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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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Nov. 2, 1975 – The Bills and Jets get together tonight for a Thursday night game in New Jersey. These two teams played away from Buffalo back in 1975, and the outcome was a happy one for the Bills. This was one of Buffalo’s best comebacks of that era. Jim Braxton got the Bills off to a good start by catching a touchdown pass from Joe Ferguson to open the scoring. Bu…

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Nov. 1, 1964 – For three quarters, it looked as if the Bills’ unbeaten streak was in serious jeopardy. Buffalo came into the game with a sparkling 7-0 record in American Football League play. They didn’t figure to have too many problems with a Houston Oilers’ team that was a less-than-impressive 2-5. The Oilers, though, had plans on spoiling the party as the …

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Oct. 31, 1987 – Bills fans remember this day as the one in which the team seemed to indicate that it was getting very serious about its rebuilding plan. The Bills, who already had added some top players in the previous couple of years, pulled one of their biggest trades in its history. They acquired linebacker Cornelius Bennett from the Colts in a three-cornered deal …

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Oct. 30, 1966 – Bills fans always liked to see their favorites beat Joe Namath and his New York Jets. It’s perhaps because Namath always offered a good challenge. Therefore, those boosters must have been smiling after this game in War Memorial Stadium. The Bills went home with a 33-23 win over the Jets. Buffalo gave up an early field goal to Jim Turner, and then …

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October 29, 1973 – Plenty of people remember this Bills game, which they won by a 23-14 score over the Chiefs. It was the first Monday Night Football home game in Buffalo history, as Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell and Don Meredith came to the town for the contest. It's difficult to describe the excitement that the Monday night broadcasts carried back then. Let's just sa…

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Oct. 28, 2001 – There were all sorts of angles when the Bills played the Chargers on this day, and most of them centered on the quarterbacks. Buffalo had decided to keep Rob Johnson instead of Doug Flutie after the 2000 season. Now Flutie was back in Buffalo to face his old teammates in a San Diego Chargers' uniform. The game turned out to be a classic. The Bills scor…

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Oct. 27, 2013 – Drew Brees may have been a little overshadowed in his brilliant career by such quarterbacks as Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Yet, is there any doubt that the signal-caller will have his name enshrined in Canton some day? The Bills got a look at the future Hall of Famer on this day, and no doubt came away impressed. He threw five touchdown passes as his…

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Oct. 26, 1963 – On a relatively warm Saturday in War Memorial Stadium, Charley Ferguson provided the finish to a game to remember. The Bills were hosting the Boston Patriots, who were becoming the Bills' biggest divisional rival. Buffalo had gotten three 1-yard TD runs by, of all people, Jack Kemp. Boston had three touchdowns as well, two on passes by veteran QB Babe…

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Oct. 25, 1981 – No one knew it at the time, but the game between the Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills this season had a huge impact on the playoff picture in the AFC that season. This was a tough defensive struggle between two good teams. Steve Watson got the Broncos off to a good start when he caught a 36-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. But that was all th…

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Oct. 24, 1964 – Sometimes it's good to be a backup quarterback, particularly when you have days like this one. The Bills were hosting the New York Jets in War Memorial Stadium, and on a 40-degree day, the Buffalo offense was quite chilled. The Jets had a 24-10 lead over the Bills in the third quarter, and it appeared the Bills' unbeaten start to the season at that po…

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Oct. 23, 1960 – The Bills still hadn't won a home game at this point in their first season, losing their first three starts at War Memorial Stadium. They changed that in a big way on this date. Wray Carlton scored three touchdowns (all on pass receptions) in the first half alone as Buffalo jumped out to a 28-7 halftime lead, and coasted to a 38-9 win over the Oakland …

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Oct. 22, 1961 – Bills’ owner Ralph Wilson must have known that the ups and downs of owning a professional football team would be many when he bought a franchise in the American Football League. This was one of the first big lows. More to the point, it was one of the bad halves. The Bills traveled to Boston to play the Patriots. The game was delayed for a couple of d…

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Oct. 21, 2012 – The Bills had gotten off to a respectable start for the 2012 season. They had split their first six games and were coming off an exciting overtime win at Arizona. Having returned home for their seventh game, hopes were high about the future. However, the Tennessee Titans had other ideas. The Titans beat the Bills, 35-34, in an entertaining contest a…

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Oct. 20, 1996 – It's difficult to upstage a game-winning field goal in the final seconds. Thurman Thomas just about accomplished that feat on this date. Yes, Steve Christie kicked a 47-yard field goal with 10 seconds left. That gave the Bills a 25-22 win over the Jets. But Thomas had the day's biggest moment. Thomas claimed the Bills' record for most rushing yards …

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Oct. 19, 1969 – It's as if Daryle Lamonica was still upset that he had been traded by the Buffalo Bills after the 1966 season. The Raiders hosted the Bills on this date, and Lamonica came out throwing and throwing and throwing. In fact, he threw six touchdown passes before the end of the first half. The Bills had time to get a touchdown of their own on a 39-yard pass …