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Friday, January 8, 2010
Music City Miracle: 10 years gone


We pause now for a moment of silence for Buffalo Bills fans.

Friday is the 10th anniversary of the Music City Miracle, the heartbreaking gadget play the Tennessee Titans pulled off to shock the Bills in the first round of the 1999 playoffs.

The Bills haven't returned to the playoffs since. A full decade in which the best moments could be described as pedestrian.

AFC South helmsman Paul Kuharsky marked the moment on his blog.

Perhaps the Bills will mark the moment by hiring a coach. Now, that would be symbolic.

As an aside, I left Las Vegas for the Buffalo News at that time. I started my new gig the morning after the Music City Miracle. Kuharsky explains in his piece how the play known as "Home Run Throwback" transformed Nashville into a genuine sports town.

Up in Buffalo, the city was numb. In many ways, the blood flow never came back. The Buffalo Sabres also were only a few months removed from "No Goal," the robbery that denied them a Stanley Cup.

My timing could have been better.