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Eating My Buffalo Bills Humble Pie

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The Buffalo Bills came back to earth on Sunday suffering a 41-17 loss at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals.  While many a Bills fans half expected a loss, no one imagined the thrashing the team took.  And, quite typically, the local radio sports call in shows are littered with “the sky is falling” fans.

I have to wonder how on earth these fans are surviving the current “sky is falling” economic crisis.  They should be paralyzed in a corner judging from their reaction to bad news.

If you were an alien being who was visiting Earth for the first time and decided to learn about the National Football league by listening in on local sports radio call in shows and listened to the local Buffalo sports shows today, you would have heard that:

  1. The Buffalo defense is among the worst in the league.
  2. Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell is terrible.
  3. Offensive Coordinator Turk Schonert is terrible.
  4. JP Losman lost the game.
  5. The Bills offense was the reason the Bills defense played so poorly.
  6. The Bills season is crumbling.

What you would not know as an alien visitor is:

  1. The Buffalo defense ranked 7th in yards against and 5th in points allowed coming into the game.
  2. Perry Fewel was responsible for turning an injury riddled D last year into a respectable one.
  3. Turk Schonert helped turn one of the worst in the NFL last year into a capable one this year.
  4. Have not seen JP Losman play over the last 3 years and knew what to expect.
  5. The Bills defense gave up 28 first downs and couldn’t stop Arizona on 3rd down.
  6. The Bills are 4-1 and ontop of the AFC East.

The sky is always falling when our Bills lose.  One week they are the toast of the town with dreams of the Super Bowl dancing in our heads, and the next the Apolcalypse is looming over the city.  It’s prototypical of Buffalo sports fans.  I understand.  We live and die with the Bills and the Sabres.

For me personally, it was a game I half expected to lose.  I was disappointed from the moment Trent Edwards was knocked out of the game on the third play of the game, and could feel that anticipation for victory turn into resigned defeat.  I still cheered the team on until the clock expired.

In a way, this defeat should turn out to be a positive for the team.  It’s one of the youngest in the league.  A team with so much youth needs to learn that to be an elite team, it takes an extra sort of effort for road games. That they don’t have the kind of talent to walk into an opposing teams turf, give it a half-hearted try, and expect to win.  But most importantly, a lose finally takes some of the high expectations and pressure off such an inexperienced team.  It’s hard enough to win in the NFL.  The weight of a crazed sports town crushing them with expectations can’t be helping.

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Written by huxbux

October 6, 2008 at 11:42 pm

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