Wanted: A perfect 10 - Taking a different but fun approach to the NFL Draft. Illustration by Daniel Zakroczemski. Props to Mark Gaughan for nailing the pick and having the second round selection of Cordy Glenn in the mix while the national pundits missed.
Heavy lifting - Bills' bosses bravely go where others have gone before: on a mission to revive the franchise's football fortunes. Call it Rebuilding 4.0. Illustration by Daniel Zakroczemski.
A package deal - Illustration by Daniel Zakroczemski
Built to last - NFL Preview cover, illustration by Daniel Zakroczemski.
Cracking the code - Illustration by Daniel Zakroczemski.
Design by Jason Baum, illustration by Daniel Zakroczemski
Two to Tango - St. Bonaventure's men's team is back in the Big Dance for the first time since 2000, while Bona's women are making their maiden voyage. Both programs have taken giant steps, but how long can they keep the beat going in the NCAAs?
Each step represents one of the 128 teams competing in the second round of the tournament. Sneakers are from Bona's Megan Van Tatenhove (size 11) and Andrew Nicholson (size 18).
Illustration by Daniel Zakroczemski.
Depth perception - The threat of an upset is always hanging over the heads of the top seeds. Who will play Cinderella in this year's expanded field of 68? Can Pitt, perhaps the most vulnerable No. 1 in the field, survive the opening weekend? As the mid-majors gain ground, the margin of error has narrowed.
Upsets at top include: 2006: No. 11 George Mason d. No. 1 UConn, 2008: No. 10 Davidson d. No. 2 Georgetown, 2010: No. 10 Saint Mary's d. No. 2 Villanova and No. 9 Northern Iowa d. No. 1 Kansas.
Playing Thru - With the NCAA Subregional coming to Buffalo, we produced a 14-page section highlighting all eight teams and a look at the rest of the field. Illustration by Daniel Zakroczemski.
The fight club
Dance fever - Illustration by Daniel Zakroczemski
Armed to the hilt - With the steroid era over, baseballâ€™s pendulum has swung back to put the pitchers in command. ERAs are down, no-hitters are up and teams know the mound is where championship contenders are built.
Illustration by Daniel Zakroczemski.
Catching on - In the post-steroid era, baseball renews its glove affair as preventing runs with strong defense becomes as fashionable as scoring them.
25 is the new 28
Changing face of the Yankees - The changing face of the Yankees
Anyone's ballgame - Illustration by Daniel Zakroczemski.
Sabres vs. Flyers preview - Another playoff series with the Flyers and we kept coming back to the wacky history. I had something similar in 2006 and tried to turn up the volume for this year. The page looked better in newsprint, everything had a more cohesive feel and the colors were muted.
Padding his resume - Ryan Miller's equipment bears the battle scars of a long season punctuated by Olympic glory. Now the Sabres' pressured-tested goalie attempts to will his team to capture hockey's ultimate prize.
NHL preview - Illustration by Daniel Zakroczemski
Forty for the ages - NHL Preview + Sabres 40th Anniversary
Sabres vs. Pens - A boxing style poster previewing Sabres vs. Penguins in 2001. It's a classic puncher (Pittsburgh and all their offense) vs. the counter-puncher (the defensive-oriented Sabres).
The funamentalist - A look inside Chan Gailey's past and present. Gailey is a man of principle and dignity, who has a burning desire to win, deals straight with his players and has a gift for getting the most out of them. Illustration by Daniel Zakroczemski.
So you think you know the real T.O.? - Photo by Ruvan Wijesooriya
Kelly 2.0 - Chad Kelly: The family guy St. Joe's quarterback shares with his father and his uncles the drive to be in the middle of the action. Photo by James P. McCoy.
See video for behind the scenes: http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/high-schools/article541012.ece
Jacked up! - One of five different zoned preview covers. Photo by James P. McCoy.
All-WNY boys basketball team - Photo by James P. McCoy/Buffalo News
All-WNY girls basketball team - Photo by James P. McCoy/Buffalo News