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Bills went 14 and 2 in 2016 - on the coin toss

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Who says the Bills aren’t lucky?

Pro Football Reference reports that the Bills won the opening coin toss an astonishing 14 out of 16 times this season. Better yet, the site said, the team tied with the 2005 Detroit Lions for the best full-season percentage on record. That’s for statistics going back to 1999.

Unfortunately, the Bills’ luck seemed to run out there, what with its disappointing 7-9 win-loss record. But, hey, if the New England Patriots can brag about being 14-2 this year, then so can we, sort of.

Non-fan fans flames

One might hope that Omar Kelly adopted a New Year’s resolution to be kinder to Buffalo in 2017.

The Miami Dolphins beat writer for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper first drew the wrath of locals back in spring 2014 after tweeting that Bills fans should “enjoy your NFL franchise while you still have one.” Burn!

He later explained that he just didn’t enjoy traveling to Buffalo for Dolphins road games because it was hard to find things to do here and it’s colder than in Miami. Maybe Visit Buffalo Niagara can get this guy a guidebook and some warm mittens.

Recently, he posted a picture on Instagram— and linked to it on his Twitter account— with the comment, “There is a valid reason why they call Buffalo the armpit of America...”

Kelly’s lament?

He had to catch a connecting flight, on a puddle jumper, to get from Miami to Buffalo. Of course, that comment spurred a number of creative responses on Twitter, including a helpful map from Ken-Ton native Dave Levinthal of all the nonstop flights to Buffalo Niagara International Airport— including Fort Lauderdale in South Florida.

Kelly wasn’t done whining, not even on Christmas Day. He tweeted from the airport in Buffalo that they were playing too many, yes, Christmas songs.

Unearthing ‘Dead’ tape

Deadheads, search your attics.

You could claim a $500 reward if you can turn up a 46-year-old recording of an impromptu concert the Grateful Dead gave with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and its then music director, Lukas Foss, on March 17, 1970. The orchestra— and Dead fans everywhere, no doubt— are hoping against hope there’s a bootleg recording out there. The push began by chance on Thursday when the BPO put out a random tweet, alluding to the concert. The orchestra posted a picture of a tiny ad for the long-ago concert, simply as a curiosity.

“This is all that’s left,” the orchestra wrote.

A Twitter discussion about the mystery caught the attention of radio and public relations personality Michael Caputo. Caputo, famous for his association with the Donald Trump campaign, is equally famous in certain circles for his devotion to the Dead. Caputo jumped into the Twitter exchange, likening the potential find to “Moby Dick, elusive and mythical.” Caputo even offered his own $500 reward should the tape land in his hands first.

Dressing for attention

Kyle Turton isn’t shy about putting on a costume to draw attention. At Orchard Park High School, and now at St. John Fisher College, he has dressed up as Santa Claus, Thor, Mrs. Doubtfire and Walter White from “Breaking Bad,” to name a few.

Last weekend, he took it a step further, pledging on Twitter to dress up as the New Year’s baby— wearing only a hat, sash and diaper— if his tweet got 150 retweets. It hit 153. So into his minimalist outfit and on to the Metro Rail he went last Saturday night, to Roosevelt Square for the downtown ball drop.

WKBW’s Ashley Rowe spotted him in the square and snagged an interview.

“As soon as they put me on the air, I could feel my phone buzzing with text messages from my friends,” Turton, 19, recalled Friday.
He said his mom helped him make his costume which, he said, was held up by three safety pins and sheer willpower.”

Off Main Street is written by Harold McNeil, with contributions by Matt Glynn, Stephen T. Watson and Mary Kunz Goldman. email:

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