes into their first practice together and watched him lead his team to unexpected heights that also were unprecedented for 48 years. Perhaps carrying the load in so many games finally caught up to Adams with his career winding down. O…

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DALLAS – Sure it crossed his mind. How could it not? Jaylen Adams had missed his first eight shots in the biggest game of his career. He had spent his lifetime working toward and fantasizing about playing in the NCAA Tournament. It came true after a spectacular senior year at St. Bonaventure. Adams was playing against UCLA, the most storied program in history with its 1…

Colleges

DALLAS – Mark Schmidt did everything he could after the celebration began and the moment arrived. Schmidt knew the long and sometimes sordid history behind St. Bonaventure's win over UCLA. He had been part of the struggle, too, after accepting the coaching job against the advice of others. Schmidt is nothing if not prepared. He has been known to sit in his office for ho…