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Buffalo Bills: Things We Know This Week

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“Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Democrat or Republican. Orange Man Bad. Trump = America First.

Biden empathetic and presidential. Biden can’t complete a sentence even with his teleprompter.

The vaccine is your choice. Anti-Vaxxers are selfish. The vaccine wasn’t approved. Vaccine safe based on studies for decades.

Last summer was all peaceful protests. Last summer, police and citizens were killed, injured. There was damage, destruction, and arson with over 500 proclaimed riots.

January 6th was an insurrection. An insurrection with no weapons? January 6th was amateur. There were no weapons and they just walked in. Trump incited January 6th at his rally. The intelligence proves January 6th was planned in advance. Trump was still speaking to his true supporters while they entered The Capitol. He caused everything. Trump clearly stated “march peacefully”.

Look at the video, it is horrible. Why was video tampered with at the impeachment trial. The video speaks for itself. Most of the video isn’t available. It was all people in Trump paraphernalia. Video shows paid BLM and Antifa “Regulars” in the crowd and some changing into Trump gear behind trees.

That protester deserved to be shot. That protester was unarmed and the shooter never identified. Lock-down and masks are a power thing. Lock-down and masks are to save lives. Lock-downs and masks do not work. Lock-down and masks are “science”.

Discussing any of the above is for a different platform. As you can see, both sides of opinions are clearly not explained. They are strictly a representation of this nation’s dissidence on policies and events. This has escalated routinely since March of 2020.

“Build, for your team, a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another, and of strength to be derived from unity.”

Vince Lombardi

The sublime element about Bills games and the Mafia is it’s all one big event, a festival, a celebration with unprecedented unity. The games accomplish something that politicians and the main stream media claim they want but do the exact opposite to accomplish. The “United” in the United States has been key to the success of this nation, apparent after September 11 or during WW2.

This country has always had different opinions on many key policies and events. However, we’ve rallied together whenever threatened by outside or even inside haters. This has appeared to be a thing of the past in recent months. Discussing issues and politely agreeing to disagree really does not seem to be on the table as people of all levels argue accomplishing not a thing.

“I can’t very well preach unity and tell the guys we’re all in this together and everyone’s important, then cut a guy because we might improve by one percent if we bring in someone else.”

Tony Dungy

Bills games have fans high-fiving total strangers in Orchard Park or even on the road. I saw fans all over Minneapolis and St. Paul the weekend of Super Bowl 26 yelling and singing with fans they would spot in hotels, bars, restaurants, parking ramps, malls and out on the streets. I watched double-decker buses in London drive by us with people singing Bills songs from Shepherds Bush to Notting Hill. A Jim Kelly sighting resulted in people screaming and shouting, cheering the Buffalo legend. Buffalo owned the capital of the United Kingdom for one weekend. I remember a Raiders game in the ’80s where total strangers were sharing blankets bundled up due to the sub zero ridiculous temperatures.

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world , but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”

Babe Ruth

Unity. It’s a great feeling. Is it power by numbers? I do not believe that. Tailgating in Chicago before the season opener had Bears fans obviously everywhere. Our small tailgate of Bills fans had other small groups of the Mafia running by to high five or shouting “Go Bills”. In reality, Bears fans told us they envied our comradery and loyalty. We were in the middle of Doug Marrone and E.J. Manuel, in midst of a historic playoff drought. That did not stop the United Bills fans. Being a Bills fan typically outweighs language barriers, skin color, education background, social status, age, gender, knowledge of the game and team, or POLITICAL preferences.

Unity. A beautiful thing for Bills fans. Will you let a fellow Mafia’s voting history, political affiliation, views on Covid, or anything that makes us all different affect the Unity of the Mafia as it has divided America? I for one am not and hope I am not alone. Buffalo is a great city. People help strangers in blizzards or broken down on the 290 East. I am confident that Bills football will continue to unite fans from all backgrounds.

“In order to have a winner, the team must have a feeling of unity; every player must put the team first-ahead of personal glory.”

Paul “Bear” Bryant

Unity. I never though about it much until it was gone. This Bills team is special. They will not be a bickering Bills reboot from 1989. This city needs its football team. This city deserves a championship. Show the world as always what Unity looks like as a reminder. The Bills make me want to SHOUT. With that neighbor with the Trump flag. SHOUT. With that neighbor with the Biden sign. SHOUT. With the city that has Bills flags. Stay United, Queen City. United we stand.

Things we know about the Buffalo Bills this week:

Josh Allen continues handling things throughout his short NFL career with maturity and class. After his giant contract extension, he had these wise words to share:

“I know they didn’t pay me for what I’ve done. They did this because they expect me to continue what I’m doing and expect me to go win this team some championships.”

Josh Allen

Special teams coordinator Heath Farwell is very satisfied with new Bills punter Matt Haack. The coach’s excitement is not strictly based on the amazing control of his leg, but he is one heck of a holder for Tyler Bass.

Star Lotulelei has returned to training camp very much rejuvenated after opting out last season. Leslie Frazier had praise for the veteran…

“The way he handles himself in practice and in meetings, it sends a reverberation throughout our defensive line and throughout the entire defense. His work ethic and his ability to make plays, it’s going to impact our entire defense.” 

Leslie Frazier on Star Lotulelei

I am semi-retired leaving my enjoyable 24 year management career due to multiple health issues. My dad retired from The Buffalo News after 49 years. I have been an avid fan for quite some time. Got that Marv Levy Fight Song In My Head for absolutely no reason.

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  1. Anonymous

    August 25, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    Absolutely brilliant. Go Bills!!

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