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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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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 …

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Oct. 18, 1998 – Moments after its conclusion, Ralph Wilson called the Bills’ game played on this date one of the three or four most exciting games in this team’s history. It was the best moment in the short but memorable stay of Doug Flutie with the Bills. His 1-yard touchdown run gave the Bills a heart-pounding 17-16 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, who had com…

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Oct. 17, 1959 – In the late 1950s, a Dallas man by the name of Lamar Hunt asked NFL Commissioner Bert Bell about his chances of acquiring an expansion team for his city. He was told that the NFL had to settle the financial problems of the Chicago Cardinals, and then planned to put an expansion team in Buffalo. Hunt became tired of waiting, and started making phone cal…

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Oct. 16, 1977 – For those of you with enough free time to make up a list of the dullest games in Buffalo Bills' history, here's a great candidate. It was a rainy day at Rich Stadium, as the Bills defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 3-0. Only 27,348 turned out, and the ones that stayed home might have had the right idea at least in terms of entertainment value. The one sc…

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Oct. 15, 1976 – Who says history doesn't repeat itself? For the second time, Lou Saban resigned as coach of the Buffalo Bills on this day. Saban had left Buffalo after the 1965 season to take a job with the University of Maryland after leading the Bills to a pair of AFL championships. He came back for the 1972 season and helped put the Bills back in the playoffs in 19…

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Oct. 14, 1979 – It hurts to even bring this one up, at least to some old-timers. The Dolphins had beaten the Bills in their two meetings in 1970, and they kept doing it throughout the decade. Year in, year out – Buffalo would find new ways to lose to Miami. The streak had reached 19 straight when the two teams met in the Orange Bowl on this day. Did you expect an…

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Oct. 13, 2013 – The Buffalo Bills went through quite a few quarterbacks in certain years of their history, including the 2013 season. EJ Manuel was one of them, but injuries kept him out of the lineup at times. That gave an opportunity to a little-known backup by the name of Thad Lewis. And he almost took full advantage of it. Lewis took the field as the starter wh…

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Oct. 12, 1986 – When Dan Marino and Jim Kelly were the opposing quarterbacks in a game, you knew it was going to feature some good passing. This day was the first time that it happened. The setting was the Orange Bowl. Marino was an established star in the NFL at this point, while Kelly had just moved over to Buffalo after a stint in the United States Football League…

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Oct. 11, 1969 – Preston Ridlehuber isn't exactly a common name in football circles. Yet he was involved in a couple of good-sized moments in his brief career. The first came in 1968. You might have heard of the "Heidi" game, in which NBC left a broadcast of the Jets-Raiders game in the final minutes to switch to a showing of "Heidi." The Raiders scored two touchdowns …

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Oct. 10, 1994 – Miami Week was always an event for the Buffalo Bills in the 1990s, as the Dolphins were the Bills’ biggest rival at that time. Coach Marv Levy, like any coach, was trying to come up with new ways to inspire his team. However, Levy – unlike any coach – had a completely different tactic up his sleeve this time. He told the team that he would write …

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Oct. 9, 1983 – Seventeen years is a long time to go between drinks, or at least Gatorade showers. That's how long the Bills went between wins in the Orange Bowl, then the home of the Miami Dolphins. When Buffalo beat the Fish in 1966, who would have thought that the team would have to wait until 1983 to get another win there? That victory finally came on this date. …