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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: A road disaster

   October 22, 1961 -- As we've seen over the years, sometimes it takes something drastic to prompt Bills' owner Ralph Wilson to take action. A 38-0 deficit at halftime just might qualify.

   That was the story of the game between the Bills and the Patriots in Boston. New England had that lead at 30 minutes, and built it to 45-0 after three quarters. The Patriots went on to a 52-21 win in a game that was delayed two days by the threat of a hurricane.

   The only reason the score was that close was because Warren Rabb threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. M.C. Reynolds was 1 for 8 with two interceptions, meaning he threw more passes to the other guys than his own team.

   As a team, the Pats ran for 235 yards, including an 85-yard run by Larry Garron. Babe Parilli threw three touchdown passes for Boston, and Butch Songin threw two more.

   Wilson obviously wasn't too happy. He created a job of director of player personnel, and filled it by hiring Lou Saban. The Patriots had fired Saban has head coach two weeks before what was the most one-sided loss in Buffalo's AFL history at that point.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.