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“Olive Kitteridge” is one of HBO’s best of 2014.But you should have some morsels of dialogue to really understand the gloriously singular astringency of HBO’s four-part miniseries beginning with two parts this evening at 9 and concluding with two more tomorrow night (and thereafter in HBO’s customary repeat and rotation patterns).•…

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Sam Reinhart has much to prove as an NHL player, but give the kid credit for this much: He already has mastered the art of politely answering questions without providing any real insight. Then again, what was the rookie center to say Thursday about his then uncertain future? Reinhart is 18 years old. He lacks the maturity and experience – not to mention confidence a…

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It’s easy and not entirely incorrect to blame the collapse of the music industry on consumers. It didn’t take the general public too long after the advent of Napster to get used to paying nothing (or something directly adjacent to nothing) for music. Artists aren’t making money from selling their recorded works any longer, because very few people are p…

Bucky and Sully

Admittedly, the first few weeks after his dismissal were a little strange. Jim Beichner had spent his childhood working in the family farming and garbage businesses in Sinclairville before wrestling became his passion and took over his life. And suddenly it was gone. The wrestling community should remember Beichner, a star in high school and college who became a coach and …

Seventy-one years ago, Sid Luckman became the first quarterback to pass for 400 yards in an NFL game. Five years passed before Jim Hardy became the second to hit the mark, which has been accomplished exactly 300 times in history. Andrew Luck was one of quarterbacks to throw for 400 yards or more Sunday. In 1978, when the NFL expanded the schedule to 16 games, Vikings quar…

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In the early 1980s, the fledgling performance artist Karen Finley sent out 50 manila envelopes to 50 arts organizations across the United States, each one containing a VHS videotape and a handwritten note.Hallwalls was the only one to respond.So, in 1982 at the invitation of performance curator Tony Billoni, Finley took a train from Chicago to Buffalo and made her professi…

Danny White had been thinking about the possibility all season, so it wasn’t as if the UB athletic director snapped after a bad game and started firing people. The loss to Eastern Michigan contributed to Jeff Quinn getting canned seven games into his fifth season, but one defeat didn’t cost him his job. White had three hours to himself in the car while drivin…

Bucky and Sully

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Wow, are we really three hours from the midpoint of another Bills season? It seems only yesterday that the Bills were auditioning backup quarterbacks and swearing their allegiance to EJ Manuel.It’s hard to believe I have so many cliches still in the grab bag. Let’s see what we have: No, that’s the “one game at a t…

The inability of WGR sports talk host Mike Schopp to recognize the voice of Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula on a recent Saturday morning call to a sports card-themed program surprised me. After all, I think Pegula has one of the most recognizable voices and speaking styles. I’m 99 percent sure that even if I only had heard Pegula identify himself as “T…

Forget Halloween. That’s going to be a party night, as always. That’s why the holiday has gained by leaps and bounds in the last three decades.As pre-Christmas hoo-ha goes, Halloween is for all those party-hearty people to whom a sudden large infestation of family at Thanksgiving is, at best, an, uhhh, conflicted pleasure. I know some people who anticipate mo…

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The flashback came last year when Buffalo State’s bus arrived at Salisbury State College. Backup quarterback Kyle Hoppy spent part of the previous summer there with another sport in another life. The potholes and convenience stores and restaurants were all too familiar. Hoppy was 22 years old. His friends from Orchard Park High’s Class of 2009 were finished w…

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In New York, they’re calling the Jets a laughingstock, the biggest joke in sports. So when Rex Ryan came on the conference call, which had been delayed by a phone glitch, I couldn’t help blurting out the obvious:“These are kind of desperate times, aren’t they, Rex?” “That would be a … Good morning to you, too!” the Je…

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Ahhh, the good old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For an institution ostensibly designed as a means of honoring and enshrining the best of the best, and in so doing, wrapping up rock ’n’ roll and putting a bow on it, the hall and its doings sure have been a divisive force in pop culture. Getting fired up about the hall is a bit silly, but it’s also difficult to avoid. The m…

Van Miller wanted to tell me about the colonoscopy he’d just had. So he did – with, of course, special attention to the indignities of the procedure’s night before. Let me confess right here that if he had offered me a menu of subjects for our chat that evening, that one might not have been my first pick. But, quite predictably, he was hilarious about it. Talk about irre…

Bucky and Sully

As you know, I’m not one to spoil the glow of an amazing Bills victory, no matter how unsightly it might have been. These games are so rare, fans deserve to savor them for as long as they can. So I’ll leave it to the coach, Doug Marrone, to be the resident grump after an astonishing, 17-16 win over the Vikings – the first win of the Pegula era, I might…