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January 22, 2021 - 3:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in buffalo bills, sports, football, KMS Dance Academy.

This video was submitted by Jazmyn Dobson, a teacher at KMS Dance Academy in Batavia. Students and staff, under the direction of owner Erica Grazioplene, put together this video in support of the Buffalo Bills.

January 17, 2021 - 1:11pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, buffalo bills, sports.


In case you haven't heard, the Buffalo Bills (15-3) are heading to the AFC Championship game, for the first time since 1993, next Sunday. Barber Joey Williams gave Raymond Schramm Jr. a haircut that matches his team pride after yesterday's playoff win over the Baltimore Ravens 17-3.

Submitted photo.

September 20, 2019 - 1:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Ed Oliver, batavia, T.F. Brown's, football, buffalo bills, sports.


The Buffalo Bills #1 draft pick, rookie defensive tackle Ed Oliver, will be at T.F. Brown's Restaurant from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday (Sept. 24).

The first 100 kids age 12 and under will receive a free Ed Oliver commemorative T-shirt.

Photo: Rick Mancuso and Dominic Grazioplene.

December 10, 2018 - 6:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in pembroke, news, schools, education, buffalo bills.


The Buffalo Bills' Lorenzo Alexander sponsored a reading contest at Pembroke Intermediate School for the month of October. Any student who completed a book during October would be entered to win one of 15 tickets to a Buffalo Bills football game.

Yesterday, 15 students attended the game, all-expenses paid by Alexander.

"It was a cold day, and despite the upset against the Jets these 15 students and teacher chaperones had the time of their life," said Melessa Cleveland, whose daughter, sixth-grader Angelina, was among the 15 winners. "A very special thanks to Lorenzo Alexander for donating food and tickets for yesterday's game."

Photos by Mr. Brown. Info and photos submitted by Melessa Cleveland. 

August 12, 2016 - 1:14pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, muckdogs, baseball, batavia, news, buffalo bills, Ray Bentley.

Press release:

The Batavia Muckdogs today announced that former Buffalo Bills linebacker Ray Bentley will sign autographs at Dwyer Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 21st, when the Muckdogs battle the West Virginia Black Bears at 4:05 p.m.

Prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, Bentley will sign autographs from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Bentley will then sign again from 4:10 to 5 p.m.

Bentley is also the author of a series of children’s books about the characters Darby the Dinosaur and Bubba Gator. In addition to Bentley’s autograph signing, the first 150 kids 10 and under will also receive a free copy of the book “Darby’s Christmas Adventure.”

Bentley spent six seasons with the Bills (1986-1991), including two of the four historic consecutive Super Bowl appearances. After suffering an injury with the Cincinnati Bengals in 1992, Ray retired from professional football. Once retired, Ray became a radio show talk host in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich., on WOOD 1340 AM, as well as a play by play announcer on FOX for the NFL. In 2000, he became the Head Coach and General Manager of the Buffalo Destroyers, an Arena Football League team. After resigning in 2003, he made his way back to the television screen, becoming a color analyst for ESPN college football games, the job he still holds today.

For tickets, call the Muckdogs box office at (585) 343-5454, ext. 1005.

July 25, 2016 - 7:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in buffalo bills, GCC, golf, sports, news, Stafford Country Club, Stafford.


This is Booker Edgerson, a star cornerback with the Buffalo Bills in the 1960s.

When I told Edgerson that I'm a little rusty on my Bills' history because I'm a lifelong San Diego Chargers fan, he smiled and said, "then you must know Lance Alworth."

Of course, I know Lance Alworth. I used to watch Alworth play, though I was very young at the time.

"I'm the only man to catch Lance Alworth."

"You ran down Lance Alworth?"

"Yup, I ran him down."

In fact, Edgerson's Wikipedia page notes that he's the only man in NFL history to catch Alworth from behind.

"I played against him my whole career," Edgerson said. "We came into the league together. Man, he was tough to cover."

