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Lyndsey D'Arcangelo is freelance writer and award-winning author. Visit her at lyndseydarcangelo.com and/or follow her on Twitter @darcangel21


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Today, she’s known as @Bills_Chick on Twitter. But back in 2005, she was a young student, away at law school, just looking to connect with other Bills fans. She felt disconnected from her hometown sports teams and from the city’s sports bubble as a whole. That’s when she decided to jump on the internet. She created an anonymous online moniker that referenced Bills le…

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Early last week, Maggie Gray was debating just how much Buffalo Bills swag she should wear to the Thursday night football game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. The host of "SI Now" for SI.com and "The Moose and Maggie Show" for CBS Radio hadn’t been to a Bills game as a regular fan in over four years. She was excited. But she was also super anxious. …

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Philip Pope is a man of his word. He and his wife, Tami, made a pact to visit every NFL stadium in the country. They had been to 13 stadiums together before she passed away in 2011 from cancer. That’s why the 53-year-old is determined to finish off the list, no matter what. The pact, Pope says, was something they decided to do because they were both devout football…

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Carlin Hartman has been coaching college basketball for almost two decades. And even though he wouldn’t mind winning an NCAA championship before the Buffalo Bills win a Super Bowl, he admits he’d be just fine with it if the Bills hoisted a trophy first. Hartman, an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma, was born and raised in Buffalo. He grew up on the East …

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During the week before the Buffalo Bills home opener against the New York Jets, Dick DeGroat couldn’t help but feel the familiar buzz that goes hand-in-hand with the start of a new NFL season. He was giddy with anticipation and planned to invite his kids and their children over for a barbecue to watch the game. That’s when DeGroat, a resident of Rochester, says he was …

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Andrew Miano knows a few things about movies, having produced the “Golden Compass” and indie hits “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” “Grandma” and most recently, “Columbus.” He says if he ever got the opportunity to produce a movie about the Buffalo Bills, it would most likely be an epic and heroic tale about them finally winning the Super Bowl. But af…

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You could say that Reid Okoniewski has a Ph.D. in blind faith. At 24, he's been a loyal Buffalo Bills fan despite never witnessing the team make the playoffs (at least at an age where he can remember it). Like many Bills fans, he has known only losing and football heartbreak over the last 17 years, especially to the New England Patriots. Yet somehow, he still believed t…

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Even though the Buffalo Bills lost to the Carolina Panthers in Week Two of the NFL season, something pretty cool happened. The tailgating lot before the game was overflowing with red, white and blue, as Bills fans managed to outnumber Panthers fans in their own pregame celebration. “There was anywhere from 15 to 20,000 Bills fans tailgating in the parking area before …

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In between segments of hot takes from ESPN sports talk radio personalities, corny commercials and the familiar "dadda dum, dadda dum" interlude, you'll hear Christine Lisi's crisp, clear voice. Since 2007, Lisi has been working full time as an update anchor for the "World Wide Leader" in sports. At times, she's had to temper her excitement whenever news about the Buffa…

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Donald Jones has been to New Era Stadium before. When he was in junior college, he played in front of a crowd of 200 people for a playoff game. As soon as he stepped out onto the turf during warmups, he called his father. "I told him, ‘I’m standing in the middle of the Buffalo Bills home field and one day, I might play here.’" Jones’ prediction came true. Aft…

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If you’ve ever been to New Era Field in Orchard Park, you’ve seen the house. Just across the parking lot, it sits on a nearby side street with its backyard facing the stadium. Painted white with blue and red trim, the Buffalo Bills logo and the signature hashtag #BillsMafia, it’s hard to miss. “It’s owned by a guy named Shane Prouty,” said Breyon Harris. “…

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Every Sunday during the NFL season, 83-year-old Irwin Kotlove heads to a restaurant in Boca Raton, Fla. Clad in red, white and blue Bills gear from his hat to his shirt, he meets up with a group of displaced Bills fans to watch the game. Every Sunday, they root for the Bills, ignoring the taunts and boos from the Dolphins, Patriots and Jets fans in their midst. Every Su…

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Deepali McCloe (Oberoi), 42, didn't plan on ever leaving Buffalo. It never crossed her mind. Her family immigrated from India in 1976 and Western New York became their home in 1981. Deepali grew up in Williamsville, went to high school at Williamsville North and happily immersed herself in the cultural diversity that the University at Buffalo readily provided when sh…

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Toni (Butera) Lambert believes that everything happens for a reason. So when her husband, Jordan, was laid off from a fire and sprinkler inspection company in 2007, she saw it as a golden opportunity. The couple, now both in their 30s, had talked about leaving Buffalo before, and they were young, just married and open to new possibilities. During his job search, Jordan fou…

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Giving away unwanted items has been a long and honored tradition for people throughout Western New York. But with Habitat for Humanity ReStore, you’re going one step further — you’re helping build homes for people in need. “We’re helping to create a world where everyone has a place to live,” said John Walzak, ReStore manager. “Instead of throwing things aw…