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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey is a retired reporter and editor from The Buffalo News. He has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 40 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, and public relations staffer. Budd has had nine books published.


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Dec. 2, 1990 – The evolution of pro football sometimes takes years to take place. At other moments, though, a game-changing event arrives out of nowhere. Such was the case when the Bills began to use their “no huddle” or “K-Gun” offense for the first time. Buffalo faced the Philadelphia Eagles on this date, and the team’s coaching staff and players decided to start t…

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Dec. 1, 1991 – Division championships were few and far between for the Bills after they entered the American Football Conference of the NFL. Once they started winning them, they must have liked it. The Bills took their fourth straight division crown almost before December had even started. They defeated the New York Jets, 24-13. While clinching a playoff spot was nice, …

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Nov. 30, 1969 – This was the type of day that probably made O.J. Simpson wish he had been drafted by a team in a warm-weather climate. The rookie wrapped up his home season on this day, and War Memorial Stadium offered a chilly finale. It was snowing, the temperature was 28 degrees, and the wind chill was 16, thanks to a 17-mph wind. Simpson ran the ball 13 times for…

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Nov. 29, 1998 – An angry group of Buffalo Bills left the field after their game with the Patriots in New England on this day. They could have sworn they were headed home with a victory, only to leave with a defeat. A couple of controversial calls in the final minutes handed the Patriots a win that the Bills didn't think was deserved. That includes Buffalo owner Ralph Wi…

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Nov. 28, 1971 – Perhaps the members of the 1971 Bills raise a glass on this particular day each year. After all, it’s the anniversary of that team’s only win. The Bills finally got their first victory of the season, a 27-20 decision over the New England Patriots.  Dennis Shaw threw two scoring passes to J.D. Hill, and O.J. Simpson ran over the goal line from a yard away…

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Nov. 27, 1960 – The Bills had their first look at Denver’s unusual weather when the teams met in the American Football League’s initial season. It was a memorable experience. The day was 45 degrees and sunny in the morning in Colorado. By the time the game started, a snowstorm had arrived. Still, the Bills adapted well at first. They jumped out to a 38-7 lead near th…

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Nov. 26, 2006 – If you were a little late to the Bills' game against Jacksonville on this day, it wasn't a problem … the ending made up for it. This game had a fabulous finish, with two scores coming in the final minute. The Bills had the last one, and it was good for a 27-24 win. The Jaguars marched 62 yards in the fourth quarter to score the tying touchdown. But a …

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Nov. 25, 1976 – The Buffalo Bills probably weren't in the mood to give thanks for much on this Thanksgiving Day. Having the chance to watch O.J. Simpson have his last great day as a member of the Bills was about it. Simpson ran for 273 yards on 29 carries on that day. It set the NFL record for rushing yardage in a single game; O.J. held the old one. In his fifth career …

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Nov. 24, 1963 – Plenty of Americans remember what they were doing on Nov. 22, 1963, the day President Kennedy was assassinated. It led to an odd situation two days later. In fact, a game that was never played turned out to be memorable. The American Football League postponed its week's games, so the Bills and Patriots did not play on the 24th as scheduled. However, t…

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Nov. 23, 1959 – The Buffalo Bills officially went into the football business on this day, as they acquired the rights to some players in the American Football League's first college draft. The team took Richie Lucas of Penn State, a quarterback. Lucas finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting that year, and would later go on to the College Football Hall of Fame. B…

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Nov. 22, 1981 – Here’s another reminder to sports fans: Never leave a game early. Bills’ boosters had reason to be downhearted during this game. The lowly Patriots, sporting a 2-9 record, had just taken a 17-13 lead over the 6-5 Bills. Matt Cavanaugh threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Don Hasselback in the final moments. The game looked all but over, since the Bills had t…

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Nov. 21, 1971 – The losses for the 1971 edition of the Buffalo Bills were adding up quickly by this point in the season. Buffalo dropped its 10th in a row, 20-7, to the New York Jets. That's not so good when you've played only 10 games. Dennis Shaw threw a first-quarter touchdown pass to Marlin Briscoe, and then the bottom fell out. Buffalo quarterbacks threw five in…

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Nov. 20, 1988 – The Buffalo Bills hadn’t been in the playoffs since 1981. When they wrapped up a spot in the postseason, their fans were pretty happy about it. That’s what people remember about this game. The Bills took a 10-1 record into the contest at Rich Stadium. Buffalo was certain to win the AFC East title by that point; it was just a matter of time. A win agai…

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Nov. 19, 2006 – Peerless Price had something of an encore with the Bills when he returned to the team in 2006. This game provided one of the highlights of that season. The veteran had joined the team before 2006 after leaving Buffalo for Atlanta and Dallas. His best year as a pro was 2002, when he caught 94 passes for the Bills – just before he left. The Bills had qu…

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Nov. 18, 1984 – Bright spots for the Buffalo Bills were few and far between during the 1984 season. By this time, all hope of the year had gone away. An 0-11 start will do that. Still, the Dallas Cowboys were in town, and a big crowd was on hand to see the perennial NFL powerhouse play in Rich Stadium. Those who turned up were stunned by what they saw. Greg Bell set …