Edgerson was playing in a golf tournament Monday at Stafford Country Club to benefit the scholarship fund at Genesee Community College. He was one of five former Bills players, and former Lions player, who participated in the tournament. This is the first year for the tournament, but the planning committee is already talking about next year.

The only man to catch Lance Alworth ... that's quite a line on a professional football resume.



June 1, 2015 - 4:32am
Rex Ryan and company are headed to Batavia Monday. This time golfing will be part of the 2015 OTA spring training for the team, according to ESPN.  Ryan, who is in his first year as head coach of the Buffalo Bills, will alot the tournament as the fourth of ten team OTA's.  The tournament is set for this morning and will include Jim Kelly, former Bills Hall Of Fame quarterback, for the first time since 2013. He was unable to attend last year, due to cancer treatment.  The tournament, which is in its 29th year, features celebrities and athletes from all over. Past golfers have included former Dolphins Hall Of Fame quarterback Dan Marino, Former Buffalo Bills Andre Reed and Thurman Thomas, ESPN Broadcaster Chris "Boomer" Berman, actor Alec Baldwin, several other past and present Bills players and many others. The tournament raises money for Kelly's charity, Kelly For Kids, which serves disabled and disadvantaged youth in western New York.
March 26, 2014 - 1:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, buffalo bills.

Joe Gerace will always have a warm place in his heart for Ralph Wilson, the founding owner of the Buffalo Bills who died yesterday at age 95.

One of Gerace's most memorable moments as a Bills fan was a trip to Cleveland for a Bills vs. Browns game in 2007. There was a reception the night before the game and Wilson was there.

Gerace said he walked up to Wilson and put his arm around him and asked, "Mr. Wilson, can I get my picture taken with you?"

Wilson agreed readily, and then chatted with Gerace a bit and asked him where he was from.  Wilson then invited Robert Royal and Trent Edwards over for pictures with Gerace.

A few seasons later, Gerace was at a game in Buffalo and he saw Wilson riding on a golf cart through a tunnel.

"He hollers to me, "'Hey, Batavia!' That made me feel good. He was a nice man. They can say what the want to say want about Mr. Wilson, but he was a down-to-earth gentleman."

He added, "He did a lot of good for Buffalo and the community and it's a big loss."

August 6, 2013 - 8:39am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, downtown, football, sports, buffalo bills, City Slickers.

Yesterday, Buffalo Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone put his team through a long and physical practice. It was the first day of scrimmages. By the time it was over, players were tired and running late, but still, several did show up as planned to City Slickers for the taping of Sports Cube TV.

Above former #1 draft pick Marcell Dareus during his interview.

Also joining the party were Aaron Williams, Migel Bradham, Zebrie Sanders, Marcus Dowtin, Crezdon Butler, Jamie Blatnick, Kortnei Brown and Dominque Ellis.

Dareus with promoter Tim Walton.

DJ Macy Paradise

Sports Cube host Muki.

To purchase prints, click here.

August 3, 2013 - 1:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, downtown, sports, buffalo bills, City Slickers.

Press release:

Monday night, City Slickers will be the place to be. Several Buffalo Bills players will be in Batavia at the restaurant for a live filming for Sports Q Television, a Buffalo-based company. The event which starts at 9:30 p.m. will feature two DJs, and up to 30 Buffalo Bills players that will be arriving shortly after in a limousine, courtesy of Mancuso Limousine (sponsor). The filming will take place on the stage and will be open to the public to enjoy and watch, and will be followed up with an after party.

The names of the players can't be released because of contractual arrangments.

"There will be even more guys coming out. Some of them we can't announce until they show up, others we are just waiting on confirmation," said event coordinator Tim Walton. "We have invited the whole team, so anyone can show."

City Slickers is no stranger to hosting the Buffalo Bills. Walton has recently put on events that included Buffalo Bills players Stevie Johnson, Aaron Williams, Kelvin Sheppard, TJ Heath and Crezdon Butler. The Bills will be traveling from St. John Fisher College, where they have been staying for training camp. They have Tuesday off due to the PGA Tour.

