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Terry Pegula told a group of National Football League owners, players and executives that the league was “under assault” and that “all of us now, we need to put a Band-Aid on what’s going on in the country” during an October meeting to address the fallout from Donald Trump’s inflammatory comments and players kneeling during the national anthem. The remarks by the Bills …

Columns

"I love this country and honestly, I tried my best." Don’t get excited – no one is resigning from office, having acknowledged that they really weren't the right person for the gig. That's just Fergie, apologizing to the nation via an interview with TMZ for her surreal and supremely awful interpretation of the national anthem during last weekend's NBA All-Star Game. T…

Colleges

The Canisius College women's basketball team will raise their arms and hold hands during the playing of the national anthem before games this season, a school spokesman said Thursday. The gesture was captured by a Buffalo News photographer before Wednesday's 71-69 overtime victory against St. Bonaventure at Koessler Center. The gesture "is our women’s basketball prog…

Local News

Their flags billowed in the breeze as a steady rain fell. But through it all, they remained undeterred. They stood there for hours on the side of Abbott Road, with New Era Field at their back and midmorning traffic in their sights. And they proudly held the symbol of our nation in their hands: the red, white and blue of the United States of America. Bonded by mili…

Sports

Are player protests during the national anthem enough to drive fans away from football? If you're judging by Facebook likes, there may be some small evidence of that. The Buffalo Bills were among several NFL teams that saw a decrease in Facebook likes after Sunday's protests against racial injustice during the national anthem, according to data from CrowdTangle, a Fa…

Columns

This is not the first time I wished I could still make the call. For the last few days, as the nation debated and agonized over the question of what defines respect for the national anthem and the flag, as the president said the issue threatens the future of the National Football League, I kept thinking of the powerful stories, easy laugh and intense presence of Earl Lloyd…

Sports

When Jerry Hughes criticized Jim Kelly on Monday, he didn't just take a stand against the greatest quarterback in Bills' history, inspirational cancer survivor and communal treasure. He added yet another layer to a debate that has shown more staying power than Kelly himself. I'm sure Kelly's supporters quietly were disappointed in Hughes for being disappointed in Kelly …

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For some football fans, the widespread response from NFL players to President Trump's weekend remarks is an important issue ... for their fantasy football teams. Yes, these are folks looking through the prism of what this all means for their teams, which are not real. Here are two examples of fantasy owners basing their rosters on whether a player stood or knelt for …

Sports

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ron Brooks kneeled during the national anthem before Thursday's preseason game against the Bills at Lincoln Financial Field, continuing the player protests against social injustice spearheaded last season by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Brooks, who played for the Bills from 2012-15, was one of a handful of Eagles to protest last sea…