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This is Part 1 of a two-part series. You can read Part 2 here. SHREVEPORT, La. – A peculiar sign hangs outside Green Oaks High School. “No horses or horse back riding on track or football field. Violators will be prosecuted.” As Tre’Davious White tells it, the sign was necessary because the school’s neighbors across Legardy Street would bring their horses over for…

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The Buffalo Bills drafted their next great hope at quarterback with the seventh overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. This is the fifth of a five-part series, "You bloom where you're planted: The cultivation of Josh Allen." (Read Part 1 here,  Part 2 here, Part 3 here and Part 4 here.)  FIREBAUGH, Calif. – Few people have experienced Wyoming football like Jerry Hill has. …

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The Buffalo Bills drafted their next great hope at quarterback with the seventh overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. This is the fourth of a five-part series, "You bloom where you're planted: The cultivation of Josh Allen." (Read Part 1 here,  Part 2 here, Part 3 here.)   Part 5 will be published on BNblitz.com Thursday.  FIREBAUGH, Calif. – Mistakes were made. Suf…

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The Buffalo Bills drafted their next great hope at quarterback with the seventh overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. This is the third of a five-part series, "You bloom where you're planted: The cultivation of Josh Allen." (Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.)  Part 4 will be published on BNblitz.com Wednesday.  LOS BANOS, Calif. – Josh Allen, all of 9 years old, was a bac…

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The Buffalo Bills drafted their next great hope at quarterback with the seventh overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. This is the second of a five-part series, "You bloom where you're planted: The cultivation of Josh Allen." (Read Part 1 here.) Part 3 will be published on BNblitz.com Tuesday.  FIREBAUGH, Calif. — In a place this small and so remote, folks handle multiple …

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The Buffalo Bills drafted their next great hope at quarterback with the seventh overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. This is the first of a five-part series, "You bloom where you're planted: The cultivation of Josh Allen." Read Part 2 here.  FIREBAUGH, Calif. – Joel Allen slowly rolled his brown GMC Sierra pickup past a field of beardless wheat. The night before, swather…

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The 1983 quarterback draft class is the gold standard. This year's group probably won't pan out so well, but silver sure can shimmer. The Comstock Lode, the massive silver vein in Nevada's western mountains, made many men rich and established much of America's Pacific infrastructure. There was so much silver, the U.S. Mint opened a branch in nearby Carson City. …

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was noncommittal after Sunday's Super Bowl when asked if he planned to return next season. Gronkowski, the game's best tight end, surprised some when he suggested he needed to evaluate his future and would reflect on the season and talk to his teammates. Amherst native Gronkowski, who turns 29 in May, is still near the to…

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Roger Goodell asked Robert Mueller to conduct an independent investigation of the NFL 32 months before the Justice Department appointed Mueller to conduct an independent investigation of President Trump's connections to Russia. The NFL often borrows devices implemented by our political institutions. Its outgoing executive vice president of communications and public affa…

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The scenario was always the same for Steven Means growing up. Whenever a pick-up football game would begin in the vacant lot next to his house on Northampton Street, Means’ goal was simple: Make the play that would win the Super Bowl. Maybe that was with the winning catch, or a game-deciding sack. No matter how it happened, the ending was the same, with Means a world…

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LeSean McCoy didn't tell his teammates beforehand. Even four days after the fact, his eyes darted around the Buffalo Bills' locker room. He whispered. "I didn't say anything to the guys," McCoy murmured Thursday as if revealing covert data, "but mentally I knew I was going to have a solid game." McCoy's secret wouldn't keep that Sunday afternoon: He obviously love…

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Stephon Gilmore took the heat as a sign of respect. The New England Patriots’ cornerback was greeted with a hearty round of boos after being announced as the tackler on one of the first plays of the game Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. “It's part of it. Fans going to be fans,” Gilmore said after his new team came away with an easy 23-3 win at New Era Field. “You kn…

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Jonesing for yet another reason to hate the New England Patriots? The worst day of a Patriot's life probably ranks among the more rewarding experiences of his career. That's right. Even when a Patriot gets fired, there's a chance he'll look back upon the moment gratefully. For about as long as the Buffalo Bills have failed to reach the playoffs, we've been inundat…

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Desperation would seem a plausible reason if times actually were desperate. Outright panic feels like a reasonable explanation. The decision was so surprising, so vexing that self-sabotage could be assumed. The Buffalo Bills this week benched Tyrod Taylor for rookie Nathan Peterman, who will make his first NFL start Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, an odd …