This event is 18+ with proper ID and will run from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to wear Buffalo Bills gear and to come out for dinner before.

The restaurant, which is not usually open on Mondays will be opening at 4 p.m. and offering a full dinner menu. 

For more info you can visit the event at Facebook.com/CitySlickersBar   (https://www.facebook.com/events/185226108319418/)

July 20, 2013 - 3:23pm
posted by Timothy Walton in accident, buffalo bills, Livingston County, Memorial, NBA, Dustin Zito.

If you have been on twitter lately, chances are you have seen the abundance of tweets using the hashtag #RondoForCMstrong (RajonRondo for Cal-Mum Strong). The tweet, started in Cal-Mum to honor one of the recent victims of the tragic car accident, that killed three young adults and injured two others is trending in the Buffalo and Rochester area. 

Emily Peterson, 17, passed away yesterday at Strong Memorial and was the third victim of the crash. Peterson along with the other accident victims were returning home after volunteering for a summer school program at BOCES in Batavia.

Her friends and family took to twitter in an attempt to get her favorite athlete, Rajon Rondo, of the Boston Celtics, to tweet for her. Many have also reached out to ESPN, NBA and other athletes to help get the tweet trending nationwide.

To the friends and family it means alot, a friend said.

"We all thought that it could never happen and never would have but its just taken off to something so unbelievable." said Seth Meyers, a friend of Emily. "Rondo was Emily's favorite player. I can't even explain how many times she talked about him and supported him."

Since the tweets began, Boston Celtics star Rajon Rondo, has not only seen the tweet, but dedicated a tweet to it as well. Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson, MTV and VH1 reality star Dustin Zito and many other residents and businesses throughout WNY have also joined in the trend.

February 20, 2013 - 3:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, GCC, buffalo bills.

Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Lou Piccone, flanked by the Cougar Dance and Cheer teams, was at Genesee Community College today to promote the upcoming Trek the Trail Walkin’ 'n’ Talkin’ event.

Piccone is honorary chairman of the event, which is set for 8:30 a.m., April 20 at the college.

The walk around the Batavia campus is open to all – young, old, athletes of all persuasions, runners, walkers, alumni, faculty and staff, people with friendly dogs, or babies in strollers.

Participants in the fund-raising event will visit nine Cougar Stops along the route featuring an array of fun encounters and prizes. 

After the walk, a picnic lunch is provided on the East Lawn. Prizes will be awarded for most pledges raised by an individual, as a team, and to the GCC student club with the most pledges. Most creative team costumes will also be recognized.

Today, Piccone talked about his football career -- which included 100 passes for 1,380 yards and six touchdowns from 1977 through 1982 with the Bills and Jets.

He also explained that he is supporting the event because a college education helped him prepare for life, even an NFL career, where offensive schemes can get complicated and he had to be able to adapt to playing more than one position.

Registration for the event is $15 per participant and includes a T-shirt, picnic lunch, prizes and treats. Children 8 and under accompanied by an adult are free. 

To register or for more information, click here.

“We’re delighted that Lou Piccone will join us for our Trek the Trail, Walkin’ 'n’ Talkin' Scholarship fundraiser, and I’m excited to give him a tour of our campus ahead of time,” said Russ Romano, Trek the Trail committee member and GCC Foundation Board member. “He brings a level of enthusiasm that raises awareness on how this event serves a multitude of terrific purposes.

Below, people involved in organizing the event: Lou Piccone, Joanna Barefoot, Andrew Maguire, Nate Shirk, Eric Sandler, Andrew Crofts, Marc Staley, Marlin Salmon and Russ Romano.

August 27, 2010 - 12:48pm

It all began with Hunter James Kelly, the little boy who wasn't supposed to live to see his second birthday.

Shortly after he entered this world, Hunter was diagnosed with Krabbe disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that affects one in every 100,000 children.

While his battle with the condition did ultimately cost him his life, Hunter beat the odds and made it to age 8. This was partly owing to his own strength and will to live, but also to the tireless efforts of his parents, who worked very hard to make sure he had the care and support that he needed -- both medical and personal.

