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Erik Brady

Erik Brady has 50 years in newspapers as a paperboy for The Buffalo Evening News, sports columnist for the Courier-Express and sports reporter for USA Today, where he retired as the last member of its founding generation.


Columns

Mark Twain wrote 150 years ago that Buffalo should be the nation’s capital. And now HBO envisions a future in which that very thing has come to pass. This screenshot is from Sunday night’s episode of “Avenue 5,” the futuristic comedy in which Buffalo City Hall is now the White House. “Ever been to Buffalo before?” a cabbie asks her passenger. “It’s changed a lot sinc…

Books

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Burt Solomon isn’t from Buffalo, but it’s fair to say that our fair city plays an outsize role in his life. His twin grandsons often wear Buffalo Bills and Sabres T-shirts, for the simple reason that Solomon’s son-in-law is a Buffalo native who grew up on Fordham Drive, steps away from the spot where William McKinley was shot at the Pan-American Exhi…

Bills

Jan Stenerud saw his first professional football game in Buffalo in 1963. He saw his most recent pro game last week — the Super Bowl in Miami, where he was introduced as one of the 100 greatest players in NFL history. Much of Stenerud’s story is well-known: Born in Norway. Came to the U.S. on a ski-jumping scholarship. Kicked his way into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. …

Bills

The life of Luke Urban sounds like urban myth. It’s not. He really did play football with the Buffalo All-Americans and baseball with the Buffalo Bisons in the 1920s while also coaching football and basketball at Canisius College. Sound like a lot? Urban is the forgotten man of Buffalo’s forgotten champions, surely the greatest all-around athlete and coach in local spor…

Bills

This is Super Bowl week, so naturally Jim Ritcher’s thoughts drift to the four he played in for the Buffalo Bills. “I have nothing but fond memories,” he says. “I wish we would have won one of them, but it’s a great honor and privilege to have played in four of them. I look back with fond memories of all my years with the Bills.” Ritcher and his wife, Harriet, throw …

Bills

ARLINGTON, Va. — Columnists, as a rule, go looking for their stories. Every once in a while, though, their stories come looking for them. I was raking the front lawn of our home in northern Virginia on an unseasonably warm afternoon a few days after Christmas. A white Nissan Sentra drove past. Then it stopped. I noticed the car backing up ever so slowly. It stopped agai…

Bills

Daryle Lamonica likes Josh Allen, because of course he does. “He reminds me of me,” the Mad Bomber says. The similarities are striking: Strong arm? Check. Strong personality? Check. Strong ties to the neighboring Northern California communities of Fresno and Firebaugh? Check and check. There are differences, of course. The Buffalo Bills drafted Allen in 2…

Bills

Angelo Coniglio will watch today’s NFL conference championship games and root hard for the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers to win so they can meet in Super Bowl LIV. “That way,” Coniglio says, “the Chiefs can get revenge for their loss in Super Bowl I.” Why does a devoted Buffalo Bills fan who lives in Amherst give a hoot what happens to a team from Kansas C…

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Tony Greene walked up to War Memorial Stadium for his first preseason game in 1971 and got stopped by a security guard who didn’t believe he was really a player. Oh, he was a player, all right. Greene would go on to record the longest interception return – and second-most career interceptions – in Buffalo Bills history. But that day all the security guard could see was …

Colleges

FAIRFAX, Va. — When St. Bonaventure University plays George Mason University tonight, the scoreboard will style the visiting men’s basketball team as “Bona’s.” That is the hand of Kevin McNamee at work. The possessive form is an affectionate nod to the school’s original name — St. Bonaventure’s College. Not that McNamee was there when it opened in 1858, mind you, but hi…

Bills

How long has it been since the Buffalo Bills last won a playoff game? The answer, for Tim Tindale, is half a lifetime ago. Tindale is 48. He was 24 when he ripped off a 44-yard touchdown run in the Bills’ 37-22 playoff victory over the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 30, 1995. “I never would have imagined,” Tindale says, “that it would be this long.” He figured the Bills w…

Bills

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Today the Charlottesville Buffalo Bills Backers will gather on the second floor of Trinity Irish Pub, where picture windows look out onto the red-bricked, white-columned grounds of the University of Virginia. That’s a fitting view for Bills fans. Ralph Wilson, the team’s late founder, was a UVA grad, Class of 1941. The pub will be packed when t…

Bills

This week, as the Buffalo Bills seek their first playoff win since 1995, Jim Haslett remembers how it went when the team tried to win its first playoff game since 1965. That was in a divisional-round game in San Diego following the 1980 season. “We had the best team in the league that year,” Haslett says. “We should have won the Super Bowl.” The Bills led the Charger…

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John Boylan made music in Buffalo — and music history around the globe. The trajectory of his extraordinary career begins at the old Limelight Gallery on Edward Street, where he sang folk tunes circa 1960-63. Just a few years later he was producing albums for heartthrob Ricky Nelson. And by now he’s produced more than 50 albums that have sold more than 40 million record…

Bills

'Twas the day after Christmas, And all through the Rockpile, All the Bills fans were stirring In their seats aisle by aisle. When out on the turf There arose such a clatter At the sight of a Charger Left flatter than flatter. 'Twas a tackle dished out By the peerless Mike Stratton — A hit heard ’round the world! (Not just ’round Manhattan.) Lying flat o…