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OAKLAND, Calif. – This can be a ruthless town. Unlike the tourist attractions, chic shimmer and sophistication across San Francisco Bay, Oakland is known for its unapologetic grime. Oakland produced Clint Eastwood, John Lee Hooker, the Hells Angels, Bruce Lee and the Black Panther Party. And don’t try to knock Oakland by countering with pop rapper MC Hammer. This is …

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Those closest to Darryl Talley are terrified. His wife, daughters and former teammates openly cry for him. They lament what has befallen him. They dread what his future might hold. Talley’s life is in tatters. Loved ones say his mind is deteriorating. He’s begrudgingly starting to agree. He’s 54, but his body is a wreck and continues to crumble. He su…

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Of the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks, none is known less by his fan base than Kyle Orton. Orton joined the Buffalo Bills eight days before the season began. As a backup the first four games, he wasn’t interviewed much. He hasn’t been too talkative since he took over for EJ Manuel three weeks ago either. We can look at Orton’s statistics over the past decade to gain …

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The Bills’ best defensive backs might as well have formed a musical trio and sung in harmony. All were in unison about what doomed them last week against the San Diego Chargers. Corey Graham practically spat the words on the locker room floor. “Pick plays,” he said. “They picked us,” Stephon Gilmore said, “and we didn’t adjust.” Aaron Williams added the only way t…

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This story was originally published Sept. 13, 2014. The moment was classic Fred Jackson. In overtime last Sunday, the oldest player on the Buffalo Bills roster – the oldest running back in the NFL by 10 months – took a handoff, burst through the line untouched, cut up the left sideline and dashed deep into Chicago Bears territory. Already a game-sealing play, what…

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LOS ANGELES – At the center of a Buffalo Bills fan’s longest-held fear are two flashing, yellow traffic lights in an underground parking garage. This is where the 50-yard line would be at Farmers Field, the proposed downtown stadium Los Angeles entitled for construction if the developer could acquire an NFL team to play in it first. But the Los Angeles Convention Cen…

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This story was originally published April 26, 2014. EAST BRADY, Pa. — Chris Weibel wanted Jim Kelly’s life. Weibel grew up 15 years behind Kelly in this tiny borough tucked inside an elbow of the Allegheny River. Weibel played quarterback, too, and admired Kelly’s implausible journey from East Brady to the University of Miami to the Buffalo Bills to four straight Sup…