As Bills fans were imagining their team’s playoff run in 2020 – especially with Tom Brady having left New England – scanning the schedule they envisioned a sweep of the Jets and Dolphins and a split with the Pats in the division, plus wins at Denver and in Orchard Park against the Chargers. …
The call came from Rick Smith, son of William O., Olean’s legendary mayor who passed away in 2000.
ST. BONAVENTURE — Of all the significant early-season moments under Mark Schmidt, it’s among the most forgettable.
OK, full disclosure, it’s my favorite Sunday of the Bills’ season … bye week.
ST. BONAVENTURE — By now, Olivia Brown and Asianae Johnson are used to meeting on Zoom.
Since April, the Salamanca boys basketball team has done all it can remotely to prepare for this winter.
When COVID-19 began spreading across the United States last spring and raged on in hotspots such as New York City, Ali Rinfrette felt she needed to do her part.
Bad enough that the Bills lost the way they did, worse the mystique that surrounds the play that beat them.
It won’t be the most crushing defeat in Bills history.
The call came from Kerry Snow, the former Big 30 All-Star who was a standout quarterback at Otto-Eldred and went on to play at Bucknell in the mid-1970s.
ST. BONAVENTURE — Kyle Lofton had just fielded another question on this Media Day Zoom call, addressing how his team’s preseason preparation has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
What a difference one milestone victory can make.
For all the positive impact Sean McDermott has had since taking over as coach of the Bills, his critics, albeit quietly, have registered one persistent complaint.
The name, albeit ethnically insensitive, has been around for nearly a decade.
It was as painless as this exercise has ever been.
ST. BONAVENTURE—Under ordinary circumstances, its focus would lie almost solely on the season.
The response to my column on the death of regional sports legend Chuck Crist was unprecedented in this era of email. Dozens were merely thankful for the piece recounting his athletic skills and a life well-lived, but others wanted to share their own recollections of the man the Times Herald …
So here we are at the midpoint of the season and maybe even in a better place than many Bills fans had hoped.
It would be really easy to criticize Buffalo’s 24-21 victory over the Patriots on a miserable Sunday afternoon at Bills Stadium.
All you need to know about Chuck Crist is that he was the guy who most every boy wants to be.
In any other year, Inga Welty would be “gung-ho into basketball” by now.
For the second time in six years, Holiday Valley’s Steve Carney earned the top recognition for a golf professional in the region.
We can all agree that Buffalo’s 18-10 win over the 0-7 Jets Sunday at the Meadowlands was less than impressive.
When I occasionally run into sports card or memorabilia collectors, they are never bashful about telling me how much their collection is worth.
Competing in CCAA West Division I, each league game could be the one that keeps the Olean High boys soccer team in or out of the playoffs.
Clayton Rowland dribbled down the left-hand side, maneuvered along the end line and fired a shot with such force, the ball went through the goalkeeper’s awaiting hands and into the net.
Some observations from Buffalo’s 26-17 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night at Bills Stadium, their second-straight defeat by members of the AFC elite:
(Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series centering on the Bonnies’ official start to a still-uncertain 2020-21 season. Today, the importance of having a veteran team in a trying season.)
(Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series centering on the Bonnies’ official start to a still-uncertain 2020-21 season. Today, coach Mark Schmidt touches on scheduling chaos, Anthony Roberts and an extra year of eligibility.)
(Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series centering on the Bonnies’ official start to a still-uncertain 2020-21 season. Today, coach Mark Schmidt’s thoughts on today’s first real practice.)
The mantra has already started: “It’s only one game.”
Some takes on the Bills’ nationally-televised 42-16 loss to the Titans on Tuesday night at Nissan Stadium in Nashville:
And so it continues, the Tennessee Titans move merrily along through this truncated NFL season, unbeaten, unabashed and unpunished.
The list of incredibly inconvenienced teams includes the Steelers, the Ravens, the Vikings and, of course, the Bills.
When Kevyn Adams took over the Buffalo Sabres and started gathering information on his team, he made it a priority to ask the coaches their feelings about the goaltending.
For the first two years of his NFL career, it seemed the idea that Bills quarterback Josh Allen would be in the conversation for league MVP any time in the foreseeable future would be nothing more than a pipe dream.
ST. BONAVENTURE — He’s most demonstrative, of course, in front of the home crowd.
A few takes on the Bills’ 4-0 start:
Here’s why this Bills team might just be the one their fanbase has been hoping for since the start of this millennium.
As this anything-but-normal NFL season reaches the quarter pole, the unbeaten Bills are facing their most interesting game to date.
Aspiring to a career in football scouting, Damond Talbot knew he needed to find a unique angle into the industry.
ST. BONAVENTURE — In 13 days, it will again, finally, hopefully, be about basketball.
This whole Bills season is backwards.
Maybe we’ll just have to get used to the fact that Josh Allen will frequently giveth and occasionally taketh away.
Now the real test starts.
(Editor’s note: This story is the first in a multi-part series on football media members from the Salamanca area.)
(Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series with St. Bonaventure junior guard Jalen Adaway, now eligible after transferring from Miami, Ohio. Today: how and the Bonnies have adjusted to the COVID-19 climate.)
(Editor’s note: Following is the first in a two-part series with St. Bonaventure junior guard Jalen Adaway, now eligible after transferring from Miami, Ohio. Today: how eager he is to make his Bona debut.)
Now comes the hard part.
Bills fans won’t soon forget this game.