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A stalk of celery dipped into malaise is what 2017 Buffalo sports tasted like. The year was dominated by upheaval for the Bills and Sabres, with the biggest stories involving people being fired or traded. Record playoff slumps persist. The Bandits were terrible. The Bisons finished 21 games out of first place. None of the Big Four basketball programs made the NCAA To…

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Buffalo Bills are still alive in the AFC playoff race following Sunday's 16-10 victory over the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Here are my 10 takeaways from the game. 1. Tyrod Taylor looked ... like Tyrod Taylor. The Buffalo Bills' quarterback returned from his one-game benching to go 19 of 29 for 183 yards and a touchdown. Taylor left you wanting m…

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It won't matter who plays quarterback for the Buffalo Bills if the defense can't stop giving up 45 points per game, as it has over the last three weeks. "We have to respond better on sudden change and adversity," defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. "Our football team, right now, is working through a mountain of it and the only way to get through it is to work through i…

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On Aug. 28, the Bills traded Reggie Ragland to the Chiefs for a 2019 fourth-round pick, and now he's slowly but surely become a contributor on the Kansas City defense. Here's what Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said regarding the development of Ragland during a mid-week press conference "I think for Reggie he came in right in the midst of the whole deal so he ha…

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Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane were given funzo questionnaires for the Buffalo Bills' 2017 media guide. Favorite movie, best concert attended, biggest pet peeve, last book read and so forth. The Q&A's were conducted separately, but they produced a striking parallel. In response to "biggest obstacle overcome," they gave the same answer. "Breaking into the NFL…

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Poor Brandon Beane. Such terrible timing. Off he went to the Buffalo Bills, an NFL outpost enduring the longest playoff slump in North American professional sports. Back home, the Carolina Panthers – the team he helped construct – made a move that would have allowed him to become their general manager. Two months after Beane left his position as Panthers assistant ge…

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One way to catalyze a culture transformation within a sports franchise is to pretend the previous regime didn't exist. The Buffalo Bills continue to airbrush previous General Manager Doug Whaley out of the picture like the Russians did Nikolai Yezhov in the 1930s. That really important secret-police commissioner photographed next to Joseph Stalin? He's not there anym…

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It's time for the Buffalo Bills' "dress rehearsal." The third preseason game of the season is the big one for NFL teams, when the starters play into the second half and the competition for jobs nears conclusion. "Just overall, you want the roster to take shape, and the team to take shape, and we’re getting there," Bills coach Sean McDermott said this week. "What happ…

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Six times during an interview that lasted less than 2 minutes Tuesday, Reggie Ragland reiterated the same phrase. "I've got to keep getting better," the Buffalo Bills' linebacker said, over and over again, when asked about the trade rumors that have swirled around him. "That don't bother me. God going to put me where he need me to be," Ragland said. "Right now I'm wi…

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While it must bolster Jim Kelly's ego to know he has been irreplaceable for 20 years, he'd rather watch another quarterback take his Buffalo Bills back to the playoffs. Snow falling on a frigid January afternoon, a miserable opponent and Bills fans going bonkers for their boys ... That's what Kelly and Super Bowl teammates Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith and Steve Tasker…

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Three games into last season, BuffaloBills.com posted a story lauding General Manager Doug Whaley's roster-building acumen. The story declared Whaley was "awfully close" to "building a roster that can perennially compete for the postseason and championships." An examination of all 32 NFL rosters reveals Whaley has constructed the Bills in contradictory fashion, relyi…

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Right on schedule, weeks before Christmas, the Buffalo Bills' season is over. Now it's time for the finger pointing and politicking at One Bills Drive. Western New York's most tiresome winter pastime is upon us, and this episode could be more blustery than normal. Reports fluttered Sunday like the snowflakes around New Era Field, where the Pittsburgh Steelers left…

It's five down, two to go for the Buffalo Bills in regards to signing draft picks. The team reached an agreement with second-round linebacker Reggie Ragland on Tuesday. The Alabama product was taken with the 41st overall selection, which the Bills traded up for by sending the No. 49 pick and two fourth-round draft choices to the Chicago Bears. Ragland won the 2015 Southe…

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1. First it was "all in," the hokey, uninspired new slogan of the Buffalo Bills that was force-fed to fans as a way of showing them "this year will be different, we promise." Now, the team's PR machine has turned its attention to how much winning the team's first three draft picks did in college. Sure, Clemson's Shaq Lawson, Alabama's Reggie Ragland and Ohio State's Adolph…

Bucky and Sully

"Sports Talk Sunday" rolled on without Bucky Gleason, with The News' Bills beat reporter Vic Carucci stepping into his host seat, alongside Jerry Sullivan and Adam Benigni. Heather Prusak and Jonah Javad, both of WGRZ, popped in for a segment apiece. Here are the major topics from Sunday's show, which aired originally at 11:30 p.m. May 1 on WGRZ-TV. The season is expected…