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.

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.

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.

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.

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 …

(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…

(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.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.