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Erik Brady

Erik Brady has 50 years in newspapers as a paperboy for The Buffalo Evening News, sports columnist for the Courier-Express and sports reporter for USA Today, where he retired as the last member of its founding generation.


Colleges

FAIRFAX, Va. — When St. Bonaventure University plays George Mason University tonight, the scoreboard will style the visiting men’s basketball team as “Bona’s.” That is the hand of Kevin McNamee at work. The possessive form is an affectionate nod to the school’s original name — St. Bonaventure’s College. Not that McNamee was there when it opened in 1858, mind you, but hi…

Bills

How long has it been since the Buffalo Bills last won a playoff game? The answer, for Tim Tindale, is half a lifetime ago. Tindale is 48. He was 24 when he ripped off a 44-yard touchdown run in the Bills’ 37-22 playoff victory over the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 30, 1995. “I never would have imagined,” Tindale says, “that it would be this long.” He figured the Bills w…

Bills

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Today the Charlottesville Buffalo Bills Backers will gather on the second floor of Trinity Irish Pub, where picture windows look out onto the red-bricked, white-columned grounds of the University of Virginia. That’s a fitting view for Bills fans. Ralph Wilson, the team’s late founder, was a UVA grad, Class of 1941. The pub will be packed when t…

Bills

This week, as the Buffalo Bills seek their first playoff win since 1995, Jim Haslett remembers how it went when the team tried to win its first playoff game since 1965. That was in a divisional-round game in San Diego following the 1980 season. “We had the best team in the league that year,” Haslett says. “We should have won the Super Bowl.” The Bills led the Charger…

Columns

John Boylan made music in Buffalo — and music history around the globe. The trajectory of his extraordinary career begins at the old Limelight Gallery on Edward Street, where he sang folk tunes circa 1960-63. Just a few years later he was producing albums for heartthrob Ricky Nelson. And by now he’s produced more than 50 albums that have sold more than 40 million record…

Bills

'Twas the day after Christmas, And all through the Rockpile, All the Bills fans were stirring In their seats aisle by aisle. When out on the turf There arose such a clatter At the sight of a Charger Left flatter than flatter. 'Twas a tackle dished out By the peerless Mike Stratton — A hit heard ’round the world! (Not just ’round Manhattan.) Lying flat o…

Columns

The Rev. John Barth will celebrate Mass on Christmas Eve in a church made of corrugated aluminum. Then, on Christmas Day, he’ll celebrate in a wooden chapel with a dirt floor, tarpaulin roof and log pews. More than a dozen such houses of worship may be found in the Ugandan refugee camp where roughly 35,000 displaced South Sudanese live and where Barth tends a flock made…

Bills

Henry Jones was a No. 1 draft choice of the Buffalo Bills — and now, a generation later, his daughter is No. 1, too. Jasmine Jones is the best girls high school hurdler in the nation at 100 meters. Her father, a former All-Pro safety, is proud of her as a parent and as a coach. “I’ve coached her since she was a little kid,” he says. “Speed, power, technique, athletic…

Columns

In Buffalo, where Isabella Kowalski grew up, snow is a given. In Tucson, where she lives now, it is not. “You may think I’m crazy, but I miss the snow,” she says. “I really do.” Except for this month, when she is up to her tutu in faux snow. Kowalski is a professional ballet dancer for Ballet Tucson, which is putting on performances of Tchaikovsky’s "The Nutcracke…

Bills

Phil Hansen loves Buffalo – and buffalo. He played 11 seasons for the Buffalo Bills with a streaking bison on his helmet – and four seasons for North Dakota State with a snorting bison on his helmet. “Once a bison, always a bison,” he says. And he does mean always: Hansen, 51, is a color commentator on North Dakota State’s radio broadcasts, a post he’s held since …

Columns

Tom Bialaszewski has picked out the perfect Christmas present for his 4-year-old son, Knox. It’s a replica jersey of Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox. Chances are good he’ll be the only kid in Italy who finds one of those under the tree. “He’ll think it’s the greatest thing in the world,” Bialaszewski says by phone from Milan, “that he got a Bills jersey with his nam…

Bills

Ruben Brown was a rookie when the Buffalo Bills beat the Miami Dolphins, 37-22, in a playoff game 24 years ago this month. “It was an easy day,” Brown recalls of an afternoon when the Bills jumped out to a 27-0 lead. “Oh, man, I thought we were just going to keep on rolling.” They didn’t. The Bills have not won a playoff game since. For those keeping score at home, D…

Columns

Daniel Joyce looked at the unopened envelope that his mother mailed in 1944 when she was 13. Her brother, serving in World War II, did not live to read the letter inside. Now the envelope was essentially a time capsule with a postmark. This left Joyce with a choice: Open the letter — or leave it be? Daniel Kraynik died 75 years ago today. He was 19 — a kid, really — …

Bills

Joe DeLamielleure grew up on Thanksgiving football with the Detroit Lions. He played Thanksgiving football for the Buffalo Bills. And he’ll watch Thanksgiving football come Thursday. “I was so excited when the schedule came out and I saw the Bills playing on Thanksgiving,” he says. “Almost as excited as when I was playing.” DeLamielleure was a leading light of the El…

Bills

This week the Buffalo Bills will play the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, our most American holiday. Praveen Sethupathy will be watching. He has the most American story of Bills fandom of anyone I know. Usually I write about Western New York expatriates in this space, but today I am going to step aside and let Sethupathy tell his own story in his own words. I offer o…