Thursday, September 17, 2009

Buffalo Bills

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The Buffalo Bills are a professional American football team based in the metropolitan area of Buffalo, New York. They play their home games in the suburb of Orchard Park, and beginning in 2008, one home game is played in Toronto. They are members of the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Bills began competitive play in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League and joined the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL merger.

The Bills were named as the result of the winning entry in a local contest, which named the team after the AAFC Buffalo Bills, a previous football franchise from the All-America Football Conference that merged with the Cleveland Browns in 1950. That team, in turn, was named after a barbershop quartet very popular at the the time named the buffalo bills. The Bills' cheerleaders are known as the Buffalo Jills. The official mascot is Billy Buffalo.

They are the only NFL team to play their home games within New York State. Both the New York Jets and the New York Giants play in East Rutherford, New Jersey outside of New York City. On October 2, 2005, the Bills played the New Orleans Saints in the first NFL regular season game held in San Antonio, Texas. With the inception of the Bills Toronto Series in 2008, they are also the only team to play home games in Canada.

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League/conference affiliations
American Football League (1960-1969)

  • Eastern Division (1960-1969)

National Football League (1970–present)

  • American Football Conference (1970-present)

    • AFC East (1970-present)

Current uniform
Team colorsDark Navy, Red, Royal Blue, Nickel, White                        
MascotBilly Buffalo
Team history

  • Buffalo Bills (1960–present)

League championships (2)

  • AFL Championships (2)
    1964, 1965

Conference championships (4)

  • AFC: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993

Division championships (10)

  • AFL East: 1964, 1965, 1966

  • AFC East: 1980, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995

Playoff appearances (17)

  • AFL: 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966

  • NFL: 1974, 1980, 1981, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999

Home fields

  • War Memorial Stadium (1960-1972)

  • Ralph Wilson Stadium (1973-present)

    • also known as Rich Stadium (1973-1998)

    • also known as Bills Stadium (1998) (6 games)

  • Rogers Centre (2008-present) (1 game/year)

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