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This was the place, the end point of the pilgrimage. Christian Figueroa and his family spent almost seven hours last week driving from their Massachusetts home in order to climb onto an elevator in the Convention Tower on Court Street, known for years as the Walbridge Building in downtown Buffalo. The Figueroas were headed for the fifth floor, toward the locked door of …

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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…

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For a Buffalo basketball pioneer, it's one Hall of Fame down .... The big one yet to go. Leo Ferris, whose Buffalo Bisons of 1946 are now the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks, was named last week to the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame. For family members of Ferris, who went on from Buffalo to become a founder of the NBA, the significance went beyo…

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Maybe it's appropriate. In a week when the firing of yet another Buffalo Bills head football coach leaves the Western New York sports world in a tumult, we also commemorate the anniversary of an almost forgotten tale of Buffalo sports disappointment. In this case, the bad news was delivered on what’s supposed to be the most joyous day of the year. The Atlanta Hawks were b…