His father is Jim Kelly, former quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. His mother is Jill Kelly, a former model, a longtime Attica resident and an alumnus of Notre Dame High School in Batavia.

The Kellys were devastated by the loss of their son, and this devastation could easily have shattered their family.

Instead, it brought them closer together.

The same devastation could also easily have snuffed out any faith they had in the possibility of any meaning, purpose or goodness in the universe.

Instead, it drew them into a close, personal relationship with a loving God.

Hunter's ordeal, the hurdles Jim and Jill faced in their marriage, their love for their children, the faith they both found...these are some of the subjects that Jill covers in her new memoir, "Without a Word: How a Boy's Unspoken Love Changed Everything." 

"Without a Word" will be Jill's third published work. The others are "Prayers for Those Who Grieve" and "Prayers of Hope for the Brokenhearted."

As you might expect, the memoir is told mainly from Jill's perspective. But it also includes contributions from Jim and the couple's two daughters, Erin Marie and Camryn Lynn. Each member of the Kelly family shares his/her experience as part of a family that has suffered together, loved together, struggled together, and believed together.

Jill will be featured on NBC's "Today Show" on Sept. 10 (the day after the book's release) and on "Fox and Friends" on Sept. 11.

In the meantime, she was kind enough to take some time out of her busy schedule to talk with The Batavian about the faith that has sustained her throughout all of her ordeals and given her a strength, peace and joy that inspires everyone around her:

September 20, 2009 - 7:32pm
posted by Bea McManis in sports, buffalo bills.


Great Game!!!


April 27, 2009 - 7:34am
posted by Fred GUNDELL in football, sports, buffalo bills.

 As a youth, there were no Bufalo Bills.  Virtually every local Football Fan belonged to the Giants or the Browns.  That is why alot of local football fans to this date are labelled as "Bills Bashers".  I am not one of those however. If it were not for the Bill I could never see the Giants in person.  They play the Bills every six or seven years, and tickets to the Meadowlands are handed down in Wills.  So here is my criticism of the BILLS!!  Their CHEAP OWNER!!  Who else would move games to Toronto after all these years, and expect the fans to buy into the explanation that he is trying to expand the base...It's the same base it was 30 years ago.

Lets face it, he's trying to sell more of the overpriced luxury boxes, and club seats. That all goes into his pocket.  The player salaries are more than covered by the TV revenue.  ALL clubs to my knowledge share gate revenues equally. That more than pays the staff.  So that leaves the $25.00 parking charge,club seats, Luxury Boxes, and a good hunk of Hot Dog and Beer Money for poor old Mr. Wilson. I feel sorry for him.  He must really be suffering there in Detroit. It's no wonder that  there hasn't been a big time Coach or General Manager in years. And ,Oh bye the way ,they haven't made the playoffs since one year after John Butler left.  Need I list all the losers that have coached here for years.  Think about Kaye Stevens, Hank Bullock, Mallarcki (or whatever his name was), Wade Phillips who inherited a John Butler Team his first year, Tom Donohoe, Marv Levy as GM(??) What did he do? I suspect this guy Jauron is there because he's cheap. No wonder they extended his contract.  It's not because he's been successful. Where would the Bills have been had they had a Big Time coach and GM these past ten years or so.  I'll bet they would have made they playoffs, or better.

April 25, 2009 - 3:13pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports, buffalo bills, draft.

4:04 p.m. - Here we go. No big surprise as the Detroit Lions select quarterback Tim Couch, err, Matthew Stafford. The team reached a contract with him last night. Updates will be coming through the day.

4:16 p.m. - Jason Smith just went to the Rams. My prediction is Kansas City trades down and probably the Jets come up and get Mark Sanchez.  (OK, I'm wrong and confused by the selection).

4:39 p.m. - Jets moved up for Sanchez. Great move. He's the best QB prospect in the draft.

