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It started more than 20 years ago, when Depew native Mark Sarnowski would wear his Bills hat while managing Lodo’s Bar & Grill in downtown Denver. If another native Western New Yorker noticed it, he would invite them back on Sundays to watch the game. Soon, they had a group of six regulars cheering for the Bills on a single TV. They officially formed the Colorado Bi…

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Fred Jackson is ready to feel the fandom. Jackson suited up in more than 100 games for the Bills, but he never experienced the party beforehand. He’ll finally get his chance on Sunday, joining a roster full of current and future Wall of Famers for the Buffalo Fan Fest tailgate at Wings Meeting Place on California Road. “This is my first tailgate,” Jackson said in …

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Sept. 22, 1962 – Today represents the anniversary of one of the truly odd marketing moments in Buffalo's sports history, and it would be interesting if someone would step forward and claim responsibility for this one. The Bills had lost their first two games in 1962 and were due to play the New York Titans in War Memorial Stadium. Clearly, a change of luck was needed. …

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Sept. 21, 1997 – When it comes to comebacks, everyone thinks of the Bills' historic win against the Houston Oilers in a 1993 playoff game at Rich Stadium. That facility hosted a rally almost as dramatic just a few years later. The Bills trailed the Indianapolis Colts, 26-0, with six minutes left in the second quarter. Buffalo's hopes for a victory that fall afternoon ag…

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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 Buffal…

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Sept. 20, 1992 – The Bills showed that they sure knew how to spoil a “welcome home” party. Ted Marchibroda had been the team’s offensive coordinator when he developed the Bills’ no-huddle offense that was the talk of the league for a while. When that happens, other teams usually come calling, big contracts in hand. It happened to Marchibroda, as the former St. Bonaventu…

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Sept. 19, 1971 – If there were such things as “moral victories” in professional sports, this game might have qualified. The Bills had gone through a coaching change before the start of the season, as Harvey Johnson took over from John Rauch. That’s never a good sign, but a new season always brings new hope – even when that season begins with the defending NFC champion, …

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Sept. 18, 1960 – The Bills hosted their first-ever regular-season game at War Memorial Stadium on this date. The area apparently wasn’t overwhelmed with the idea. A crowd of 15,229 turned out to see the Denver Broncos come to Buffalo. The visitors came away with a 27-21 victory. At least they saw a good game. Elbert Dubenion and Wray Carlton – two original Bills who wou…

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Here were Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s first-half passing numbers against the Carolina Panthers Sunday in Charlotte: https://twitter.com/ZachMaskavich/status/909482906938114048 Five for seven, for 15 yards and no touchdowns. Not exactly numbers in the same league as Bills archnemesis Tom Brady. Case in point: Brady had 300 yards and three touchdowns Sunda…

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Sept. 17, 1978 – The Buffalo Bills brought the Chicago Cardinals back to life, in a manner of speaking, with a loss on this date. The Cardinals had lost 17 straight games to the Green Bay Packers in the years from 1937 to 1946. That was an NFL record. Chicago came up because the Bills tied that record by losing to their 1970s nemesis, the Miami Dolphins. It was the 1…

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A cornerstone of the Elmwood Village since 1968, Mister Goodbar draws fans of live music, stand-up comedy, craft beer and the college party scene throughout the week. But Sundays are for football fans. Crowds of close to 100 people gather to watch Bills games on the 110-inch projection screen in the back room, according to bar manager Brad Thomas. “Our Sunday crew…

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Fans of football and day drinking will be crawling along Hertel Avenue on Sunday. Billed as “Bills and Booze. A love story,” the first Step Out Buffalo Game Day Bar Crawl is expected to draw 600-1,000 people to 10 participating bars on Hertel, according to Emily Kluckhohn, director of storytelling for Step Out Buffalo. About than 450 people have purchased $10 presale…

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When Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane shuffled off to Buffalo from the Carolinas, they went against a trend as old as the Bills’ playoff drought. Charlotte, N.C., has one of the largest populations of transplanted Western New Yorkers. According to the Charlotte Observer, Mecklenburg County is the No. 1 out-of-state destination for people leaving Erie County (and No. 2 f…

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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…