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When he made the now-infamous move to bench quarterback Tyrod Taylor in favor of Nathan Peterman Wednesday, Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott made clear that the decision was his alone. He’ll now have to live with the responsibility for that decision after Peterman’s abysmal performance in the first half Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, leading McDermo…

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The Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman has never been one to keep his opinion to himself, and on Sunday, he weighed in on the debate about Bills quarterbacks Nathan Peterman and Tyrod Taylor. “So they bench my guy @TyrodTaylor and the guy they bring in has already thrown 2picks [sic] with 10mins left in the 1st,” the All-Pro cornerback wrote on Twitter, adding sarc…

History

It started as the world’s largest cake kitchen, and then it was the biggest hair tonic factory on the planet, and now it is empty – but it may be reused. The Wildroot building on Buffalo’s East Side was built in 1929 by the Detroit-based Grennan Bakery. The three-story, 100,000-square-foot brick building contains warehouse and office space and is located at 1740 …

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Seen and heard outside New Era Field before Bills vs. Saints… “7 in a Row in Buffaleaux?”: Heather Rizzo has adopted Buffalo as her home since she moved here for graduate school at UB, where she earned a master’s degree in nursing in 2013. She has even learned to support the Bills, with one exception – when they are playing her hometown New Orleans Saints. …

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Fans who frequent the tailgating lots before Buffalo Bills games have a long list of traditions, bowling-ball shots not least among them. Add one more to the list: Visits before and after the game from Bills head coach Sean McDermott. “He seems like a great guy,” said Scott Zasowski of Lancaster, who posed for a picture with McDermott following the Bills’ Sept.…

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Many people know the story of how Buffalo’s Market Arcade, formerly called “the Palace Arcade,” reopened in 1995 following a $10 million redevelopment project that restored the architectural gem to its original glory. But that Palace Arcade – built in 1892 at 617 Main St., near East Chippewa Street – was actually Buffalo’s second Palace Arcade. The first one…

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Michael Irvin, onetime Buffalo Bills nemesis and current NFL Network analyst, wanted to know whether Buffalo was the real deal after the team got off to a 5-2 start. After the Bills’ dismal performance in Thursday night’s loss against the New York Jets, Irvin seems to have gotten his answer, based on his postgame analysis. “Buffalo was not [ready to play],” s…

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Maybe all of that early criticism of Zay Jones was a bit premature. The Bills’ rookie wide receiver, chosen in the second round out of East Carolina, had gotten off to a slow start that included key drops and miscues. Fans began to wonder if Jones would turn out to be another poor draft pick for the Bills. But Jones showed signs of life in Sunday’s game agains…

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What do Germany, Niagara Falls, coal tar dyes, leathermaking and the Buffalo River have in common? They all factored heavily into the life of Jacob F. Schoellkopf, a German immigrant who became one of Buffalo’s most prominent citizens in the 1800s. Schoellkopf came to Buffalo in 1844 and opened a leather shop on Mohawk Street, according to the 1901 history book “Buf…

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It’s a time-honored rite of passage among Bills fans: You buy your favorite player’s jersey, and then that player either leaves the team in free agency or is traded away for pennies on the dollar. Marcell Dareus fans took part in the storied tradition this week, when the Bills traded the defensive tackle, a former third overall draft pick, to the Jacksonville Jaguar…

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Seen and heard outside New Era Field before Bills vs. Raiders… Back to reality Bills fans knew it couldn’t last much longer. After the Bills’ first three home games were blessed with amazing summer-like weather – even the Oct. 22 game against Tampa Bay felt like early June rather than late October – Sunday’s tailgate was a cool, wet one. As a result, t…

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Since the news of Gord Downie’s death came out Wednesday morning, Anthony George has listened to one thing, and one thing only, while driving around Western New York. “My truck has not heard anything other than the Hip for five days,” said George, 22, of Angola. “Gord Downie is a legend in Buffalo. It’s basically ‘Little Canada’ here.” And on Sunday m…

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A popular Bills tailgating spot at the southwest corner of Southwestern Boulevard and California Road may not be open for tailgating for much longer, if the property changes hands and is developed. Tailgaters on Sunday parked their cars alongside a “FOR SALE” sign for Thomas J. Johnson Realty, whose website is listing the property for $375,000. From the listing: …

Fandom

Seen and heard outside New Era Field before Bills vs. Buccaneers… The Bills of the future? A group calling itself the Buffalo Bills, clad in red, white and blue jerseys, was seen in the New Era Field parking lot Sunday morning. The difference between these Bills and the National Football League’s Bills? About a decade or two in age. These Bills were 10- and 11-ye…

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Even before it was home to One Seneca Tower, the downtown Buffalo property bounded by Main, Seneca, Washington and Exchange streets played host to one of the tallest and most important building complexes in the city. More than a century before One Seneca – then called the Marine Midland Center – opened there in the early 1970s and became Buffalo’s tallest buil…