Van Miller, Dead at 87

I all but ignore football now. Sure, I'll tune into the Grey Cup and Superbowl, and with the right story line, I could get into a playoff game or two, but otherwise I don't spend a minute watching or listening to football.

It wasn't always this way. In addition to watching our Argos, I used to love the Buffalo Bills. I was there for their four Superbowl appearances in a row and stuck around until the Music City Miracle. During that era, in addition to watching on TV, I discovered the Bills on WGR 550 where Van Miller was the voice. I loved how he called Bills games.

If you missed Van Miller, here are a few of his gems. He was the play-by-play announcer for the Bills for 37 seasons before retiring after the 2003 season.


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Army

Did Van take over from Chuck Healey? At the time he was a youngster compared to Chuck. Fondly remember "Beat the Champ" (10 pin bowling) on Saturday afternoons. Can anyone tell me the name of the bowling lanes where the competitions took place? (The mind is a dark forest.) Thanks.

July 18, 2015 @ 7:43 PM

Dave

Thruway lanes.

Do you remember Nin Angelo, the longest running champion on Beat the Champ!

And...Strikes,spares and misses?

And..did you know that comedian/podcaster Chris Hardwick is the son of Pro Bowler Billy Hardwick

July 19, 2015 @ 8:10 AM

Army

Dave,

Ya, Thruway Lanes. Thanks. Sort of remember Nin, but also remember a local who bowled a 299 game one week, and the next week threw a 300. Obviously, the name escapes me. Help me if you can. :)

July 20, 2015 @ 8:17 PM

Stephen

In the mid-60's a buddy and I saw Chuck Healy at the Cedarbrae Bowl (behind the old Red Barn on Lawrence) for a remote Beat The Champ event

July 21, 2015 @ 12:09 PM

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