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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. …

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You won’t need an all-access pass to get a behind-the-scenes look before Bills games this season at New Era Field. Fans attending Sunday’s home opener will be able to experience the sights and sounds of being inside the Bills locker room and walking through the tunnel onto the field via a virtual reality application created by two RIT graduates through the university’s …

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As of Friday morning, here is Don Paul's look at the weather for Sunday's Bills-Jets game at New Era Field. Tailgate forecast: Starting cool, but very tranquil. Bright sun, light wind (nearly calm). Temperatures rise quickly from low 50s to near 65 by noon. Game temperature: 68 degrees. Warmer in the sunshine. Wind: Light NE, generally under 10 mph in the afternoo…

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About 10 months before they suited up in their Honolulu blue and silver Detroit Lions hand-me-downs, Buffalo’s American Football League franchise had to pick a name. They could follow the local baseball and hockey teams and go with the Bisons or they could look to their local football history and pluck a name familiar to the gridiron fans of the Queen City. Flash back t…

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Sept. 8, 2013 – Tom Brady hasn’t spent his entire life beating the Buffalo Bills. It just seems like the New England Patriots’ quarterback has feasted on the Bills forever. This was another example of Brady’s greatness. New England was trailing, 21-20, late in the fourth quarter. That’s when Brady went to work. He guided the Pats 49 yards in 12 plays, including a pair o…

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“Trust the process.” Whether you need a reminder (try sitting cross-legged on the ground and repeating the phrase over and over to yourself) or you want to shout it loud and proud, 26 Shirts has the answer. One of its newest T-shirt releases, simple and straightforward, touts those three words, encouraging Bills fans to “trust the process.” The blue cotton and polyester…

Sept. 7, 1980 – Ding dong, the witch is dead. The witch, in this case, was The Streak when it comes to Buffalo Bills football. The Bills had gone 0 for the 1970s against the Miami Dolphins, losing 20 straight games. No team had done it before, and no team has done it since. Don't hold your breath for a repeat. The Bills came into the 1980 season with hopes of improve…

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Sept. 6, 1992 – Sometimes good players just fall into your lap. Such was the case with James Lofton. The gifted wide receiver had played well in stays in Green Bay and Oakland, but the Raiders put him on waivers in 1989. The Bills were ready to scoop him up, and install him as a starting wide receiver. Lofton and Andre Reed became a dynamic combination. Lofton still …

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Prepare to relive the greatest comeback of all time. The Buffalo Bills announced their promotions and giveaways for the 2017 season, starting with Sunday’s season opener against the New York Jets. At halftime, the Bills will hold a ceremony to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the team’s comeback victory over the Houston Oilers on Jan. 3, 1993, a defining moment for the…

Sept. 5, 1993 – The Buffalo Bills had reached the Super Bowl three straight times, and failed to come up with the one last victory needed to earn a championship. Surely the team might be running out of gas at this point. Surely not. The Bills made quite a statement in their opening game of the 1993 season. They hosted New England, and came away with a 38-14 triumph befo…

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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…

Sept. 4, 1988 – Opening Day doesn't have the same ring to it in football than it does in baseball. Still, it's a great time to start making judgments about rookies. There were plenty of thumbs-up signals by Bills' fans on this day after watching Thurman Thomas play his first game in a Buffalo uniform. You might remember Thomas suffering through the NFL Draft the prev…

Sept. 3, 2000 – The decade of the 2000's seemed to start to so well for the Buffalo Bills. They had an immediate rematch with the team that had eliminated them from the previous season, the Tennessee Titans. Do the words "Music City Miracle" and "Home Run Throwback" ring a bell at all? The schedule-makers showed a sense of humor by bringing the Titans into Buffalo fo…

Sept. 2, 1984 – A long season has to begin somewhere, right? This is where a particularly dreary year for the Buffalo Bills began. The Bills opened their schedule in 1984 with a trip to New England. Right from the start, Buffalo was in trouble. Steve Grogan threw touchdown passes to Stephan Starring and Derrick Ramsey to make it a 14-0 lead for the Pats before the first…