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NFL teams usually dread the period between the end of minicamp and the start of training camp. It’s a time when players return home, unwind, and sometimes find themselves in trouble. The Buffalo Bills didn’t have to wait for that period to start next month, though, as trouble found rookie linebacker Tyrel Dodson last weekend. Dodson was arrested in Scottsdale, Ariz.,…

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We saw family strife and institutional turmoil. We squinted into the national spotlight as it shone on local destinations. We witnessed the power of humanity in the the wake of tragedy and heard chilling memories of horrors long past. And yeah, we also learned that our cable bills were going up and that certain football players got themselves into trouble. It was …

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When Jack Eichel Instagrammed the world on Friday he was changing his uniform number from 15 to 9 next season, that was a relatively rare move. Players often change numbers when they switch teams but it's not normally done by big names without a change of scenery. A couple of notable exceptions that jump to mind are Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles (switched from 8 to 24 in 2…

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When he looks back all these years later, the sweetest moment of Tony Hunter's NFL career happened before he played a down. That's not to say Hunter didn't encounter success. He made the NFL's All-Rookie team. He won a division title and got within a game of the Super Bowl. He played alongside future Hall of Famers. None of it compared to the day the Buffalo Bills dr…

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LAS VEGAS – As with certain people, some stories need little introduction. O.J. Simpson had friends who died while he served nine years in a Nevada prison for kidnapping and armed robbery. Among them was icon Muhammad Ali. From Simpson's exclusive interview with The Buffalo News, this is his recollection of the first time he met Ali, who had refused induction into th…

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LAS VEGAS – When talking about the greatest football player, particularly from before the NFL-AFL merger, Jim Brown's name is paramount. O.J. Simpson has another name rarely mentioned. "The only guy that ever intimidated me in a game was Dick Butkus," Simpson said Monday in a wide-ranging, exclusive interview with The Buffalo News. Simpson lined up against the Chi…

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LAS VEGAS – The challenge was issued in December. Four days removed from plowing the Buffalo Bills to victory through ungodly heavy snow, LeSean McCoy was interviewed about what it takes to run in those elements. Few excel in such treacherous conditions like McCoy has. Another with such a knack was Bills Wall of Fame tailback O.J. Simpson. "Well, what did O.J. say?" McC…

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LAS VEGAS – After seven seasons, O.J. Simpson was done with pro football. The NFL's greatest running back had toiled enough with the Buffalo Bills, played long enough to earn a pension and was ready to retire if not traded. He was convinced owner Ralph Wilson was more smitten with filling Rich Stadium than fielding a contender that would raise the payroll. Simpson en…

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LAS VEGAS — The dishwasher was chirping, and he couldn't figure out how to turn it off. The thermostat was a mystery. A freshly discovered leak dripped from a large stain in the garage ceiling, and he couldn't locate the cause. He hunched as he moved around the house, smoothly but with a shuffle more than a glide. Reading glasses perched on his salt-and-pepper head. He …

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If any TV market in the country was more likely to watch the 2006 O.J. Simpson interview that Fox ran Sunday night opposite the premiere of ABC's "American Idol," you might have thought it would be Buffalo. After all, Simpson was a celebrated Bill before his mighty fall in the so-called "Trial of the Century" for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her…

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Is America tired of the saga of the disgraced former American football idol, O.J. Simpson? Does America really care that the singing competition series "American Idol" is coming back? Those two questions can be answered by Nielsen after "American Idol" and a controversial 12-year-old Simpson special that never aired collide a week from Sunday. ABC announced severa…

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Who the hell is Kiko Alonso? That's what LeSean McCoy asked agent Drew Rosenhaus in March 2015. The Philadelphia Eagles had traded McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for Alonso, an injured linebacker. Nearly three seasons and many yards later, McCoy smirks at the mention of Alonso, the personification of a chip on the star running back's shoulder. Some team dared to belie…

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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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Last month, we took a look at some interesting Bills’ numbers from the early 1970s – one for each season – continuing what we began back in September that started with a piece on fun facts and oddities in the early 1960s and then the late 1960s. With little positive to draw on after the Saints’ 47-10 thrashing of the Bills, let’s pick up where we left off and look at so…

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Bills vs. Raiders: 38 games all-time. Bills record: 17-21 (.447). Playoffs: 2-0. Winning the AFC Championship on Jan. 20, 1991, and the Divisional Round game on Jan. 15, 1994. First game: On Oct. 23, 1960, the Bills beat the Raiders 38-9. Buffalo's fullback Wray Carlton caught three of Johnny Green's four touchdown passes – with the fourth going to Elbert …