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Before he became the “Wizard of Westwood” and won 10 national championships coaching basketball at UCLA, John Wooden found inspiration from watching how another coaching legend, Frank Leahy, ran his Notre Dame football practice. “I thought my basketball practices were well-organized and efficient. After observing Coach Leahy’s practice, I realized more work was needed,”…

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A couple of Bills fans began their life of wedded bliss by stopping at New Era Field on Saturday to pose for pictures with their wedding party. But they got a surprise when rookies Josh Allen and Harrison Phillips drove by and stopped to pose with the group. There is a treasure trove of Bills goodness from the mask on one groomsmen to the "Go Bills" undies being worn…

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The link between Bills third-round pick Harrison Phillips and super fan Ezra Castro, best known as "Pancho Billa," is continuing. Castro, a longtime Bills fan from Texas, was invited onto the stage at the NFL Draft by Bills legends Andre Reed and Fred Jackson to help announce a Bills pick. That selection turned out to be Phillips, a defensive lineman from Stanford. C…

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What's in a name? For the Bills and two of their newly signed free agents, the opportunity for a very Buffalo laugh. The team tweeted a photo of OT Gerhard de Beer and DE Mike Love side by side, thumbs pointed at their jerseys. "Weekend vibes" was all the tweet said. But the real message? https://twitter.com/buffalobills/status/995043366906744834 Responses to the …

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Lorenzo Alexander himself didn’t have Lorenzo Alexander Day marked on the calendar. It took the Buffalo Bills linebacker a moment to connect the date, May 7, with his jersey No. 57 when Arron Brown presented him with a plaque last week commemorating the coming Monday’s celebration at Pembroke Intermediate School. “This is the first time I’ve ever had that sort of recogni…

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Many prognosticators are expecting the Bills to take a step back from a nine-win season and the playoff berth from last season. If the early odds are any indication, the Bills face an uphill climb. CG Technology says it is the only sportsbook to release point spreads for all games from Week 1 to Week 16. Many sportsbooks have Week 1 odds. Virtually none of these l…

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When will Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen make his first start and how many games will he end up playing as a rookie? Bovada recently released its first prop bets for the 2018 NFL season, and among them, was the over/under on games started by the rookie quarterbacks. Here is the rundown: Josh Allen – 10.5 Baker Mayfield – 9.5 Josh Rosen – 8.5 Sam D…

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Maniacal Buffalo Bills fans face hard choices. Ken Johnson, the celebrated "Pinto Ron" of Bills pregame fame, had a chance to be in Dallas for last week's National Football League draft. He was invited by Ezra Castro, best known as "Pancho Billa," who offered Johnson a spot on the floor, near the dais, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Johnson turned it down. To go woul…

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It's fun to imagine what might have happened to Buffalo's psyche had the Bills prevailed in any of their heart-rending Super Bowl appearances. This notion is at the heart of a new play inspired by the fervent fans of the Bills that will debut in Shea's Smith Theatre on Aug. 29 and run through Sept. 8. The play, "Once in My Lifetime: A Buffalo Football Fantasy," was c…

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Bills super fan "Pancho Billa" knew that he had to be part of the NFL Draft when it came to his hometown of Dallas. He ended up as a bigger part than he expected. "Pancho Billa," whose real name is Ezra Castro, was called up to the stage by Bills legends Andre Reed and Fred Jackson to make the Bills' third-round pick Friday night. "With the 96th pick, the Bills Mafia…

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The NFL Draft is in Texas and “Pancho Billa” will be there. While he wasn't expected to announce a pick, Pancho Billa will lead the Bills’ delegation of 50 fans in the NFL’s new “Inner Circle,” an on-the-field experience. Each team was able to select 50 people, but the Bills turned the selections over to Ezra Castro, the man behind the Pancho Billa regalia. The group…

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Bills fans near and far will gather tonight to watch one of the most anticipated drafts in decades for their favorite team. One of the biggest draft parties will take place in one of the world’s biggest cities. The New York City Buffalo Bills Backers are expecting around 200 revelers to attend their annual draft party at McFadden’s Saloon, the Midtown East Irish pub the …

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Individual game tickets for the upcoming Buffalo Bills season will go on sale the week of May 7, the team announced. Fans who have downloaded the My One Buffalo mobile app will have access to a presale offer on tickets beginning at noon May 7 and continuing through 10 a.m. May 8. On May 8, group tickets (12 or more) will be on sale. Group discount prices are availabl…