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Sharing A Special Moment With Bills Fans

November 7, 2008 - John Whittaker

The News Gal and I received surprise Bills tickets for last week's game against the Jets.
We aren't Bills fans, per se, but live NFL football is live NFL football, and the News Gal hadn't yet been to Ralph Wilson Stadium for an NFL game.
So, we rounded up my buddy Teddy and his wife Andrea and headed up to Orchard Park.
Tailgating before the game (also a first for the News Gal), a couple of Bills fans from Ontario pulled up next to us, got out and started talking about the Bills season so far -- nice start, Marshawn's been a beast, what a nice surprise Fred Jackson's been, tough loss to Miami last week, and, finally (and not surprisingly) wouldn't it be nice to win the division since those damned Patriots have had a stranglehold on it for so long.
Teddy shot me a look, and I, in turn, shot the News Gal a look. Our friends from Ontario stopped in mid-sentence and said, "Oh, you're a Patriots fan?"
For those who have seen the South Park movie, there's a great scene where Cartman sings the
"Kyle's Mom's A (W)itch" song. At the end of the song, Kyle's mom (Mrs. Broslofski) is standing behind Cartman while the rest of the kids just stand there staring at him. Cartman turns around and says, "Oh, F….."
It's one of my top 10 favorite film moments. Seriously - it's better than Gone With The Wind.  

