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December 22, 2013

Bills’ playoff drought a curse?

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — It has been so long since the Buffalo Bills made the playoffs, Thurman Thomas is starting to buy into the theory the franchise just might be cursed.

“Yeah, it could be that. I’ve mentioned it to a couple of people at 1 Bills Drive about it,” the Hall of Fame running back said, referring to the team’s headquarters. “I tell you what, ever since we were let go on ‘Black Thursday,’ they haven’t been to the playoffs.”

Thomas meant a day regarded by Bills fans as among the worst in team history. On Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, the Bills parted with the last core members of their AFC championship teams by releasing Thomas, Hall of Fame defensive end Bruce Smith and receiver Andre Reed.

The Bills haven’t been to the postseason since. The purge came a little over a month after “The Music City Miracle,” an AFC wild-card playoff game which Buffalo lost at Tennessee on a last-second kickoff return for a touchdown.

The loss stung Thomas, and the abrupt nature of his departure made it worse. He found out by reading the news crawl across the ticker at the bottom of the TV screen.

“I don’t think that we were let go or released properly,” Thomas said. “Hey, I guess what goes around, comes around.”

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