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Forgot About Buffalo: What’s the inspiration?

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Some of you may look at our logo and wonder why it looks vaguely familiar. Many more may have no idea what it is or why we chose it. Here's its origin:
In January 2000, Roswell Park Cancer Institute announced they would be teaming up with the Burchfield-Penney Art Center to put on a fundraiser unique to Western New York. The two organizations received over 450 bids from local artists who intended to turn the plain, life-size statues of buffalo into distinctive works of art. The completed pieces of those chosen would then be placed all over the city for the duration of the summer, and in October of that year, would be auctioned off with the proceeds benefiting both parties. The driving force behind the project’s formulation was Patty Capstraw Wilkins. Wilkins had been diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in 1998, and received treatment at Roswell Park. Inspired by Chicago’s Cows On Parade in 1999, Wilkins envisioned hordes of buffalo roaming around Western New York in a similar ma…

Coronavirus be damned: At Long Last, Buffalo Is Big League

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It took 135 years, but Buffalo, N.Y. is finally back in the major leagues.

Justin Trudeau, Tom Wolf, Mark Shapiro, Mike Buczkowski, and a host of other important people somehow revived a dream that died in 1991.
Okay, okay, we’ll reel it in a bit now. It’s not permanent. The Blue Jays will go back to Canada just as soon as their government allows. But for 28 glorious summer days and nights, Buffalo will be one of the most important places in the sports world.
For the countless people in this town who have bled Bisons baseball since their first time at OffermanWar MemorialPilotDunn TireCoca-Cola Sahlen Field, this is a big, big deal. I wasn’t born in the stadium’s heyday, in the midst of the city’s push for a National League expansion team, but the reminders of those glory days are still very much felt 30 years later.
We all know the stories of Jimmy Griffin and Bob Rich making Buffalo feel like it could have competed in the majors. Hell, the fans here were more than SIX MILLION stron…

GALLERY: Katy & Aaron's Engagement

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April 4, 2020 Keuka Park, NY

NYS License Plates Need To Be Fixed, But So Does The Plan To Fix Them

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Earlier this week, New York State announced a plan to overhaul its current license plate design. Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the new plates will solve several issues, like the fact the current ones are peeling and can’t be read by the new cashless tolls that will permeate the state in the next few years. The plan will also give New York automobiles a uniform license plate look, as the last redesign in 2010 did not mandate that drivers surrender their old blue and white plates for the current gold and blues.
There’s a lot to unpack here, so bear with me.
--- Issue 1: We have to pay for new plates ---
One of the biggest reasons New Yorkers are howling is because the change comes with additional, mandatory fees. A two-year registration renewal costs $10 (not bad considering most meals at Burger King come to at least $8 before tax). Now, there will be a $25 fee tacked on to get whichever new design the state lands on. And if for some reason you’re attached to your current plate number? B…

Crankypants Rod Watson won't let Bills fans enjoy their week

As you undoubtedly know by now, the Buffalo Bills are a playoff team for the first time since I reached puberty. Doug Flutie still won't be their quarterback for their showdown in Jacksonville, but another quarterback who's a slightly undersized dual threat will be under center so it's all okay.

Since the last time the Bills played beyond Week 17, we've lived through eight Fast and Furious movies, four presidencies, the deaths of Robin Williams, short airport waits, AIM, and Osama bin laden, the entirety of Arnold Schwarzenegger's political career, and the releases of 25 different variations of Pepsi. The fact that no Bills playoff games occurred in the same span that featured two separate TV shows starring Kevin James and Leah Remini is something to marvel at.

But Buffalo News columnist Rod Watson is not amazed. Or amused. Or even apathetic. In fact, he's downright angry.


At the inevitable watch parties, we should use halftime for mass therapy sessions to reaffir…

The IOC did better (this time)

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This afternoon, IOC President Thomas Bach announced that the Russian Olympic Committee would be banned from competing in PyeongChang, South Korea when the XXIII Winter Olympic Games get underway in February. The Russians have been under intense scrutiny following widespread doping allegations throughout the organization surrounding the 2014 Games the country hosted in Sochi. Some athletes will still be allowed to participate, provided they can pass a rigorous and thorough examination.

The "Olympic Athletes from Russia" who are admitted will compete under the Olympic flag  will certainly draw plenty of attention, but it'll be the athletes missing from the games who will be the primary talking points in the lead-up to and throughout the Olympics. Among the highest-profile sports hit by the verdict will be ice hockey.
The NHL announced several months ago that it would not release its players and put a three-week hiatus in the middle of its season, and now the KHL will follow …