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Jerry Sullivan

Jerry Sullivan spent 16 years as The Buffalo News' lead columnist on the Bills. He loves the NBA, Strat-o-Matic baseball, Tom Waits and reading novels, along with the usual periodicals.


Bills

Brandon Beane admits he has experienced some sleepless nights in recent weeks, as he anxiously weighs the countless scenarios in his head while preparing for his first draft as an NFL general manager. "You think about it all the time, even when you don't want to think about it," Beane said at the Bills' recent pre-draft luncheon. "We're competitors. We want to win every…

Sports

In recent years, it's become a reflex to pencil LeBron James on through to the NBA Finals. Going back to the year he took his talents to Miami in 2010-11, James's teams have reached the championship series seven years in a row, winning a staggering 21 straight Eastern Conference series along the way. LeBron has rarely been tested during that run. Entering this postseaso…

Bills

 Not surprisingly, it was a brisk week at the old mailbox. The NFL schedule was released Thursday night. A week after that, it's the first round of the draft. There's no one like NFL fans for getting geeked about events that don't involve actual games. I'm getting excited about the draft, too, now that it's finally less than a week away. But I have to say, I'll be glad w…

Bills

I'm sure a lot of Buffalo fans were outraged when the NFL schedule was released Thursday night and the Bills got only one prime-time night game. Deal with it. Sure, they broke their 17-year playoff drought, giving the community a psychic boost and buying time for Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane. Hopeful fans figured that being one of the dozen playoff teams would guara…

The Bills snapped their 17-year playoff drought last season. Now they'll have a chance to break another dry spell that dates back before the start of the millennium: Win a game on Monday night for the first time since 1999. The NFL schedule was officially released Thursday evening, and as had been rumored early in the day, the Bills will host the defending AFC champion …

Golf

This is the time of year when Jamie Miller's phone begins to ring off the hook – if the terminology applies to cellphones. Miller is one of the top golfers in the Buffalo area. He played at Augusta State, and he played the minor pro circuit for several years before regaining his amateur status. Miller is now a financial adviser at Morgan Stanley. So when a friend, or…

Bills

Four years ago at this time, AJ McCarron was being projected to go in the second or third round of the NFL draft. He had been told by some teams that he could go as high as 15th overall. He went in the fifth round to the Bengals. McCarron was the 164th player selected, the ninth quarterback, one pick behind Aaron Murray, who never played a down in the league. So he lear…

Bills

I can't say for certain whether Richie Incognito is done playing for the Bills. But there could be another job waiting if he does retire. Come on, boorish behavior? Erratic tweets? The guy could run for president in 2020. Yes, it keeps getting weirder with Richie. Late Friday, just three days after announcing that he was retiring from football for health reasons, Incogn…

Bills

The NBA playoffs are underway. While I understand that the coming NFL draft is of more vital national importance, it’s an exciting time for hoop fans. The Warriors and Cavs are favored to meet in the Finals for the fourth straight year. But they won’t sap the drama out of the event this year by breezing through the first three rounds. Houston is seen as Golden State’s n…

Colleges

First, let's bid a fond goodbye to Loyola-Chicago. Thanks, guys, for striking a blow for the mid-majors and proving how dangerous these teams can be if given a chance. And to think, Loyola — like the UB men — wouldn't have been been in the NCAA field if it hadn't won the Missouri Valley tournament title. The Ramblers didn't think they were a Cinderella (despite the ubiq…

Golf

Broadcast legend Jim Nantz will work his 33rd Masters for CBS next week. Nantz's first assignment in Augusta was in 1986, the year Jack Nicklaus won his 18th and last golf major at age 46. How many times have we seen a replay of Nicklaus in his yellow shirt, raising his left arm aloft after making that long putt on Sunday? Jack's win in '86 was an indelible golf moment,…

Bills

Sunday is the first day of April, for my money the best month on the sports calendar. It's no joke. How can you beat a month that begins with the NCAA basketball title games (women's Sunday, men's Monday) and ends with the ubiquitous NFL draft? Baseball gets into full swing, which means real box scores for us fantasy geeks. The Masters starts Thursday, with heightened a…

Latest Sabres

Heading into Thursday's game against the Red Wings in KeyBank Center, the Sabres had already clinched the worst home record in team history. Even if they had won the final two at KeyBank, the best the Sabres could have done at home was 31 points. They had 33 points in both of the tank seasons. They had a franchise-low 31 points in 1971-72, but that was in a 78-game seas…

Colleges

Warde Manuel started laughing before I could finish the question. He's been asked often in recent months, at a time when major college basketball is reeling from an FBI investigation into fraud and corruption in the sport. How reassuring is it to have someone like John Beilein running your program? "I sleep well at night with John at the helm," Manuel, the Michigan a…

Bisons and Baseball

When the big news arrived, exactly two weeks before Christmas, there was a palpable, giddy murmuring among baseball fans. The Yankees had acquired Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins for Starlin Castro and a couple of top prospects. Suddenly, the Bronx Bombers possessed the only two men who had hit 50 home runs last season: Stanton, who hit 59 bombs, and Aaron Judge, who…