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Buffalo Bisons home run derby draws a unique NFL crowd

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Football players have a habit of showing up at baseball parks this time of year, either throwing out first pitches or showing off their abilities with a wooden stick.

On July 9, an eclectic mix of NFL figures will participate in a home run derby presented by the AAA Buffalo Bisons.

According to WGRZ-TV, Bills running back Fred Jackson, former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will participate.  (I wonder how Buffalo fans will receive Gronkowski?)

Also swinging for the fences will be former Bills, Panthers, and Colts G.M. Bill Polian.

Yes, Bill Polian.  The sixtysomething exec-turned-ESPN-analyst with a hard, crusty shell will be showing up and participating.

Polian comes off on TV as far more likeable — or, as the case may be, less unlikeable — than his longstanding reputation otherwise would suggest.  His willingness to participate in a home run derby shows a side that makes him even more likeable.

Or, as the case may be, less unlikeable.

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3 Responses to “Buffalo Bisons home run derby draws a unique NFL crowd”
  1. izlye says: Jun 30, 2012 8:20 AM

    Gronkowski is from near Buffalo, him and his family grew up die-hard Bills fans.. And Poilian was the best GM the Bills ever had and is being inducted on their ‘Wall Of Fame’ this year. So the crowd isn’t really as “unique” as it appears.

  2. bflobacker says: Jun 30, 2012 9:04 AM

    Gronk’s a Buffalo kid. The city loves him even if he’s working with the enemy. How can you not love that freak.

  3. mindcrime401 says: Jun 30, 2012 12:11 PM

    “The Architect” will always be revered in Buffalo.

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