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Happy Holidays Bills Fans!!!

 
Hey Bills Fans,

Merry Christmas to all of you!  Hope everyone had as good a Christmas as I did.  It all seemed to start off on the right foot around 1:00PM on Christmas Eve, wouldn’t you say?  I’m sure you have all seen the movie Happy Gilmore?  You know the one with Adam Sandler playing the golfer, Happy Gilmore.  Well I couldn’t help but think of a certain scene from that movie after the game.  You know the part where Happy takes 4 putts to put the ball in the hole and a guy in the crowd says under his breath to another spectator, “It’s about time”.  Then Happy walks up to him while saying, “You know something, it is about time.  I wanted to put the ball in the whole but I just couldn’t.”  He then rips the guy’s shirt over his head then punches him in the face.  Hilarious scene, and after a huge win that’s all I could think of….It’s about time.  But hey, just like your mom use to tell you, good things come to those who wait.

Now we just need one more this week to end on a good note.  And let me be the 1st to say, it isn’t going to be easy.  New England has a lot riding on this game.  If they win they clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs.  Good thing for us is if we win we sweep the Patriots on the season.  That would be huge going into next season if we could get them twice in the same year, so you better believe we aren’t going down without a fight.
Anyone get anything awesome for Christmas this year?  I sure was lucky.  My wife got me among other things..a YETI cooler!!! Seriously, go to their website and you will be hooked.  It’s a cooler that keeps ice solid for over a week, doesn’t break like all other coolers, and even has attachments that help it double as a seat and a fishing platform!!! What more could you want?! …Maybe a guitar??? That was my 2nd awesome gift.  Already working on a song (from the beginners book) and can’t wait to be able to play some jams.

Well guys the seasons coming to an end and I hope you guys have had as much fun reading as I have writing.  This is my 2nd to last blog.  On Friday I will post one more revealing my true identity.  Then you can refresh your mind on all the posts and say, “o ya that makes sense”, or “man, I never would have guessed that”.  Either way it should be funny to see what you guys think when it’s all said and done.

Until next time Bills fans!

Sincerely,
(For Now) Your No-Named Buffalo Bill
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Thinning the Hurd

Hey Bills Fans, 
Getting ready to head into this Miami Dolphins game and surprisingly looking forward to it.  That’s right, even though we as a team are out of playoff contention and the season seems lost I am still looking forward to playing.  I know you must be thinking, “What’s wrong with this guy, why is he looking forward to a game that essentially means nothing?”  That’s a simple answer for me, because this game is still fun.  I started playing this game in my backyard 18 years ago.  It was fun then and it is fun now.  Yes it is a job now, and yes sometimes the pressure, stress, and uncertainty of your career take some of that fun out but once you step on the field, it’s all back to being fun.
Another reason I am looking forward to this game is my parents and father-in-law have made it up for the game.  It’s always fun to have family in the stands, cheering you on.  Reminds me of growing up, I was lucky enough that my parents only missed 3 games from 5th grade of pop warner to senior year of college!!! That’s a ton of games and a ton of traveling!  Now I’ve got great in laws that are equally as supportive as my parents have been throughout my life. 
Finally, a 3rd reason I am looking forward to the game this weekend, comes from a single quote from a passenger on my father-in-law's flight up here.  You see, if you plan to go to dinner with my father-in-law, or to the auto parts store- or anywhere there are other people involved, make sure to plan an extra 20 minutes for random conversations with strangers.  That’s the southern hospitality in him, and his flight up here was no different.  In conversation with the Buffalo native passenger next to him he asked, “If you had to describe Buffalo in one word, what would it be?”  The passenger thought about it for a minute then responded with, “Proud”.  No doubt, I would have to agree.  Whether it’s the locals here who love love the local cuisine & can clear the raods of snow faster than anyone in the country, or those Buffalonians back home at the local Buffalo Backer bars where, even though everyone there has been away from Buffalo for decades, still bleeds the red and blue- everyone is PROUD.  It would be a good early Christmas gift to all of you to knock off a divisional rival in the Dolphins.  We know you guys feel the same way about them as we do, and although it won’t be the same as winning to send us to the playoffs it is still beating the Dolphins and would feel great to win not just for us but for this town too.  We want to make you PROUD.  
I’m sure by now you have all heard of Chicago’s Sam Hurd and the recent developments in his federal investigation.  If not you should google it and find out more, it sounds like he was trying to live out his own American Gangster movie.  It’s a shame how this reflects the NFL and helps to further stereotype NFL players.  One of the things a story like this does is cause a lot of people to question the policies and procedures regarding drug testing in the NFL.  And the more comments I hear, the more I disagree with the general consensus.  Everyone seems to think the drug testing program is easy to get around and there needs to be more random and more frequent testing.  Well let me ask you, when was the last time you got drug tested at your job? I can pretty much guarantee that for the majority of you if drug tested at all, it was upon being hired and since then probably not at all.  I say to you, that program is a joke and far easier to get around than our program.  
You guys propose adding more frequent tests, is that really the answer?  Have you seen the ESPN 30 for 30 on Todd Marinovich? He was tested three times a week by the Raiders and still was doing drugs on a regular basis all the while passing the tests.  To me this says, if you want to get around it, you can, no matter how frequent the testing.  This is my answer instead of over-regulating; put the onus on the organizations to only hire good character guys.  Unfortunately, if you hire guys that are suspect character guys, there is a chance you will get suspect results.  This will, of course, exclude some guys that are highly capable of playing at this level.  We as a country must decide what is more important.  Do we want a game that is played at a slightly higher level and have guys that prove they will continually get in trouble or are we ok with playing the game at a slightly lower level with all good guys?  
I am not saying I think this league is made up of thugs, in fact I think the opposite.  Since joining the league stereotypes have been broken consistently.  I can’t get over the intelligence and character of the majority of the men in this league.  In this locker room more specifically I can honestly say that I respect every man in there.  It’s the exceptions that cause a problem, there are only a couple out there but they cause a big problem.  I’m not talking specifically on the Chicago situation.  I am talking much more general on the entire league.  And furthermore, I don’t know of anything that could have been done to prevent this specific problem in Chicago.  From what I hear the guy was a quiet, go about your business, type of guy with no red flags.  We are just unfortunate that it happened in our industry to cause a cloud to float over us.  Thoughts?
Hope we bring you guys a win this week, we are surely overdue by now.
Sincerely,
(For Now) Your No-Named Buffalo Bill
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What's Next

