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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Meaningless romp

   August 20, 1976 -- If you ever wanted a clear sign that preseason games are absolutely no indication of what's coming in a football regular season, this is exhibit A.

   The Bills faced the Green Bay Packers in an exhibition game on this date, and won, 37-0. That's one of the most famous scores in Packers' history, since they beat the New York Giants, 37-0, in the 1961
Championship game.

   The Bills were coming off a good year in 1975, going 8-6, and had some hopes about the upcoming campaign. The Bills had a solid draft, taking Mario Clark, Ken Jones, Joe Devlin, Ben Williams and Keith Moody. But the team lost such players as Robert James, Pat Toomay, J.D. Hill, and Ahmad Rashad. Plus O.J. Simpson had demanded a trade and didn't sign until the eve of the season.

   Head coach Lou Saban went 2-3 and quit as head coach, which didn't help matters. Jim Ringo followed and was in an impossible situation, going 0-9 as the Bills sunk to 2-12 overall and into one of the darkest
periods in the team's history.

   So, kids, remember that August, 1976 game with the Packers before you take great meaning out of any preseason game.

--- Budd Bailey

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