Dinosaurs From Another Age

7 Aug

I made a recent discovery that I wish to share with everybody. It’s very exciting. I rediscover this every August, but it surprises me each and every time. I think you will be equally amazed.

Are you ready?

Buffalo . . . yes, that Buffalo, in New York . . . has a football team. In the National Football League! That’s the big one. It’s not like a minor league team, or a left over XFL franchise that hasn’t yet surrendered on a Japanese island, or something like that. No, I mean a real NFL team, that plays real football teams like the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. There is a rumor that these teams even come to our area (a place off the City of Buffalo map called “Orchard Park”) sometimes to play their football games.

Stop for a moment, and realize how anachronistically amazing that is. Buffalo has an NFL team. If one were to pause and consider the last 20 years, that Buffalo would have kept the Bills, while losing half its population and Bethlehem Steel etc to boot, is nothing short of amazing. The NFL is the most hyperactive version of American culture: roided up on a mix of money, television, marketing, sex appeal, scandal and violence. That in 2010, Buffalo would retain such a $900M symbol of excess, while Los Angeles did not, is nothing short of shocking.

I stepped outside this morning and almost felt a chill. Its almost that time of year. The time of year when I engage in one of the most relaxing yet underappreciated activities known to man: taking a nap on the couch on a weekend afternoon with a football game on the teevee, cool fall breeze blowing in the window and my sons yelling and waking me up when a touchdown is scored (not for the Bills, normally). I recommend you engage in this pleasure while you still can – the Bills are soon headed the way of HSBC. And I don’t mean a new stadium on the waterfront. 

6 Responses to “Dinosaurs From Another Age”

  1. mark August 7, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    you could even say we were lucky to begin with seeing as ralph picked buffalo for his franchise literally as the city reached its population peak and opened up rich stadium as the region reached its population peak.

    a mediocre investment on ralph’s part turned into 50 years of stressful sundays for all of buffalo!

  2. Peter A Reese August 8, 2010 at 7:57 am #

    If you check the historical records, I believe that nearly $650 million of public funds have gove into the Bills since 1960. I am no fan of big time professional sports, but if the rest of you unwashed masses feel your lives revolve around watching overpaid and under brained prima donnas play children’s games, why don’t we taxpayers have an equity share of the Bills? Was/is the team really worth that much to us?

    • wcp August 8, 2010 at 9:52 am #

      You’re a real downer. Is there anything in life you enjoy besides grandstanding?

  3. peteherr August 8, 2010 at 10:21 am #

    Equally amazing? Detroit has managed to keep it’s football, baseball, basketball and hockey franchises. Back in the days the city’s largest import was steel to make the cars. Now, it’s plywood to board up the windows.

  4. Ethan August 8, 2010 at 11:51 pm #

    Whatever merit Football has qua Football, as some kind of sport or as a demonstration of athleticism, it is entirely diminished by the ridiculous soap opera surrounding its player’s off-field behavior and the general culture surrounding it.  I mean sure, Patty Kane sure proved himself a bit of a cock, but he’s got nothing on that “TO” guy.  What a joke!

    I’ll take that nap with the tube off and no shouting, thanks.


  1. Paying the Bills | WNYmedia.net - August 19, 2010

    […] this privately owned, profit-oriented franchise, we need to accept the terms of the situation. As Brian Castner said recently, Stop for a moment, and realize how anachronistically amazing that is. Buffalo has an NFL team. If […]

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