He played in Buffalo for four seasons, and was always tied to the theory that he owed his first-round draft selection to former coach Rex Ryan, who picked the defensive end from Clemson as a nod to his son, a reserve wide receiver and kick-holder for the Tigers, whose games he watched religiously.
ST. BONAVENTURE — For the last six months, we’d been operating almost strictly on conjecture.
Her name became familiar to Times Herald readers as a seventh-grader at Portville when she swam for the combined program with Olean High.
OK, after yesterday’s column focused on the obvious negatives that came out of Buffalo’s season-opening, 27-17 win over the Jets at Bills’ Stadium, it’s time for some positive news.
To be sure, hundreds of thousands of Bills fans are celebrating today.
There will be a delicious irony tomorrow afternoon at the blandly named “Bills Stadium” when Buffalo – favored by 6½ points – hosts the Jets to open this coronavirus-altered NFL season.
The void, of course, was already significant.
During his playing days, former Buffalo Sabres forward Matt Ellis embraced what he calls the “art of preparation.”
It wasn’t just another implausible plan for a season in the next calendar year.
Quick quiz, how many new starters will Buffalo have come Sunday when it hosts the Jets at Bills’ Stadium in the regular-season opener?
There was a time when cutdown day was the most feared moment in a National Football League player’s career.
For the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team, 2019-20 was the year for round numbers.
Mike Rigerman was supposed to be playing football tonight.
OK, truth be told, I caved on baseball.
BUFFALO — Playing 109 games in two seasons for the Buffalo Bisons before his call-up to Toronto, Danny Jansen can see the work it took to bring Sahlen Field to Major League standards.
To say the least, this has been a bizarre countdown to the Bills’ 61st season in the era of Covid-19.
BUFFALO — Given the chance to celebrate Jackie Robinson through the weekend, and not just one day, the Toronto Blue Jays didn’t hesitate.
ST. BONAVENTURE — This anecdote, while perhaps not widely known, has at least been circulated among the most die-hard St. Bonaventure basketball fans:
Eight weeks ago, I wrote a column about the National Football League’s admittedly bizarre, upcoming 2020 season.
Monday’s announcement of a potential “bubble” for our local four-county area (Elk, McKean, Potter and Cameron) and its high schools teams was perhaps the best indication locally that we will truly go forward with fall sports, and kudos to those who are trying to think outside the box during …
Eric Hemphill is fairly certain of what he’d have wanted in the same situation.
My first day at the Times Herald was Jan. 2, 1973.
To be sure, the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 was unlike any of its predecessors.
(Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series on Friendship/Hinsdale native Geoff Sherman. He’s in the midst of up to a three-month stint in Orlando, Fla. at the Disney Bubble working statistics for the NBA as it concludes its Covid-19-induced abortive season at the ESPN Wide World…
Starting today, Buffalo, and the other 31 National Football League teams, are finally allowed to engage in something actually resembling football.
ST. BONAVENTURE — It was the bright side, if you’re willing, to the cancelation of both the Atlantic 10 Tournament and NCAA Tournament in March:
Never in his four years as general manager of the Bills has Brandon Beane been flooded with so many issues heading into a season.
(Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series centering on St. Bonaventure’s 2000 NCAA Tournament team through the eyes of then-freshman guard Patricio Prato. Today: Memories of the NCAA Tournament loss to Kentucky.)
The confusion is palpable.
The Bills won’t even be allowed to conduct a practice in pads until Monday, three days after their long-ago postponed preseason opener at Baltimore.
Spencer Cornelius presumably had a decision to make.
OLEAN — Jon Kirk, a long-time committee member of the Southwestern New York-Northwestern Pennsylvania Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament, gazed back at the 17th tee at Bartlett Country Club Tuesday night, where a dozen former champions assembled for a photo, and declared, “This is a tribute to Chris.”
OLEAN — The games weren’t played until a full 11 weeks after the original date, they ended up being contested across the border from the scheduled state, the site was a first-ever venue for the event and the results were unprecedented.
Call it the tradeoff to having to play such a brutal road schedule last winter.
The most common question that comes my way from Bills fans is, “Do you think there will be a season?”
We’re now within a month of the high school football regular season kicking off in Pennsylvania.
The Roycroft Inn, East Aurora (3 years), Sheraton, Blasdell (5), Niagara University, Lewiston (13), Fredonia State (19), St. John Fisher College, Pittsford (20) and now … One Bills Drive, Orchard Park.
His name has appeared in the same box scores as Carmelo Anthony, Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.
So, cynicism aside, my curiosity and genuinely missing baseball got the best of me.
Hopes to hold a fall 2020 high school sports season in New York took a setback last week as the NYSPHSAA Covid-19 Task Force pushed back the starting date by nearly a month.
ST. BONAVENTURE — His favorite player, or one of them anyway, wasn’t an All-Time Team selection and likely wasn’t chosen on many ballots.
I was in DuBois covering the District 9 North/South Softball Challenge last Wednesday when an unexpected, but welcome, press release from the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association hit my social media.
It’s been ingrained in the community for the last century, nearly as much an Olean pillar as the oil from which it was named.
The silence, undoubtedly, will be strange.
Providence women’s basketball Jim Crowley shared updates on his team and the world in general during a virtual Zoom meeting held with fans on June 25.
ST. BONAVENTURE — With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, collegiate sports in America may never be the same. The way they operate in the 2020-21 season (if there is one) will very likely be different than in the past.
The question has been asked by fans since mid-March: What’s going to happen with sports given the far-reaching effects of Covid-19?
First, let’s address the good news, those little tidbits of information that help bridge one St. Bonaventure basketball season to the next, but have been made even more significant during this (mostly) sports-less summer.
A couple weeks ago, I tried to map out a list of all the places I’ve covered games during my two and a half years at The Era.
There has never been a National Football League season quite like the upcoming one.