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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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After too many years of losing and drudgery, the Buffalo sports scene was marked by two overriding themes in 2018. One was hope. Strangely enough, the other was historic trips to Dallas, a place that broke the city's collective hearts three major times during the 1990s. Cynics might chuckle on the first point. The Bills and Sabres, in particular, have had nothing to …

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"Sorry, Russ Brandon is not available." If you called New Era Cap's main phone line at 4:39 p.m. Tuesday, you could enter Russ Brandon's name in the phone directory. You could select his extension and get sent to his voicemail, where the computerized voice tells you, "Sorry, Russ Brandon is not available." Apparently, that is literal. Reports surfaced Monday night…

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UPDATE: Russ Brandon is not joining New Era Cap, after discussions "did not fully materialize." A handful of years ago, Russ Brandon offered Chris Koch an enticing (and expensive) opportunity. Brandon, then the CEO of the Buffalo Bills, called Koch, the leader of his family’s company, New Era Cap Co., and asked, “What do you think about putting your name on the stadium?…

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ATLANTA — Kim Pegula described herself as “very disheartened” over the parting of ways with Russ Brandon as president of Pegula Sports & Entertainment and its sports franchises. Speaking with The Buffalo News at the NFL spring meeting Tuesday and Wednesday, Pegula wouldn’t address details of what led to Brandon’s May 1 resignation. The News reported that workplace a…

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Here's a great bar conversation to have, courtesy of a tweet from NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah on Friday. "The 2011 NFL Draft class should be a documentary one day," Jeremiah wrote on Twitter. "Seven of the top 11 picks will be Hall of Famers. Cam Newton (1) Von Miller (2) AJ Green (4) Patrick Peterson (5) Julio Jones (6) Tyron Smith (9) JJ Watt (11)." I'm not sold …

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The NFL has closed the books on its examination of the circumstances that led to Russ Brandon's May 1 resignation as managing partner and president of Pegula Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Buffalo Bills. A league spokesman Friday issued the following statement: "We are satisfied the club addressed the matter in a timely, thorough and appropriate manner. …

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Sean McDermott hopes the Buffalo Bills can find the next Quintin Mikell in the 12 undrafted free agents who officially signed with the team Friday. An undrafted free agent out of Boise State, Mikell turned himself into an All-Pro safety with the Philadelphia Eagles during the time McDermott was on their coaching staff. “Really a credit to the way he approached his jo…

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I must say, I'm touched. The Mailbag took a three-week hiatus and people actually missed it. There was a pile of mail waiting, on all manner of subjects. And no one told me to retire or move back to New England (where I spent last week). It's hard to get to everyone's questions. I still have some good ones sitting in the file from last fall. So in an attempt to be more …

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Russ Brandon resigned this week from his position as the president and managing partner of Pegula Sports and Entertainment, which oversees the Bills and Sabres, Tim Graham reported Tuesday. Brandon's resignation follows an internal investigation into allegations of inappropriate relationships with female employees. Brandon, who began his career with the Bills as executi…

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Russ Brandon's big moment with the Buffalo Sabres didn't work. The former team president, who resigned Tuesday after being part of an internal investigation, was one of the key figures in getting the World Junior Championship back to Buffalo this year. The hype was big, especially the outdoor game between the United States and Canada in New Era Field. The event faile…

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Terry and Kim Pegula released a statement regarding the resignation of Russ Brandon: "We have a tremendous amount of confidence in the strong leadership teams we have built within each of those entities over the last several years. We are excited about the direction of our teams, especially after this past weekend's NFL draft and NHL lottery results. "Our focus remai…

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Brandon Beane unknowingly stepped into a hornet's nest Monday. Appearing on the team-produced "One Bills Live," the Buffalo Bills' general manager was asked by co-host Steve Tasker who will have a seat at the team's draft table later this week. "It'll be me, Sean, Kim and Terry, Joe Schoen, Terrence Gray, who's our college director, and then Russ Brandon," Beane said…

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A whole segment of Sabres fans still talk about how the team is playing at "the new arena," a step up from the much-beloved Memorial Auditorium. But KeyBank Center, the fourth name of a building that opened in 1996, is hardly new anymore. Approaching 22 years old, it's in middle age in arena years and has fallen behind the other facilities constructed during the NHL's b…