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Sept. 16, 1973 - The season opener of the NFL's 1973 season might have been come with a large sign that read, "O.J. Simpson is ready to rumble." Simpson was coming off the NFL rushing championship in 1972, but there was still a feeling that he hadn't quite lived up to his potential since arriving in the pro ranks in 1969 after a spectacular college career at Southern Ca…

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What's the national media saying? Here's a roundup of stories involving the Buffalo Bills. 1. Which fanbase dislikes the Patriots the most? Bills fans may feel like they have a hold on this title, but according to a SurveyMonkey Audience poll on fandom commissioned by the website FiveThirtyEight, fans of six teams hate the Patriots even more than Bills fans. The p…

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Four Super Bowl appearances, seven Pro Football Hall of Famers and 44 seasons. That’s the fairly impressive resume the logo of the Buffalo Bills can boast. That charging blue buffalo with a single red line to depict speed, having graced the side of the team helmet: white, red, and back to white again, throughout these past five decades. Their simple standing red …

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Sept. 15, 1968 – It didn’t take long to figure out that 1968 was going to be a long, long year for the Bills. In fact, Buffalo probably knew it before halftime of Week Two. The Bills drew the Raiders at home for their home opener. George Atkinson returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown to open the scoring. The margin was 21-0 at the end of the first quarter, and 31-0 a…

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There are no off days for professional football players, well, except Tuesdays. But there are no off days for true Bills fans. At the Buffalo Bills store, you can get a T-shirt that says as much. This is not a team motto like Bill Belichick's "Do Your Job, " and if you go to NFL Shop you can find this model for other teams and cities, too. The red polyester shirt …

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Sept. 14, 1969 - The Buffalo Bills had a lot of work to do in 1969. After all, they were coming off a 1-12-1 season that was in the worst in the National Football League in 1968. They hoped their new pair of running backs would help turn things around. The new combination certainly had the credentials. O.J. Simpson was one of the greatest running backs in the history…

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Sept. 13, 1992 – The Bills and San Francisco 49ers never played each other in a Super Bowl when they were piling up wins in the late 1980s and early 1990s. At one point, one or the other took part in seven straight Super Bowls. We all received a preview of what such a game between them might have been like when they met in San Francisco in the regular season. The matchu…

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Sept. 12, 1993 – You’ve probably blocked out the details of the Bills’ massive Super Bowl loss to Dallas (52-17) earlier in that calendar year.  Luckily for the Bills, they hadn’t done so yet. They used the memory as motivation, as they downed the Cowboys, 13-10, in something of a rematch in Dallas’ Texas Stadium. It was a steamy 97 degrees for this one, and the defe…

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It took almost two hours for Brian Goldsmith to get to New Era Field on Sunday. But he didn’t get stuck in traffic. Goldsmith, 31, ran 15 miles from his home in North Buffalo to the stadium, starting what he hopes will be an annual “Running of the Bills” tradition. Paul Szablicki, 43, joined Goldsmith in South Buffalo and ran with him for the final 7.5 miles, somethi…

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Sept. 11, 1960 – It’s said that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. The Bills’ first-ever game that counted in the standings was memorable for being dreary. The Bills lost to the Titans by a score of 27-3 in New York’s Polo Grounds – the home of baseball's New York Giants before that team moved to San Francisco. Buffalo took the lead first on a 35-…

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Seen and heard outside New Era Field before Bills vs. Jets … A new sport for tailgaters: There is a new – well, sort of new – backyard game threatening to challenge the supremacy of Cornhole and KanJam in Western New York, and it was on display Sunday morning outside New Era Field. Spikeball, a once-obscure game dating back to the 1980s that has gained newfound popul…

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Sept. 10, 1989 – Of all the moments that cemented the bond between Jim Kelly and the fans of the Buffalo Bills, this one might have been the one that provided the super glue. The Bills were trailing the Miami Dolphins, 24-13, with only four minutes and 17 seconds left when Kelly got possession. The first strike was a 26-yard pass from Kelly to Flip Johnson with 2:50 lef…

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The Bills will celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Comeback at Sunday’s home opener. Many fans in the stands will be dressed for the occasion. Vintage apparel from the Bills’ glory days has become the trendy tailgating attire at New Era Field. Throwback jerseys, Zubaz pants and Marv Levy’s satin Starter jacket are seen as often as the current team gear, if not more…

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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. “I've only been…

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Sept. 9, 2007 – The phrase “it’s just a game” is thrown around at sporting events every so often. It was very true during this Opening Day game for the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. On the second-half kickoff, Buffalo’s coverage team raced downfield to make a tackle on Denver’s Domenik Hixon. It looked like a normal play until Kevin Everett of the Bills didn’t get up. …