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Terry Pegula told a group of National Football League owners, players and executives that the league was “under assault” and that “all of us now, we need to put a Band-Aid on what’s going on in the country” during an October meeting to address the fallout from Donald Trump’s inflammatory comments and players kneeling during the national anthem. The remarks by the Bills …

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Four years and one day later, Russ Brandon stood Monday at the very same patch of carpet upon which his bucking knees somehow kept him upright. Here, outside the Plaza Ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando, is where he announced to the world Ralph Wilson had died. "For us to be standing in the exact spot," Brandon said Monday, "is quite su…

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LAS VEGAS — The dishwasher was chirping, and he couldn't figure out how to turn it off. The thermostat was a mystery. A freshly discovered leak dripped from a large stain in the garage ceiling, and he couldn't locate the cause. He hunched as he moved around the house, smoothly but with a shuffle more than a glide. Reading glasses perched on his salt-and-pepper head. He …

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Daniel Ellsberg's latest book is a disturbing analysis about how close we have been – and still are – to a nuclear holocaust. Ellsberg, the whistleblower behind the provocative Pentagon Papers in 1971 which became the basis for the Steven Spielberg film "The Post," is an expert on decision theory and warfare strategy. Yet positive reviews for "The Doomsday Machine: Conf…

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Roger Goodell asked Robert Mueller to conduct an independent investigation of the NFL 32 months before the Justice Department appointed Mueller to conduct an independent investigation of President Trump's connections to Russia. The NFL often borrows devices implemented by our political institutions. Its outgoing executive vice president of communications and public affa…

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President Trump and The National Football League have been at odds this season, but they do have one thing in common. A lot more people in Western New York claimed they weren't going to watch them than actually followed through on the threat. President Trump's first State of the Union address Tuesday night had a combined 24.7 local rating on the eight primary channel…

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Jon Bon Jovi wouldn't have moved the Buffalo Bills, was going to buy a home in Western New York and pretty much would abandon his music career, but instead he slipped into a depression partly because he failed to buy the team in 2014. Those were revelations Bon Jovi made Wednesday morning to radio host Howard Stern. The interview was the first time Bon Jovi has spoken a…

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Rocker Jon Bon Jovi said Wednesday in an appearance on "The Howard Stern Show" that he would not have moved the Buffalo Bills if his bid to purchase the team in 2014 had been successful. Bon Jovi also confirmed that Donald Trump, who was in the running for the team, organized a smear campaign against Bon Jovi's group to try to bring down the asking price. That story was…

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Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan thinks he knows why President Trump has had the NFL in his crosshairs. Jealousy. "This is a very personal issue with him," Khan told USA Today after Wednesday's owners meetings concluded in New York regarding Trump's insistence that the league's players should all stand during the national anthem. Trump attempted to buy the B…

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As a rookie head coach for the New York Jets, while his dazed city and a nation recovered from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Herm Edwards would stand at the 50-yard line for "The Star-Spangled Banner" and remember his late father. Master Sgt. Herm Edwards Sr. spent 27 years in the Army, fought in World War II and the Korean War and raised his children for a whi…

Statement from Buffalo Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula: "Several of us met tonight -- players, coaches, staff, and ownership. Our goal was to provide open dialogue and communication. We listened to one another. We believe it's the best way to work through any issue we are facing -- on and off the field. "President Trump’s remarks were divisive and disrespectful to …

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NFL sideline protests had been a fading issue. A few players still kneel or raise a fist during "The Star-Spangled Banner," but the regular season began three weeks ago. Fans are watching the games, tracking their fantasy players, betting the point spreads. While Colin Kaepernick's continued unemployment after kneeling out national anthems last season remains a debate, p…

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Are the Bills in full tank mode, merely fair to middling, or ready to shock the world and surge into playoff contention? There is plenty of grist for that conversational mill elsewhere in The Buffalo News’ NFL Preview section, as well as on talk radio, the nearest Twitter and Facebook feeds, and at better barstools everywhere. But sometimes we need to break out of the B…

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Michael Caputo stares out the passenger window of his friend’s silver BMW 750Li. The car provides a smooth ride, but where Caputo’s headed Friday afternoon has his thoughts roiling. Caputo, a political consultant from East Aurora, is being chauffeured to the Capitol for a closed-door hearing before the House Intelligence Committee. He’s about three hours away from te…