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For Joe Collier, whose connections to Buffalo and the old American Football League go back more than 50 years, this particular loss involved far more than a game. Dick MacPherson died Tuesday in Syracuse, at 86. He earned his greatest fame as head coach at Syracuse University, where he breathed new life into a once-elite program that had fallen off the map. His 1987 Ora…

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When commencement speakers these days give the "follow your dream" spiel, it usually comes with an asterisk. As in, maybe you should pursue your passion on the weekends, but don't quit your day job if you like to eat and sleep indoors. Kevin Prise, on the other hand, is living his dream because he followed it. Prise, 25 and a graduate of Orchard Park High School and Syra…

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Syracuse, April 2003 - This is still one of the best quotes about fan loyalty that I've ever heard, and it comes -- as you might expect -- from Western New York. Not quite 13 years ago, days before the Bills played against the Giants in their first Super Bowl, my newspaper in Syracuse sent me to Buffalo. The mission: capturing the community mood. All of this was para…