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Sept. 28, 1969 – O.J. Simpson was used to winning when he was a Heisman Trophy winner at Southern California. He had to wait a little while to get that winning feeling as a member of the Buffalo Bills. Simpson probably wasn't expecting immediate success, since he joined a team that went 1-12-1 in 1968. Still, he had to wait through two losses with the Bills during hi…

Check back each day for a new trivia question about Buffalo's favorite football team. Think you know the answer? Q: How many of the all-time Bills head coaches played for the team? Scroll down ... A. One. Kay Stephenson was a quarterback for the team in 1968. He coached the Bills from 1983-85 and had a 10-26 record. ••• Question 9: Q: In a …

Sept. 27, 1970 – The American Football League and National Football League had fully merged by the time the 1970 season rolled in. That meant for the first time ever, the Buffalo Bills would get to play some NFL teams in games that counted. The schedule-maker didn't do the Bills any favors in their first AFL-NFL matchup. The Los Angeles Rams came to town. The Rams …

Sept. 26, 1962 – Ralph Wilson spent $25,000 to buy an American Football League franchise, an investment that eventually was worth more than a billion dollars. Perhaps his second-best buy involved a quarterback. The San Diego Chargers had a quarterback on their roster who was suffering from a finger injury. Jack Kemp had been a key player for the Chargers in their hist…

Sept. 25, 1966 – The best type of football game from a fan’s perspective is one where a seemingly certain loss dramatically turns into a most unexpected win. Such was the case in War Memorial Stadium, where the Bills and Houston Oilers met. Let’s set up the last-minute thrill. Buffalo jumped out to a 20-6 lead at halftime. Bobby Burnett and Wray Carlton scored …

Sept. 24, 1989 – If you like offense in your football, and that includes just about everyone, this was your kind of game. The Bills and Oilers had quite a shootout on this day. It ended in a very appropriate way – Jim Kelly threw a 28-yard pass to Andre Reed after 8:42 of overtime to give Buffalo a 47-41 victory in the Astrodome. The lead changed hands twice in …

Sept. 23, 1960 – The Buffalo Bills had lost the first two games in their initial season of 1960. Then they figured out a football truism – it's tough to lose if the other team doesn't score. The Bills pitched a shutout on a Friday night in Boston, beating the Patriots by a score of 13-0. Carl Smith scored the first Buffalo touchdown, with it coming on a 58-yard scr…

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 sa…

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.…

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 …

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.…

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 …

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 …

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…

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…