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The hard news about Ezra Castro had just started moving Tuesday morning around Twitter when Brandon Beane’s phone began to buzz in Orchard Park. He glanced at the number and understood immediately what the call would mean. It was Veronica Borjon, Castro’s longtime partner. She was calling the Bills general manager to tell him about the death of Castro, 39, who with his …

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The NFL draft, like opening day and the Super Bowl, should be a national holiday. Perhaps three days are too much for the NFL, but we can punt Presidents, Labor and Columbus Day, and I love me some veterans but combine Veterans with Memorial Day, and yes, I know the difference. This is Draft Day, dammit! I hate to even call it "Draft Day" after that awful movie that sho…

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Ezra Castro, who has established a national identity as the costumed Buffalo Bills fan who calls himself Pancho Billa, learned from doctors Thursday morning that he is entering hospice care for cancer that began with a mass around his spine and spread into other organs, including his liver and lungs. Yet even at the most heartbreaking moments, Castro, like so many Bills…

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I attended all four of the Buffalo Bills’ Super Bowl games, and regardless of the eventual gut-wrench, the buildup – the host city’s preparation, layout and staging, and its bars and locals partaking — was always far more attention-grabbing and better than the product on the field, especially the excruciating halftime shows. Minneapolis killed it, in the good way. Atlanta …

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A Bills fan’s offseason is not unlike a Bills player’s. Sure, you take a short while off to clear your head and restore your body. Last year was brutal and took its toll. You have been doing this forever and each offseason is a tad tougher. But the Bills and Bills football is in your DNA and you can’t wait to jump right back in, like the Polar Bear Club. You want to …

Members of The News' sports staff will be picking games on BNblitz.com. Here is how Jay Skurski, Mark Gaughan and Jason Wolf see the four games for Divisional Championship Weekend (point spreads are through Thursday morning; asterisk indicates best bet): SATURDAY Skurski Gaughan Wolf at Chiefs -5 Colts Colts Colts Chiefs at Rams -7 Cowboys Rams …

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This week, The Buffalo News will be gauging fan approval ratings for a number of Bills coaches and players. We began with the coordinators, head coach and general manager before moving to players on offense and defense. Consider a vote for stay to be a positive on the approval rating and a vote for go as a negative.

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As I sat down to work Friday morning, I received word that the Bills suffered their biggest loss in 13 years when Kyle Williams decided that Sunday would be his last game in the NFL — as a Bill — and as the embodiment of the woeful, wonderful franchise and city. Williams killed himself for 13 unlucky years on a series of bad, mediocre and occasionally decent teams. He w…

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Beth Mowins will do play-by-play and Steve Beuerlein will be the analyst for CBS on the Buffalo Bills’ final game of the season Sunday against the visiting Miami Dolphins that features two teams out of the playoffs. It will be the second consecutive year that Mowins, who received a master’s degree from Syracuse University, has worked a Bills game. She worked the Bill…

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After Josh Allen had just run over, around and under the previous three Bills opponents for historic quarterback rushing yardage, the Detroit Lions decided to tinker with their base defense — tailor it to stop Josh from running — make him be a sharpshooter and attack through the air with his rifle arm instead — all by using a spy (or spies) to contain rather than stop him.…

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Outside of The Josh Allen Experiment, the 2018 Bills season is likely to be remembered for its up and down, in and out, don’t know if we are good or bad, coming or going fluctuations. Sometimes we are riding sky high; sometimes seem on life support. The Dr. Poyer and Micah Hyde back and forth, two-headed monster, is tough to watch and even tougher to get a handle on. …

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Bill and Kathy Kita do not kid themselves. They know Jim Kelly, retired quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, has crossed the paths of countless Western New Yorkers since arriving here more than 30 years ago, and chances are slender that he remembers their family. Still, the Kitas were relieved to hear of the outcome of Kelly’s surgery last week, the latest phase of treatm…

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Many Bills fans believe that all of 2018 is more of a laboratory experiment than an NFL season for the team, and its potential franchise quarterback and future Josh Allen. There are at least 50 separate, crucial if not essential skills and qualities to playing the toughest position in all of team sports -- NFL quarterback. At any given time, less than a dozen out of eig…

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A tradition in many homes across this awesome region and great land at this time of year is to go around the table and give thanks for all the things that are dear to one’s heart. So here, in the themes of the bountiful meal we are all about to engorge on Thanksgiving, are some thanks of mine for our local sports teams and their fans.  Thanks for the entrée – the main d…