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Why Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane lent out his pet goats to Sabres for a jersey reveal

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The Buffalo Sabres used three goats to help reveal their new black and red ‘Goathead’ alternate jersey on Monday, and they weren’t just regular goats. All three goats are pets of Bills general manager Brandon Beane and his wife, Hayley.

The local connection is far from a coincidence. Bills owner Terry Pegula also owns the Sabres and has a reputation for being one of the NHL’s most involved owners, so the two Buffalo teams naturally work side-by-side at times.

Sabres GM Kevyn Adams even said in February he planned to call Beane to “pick his brain” after two of the Bills’ best seasons in franchise history.

The goats were featured during the countdown to the Sabres’ jersey reveal video and were seen wandering around a dressing room in KeyBank Arena. 

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The Sabres deployed the goats to commemorate the return of the ‘Goathead’ jersey, which was the team’s primary look from 1996-2006. After the 2005-06 season, Buffalo returned to its standard blue and yellow color scheme, though it wasn’t until 2020 that the team brought back the royal blue it wore from 1970-1996.

The ‘Goathead’ jersey is only an alternate, and it’s set to make its reintroduction on Nov. 23. 

Why does Brandon Beane own goats?

There isn’t much information about the Beane family goats, but Hayley Beane introduced her pets to the world in a tweet on Monday. According to her, the goats are named Silk, Corduroy, and Georgie, and they live at Stillwater Farm in Boston, N.Y. 

In later tweets, Hayley Beane said they bought Silk when she was pregnant. When Silk gave birth to the two babies, they stuck to the theme and named them both after fabrics: Corduroy and Georgette (Georgie). 

Bills fans might tell you Beane also drafted a GOAT, Josh Allen, in 2018. 

Who is Terry Pegula?

Terry Pegula might be better known as the owner of the Bills, but he’s owned the Sabres for even longer. Pegula took over day-to-day operations of the Sabres in February 2011, when he purchased Hockey Western New York LLC.

Despite Pegula’s heavy involvement with the franchise, the Sabres own the NHL’s longest playoff drought and have quickly cycled through head coaches since his ownership began.

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Pegula purchased the Bills for $1.4 billion in September 2014 after Ralph Wilson died earlier in the year. Pegula was criticized for meddling in the Bills’ personnel decisions early in his ownership, but Buffalo’s success under the regime led by Beane has naturally quieted many of those concerns.


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