Hey Bills Fans,
It’s been a long week full of changes and more injuries; very tough for all of us here as I’m sure it’s the same for all of you. At this point in the season, our goals have changed. Playoffs are out of the question, and if that is the driving force of a season what else do you play for? Well the Bills, just like all other teams in our situation, tell their players the same this very same thing: Its evaluation time. We have to work towards next year and see who can help us win the championship next year. That’s the reality of the business. Everyone is fighting for their jobs.  Every year, we just want to keep playing.   In this business- just like that- you can be out in the streets. 
I can see where you can think that we have given up on this season by looking forward to next year but that is not the case. What is the best way to show you can help the team win next year? Simple, just win this year. Finish the year on a winning streak and that will speak to the staff that we have good people around here. That is our new goal. It’s not glamorous or exciting but it’s the truth and it takes character to look at the depressing facts and continue to move toward those goals.
Finally the snow is falling in Buffalo! What a great day to get the kids outside, grab the sled and head to a hill. Or just let the dog run around and share the same excitement as us! It’s about time in my book and DEFINITELY time in my wife’s book. Hell, she woke up early today to go look out the window and see if the snow started to fall yet!!! Geez, go to sleep woman! Once it starts, it’s not going to stop for a long, long time. This is Buffalo, where it snows half the year and the people are proud of it! I have to ask a question, do you guys actually take advantage of the winter wonderland?  Really get out there and enjoy what the “season” has to offer? If you asked me I’d say no, you don’t- and I’d like to be proved wrong. You see, there is so much to do around here and I always feel I never see anyone outside! I am dying to try out the ice-fishing, I love the snow skiing town of Ellicottville (not to mention EBC’s brewery located there!) , there are plenty of sled hills, and I even saw a snow tubing facility on the 90 between Buffalo and Rochester. Lots to do… in the town that gets a rap for having nothing to do! So tell me locals, do you really take advantage of the things that other people have to save their money & travel to go enjoy?
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Thank You, Coach Gailey!

Hey Bills Fans,

You know what we love about our coach?  He’s a straight shooter, no lies, no sugar coating, just cold hard facts.  He said it best from his 1st interview, “This is a tough game, for tough people.”  That comment extends way beyond the hitting and the physical pounding, and I didn’t realize it until this week.  The toughest part of our game is mental.  Imagine if at your job there was a video camera on you every second, and not only were you videotaped- but you were then forced to watch it over, and over, and over again while your boss is critiquing every microscopic detail of your day….every day.  Then when the inevitable bad day occurs, that boss reams you, tells you that you were flat out bad and that if you don’t get better you will be fired.  After that, you have to recover, perform better or every bad thing he said will turn into reality.  You still think the NFL is ALL glamorous?

