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Bucky and Sully

Sorry, folks, but I’m not biting on Deflategate. The whole thing is asinine and overblown. It would be three paragraphs on Page B6 if it didn’t involve the Patriots and their dastardly coach, that sneaky repeat offender Bill Belichick, leading into Super Bowl XLIX.Apparently, all but one of the footballs used by the Patriots in their 45-7 win over the Colts i…

The rumor had been circulating for a good while already, to the point where hotels in the greater Chicago area were being gobbled up at an alarming rate. But when the official announcement came down last Friday – the Grateful Dead’s remaining “core four” would reunite for three shows celebrating the band’s 50th anniversary, with Trey Anas…

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Their hotel accommodations in Lake Placid came in the form of a 1992 Ford Explorer that was destined for Cash for Clunkers, a rust bucket revealing more than 200,000 miles but rugged enough to climb mountains and cover the distance back and forth from Springville. Alex Bowen made the trip with his father every Friday after school. They packed the 13-year-old SUV with essen…

The prophet Mohammed is in tears. He is holding a sign that says “Je suis Charlie.”Over his head is written “Tout est pardone,” French for “All is forgiven.” The cartoon is by Luz, the 43-year old cartoonist who was not one of the 12 murdered by Islamic terrorists in the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo becaus…

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Column as I see 'em, championship week:• Don’t cry for Green Bay. The Packers deserved to lose the NFC title game to Seattle. Their coach, Mike McCarthy, elected to kick field goals rather than try for two 1-yard touchdowns early in the game. He ran the ball three times in a row late, rather than trust Aaron Rodgers to make a throw.The Packers paid for their …

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LEWISTON – Jimmy Patsos wasted no time making the connection after storming through the doors of the Gallagher Center for practice Saturday afternoon. By then, the Siena basketball coach had taken the pulse of the community and reached into his personal filing cabinet for a correlation. “Sexy Rexy is in town,” he said before saying anything else. …

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At this point, I can almost write the stories with my eyes closed: According to a new report from (insert name of government agency or nonprofit here), arts and cultural organizations contributed (insert astoundingly high dollar figure here) to the (local/national/global) economy last year. The recent barrage of cultural economic impact studies, increasingly employed as …

It wasn’t originally in the game plan of Channel 7’s Jeff Russo to become a local news anchor. He was all about sports growing up in the Rochester suburb of Webster.Russo played tight end on his high school football team and was a sportscaster on a student-run show called “The Lunch Bunch.” He watched Rochester television sports personalities Jo…

Let’s start with the things that Thomas Vanek is not. He’s not fast. He’s not a Selke candidate. He’s not good at making it look like he’s trying.Last season, the Minnesota Wild were a team on the rise because they were speedy, defended well and showed heart and effort.With the Wild struggling before blowing out Buffalo, any guesses who w…

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When you’ve covered college basketball for 25 years, you tend to look ahead. None of this one-game-at-a-time stuff. You find yourself sizing up teams for the postseason. You want to know how they might stack up in March.So after watching Bobby Hurley’s UB team for the first time Saturday, I came away reasonably impressed. Granted, they weren’t at their…

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PASADENA, Calif. – Lloyd Taco Truck is getting rave reviews from the show’s investors even before its Buffalo owners appear on CNBC’s reality series “Restaurant Startup.” That doesn’t mean Lloyd will win anything when it and another contestant are on at a still undermined date, but I imagine it is still nice for the owners to hear. After a news conference for the program…

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Snubs. You want snubs? We’ve got ‘em. If, as the saying goes, show business is high school with money, surely the Academy Award Oscar nominations Thursday morning gave us a good look at the adolescent joy of ostracizing others. They were even more bursting with snubs than anticipated. We’re not even talking about the major category freeze-out for the likes of “Unbroken,” …

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For several years, attendance numbers for Broadway productions have climbed to record heights. Now, the same thing is happening at Buffalo’s signature theater. In 2014, following year after year of broken attendance records, Shea’s Performing Arts Center saw a 7.5 percent bump in attendance for its Broadway shows over the previous year. That news comes on the heels of a …

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Last week, I suggested in this column that what we need moving forward into a new year as a country and as a culture is a music of healing. The suggestion came at the conclusion of a piece that examined our current fascination with tearing each other down via the comfortable distance provided by the Internet, tied such casual mudslinging to the broader racial crisis our c…

“You have no idea what this means to me,” said Michael Keaton when he won a Golden Globe for “Birdman” on Sunday evening.I think I do. Which is why I hope people who truly love movies saw the show.I did the math, just as Keaton no doubt did beforehand, and I realized that he’s very unlikely to win either of the other two major film acting…