It might be easier to decipher a stone tablet of hieroglyphics than to outline what scenarios must take place for the Buffalo Bills to break their 17-year playoff drought, so I’ll spare you the mental gymnastics. The path to the playoffs is a tortuous one any way you slice the data.
Besides, no matter which way you consider easiest path to the playoffs for the Bills, ‘easiest’ becomes a relative term when they must win out on the road at both Gillette Stadium and the latest iteration in Miami – Hard Rock Stadium. Perhaps that’s why the FAMbase in Buffalo is somewhat more muted than one might expect for a BIlls team at 8-6 and very much in the mix.
So, as our founding father once said – why so serious, #BillsMafia?
If the daunting task of beating two divisional opponents after just playing them isn’t enough, we all saw what happened Sunday afternoon when the New England Patriots were once again the beneficiary of irrational NFL rules. The mere thought of the Bills going to New England and being ‘gronked’ to death is only superseded by my increasingly valid fear that referees will decide the outcome of any said game.
Having our fan-hood beaten to a bloody pulp for nearly two decades might have something to do with our reticence regarding playoff aspirations this year. It’s easy to understand why when you examine how many ways the Bills managed to shoot themselves in the foot and come up short every year.
And while no one regime lays claim to the entire mess, we carry on as if it’s just another brick in our road to eternal damnation as a tortured FAMbase. We continue to inch ever closer to becoming 100% scar tissue (after Steve Tasker’s claim we already reached 90%).
However, there are many green shoots of hope for success in the Bills’ not-too-distant future, not the least of which is the impressive productivity of rookies from this year’s NFL draft. Tre’Davious White has allowed us to completely forget the cornerback in New England who is so happy to be on a winning team now (even though he never did his part to contribute in any meaningful way to winning while in Buffalo).
Perhaps we could look forward to some Bills players finding a way to bring Rob Gronkowski a little something extra for his Christmas stocking this year?
Or – would doing a sack dance all over Tom Brady’s aging body be enough to bring that festive mood back to a FAMbase decimated by decades of failure? Let’s remember we survived this dynasty of despair by keeping our goals reasonable and achievable despite living in perpetual purgatory.
But – our real blessing is something most people on the outside of our fan base rarely get to see because they are distracted by win-loss records, statistics and trolling in order to get their daily giggles.
No other fan base in sports shows more compassion than ours.
We look after each other with love. While media outlets all over the country feature drunk Bills fans jumping through tables, we also do stuff like this to show our love for a BillsMafia brother facing cancer.
— Jonah Javad (@JonahJavad) December 17, 2017
Only in Buffalo.
Editor’s babble: We are sending our thoughts and prayers to @PanchoBilla1 as we join him and others in their battle against cancer. No matter what #4thAndOne situation we face, we will face it together as FAMily. If you can handle even more blabbering, you can find me on Twitter @RobynMundyWYO.