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'PTI' host Kornheiser finds humor in Bills' decision to retire Thurman's number

Tony Kornheiser is always looking for a good line and a good laugh.

Some Bills fans weren't laughing about a Kornheiser comment on Wednesday's edition of ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption."

The co-host was shocked by the announcement that the Buffalo Bills were going to retire Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas' No. 34 in ceremonies on Oct. 29 when the Bills host the New England Patriots on ESPN's "Monday Night Football."

He wasn't shocked that Thomas' number was being retired, just that it took so long.

"They say time stands still in Buffalo," cracked Kornheiser. "I understand they couldn't retire his helmet because they couldn't find it. But how could they not have retired his number?"


Of course, the helmet line was alluding to Thomas' failure to find his headgear at the start of the Bills' 37-24 Super Bowl loss to Washington in Minneapolis in 1992.

As one of my Twitter followers noted, Kornheiser's joke suggested he didn't realize how few numbers the Bills have officially retired.

The only other Bills to have their numbers officially retired are Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly (No. 12) and Hall of Fame defensive end Bruce Smith (No. 78).

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