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Jerry Sullivan

Jerry Sullivan grew up in Newport, R.I., though some would dispute the grown-up part. He is a professional skeptic, thanks to 16 years as the lead columnist on the Bills. He loves the NBA, Strat-o-Matic baseball, Tom Waits and reading novels, along with the usual periodicals.


I SUPPOSE the most comical reaction of all came from Norman Braman, the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles. Upon learning that Eagles guard Ron Solt had been suspended for steroid use a week ago, Braman quickly identified the culprit. He blamed the media.That's right. Braman said that the "savaging" by the Philly press had been one of the major factors in Solt's decisio…

PAUL BIERON knows all about this "Field of Dreams" thing. And he can tell you, it's sure not as simple as it looks in the movie. Kevin Costner built his dream field in the time it takes to finish off a medium box of popcorn. It took Bieron almost 20 years.He didn't have any mysterious, unseen voices prodding him along, telling him, "If you build it, he will come." The…

HIS SPEECH LASTED all of 90 seconds. Mickey Mantle stepped up to the podium outside Pilot Field and, after announcing the release of his new instructional video, fulfilled his basic commitment by telling the kids to stay away from drugs. Remember, he told them, you have only one chance.Mantle had a pretty simple chance Tuesday night. It was your basic can of corn. All…

Don't get him wrong. Terry Collins loves playing the game this way. It suits his personality. The Bisons' aggressive young manager derives great satisfaction from scoring runs by creative, opportunistic means.It's just that, now and then, Collins wouldn't mind seeing his team strike in a more sudden, violent way. You know, with an occasional home run.But Sunday night,…

One thing is fairly certain. This is one football story that's destined to be told time and again.Years from now, no doubt, Buffalo native Tom Doctor still will be telling it. Even if he never plays a down in a regular-season NFL game, Doctor will talk about the night he made the defensive play that turned the game around before his hometown fans.With 3:39 to play in …

IT WAS AN interesting Thursday at Bills training camp. First of all, I ran into the infamous Roxanne Pulitzer, who spent the day observing her favorite football team with a bunch of tow-headed children trailing behind her. And later, I got to meet last year's NFL scoring champion.His name is Scott Norwood, though he is hardly what you'd call infamous. In fact, I'm not…

NO, RAZOR SHINES was not worried. Hungry, yes. He was sitting in front of his locker, balancing a paper plate in his lap and looking distinctly unaffected by the unfortunate events of half an hour before. If anything, Razor was worried that someone might drop a tape recorder into his Sloppy Joe.Well, I told him, you've still got a 5 1/2 -game lead. Putting his dinne…

Dan Duquette, the 31-year-old director of Montreal's farm system, knows how it must look to the outside observer. Say, in Buffalo.By now, it's only natural to marvel at the stunning achievements of the Expos' top farm team. The Indianapolis Indians have been winning championships for so long, and in so many improbable ways, that success has come to seem almost mystica…

KEN BAINBRIDGE Jr. still has the faded black-and-white photograph, right there on the first page of his scrapbook. All the memories begin there. They reach all the way back to a summer night 10 years ago, when a nervous 11-year-old went searching for an autograph and came away with not only a signature, but a friend and an idol as well.Just about everything Ken knows …

SEVEN YEARS LATER, he still enjoys talking about it. Wherever he goes, people want to hear about it, too. And that's what matters most to Glenn Allison. No, his 900 series never made it into the ABC record books. But it's forever inscribed in a more lasting and meaningful place -- in the memories of millions of bowling fans."Hell, I'm always happy to talk about it," s…

ALBERT HALL says he went about it in a quiet, sneaky way. That's how it is with a lot of alcoholics, you know.On the last day of a road trip, he would often phone down to room service and have a bottle of whiskey delivered to his hotel room. Then, if he hadn't managed to finish it off, he'd screw the top back on, pack it away in his luggage and take it home with him, …

Now the really big games begin. Seven games in 11 days with division-leading Indianapolis. And the Bisons couldn't have given themselves a better sendoff. After Tuesday night's uplifting win, they could have made the flight to Indiana without benefit of a plane.Presumably, these upcoming dates with Indy will decide the Bisons' fate. But if they do manage to make a rac…

For Bobby Meacham, the hit was a long time coming. It was also a long time coming down. Long enough, in fact, for Meacham to momentarily reflect on the most embarrassing moment of his baseball career.Meacham, mired in a 4-for-47 slump, drove a 375-foot single off the base of the left-center field wall Monday night to drive in two runs and lead the Bisons to a 7-5 vict…

Bisons manager Terry Collins said Monday he still is awaiting word from the Pirates on the future of Sammy Khalifa, who has been AWOL since missing the team bus in Louisville Wednesday."Sammy's decision was to leave the club for personal reasons," Collins said. "The decision on whether he comes back to the Bisons will be made by the people in Pittsburgh. I don't belie…

PLAY WAS painfully slow, but for once, Peter Jacobsen didn't seem to mind. That's the charm of these charity events. They lack the grinding urgency that accompanies the weekly stops on the PGA Tour. They allow you to take your sweet time, and more important, to give some of it back to the people.That's what Jacobsen did Monday at the Children's Hospital Pro-Am at Bri…