4:59 p.m. - The Oakland Raiders are the worst franchise in the AFC and that was an absolutely stupid draft pick at No. 7. Darrius Heyward-Bey out of Maryland is the fourth ranked receiver in the pre-draft rankings. Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin are easily more likely to be stars. Mel Kiper gave this pick an F. I also do.

5:13 p.m. - San Francisco is the only team other than Buffalo and Michael Oher is still on the board. If San Fran takes him, expect possibly USC linebacker Brian Cushing or Texas defensive end Brian Arakpo to be the pick. If the 49ers take somebody else though, Oher is the pick.

5:27 p.m. - Aaron Maybin of Penn State is the pick. The defensive end is a pretty good pass rusher, but not a choice I think a lot of fans would have made. The Bills need to replace Jason Peters, who was traded to Philly, and Oher would have been perfect. I preferred Arakpo as well.

5:50 p.m. - Buffalo isn't up again for a bit, so I'll be taking a break unless something big happens. What do you all think about Maybin getting picked at 11?

6:06 p.m. - Oher is still out there. He is considered one of four offensive tackles coming into the draft. Why is he dropping?

6:20 p.m. - Detroit just took Brandon Pettigrew, the best tight end in the draft. I was hoping he'd fall to Buffalo at 28.

6:39 p.m. - Good for the Baltimore Ravens. Michael Oher is a great story and a great player. They definitely get an A+ for this pick, at 23 when he should have been top 10.

6:55 p.m. - Two big picks coming up. My Colts are on the board and I'm hoping for North Carolina wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to replace Marvin Harrison. Then the Bills will look at either tackle or linebacker. Rey Maualuga is still out there.

7 p.m. - Indy takes Donald Brown, running back from Connecticut. He's a good player, but I wanted a receiver. I guess replacing Dominic was important.

7:04 p.m. - Buffalo takes Eric Wood, a center from Louisville. He's a four-year starter and can play every position on the line. It will be interested to see what the Bills do with him.

7:33 p.m. - 3 1/2 hour first round ... not bad. Lots of fun and surprises. I'll keep giving the occasional update as the second round goes on. Buffalo has the 10th pick.

8:17 p.m. - The Bills take Jairus Byrd, CB out of Oregon, with the 10th pick in the second round. It looks like a bit of a reach and there has still only been one tight end selected. Also, does the team really need a cornerback?

9 p.m. - Dallas and Buffalo just made a trade. 

9:01 p.m. - Buffalo again helps the offensive line by getting the top guard, Andrew Levitre from Oregon St. A surprising move to see the trade and a solid pick by the Bills. Dallas got the 75th and 110th picks owned by Buffalo. Excellent move.

March 28, 2009 - 2:49pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in football, sports, buffalo bills.

 There is a rumor that has been circulating on the net and word of mouth that Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson died last night.

It is not true.

The 90-year old Hall of Famer is still alive and the Bills confirmed this with a Twitter post saying "There is absolutely no truth to the internet rumor referencing Ralph Wilson’s health."

If Wilson were to have passed away last night, it would leave the future of football in Buffalo in question. If Wilson cares about keeping football in Buffalo, it is time that he sells the team or sets something up where nobody can purchase the team from his family if they plan on moving the team out of Western New York.

March 10, 2009 - 10:16am
posted by Brian Hillabush in football, sports, buffalo bills.

 With Terrell Owens joining the Buffalo Bills this week, it is time for fans to update their jersey collection.

The team announced on its Web site that Owens jerseys are available for $80.  You will receive the jersey 3-4 weeks after Owens picks a number.

Owens, a controversial player, inked a 1-year contract on Saturday after being released by the Dallas Cowboys.

March 7, 2009 - 6:05pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in football, sports, buffalo bills.


If you would have said Terrell Owens would be a member of the Buffalo Bills even a week ago, I might have told you that you were nuts.

But after the controversial star was released by the Dallas Cowboys, the Bills have signed him to a one year deal.

He's thought of as a cancer and the biggest pain in the butt in the NFL, but he is now a Bill. This is amazing and will put our local NFL team on the map. 

We are in for a fun season,

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