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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: A new league

   Sept. 8, 1946 -- Consider yourself a true Buffalo sports fan if you can name the four teams in this town named "Bisons" over the years.

    There's the baseball team that's still playing, of course. There were the hockey Bisons that went out of business for all the right reasons in 1970, as the Sabres were formed. There was the women's softball team of the 1970's. And then there were the football Bisons.

   The Buffalo Bisons played in the All-American Football Conference, a league that started in 1946. The Bisons debuted on this day, losing to the Brooklyn Dodgers, 27-14, on the road. Steve Juzwik scored the first touchdown in team history, with it coming on a 5-yard run.

   It wasn't a good season for the Bisons. They went 3-10-1 and finished seven games behind the New York Yankees. Red Dawson was the coach of the team, while Al Dekdebrun -- that name might sound familiar to sporting good purchasers -- started eight games at quarterback.

   It was the only losing season in the team's history, as it improved once it became the Buffalo Bills in 1947. But it never won a title; the Cleveland Browns took care of that.

--- Budd Bailey

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