After nearly a generation of failure, discontent and abject misery, are we witnessing one of the greatest turnaround stories in Bills’ history? Have we finally won the lottery of front offices?
All indications seem to point in that direction. Buffalo sports fans are pinching themselves until they bleed watching the Bills operate to secure the best deals in free agency this season. We haven’t had a wheeler-dealer like Brandon Beane since Bill Polian was in his prime putting together a team that would go on to four Super Bowls in a row.
Even ProFootballTalk, notoriously critical of the Bills in the past tweeted out this bomb on Wednesday:
Bills are systematically getting better while the Patriots are systematically getting worse.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 14, 2018
Have we morphed through a black hole into a different universe?
If that wasn’t enough to make ‘BuffaLOVians’ jump for joy, surely the University of Buffalo men AND women’s basketball teams invitation and St. Bonaventure’s improbable victory over UCLA in the NCAA tournament is likely enough to send most of us over the edge.
It’s a New York state of mind these days, isn’t it? Even Syracuse joined the celebration with a big victory over Arizona State on Wednesday evening. With all the happy sports news in Western New York these days, it even makes a dismal Sabres team easier to endure while they get themselves sorted out.
Regarding the Bills, it isn’t just the caliber of players Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott are assembling that is raising eyebrows around the league; it’s how they are acquiring them. Signing quarterback AJ McCarron isn’t necessarily a coup, but getting him to sign for reportedly half the amount Josh McCown signed for with the Jets is flat-out robbery.
There were even whispers defensive end Trent Murphy spurned the Patriots in order to sign with the Bills. With all the alleged turmoil going on behind the scenes in the Patriots front office, it makes one wonder if finally the success pendulum is swinging away from Gillette stadium and finally headed to the shores of Lake Erie.
Look no further than Rob Gronkowski’s cryptic instagram post to Danny Amendola after he signed with the Miami Dolphins:
Rob Gronkowski dropped a cryptic farewell to Danny Amendola on Instagram: https://t.co/S25kqyNb78
— Sports News & Stuff (@SportNewsNStuff) March 15, 2018
So are we about to finally reap our reward for remaining loyal to a team mired in perpetual mediocrity for seemingly forever?
At last we no longer have to be insulted with market gimmickry and incompetent leadership. Even those of us who live in far-flung places can wear our Bills gear with pride, without being ridiculed for supporting a team submerged in a dynasty of despair.
How far have we come since the buffoonery of the Ryan brothers or the mind-numbing boredom from watching Dick Jauron as a head coach? No more hanging our heads when the front office leaks like a sieve and cycles through yet another coach and general manager every two to three years.
Although it may appear a foreign concept for anyone under legal drinking age in Buffalo, there really was a time in Buffalo when the Bills were the toast of the entire NFL. Just ask the guys who made it happen; Jim Kelly and company. They’re more than ready to pass the mantle on to the next generation of glory seekers.
We are blessed, Buffalo. The light you see now – this is the end of the tunnel of turmoil, the renunciation of perpetual mediocrity, the last breath of the dynasty of despair. Breathe deeply and prepare to be joyous sooner than later.
Editor’s babble: You can almost feel the winds of change blowing gently across the AFC East. Enjoy this moment because it’s a glorious time to be not only a Bills fan, but a fan of all WNY sports. If you have the stomach for it, you can find me on Twitter @RobynMundyWYO.
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