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Buffalo Bills NFL fans can rest a bit easier today, as it was announced that Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pequila has submitted the top bid for purchasing the team, at over $1 billion dollars. His bid exceeded one of a Toronto-based group that included American rock star Jon Bon Jovi, and one from New York real estate financier, Donald Trump. The Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and New York Giants are usually recognized as the National Football League's most valuable franchises. Getting a $1 billion dollar bid for the Bills was a huge surprise. There was no word whether former Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly, who led a group last year in an attempt to purchase the club, was part of any of the bidders. Kelly, suffering from cancer of the jaw, has been declining in recent weeks, and fans eyes are keeping a concerned and worried eye on him.

The Toronto-based bid clearly worried Bills fans. Buffalo has been playing one of their home games in that Canadian city for many years, and although not well attended, it brings in a lot of Canadian television monies. However, the NFL does have an agreement not to place teams in Canada, as their unique CFL is considered a minor league for the NFL, where stars like Warren Moon and Doug Flutie played for many years. Also, the Bills recently concluded a contract with Erie County and New York State, that keeps them rooted in Buffalo for the next eight years, ending speculation they could be purchased and moved to Los Angeles. The league would like San Diego to take that city, but its owner has resisted all attempts to move 90-miles north, and odds are, if LA does get a team (it needs a stadium first), the team that goes would be the St.Louis Rams, back to their original home.

The death of the Bills only owner, Ralph Wilson, at age 96 this year, led to tremendous speculation in Western New York as to the fate of the team. Pequila will know the value of keeping the Bills in small-market Buffalo, and the community support.

Ralph Wilson originally petitioned Miami for his new American Football League team in 1961, but problems with a lease at the now demolished Orange Bowl Stadium (later the home for many years of the Miami Dolphins),
caused him to look elsewhere, and in his own opinion, he found a "gem" up in Buffalo.

The Bills, who are the only team which wears Red-White-Blue colors as their uniform, played in three straight American Football League championship games in 1964 defeating San Diego; 1965 defeating San Diego again and in 1966, losing surprisingly at home to the Kansas City Chiefs, for the spot in the first Super Bowl. Buffalo was led by QB Jack Kemp, later a NYS Congressman and Vice Presidential candidate. Buffalo's 20-7 1964 win over favored San Diego at home, followed the next day by the Cleveland Browns 27-0 upset of the Baltimore Colts, generated tremendous discussion among fans, media and league executives, for a playoff.

Mr. Wilson, in the Hall of Fame, was responsible for negotiating the common NFL draft, and clearing the way for the new American Football / National Football Conference merger, and in the 1990's, led by Jim Kelly at QB, Bufalo went to four straight Super Bowls. Unfortunate they couldn't win one of them for the fans and Mr. Wilson. It has been 13-years since the Bills saw the NFL playoffs, not since the Doug Flutie era, and their final playoff appearance was a loss to Tennessee, which went to the Super Bowl, on the Music City Miracle play.

During the American Football League's years, Mr. Wilson and Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt, financed the Oakland Raiders payroll for two seasons, to keep them from moving, thank goodness, who would ever want to be without those crazy dressed Radar fans? He also carried the New England Patriots payroll, along with Buffalo's, during the Billy Sullivan era when the lack of a decent stadium was a factor in whether the Patriots moved, or stayed in New England. He never said whether he was reimbursed for the payroll monies by New England or the league.

Anyway, the Bills are in Buffalo for 8-years, not going anywhere, and the top bid is in at $1 billion, from a Buffalo sports owner, which should end the question of whether Buffalo moves from Western New York. The amount, however, was surprising........STFN
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Does this deal included a baker's dozen of Buffalo wings?

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Default Re: Buffalo Bills Sale Tops $1 Billion Dollars

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Does this deal included a baker's dozen of Buffalo wings?

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All you can eat at Duff's Restaurant, or The Anchor Bar on Main St. in downtown Buffalo, where the wings were invented in 1966. For big parties, The Anchor Bar has a website, and will deliver 200 or more hot to your door the next day. Buffalo's other culinary feature, Beef On Wick, thinly sliced roast beef with gravy over a salted kimmel wick roll, delicious. Have to fly up there this fall to see my sister, get out of the South Florida heat for a few days and catch a Bills home game. Fall is a good time to be in Western New York. Winter's, not so much. AFC-East is playing NFC-Central this year I think, that's games against the Green Bay Packers; Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, two of those in Buffalo. Believe the Miami Dolphins open their season up there this year also, have to check the schedule. Lived in South Florida for 18-years, never a Fins fan. Bills have taken 3 of 4 against Miami recently, the annual "Squish The Fish" game is always fun.....STFN
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