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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey is a retired reporter and editor from The Buffalo News. He has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 40 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, and public relations staffer. Budd has had nine books published.


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Dec. 12, 1982 – The temperature was 20 degrees in Rich Stadium on this day, and the wind chill made it feel like eight. It was too cold for the Steelers, but just right for the Bills. Buffalo put on one of the great defensive performances in its history, blanking the Steelers, 13-0. This was a good-sized AFC showdown at the time, and Buffalo was in command throughout.…

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Dec. 11, 1977 - The Buffalo Bills won a game on this date. This was a rather unusual event at the time. The Bills improved to 3-10 in a long, long season with a 14-10 victory over the Jets. New York wasn't exactly a Super Bowl contender either; that team fell to 3-10 as well. Joe Ferguson and Bob Chandler were the two stars of the game for Buffalo. They hooked up …

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Dec. 10, 1972 – War Memorial Stadium certainly saw more than its share of farewells during its years of use. One of the biggest came on this day. The Bills played the Detroit Lions in the facility at Jefferson and Best in Buffalo. The game ended in a 21-21 tie. O.J. Simpson piled up 116 yards on 27 carries for the Bills. The building had hosted every home game in t…

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Dec. 9, 1949 – Buffalo has a history of being on the outside looking in when it comes to a major league baseball franchise, at least since 1900. The trend continued in football, at least for a while. Buffalo was a member of the All-America Football Conference from 1946 to 1949. The circuit was a rival to the National Football League. You can guess how that played out…

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Dec. 8, 1963 - If you are coming up with a list of the greatest days in history by a Bills' running back, this one belongs in the argument. Cookie Gilchrist had a game for the ages against the New York Jets in War Memorial Stadium on this date. He set an AFL record by rushing for 243 yards on 36 carries. The total was higher than anyone had ever compiled in the rival Na…

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Dec. 7, 1973 – You never know where a nickname will come from in sports, and whether it will catch on. This date marks the debut of one of the most popular nicknames in Bills history: “The Electric Company.” Credit for this one goes to Budd Thalman, the Bills’ public relations director at the time. O.J. Simpson was on his way to the first 2,000-yard rushing seas…

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Dec. 6, 1981 - It was football as a tennis match. First San Diego scored. Then Buffalo. Then the Chargers. Then the Bills. Back and forth they went. Who would crack first? As it turned out, the Chargers' last two scores were "only" field goals. The Bills scored nothing but touchdowns. It added up to a 28-27 win. Cornerback Rufus Bess had his biggest moment as a pr…

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Dec. 5, 1959 – You could say the first Buffalo Bill, modern version, came into existence on this date. The Bills signed their first player for the 1960 season. Joe Schaffer was a linebacker/lineman from Tennessee, and thus became something of a minor trivia question forever. Schaffer was drafted by the Bills in 1959, although the round wasn't revealed. Schaffer was t…

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Dec. 4, 1949 – The original Buffalo Bills were members of the All-American Football Conference, which was a rival to the National Football League in the years after World War II. The old Bills were a popular team, but couldn’t get past the Cleveland Browns – a powerhouse by any standard. This marks the anniversary of the Bills’ last game. Fittingly, it was again…

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Dec. 3, 1978 – Buffalo has a reputation for cold weather around the National Football League. Yet, some of the coldest games in team history were played on the road. In this case, the setting was Kansas City. The Chiefs hosted the Bills on a 21-degree day that featured some snow. As you might expect, it wasn’t an offensive shootout in a game between two teams that h…

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Dec. 2, 1990 – The evolution of pro football sometimes takes years to take place. At other moments, though, a game-changing event arrives out of nowhere. Such was the case when the Bills began to use their “no huddle” or “K-Gun” offense for the first time. Buffalo faced the Philadelphia Eagles on this date, and the team’s coaching staff and players decide…

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Dec. 1, 1991 – Division championships were few and far between for the Bills after they entered the American Football Conference of the NFL. Once they started winning them, they must have liked it. The Bills took their fourth straight division crown almost before December had even started. They defeated the New York Jets, 24-13. While clinching a playoff spot was nice…

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Nov. 30, 1969 – This was the type of day that probably made O.J. Simpson wish he had been drafted by a team in a warm-weather climate. The rookie wrapped up his home season on this day, and War Memorial Stadium offered a chilly finale. It was snowing, the temperature was 28 degrees, and the wind chill was 16, thanks to a 17-mph wind. Simpson ran the ball 13 times …

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Nov. 29, 1998 – An angry group of Buffalo Bills left the field after their game with the Patriots in New England on this day. They could have sworn they were headed home with a victory, only to leave with a defeat. A couple of controversial calls in the final minutes handed the Patriots a win that the Bills didn't think was deserved. That includes Buffalo owner Ralph…

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Nov. 28, 1971 – Perhaps the members of the 1971 Bills raise a glass on this particular day each year. After all, it’s the anniversary of that team’s only win. The Bills finally got their first victory of the season, a 27-20 decision over the New England Patriots.  Dennis Shaw threw two scoring passes to J.D. Hill, and O.J. Simpson ran over the goal line from a ya…