Found January 24, 2013 on isportsweb.com:
  It may be 150 miles from Syracuse to Buffalo down the New York State thruway, but the people who inhabit those two cities are often clumped under the upstate New York bubble, dooming them to sharing the same values, thinking the same things, eating the same foods, and essentially being the same people. This makes the winter exodus of football coaches from the hill of Syracuse University to Orchard Park seem almost meant to be, as the Syracuse Orange and the Buffalo Bills are the two most polarizing sports entities in upstate New York. The first was Doug Marrone, and if he will make a difference only time will tell. Nathanial Hackett (who sounds more like a 18th century English philosopher than a offensive coordinator) followed Marrone along with three other assistants. Buffalo has been looking a lot more Orange these days. It is possible; however, for Buffalo to make the full turnover and turn into “little Syracuse.” The “wouldn’t that be kind of cool” whispers about former Syracu...
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