I was inspired by Lance Blackwater's article on the "what if" of Norwood knocking that game-deciding kick through the uprights during Super Bowl XXV. I was also inspired by John Howell's article of Buffalo being the No.1 tortured city when it comes to sports.
Well Bills fans, we went through a mini Norwood moment last season against the Browns during Week 11. Now, of course, this wasn't a last-play-of-the-Super-Bowl moment, but did it ever bring back bad, bad memories.
It wasn't the Big Game, but the Bills were still in contention for a playoff spot. Buffalo was down and fought their way back into the game with a one-yard TD run by Edwards with 2:25 left in the fourth.
Phil Dawson then put the Browns on top a little under a minute later with a 56 yard FG. After the kickoff, the Bills were on their own 44 yard line. They drove down to Cleveland's 29 yard line. On fourth down and down by two the Bills send out the field goal unit. Any Bills fans having flashbacks at that point? Sound familiar?
As I was waiting for the kick, all I could think about was Norwood. Same yardage, same situation (minus the fact it wasn't the Super Bowl, but they still needed this win).
All my friends down here in Florida give me hell all the time about the four straight Super Bowl losses. I told them this one was going right down the middle to end the game.
WIDE F****** RIGHT! Same distance, same result. I immediately turned my phone off to avoid all the trash talk I had coming. If I could've been in the broadcasting booth I would've punched the broadcast team in the face, and maybe a roundhouse kick would've been involved. DID THEY HAVE TO SAY THE WORDS "WIDE RIGHT"!?! I mean, come on!!! We've been through enough. Those are swear words in Buffalo.
I'm sure that the rest of Buffalo Nation had the same reaction of "oh Jesus, not again." I can't stress enough that I know it's not held to the same standard as Norwoods "Wide Ri....." (I Didn't even want to finish that sentence. I've said and heard it enough), but man what a heartbreak. It happened again. To make matters worse, Buffalo blew it on national TV. The Bills don't fair too well on national TV, do they?
Now T.O alone will bring us some national televised games this year, starting with a meaningless H.O.F game. In Week One the Bills head to Foxborough for MNF though. I truly believe that if the Bills win that game, it will give them huge momentum for the season. Especially considering we haven't beaten the Pats since the season opener in '03, and didn't win one divisional game last year.
I would like Bills fan's thoughts on that moment against the Browns last year, and what was going through your head. You know what was going through mine. Especially you transplanted Buffalonians who have to hear it from the people wherever you live now.
I'm going to end this with my Week One prediction: Bills 31-Pats 24.(Sorry Pats fans, I'm biased of course). Tom Brady is fired up and that scares me, but I truly believe this one game, as early in the season as you can possibly get, will dictate where the Bills stand in the league.
So here's to you, the Buffalo Bills and their great fans, a toast. I'm hoisting my final shot of Jaeger for the night. Hopefully it sits better in my stomach than that Browns game.
Once again, I would love to hear what all the Bills fans out there were thinking as Lindell lined up, then missed. To the R......