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The Buffalo Bills had the brightest star in the football heavens under contract in the summer of 1976. O.J. Simpson was coming off three fabulous seasons. He ran for 2,003 yards in 1973, led the Bills to the playoffs in 1974, and picked up 1,817 yards rushing and scored 23 touchdowns in 1975. There was a surprise waiting for the Bills that summer. Simpson said in pub…

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Hockey players and coaches love to talk about playing with desperation. The Buffalo Sabres were a pretty desperate team on this day. The Sabres trailed the Dallas Stars, two games to one, in the Stanley Cup finals. If they lost Game Four at home, they'd be off to Dallas facing elimination. Instead, the Sabres came up with a strong effort and took a 2-1 victory. Dixon Wa…

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What's the most memorable home run in Buffalo's baseball history? It just might have happened on this date. Those who are old enough to recall Offermann Stadium remember the scoreboard in dead-center field. Bisons' slugger Luke Easter became the first player ever to homer over that scoreboard when he did it against Bob Kuzava of the Columbus Jets. It caused a sensation.…

The Buffalo Sabres became open for business as a hockey team on this date. They took part in the NHL meetings in Montreal for the first time; Buffalo had been awarded an expansion franchise the previous December. New coach and general manager Punch Imlach went to work, and he had a day that turned out to be memorable – perhaps because he wore a suit that he hadn't worn …

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One of the greatest players in hockey history, Tim Horton, became a Sabre on this date. Horton broke into the NHL in 1950, and saw regular duty with the Maple Leafs starting in 1952. The Leafs won four Stanley Cups in the next 18 years, and Horton was a major reason why. He was as strong as any player in the league, and was rock-solid on defense – even though he was ver…