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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Not so lucky

   Sept. 22, 1962 -- We're having a bit of a celebration here at the offices of "This Day in Buffalo Sports History." This is the 365th day for the local sports history lesson. We appreciate the kind words received over the past year about this feature, and hope you've learned some things along the way. Luckily, we haven't come close to using up all of the important events in the area's proud heritage.

   Number 365 marks one of the truly odd marketing moments in our sports history. The Bills had lost their first two games at home and were slated to play the New York Titans in War Memorial Stadium in Week Three. Clearly, a change of luck was needed.

    Therefore, the team handed out 5,000 rabbit's feet to the fans attending the game in an effort to alter the team's fortunes. That's an item that belongs in the historical society, or at least Ralph Wilson's den.

   The giveaway was about as good for the rabbits as it was for the Bills. New York recorded a 17-6 win over Buffalo. The Bills' quarterbacks were 14 for 35 in passing with four interceptions. Elbert Dubenion had the lone Buffalo touchdown.

--- Budd Bailey

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