Ralph Wilson, owner of the Buffalo Bills since 1959, has passed away at the age of 95
. Wilson was the last of the eight AFL team owners known as the "Foolish Club,
" and is notable for his continued support of other small market teams, including voting against moving the Cleveland Browns in 1995 (one of only two to do so), and subsequently hosting a Browns Day in Buffalo
. He saved the Oakland Raiders from bankruptcy
, and insisted that the AFL postpone their games the day after JFK's assassination
. As positive memories were shared on twitter
from around the league, Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY, has left a light on in his honor
posted by troika
on Mar 25, 2014 -
It was never pretty. On Sunday afternoons, you’d walk through the parking lot and swear you could hear the sound of human evolution giving up: “Screw it. I’ve done all I can for you people.” Bottles were hurled. Flaming debris spilled from garbage cans. Men (and at least one woman—I will always remember this woman) used porta-potties by peeing against them, not inside them. It was the kind of bleak dystopian hellscape that would have made the guy in Mad Max feel better about his situation. A Canadian journalist's take on the American tradition of tailgating.
posted by mannequito
on Oct 1, 2013 -
"All my life I’ve focused on the poor. The rich ones have their own photographers."
Social documentary photographer Milton Rogovin
's 'life was about seeing.
In the literal sense, he was an optometrist. In a more figurative sense, through the lens of his camera, he saw things and people that were often ignored — the poor, the oppressed, the "forgotten ones
," as he called them.' "A librarian in Buffalo's Communist Party, he was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee
in 1957, and was named "Buffalo's Top Red" in the Buffalo Evening News. Losing business and facing intense social persecution, Rogovin turned to photography in order to create images that conveyed his desire for a more equal and just society, and to give voice to others who were persecuted, who were invisible to most."
Mr. Rogovin died on January 18th at his home in Buffalo
at the age of 101
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posted by zarq
on Jan 21, 2011 -
A glance will show / Why Phoebe Snow / Prefers this route / To Buffalo.
And Phoebe's right / No route is quite / As short as Road / of Anthracite.
In 1908 the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad began work on the New Jersey Cut-Off
to make its New York to Buffalo mainline (the Road of Anthracite so liked
by Phoebe Snow
) even shorter and faster. It was to have no grade crossings, and was to be as straight and level as possible — through hilly terrain. The 28-mile Lackawanna Cut-Off
, as it is now known, was built over three years, cost $11 million, and was an engineering marvel
of massive reinforced concrete bridges, enormous cuts, and the largest railroad embankment in the world. All of this has been abandoned
for years, though there are plans afoot to restore the Cut-Off for commuter rail
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posted by parudox
on Dec 24, 2008 -
My coworker from Buffalo NY brought in a bunch of sponge candy
from back home and I was just about the only one who liked it. You can also make the stuff at home
. Well someone can. Apparently it can only be made in winter, on account of the temperature needing to be just right for the crunchy center to set. Don't let the hot wings steal your glory, sponge candy! Which are also available, rendered in chocolate from the same site.
posted by mzurer
on Jan 5, 2007 -
Cody the Buffalo
has passed away at the age of 19. In addition to being in "Dances with Wolves" with Kevin Costner, Cody was also in the film “Radio Flyer.” He also appeared in several commercials, and even appeared with Jay Leno. Last spring, he traveled to the U.S. Mint in Washington, D.C., to participate in the unveiling of a new buffalo-head nickel.
posted by drstein
on Jan 30, 2006 -
is a feritle hybrid of cattle and buffalo (bison bison
). It's story cannot be told without mentioning the irascible "Buffalo" Jones
, the man who helped save the American buffalo and tried to cross-breed cattle and buffalo. He called it cattalo
Later successful hybridizations gave way to the beefalo
. Some cite the near-extinction and later ultimate repopulation of the buffalo to free-market
forces such as the private herds kept by Buffalo Jones for creating sustainable cattalo .
posted by ozomatli
on Jan 25, 2006 -