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Die-hard Buffalo sports fans will be able to honor their past

Posted: 5:41 PM, Nov 16, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-16 22:43:09Z

Greg Tranter's face lights up when he reminisces about some of the most memorable moments in buffalo sports history.

"They all have stories to tell about a game that they went to with their father, their grandfather their mom and their friends," Tranter said.

But he is not your typical bills or sabres fan and isn't even from buffalo. The football historian grew up in Elmira and now lives in Massachusetts.

He has been to every bills game in the last 30 years. Th season ticket holder has only missed three bills games. 
Tranter is now on the board of managers at the buffalo history museum where he is sharing decades of buffalo sports memorabilia from his personal collection for all to see.

108,000 artifacts - jerseys, seats, programs, newspapers and tickets, now make up
the new exhibit "Icons the Makers and Moments of Buffalo Sports."

The idea first came to mind at the Bills 50th anniversary exhibit in 2009, where some of his personal collection was on display. Every guest had a personal story to share. 

"I knew then my collection belonged in Buffalo," Tranter said.

At just eight years old, in 1965, Tanter's dad brought him to his first Bills game at the old Rockpile.
He says he knew he was a fan for life.  

Tanter's most iconic piece is Scott Norwood's helmet; the one he was wearing in super bowl 25 when he made a kick that broke the collective hearts of bills fans.
But Tranter doesn't see it as the darkest moment in buffalo sports history. 

"To me it's actually what buffalo is all about what other community would have 30,000 people gathered the day after the super bowl that you lost and honor the team and honor Scott Norwood," he said.

The exhibit opens Friday. 

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