Let's just say I've had more than my share of "Oh, F…." moments with Bills fans over the years.
You can count on it, usually about five minutes into a conversation with an unsuspecting Bills fan, after they rip on the Pats for something -- Spygate, Bill Belichick's sweatshirts, Spygate, Tom Brady and his supermodel harem, Spygate, last year's Super Bowl, Spygate, the Bills 31-0 win over the Pats in the season opener a few years ago, Spygate, Lawyer Milloy, Spygate.
That moment where they realize they just ripped on your favorite team is priceless.
Living amongst Bills fans for as long as long as I have, I've grown to love Bills-Patriots weeks - if only because the Pats will be on TV that week, and it's nice to tell over-the-top Bills fans (you know who you are) that the Pats are 54-40 all-time against the Bills. Or, that the Pats beat the Bills twice by a combined score of 94-10 last year. Let's not forget that the Pats are 9-1 against Buffalo since 2003 - and undefeated since that 2003 season-opening 31-0 loss in Buffalo. By the way, Adam Vinatieri's Super Bowl winning field goal in 2001 was one yard longer than the one Scott Norwood missed in 1990. Just thought you'd want to know.
I could go on, but I won't - and it's all your fault, Grub.
An old high school buddy of mine and I were e-mailing Tuesday while I was waiting for election results to start rolling in, and it was then that I realized how bad this season could be for long-suffering Bills fans. Bills fans are facing the possibility of missing the playoffs after starting the season 5-1. Their team is playing important games down the stretch this year in front of a possibly apathetic crowd in Toronto who probably wouldn't understand a good Wide Right joke it you hit them upside the head with it, with a head coach whose three-year contract extension had fans on WGR going apoplectic on Sunday, and a championship-less drought that is on the verge of becoming Chicago Cubs-esque.
Note to self: Send a fruit basket to my buddy Bussman, who is a Bills and Cubs fan, plus got robbed as a
Sabres fan with No Goal in 1999. Ouch.
Read this e-mail excerpt from Grub and tell me you don't feel just a little bit sorry for Bills fans.
"I'll just be happy when the Bills seem to have a rivalry with someone, anyone, again. It's no fun when your biggest 'rival' has been just as bad as you have for about as long. And the team leading the division for the last 6 or 7 years is WAY better then everyone else. So if there is a silver lining to come out of this, its we'll all be rivals again. Of course, the rivalry also takes a hit when the `home' game is played in December, but under a roof north of the border."
Well, Grub, you have a rival now -- at least for this year. With the Pats banged up, Brett Favre rounding into shape, Bill Parcells propping up the Dolphins and the Bills' season on a ventilator, I think it's safe to say you have more than one rival. Welcome to the new and unimproved AFC East, which became as wide open as Paris Hilton the minute Bernard "I Hate That Guy" Pollard bowled into Tom Brady's knee in the season opener.
Just to show there aren't any hard feelings, I'm going to go watch my 2004 Super Bowl Champions DVD now. I promise, I won't enjoy it too much.
Aaahhh, who am I kidding. I'm going to enjoy the heck out of it. And I'll be thinking of you, Bills fans, the entire time.
On to the games (this week's Fat Guy Trophy Picks can be found below):
New Orleans at Atlanta: Everyone will point to the Saints' losing Deuce McAlister and Reggie Bush as reasons they've underperformed the last two years. I look at their defense, though. Mickey Loomis needs to spend some draft picks and free agent money shoring up his defense and getting Scott "Spicy Chicken" Fujita some help. Maybe Matt Ryan throwing for 250 yards and two touchdowns in what the Whitless Wonder is willing to project as a Falcons win on Sunday will spur Loomis on to the right draft day decision.
Tennessee at Chicago: Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to present Jeff Fisher, your 2008 NFL Coach of the Year. Can we just present him the trophy now and get it over with? I like the Titans to win this weekend and run their record to 9-0. If Chicago's defense hadn't fallen off the face of the earth since humbling Indianapolis in the season-opener, I'd have thought long and hard about taking the Bears. Since Brian Urlacher is pretty much playing by himself, though, and Rex Grossman will be prominently involved in Sunday's game, I like the Titans.
Jacksonville at Detroit: Daunte, it's time to remember why you retired. Did you know the Lions traded Roy Williams? Couldn't remember if your Blackberry was turned on for that one. Barry Sanders isn't walking through that door, either, in case you were remembering your days with the Vikings. If you want to know how bad the stock market is, Daunte coming out of retirement is probably a good indicator. How bad off is his 401K? Just kidding, Daunte. I know it's all for the love of the game, and getting the tar kicked out of you on a weekly basis. This week, the Jaguars lift their leg on your head. If you haven't guessed, I'm picking the disappointing Jacksonville Jaguars (yes, that's their name until they start winning games again).
Cincinnati at Houston: Someone needs to take Chad Johnson Moron Cinco behind the woodshed and kick him in the jimmies. Seriously, you ask to be traded, rip the organization seven ways from Sunday, and then you score a touchdown and start kissing your head coach? Where did all this Marvin Lewis love come from? Paging Dr. Greene - I think we need something to even Mr. Cinco out. Can you prescribe a sledgehammer shot to the head? Thanks. I like Houston to win Sunday, even with Sage Rosenfels at quarterback.
Seattle at Miami: Every year, right around midseason, everybody looks at the standings and says, "The BLANKS are where? Their record is WHAT?" Then, said team loses a couple of games in a row and falls out of the race. Well, this year, that team is the Dolphins, and their time as AFC East contenders starts running out Sunday, when they lose to the Seahawks.
Green Bay at Minnesota: I'm taking the Purple Gus Frerottes in an upset special on Sunday. Brett Favre always struggled in Minnesota, I'm not sold on the Packers run defense after they got torn up by the Titans last week and I think it's time for one of THOSE GAMES from Adrian Peterson. Frerotte just needs to not mess it up Sunday.
Buffalo at New England: Well, Bills fans, it's been a nice ride. Enjoy it? Was it good for you? Remember, about 18 paragraphs ago, when I wrote that the Patriots have beaten the Bills nine consecutive times? I think we'll make that 10 consecutive times. I like Matt Cassel against a Bills defense that has really struggled against the pass, and I like Bill Belichick to have his team ready to play in a key divisional game. Lights, camera and …. 24-17 Patriots win.
St. Louis at N.Y. Jets: With zero precincts in, the Whitless Wonder is calling the St. Louis-New York Jets contest for the Jets and Brett Favre. I'm not sure how much I believe in the Rams right now, but the Jets looked really good Sunday. Forget the final score - they carried themselves like a division leader on the road in a hostile environment. That's good enough for me.
Carolina at Oakland: Let's get this straight - I'm not back on the Panthers bandwagon. How is this team 6-2? Jake Delhomme can't play on the road. They have two fluky wins to start the season. While the Jets (see above) carry themselves like a front-runner, you watch the Panthers and figure you're watching a third-place team. Fumbles, bad interceptions, blown assignments, ugly plays. I like Carolina to beat Oakland. I don't know why. It just seems like the thing to do.
Indianapolis at Pittsburgh: If the Steelers bring the defensive heat the way they did Monday night in Washington, the Peyton Manning face could make its longest appearance in about five years. The Steelers defense dominated a pretty good Redskins team on Monday - and Byron Leftwich engineered a second-half comeback. Hey Dallas, want to rethink Brad Johnson and Brooks Bollinger after seeing that display? I know the Colts beat the Pats, but it wasn't really convincing. I thought the Colts could shred the Pats dime store defensive backfield, but the Pats held their own. That's a bad sign for the Colts. This feels like a 24-17 Steelers' win that isn't as close as the final score indicates.
Kansas City at San Diego: I'd love to take Kansas City. Seriously, I would. But, we all know this game won't be close. Not even a little bit. On the other hand, if you're a Chiefs fan, now is about the time you want to start rooting for losses and the number 1 draft pick that comes along with them. It can only help you in the future.
N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia: Peter King's already drooling for this Sunday Night Football game. I think I like the Eagles to win -- they're at home, Donovan McNabb needs to win to continue his resurgence and Brian Westbrook should be fresh. Jim Johnson's blitz packages are likely to bring back Eli Manning's happy feet, and something about the Giants just doesn't add up. Philly Cheese Steaks for everyone!
San Francisco at Arizona: On the plus side, these teams are first and second in the NFC West. Of course, San Francisco is 2-6 and tied with the other three teams in the division for second place. Ugh. I obviously will take Arizona, at home and with Kurt Warner's crazy wife making threatening phone calls to Mike Singletary throughout the week. This game should be decided by the time How I Met Your Mother is on at 8:30 p.m., or about 10 minutes into Monday Night Football. So much for flex scheduling, huh?


 

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New Orleans at Atlanta

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Tennessee at Chicago

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Jacksonville at Detroit

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Cincinnati at Houston

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Green Bay at Minnesota

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Buffalo at New England

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St. Louis at N.Y. Jets

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Carolina at Oakland

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CAR

Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

PIT

PIT

PITT

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Kansas City at San Diego

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N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia

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San Francisco at Arizona,

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Ohio State at Northwestern

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Michigan State at Purdue

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Pittsburgh at Louisville

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Texas at Baylor

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North Carolina at Georgia Tech

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Georgia at Kentucky

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BYU at San Diego State

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Boise ST. at Utah State

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Oklahoma at Texas A&M

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Penn St. at Iowa

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Clemson at Florida STate

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Alabama at LSU

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Kansas State at Missouri

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Cincinnati at West Virginia

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Oklahoma State at Texas TEch

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Cal at USC

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Florida at Vanderbilt

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Teddy's picks will be posted this afternoon....

 

 
 

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Hope you like this Bills fans - the hit that gave you a chance to win the AFC East. I think I just threw up in my mouth a lot. Ugh.