As a 40+ year Buffalo Bills’ fan, I’m not unfamiliar with having the season be effectively over by December. I’m also numb to losing playoff chances to the Steelers late in the season (damn you Willie Parker.) But this…this was both different and unfortunately too much the same.
It’s one thing to lose because your favorite team is just worse, but trying. It’s another entirely to see that team clearly playing in a fog, like they just can’t or won’t try to win. That’s how it looked on Sunday. The only time I enjoyed myself was listening to the obscenely loud “BONNNNGGG” as Carpenter’s extra point caromed off the left goal post in a perfect example of the Bills’ 2016 season. It was a perverse enjoyable moment, because I gave up on this game about 90 seconds later than the Bills team already had, and I just had to laugh. Or poke my eyes out, and I still had to go to work the next day. And actually perform.
I usually mark my posts with the category/categories they fall under. Normally for these posts that means NFL and Buffalo Bills. It definitely was a Bills game, but I’m not sure both teams on Sunday deserved to be labeled as NFL.
Suffice to say I’m not uploading this video, unless someone absolutely begs me to. And they’re not a Steelers’ fan.
The Bills somehow found their way to the ugly victory that counts all the same as the ones that were much more appealing to the eyes earlier in the season. Thanks to the win, the Bills have a 5-5 record and are still within earshot of the playoffs and essentially buried Cincinnati’s AFC Wild Card hopes in the process.
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A “12”? Is that a Seattle fan with an inflated ego? I still don’t get how Texas A&M, even being paid for the use, is okay with that. And really, the Seahags don’t have anywhere close to the best or loudest fanbase. They have to cheat with acoustics in their stadium to sound loud. They’ve won a Super Bowl. But I guess when a team is basically the official team of the company providing the official display for play reviews (yep – the iPad) you don’t get to be just a 10.