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Brian Daboll, the Bills’ new offensive coordinator, had obvious reasons to come to Western New York: he’s a graduate of St. Francis High School, for one thing, and he crossed paths with head coach Sean McDermott in 1997, when Daboll was a coach and McDermott a player at the College of William & Mary. But the Tuscaloosa News reported that there could have been an…

History

This post is the first in an occasional series examining the history of the names of Buffalo’s streets. South Park Avenue is one of Western New York’s major thoroughfares, beginning at the foot of Main Street behind KeyBank Center in downtown Buffalo and ending when it enters the Village of Hamburg and becomes Buffalo Street. For most of its length, South Park carries U…

Bills

Richie Incognito, the Buffalo Bills’ newly embattled Pro Bowl guard, “has to be gone” from the team if “there’s a shred of truth to accusations that he made racially insensitive comments to a Jacksonville player,” writes The Buffalo News' Jerry Sullivan, whose latest column argues that Incognito has “forfeited all benefit of the doubt on such matters” because of his prior …

Bills

The stakes were high on Sunday for Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars fans, who hadn’t seen their teams in the NFL playoffs in several presidential administrations. And the Wild Card matchup between the two franchises remained close throughout, making for a nail-biter for those invested in the game. The national media’s reaction, meanwhile, was less enthusiastic. …

Bills

This is what happens when the longest-suffering (and perhaps most dedicated) fan base in the National Football League finally has an opportunity to attend a Buffalo Bills playoff game. Reports on social media indicate the scene outside EverBank Field in Jacksonville looks like a home game for the Bills rather than for their host, the Jaguars. Buffalo fans were tailgatin…

Bills

Boring? That’s a compliment for Danny Crossman, the Buffalo Bills’ fifth-year special teams coordinator, who has helmed a turnaround this season for the most unheralded of the team’s three units. Buffalo’s special teams were ranked 10th overall this season by Football Outsiders, a significant improvement over last year’s No. 22 rating, Jay Skurski reported for BNblitz. …

Bills

Good news for superstitious Bills fans: The last time the NFL had to use the obscure tiebreaker that allowed Buffalo to end its 17-year playoff drought this year – strength of victory, or the winning percentage of teams the Bills defeated – the beneficiary went on to win the Super Bowl. “Strength of victory was last used in 2010 and has only come into play a handful of …

Bills

The Buffalo Bills have ended the longest playoff drought in North American professional sports. And they did it in about the most nerve-racking fashion possible. First, they nearly blew a late lead against the Dolphins, allowing Miami to recover an onside kick before intercepting quarterback David Fales to seal the game. Buffalo also needed Cincinnati to defeat Baltimore,…

Bills

It’s been 13 years since the last time Buffalo Bills fans watched a Week 17 game with playoff implications for their favorite team. Most would rather not remember the last such occasion, which happened on Jan. 2, 2005, when the Bills lost a game to a Pittsburgh Steelers team that was playing many of its backups. Buffalo missed out on the postseason as a result. So it…

History

“MERRIE CHRISTMAS,” read one of the headlines across the top of The Buffalo Evening News on Dec. 24, 1881, in one of the first years of the newspaper’s publication. “The Christmas festival will cover two days this year,” the text under the headline reads. “The legal holiday to be observed by the banks, public offices and probably by most business houses, will not occur …

Bills

For the second week in a row, NFL officials made a controversial reversal of a touchdown against the New England Patriots – and this Sunday, the victims were the Buffalo Bills. Officials have now reversed touchdowns this season against the Patriots by the Houston Texans, the New York Jets, the Pittsburgh Steelers last week and the Bills. http://buffalonews.com/2017/1…

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Imagine: It’s the mid-1930s in Buffalo. You need to get across town, and you don’t have a car — but that’s no big deal. The city’s expansive electric streetcar system would be able to get you nearly anywhere. A map published in 1935 showing all the possible connections bears more of a resemblance to a New York City subway map than the current map of the Metro Rail, whos…

Bills

Seen and heard outside New Era Field before Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins: Snow day: The weather Sunday was clearer and drier than it was during last week’s historic Bills snowstorm, but there was still plenty of snow left over outside New Era Field. Buffalo fans created a far livelier atmosphere for today’s Week 15 matchup against the Dolphins than they did for last…

Bills

Earlier in the Buffalo Bills’ season, a popular tailgating lot along Southwestern Boulevard in Orchard Park was for sale. The property, at the corner of California Road and just a couple minutes’ walk from New Era Field, had been on the market for $375,000. On Sunday, half-buried in the snow, a sign indicated that the property has been sold. Thomas J. Johnson Realty,…

History

Is the Rochester area part of Western New York? The debate may not be settled today, but in 1860, author J.H. French used the term “Western New York” to refer to Rochester and its surrounding area in his comprehensive “Historical and Statistical Gazetteer of New York State.” And for good reason – Rochester’s and Buffalo’s economic and cultural fortunes have been tied…