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I had foggy memories of OJ and Fergy in the late 70’s, but one of my distinct memories was beating the Fins for the opener in 1980 at Rich 17-7.  It was so awesome as we were beaten 20 times in the 70’s by the Fish.  That was a great year.  Knox just exuded confidence and we would be a winner.  He’s definitely the forgotten winning coach for the Bills.  The old timers liked Saban, the middle aged guys was Levy, and the youngins McD, but Knox was the guy that turned our team around.  Had Ralph not had the ego problem as Knox was a stubborn guy, it could’ve worked out better.

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Too old to remember.    I wish someone would start thread "What's your LATEST memory of the Buffalo Bills"   Even then......

@ SUNY Fredonia 1980, Joe Cribbs carrying me around on on his shoulders for 15 mins or so while he was signing autographs for the mob of fans.  I was hooked

Training camp at Niagara, OJ standing high jumping a 4'+ security fence to sign autographs

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Jack Kemp being booed unmercifully entering the game coming off the bench, throws a long TD pass causing the crowd to go crazy instantly. From bum to hero on one play. This was at the ole Rockpile - War Memorial Stadium in the 60's... You could still get a REAL grilled hot dog at the concession stands, not the boiled or microwaved kind they sell you today...

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20 hours ago, NewEra said:

@ SUNY Fredonia 1980, Joe Cribbs carrying me around on on his shoulders for 15 mins or so while he was signing autographs for the mob of fans.  I was hooked

Yeah, 'fess up.  You were 19 at the time, Cribbs was just showing off his off season weightlifting prowess. 😁

19 hours ago, jwolf02 said:

 

-Getting Jim Kelly's autograph in the back corner of a Toys R Us (it was a scheduled signing). I remember him wearing a canadian tuxedo.  Still have that ball on display in my kids room with a few other training camp autographs through the years.

What the devil is a 'canadian tuxedo'?  A 'Syd Silver' rental?

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8 minutes ago, Ridgewaycynic2013 said:

Yeah, 'fess up.  You were 19 at the time, Cribbs was just showing off his off season weightlifting prowess. 😁

What the devil is a 'canadian tuxedo'?  A 'Syd Silver' rental?

Nah, I was 36 at the time.  

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3 hours ago, Ridgewaycynic2013 said:

Yeah, 'fess up.  You were 19 at the time, Cribbs was just showing off his off season weightlifting prowess. 😁

What the devil is a 'canadian tuxedo'?  A 'Syd Silver' rental?

Haha, Jeans and a jean jacket.

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first significant memory was live at this game watching Walter Payton flip over our D line. By far he's my favorite non-Bill ever.

 

I was 8, LOL.

 

 

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Not sure what happened first but these three were early;

1) OJ tearing up his knee on a kick return at the Rockpile after Bill Enyart missed a block

2) Preston Riddlehuber’s half back option pass

3) Greg Jones returning an onside kick fir a TD against the Patriots

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My first game was the home opener in 1972. We lost to the Jets 41-24 but it was the first time I saw OJ Simpson run the ball. I was hooked and wore #32 everywhere. I remember the seats were just rows of metal and you could bring in food and beer.  I didn't have a seat. I sat on the cooler in front of my dad with two of my uncles and my grandpa. I was in charge of passing the beers to everyone. It was so cool to be able to bring a picnic full of food and beer and pay a few bucks a ticket to see the Bills play.  #Goodtimes

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On 3/13/2021 at 1:45 PM, SoCal Deek said:

I believe he gained 2,000 in 73 after moving to Rich Stadium. They stuck the fork in War Memorial on a cold late December day against the Lions. My thermos bottle nearly froze. 😂

May have been, I just know I froze in both stadiums. Great memories  .. ....

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Bills Steelers pre-season game either in 79 or 80.  I believe it was 80 after they had won their fourth SB.  While trying to find the preseason schedules for those years, I found a you-tube highlight film of Bills Steelers 1980 regular season game in November.  Van Miller was great calling the game and as the Bills clinched the win, he states the Bills have arrived.  It would take a couple more weeks and a win over a young Montana and the 49ers to clinch the AFC East. Also found that highlight film on you-tube.  

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Like many of my generation, it’s the memories of my childhood hero, OJ Simpson—he ran with grace, agility, speed and power.  Watching the old highlights of him running with the ball will always amaze me (he’s in that special class of all time greats). 

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My first impactful memory was Jim Kelly diving into the end zone to beat the dolphins early in the season by beating two LBs to the goal line. I don't remember year but I remember my uncle's being excited.

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I couple vague memories when I was super young and going to peoples houses with my parents and everybody ignoring me. 
 

But as I came of age, one of the first games ever actually sitting through with my dad, I was about 7. I couldn’t tell you who we were playing but it was definitely December. I asked why 78 wasn’t wearing long sleeves when it was cold and snowing. My dad said “that’s Bruce Smith, he’s so tough he doesn’t get cold”. I said I want to be like Bruce Smith and my dad went outside with me and let me run around in shorts, T-shirt, and boots, in the snow in the yard. 
 

Bruce Smith has been my favorite Bill since then. Although Josh and Tre are catching up quickly now that I am 34. Tre is a national treasure. 

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1959 when the Courier-Express had an article stating that that Ralph Wilson had been awarded a franchice in the new American Football League with the Team to be located in Buffalo NY and named the "Bills".  I was just a kid and loved pro football but all I could follow was the the Browns of the NFL on CBS.  This was a whole new world.

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