Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hug someone from Buffalo today: "No Good, Wide Right"

If you have an ounce of compassion, you will find someone from Buffalo, NY today and give them a hug, maybe even slip them a $20 for their pain.

20 years ago today the Buffalo Bills lost their first of 4 consecutive Super Bowls. It was the one of the four they absolutely were the better team. The Giants played a very smart game, but anyone honest with the way that season went know the Bills were the NFL's best team in 1990-91.

It should not have come down to a field goal to win or lose as the Bills beat their opponents by an average of almost 20 points that season. Nevertheless, one of the most reliable kickers in the game at the time, Scott Norwood, had to make a 47 yard field goal to win. 47 yards isn't a chip shot, but well inside of Norwood's effective range. As soon as he kicked the ball, you could see it sailing wide right.

And that was it. The best of Buffalo's Super Bowl chances gone in a couple seconds. Many have surmised what would have been if Buffalo won that first Super Bowl appearance. We will never know. Buffalonians are left to agonize for the whole of their lives...a beleaguered people we are.

So, again, if there be any mercy or kindness in you- hug someone from Buffalo today. We are a battered people in need of reassurance.


Andrew B. said...

Haha, I remember that kick when I was in grade school.

Christ Presbyterian Church KC, MO called me. Thought I'd let you know. :)

Reepicheep said...

Congrats! I knew they were going to soon. See you when you get here.

Kevin said...

"Laces Out, DAN!"

"Finkle is Einhorn... Einhorn is Finkle!"

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Sorry couldn't resist... lol!

Eric Adams said...

Okay, I feel bad about the Bills' first Super Bowl loss. That was tough, but you should have beat that pathetic Redskins team the next year. And then, 1993 was the worst, as Buffalo mercilessly ended the best Chiefs' season of my lifetime, only to lose to the Cowboys ... again.

Roger Mann said...

Okay, all you Buffalonians repeat after me, slowly...

"I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me."

There, now don't you feel better?!

Reepicheep said...

Eric, the fact that 1993 was the best Chiefs season of your life time- indeed when Bruce Smith knocked the ever loving crud out of Joe "where am I" Montana- actually makes me feel better. To be a Chiefs fan stinks too.

Roger- you're cold. Very cold.

Woody Woodward said...

I was present on that very very cold morning in 96 when the Chiefs were one game away from the big dance! We were disgraced by the Colts! Never forget those 3 horrible field goal attempts by Lin Elliot. Next day Mr Elliot was GONE! He was flown out of town before he was lynched. Wished I could remember some of those Lynn Elliot jokes but it’s probably best I have forgotten them.

jeff said...

"Slip a Buffalonian a $20"?

20...20...why does that number, 20, sound SOOOOOO familiar...hmmmm...Oh WAIT!! I know!! It's the number of points the GIANTS scored against the Bills in the Super Bowl!! I believe it was 20-19, right?

Reepicheep said...

You're pretty funny Jeff.

It was a glorious victory for the NJ Giants. I mean, you can't get much better than winning because a guy misses a gimmee field goal.

I wonder how many people remember NY won that Superbowl. Just those in NJ probably.

Congrats again...

Zach said...

Buffalonians? Is that really what you guys call yourselves?

That was a great Bills team. They had it all. Kelly, Thomas, Reed, Smith, Bennett. . . I remember often choosing them as my team when playing Tecmo Bowl.