This scenario is actually a good day for us players.  You see, a lot of times in this business you don’t get that.  You hear one thing- then another happens.  This is a worst case scenario, how do you know how to perform and what’s expected of you when you don’t know what to believe?  This is why we are lucky to have Coach Gailey.  We know what is expected of us, when he talks we listen. When he asks us to do something, we go at it 100%.  When he tells us we are bad, we agree and do everything we can to fix it.  This is why we didn’t stop fighting when we were 0-8 last year and that’s why we won’t stop this year.  We may not win every game but you have to agree that the effort is there.   It’s just a matter of bringing the good all together at the same time.  I’m not saying this to defend our Coach because our Coach doesn’t need defending.  He’s done a good job and everyone on the inside knows it.  I’m merely saying this because with all the coaching change this week it has me reflecting on my own situation and the more I think of it the more I realize how good I’ve got it. 

With three weeks left in the season the Dolphins Tony Sparano, and the Chiefs Todd Haley are fired.  This brings up a lot of questions.  The dolphins have been talking about this for weeks, why after they started 0-7 and the talks started did they not pull the trigger?  Why did they wait until he gets the team on a winning streak to pull the trigger?  And why doesn’t either team wait until the end of the season?  Of course only those two teams know these answers, but let’s brainstorm.  I think the main reason is this: they thought, “let’s put it out the news that we have an opening”.  It allows them to sample a coach as interim currently on the payroll.  It can allow certain coaches time to decide if they would be interested in that job and time to get excited before they are officially eligible to be hired.  And let me just say right now, I do not envy any of the candidates for these jobs.  I love the game and love the coaching aspect, but I would never want to be a Head Coach in this league.  In today’s game, these guys have an extremely short leash and an unbelievable amount of responsibilities.  They are expected to win in a very short time, which means they have to do it with a bunch of guys that might not fit their mold. 

Look at the college ranks, most people agree that it isn’t until the 3rd or 4th year until you can see if a college coach is any good.  That’s because it’s when the players they recruited are finally on the field.  Take for instance if you are a defensive minded coach and you have an unbelievable 4-3 defensive scheme, but the old staff built the team around a 3-4 scheme.  It takes time to get that 4-3 personnel on the roster.  This business is a “what have you done for me lately league”.  In my opinion, it’s extremely tough to be successful in the short term, and you may have the winning formula just not enough time to develop it.  The guys are crazy for wanting this job.  Coach Gailey said it best when asked about the Cowboys Jason Garrett going into the business.  He said, “I thought he was smarter than that.”  You can’t help but laugh and agree with that!

So- Here’s to being a player and not a coach.

Sincerely,

(For Now) Your No-Named Buffalo Bill

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Remember the Titans?

Hey Bills Fans,

Sure wish you could see us get after the Titans this weekend but I guess you’ll see the highlights after you watch some other game…that’s not blacked out.  It’s a real shame how fast our early games sold out when we were winning.  Now we are in the middle of a losing streak and get a blackout.  Not to mention we still have a shot to make the playoffs!  That doesn’t matter to some and I can’t say I blame you fans.  It’s been too long since we have made it and too many times you guys have ridden the hope, brought yourselves to the game, and risked being letdown again. 

Good news is that’s about to come to an end. 

We are on our way to making it.  This year, yes we have a chance.  Is it a sure thing?  Of course not, we still do need some outside help, but you have to admit things are changing for the better and good things are about to come our way.  Think back to something you really wanted but had to work super hard to get.  Wasn’t it that much sweeter when you finally got it because you had so much more invested in it?  I’m telling you, being a Bills fan is the same way, you die hards that make it to the game every week and freeze in the December weather, for years knowing the playoffs were out of reach will be the happiest fans out there when we do make it.  Stay loyal to us and reap the rewards that are sure to come both our ways!

We will beat the Titans this week.  We are tired of losing and can’t stand it anymore.  We have dreams and aspirations for this team, this year, and we have no other choice but to win. 

Questions:

1)      Do you guys get paid all year long or just during the season? I bet it's just the season, but my dad says it's year round. - Jimmy, Henrietta

We get paid strictly during the season.  Whatever, your yearly salary is gets paid out in seventeen checks, one after each game.  Only catch is that if you get cut after Week Four (for instance) you only receive 4/17ths of your yearly salary.  Professional football is the only sport in which the contract you sign is not guaranteed.  The easiest way to summarize it is that it is “contingent on performance” so if you are struggling they can cut you without pay.

2)      After four straight losses, what is the mood in the locker room at this point? And can you talk about Marcel Dareus' speech before the Jets game? - Bill, Pittsford

Can’t really talk about Dareus’s speech more so than what has already been said, that stuff stays in the locker room.  But as far as the mood goes, I’d say it’s not nearly as excited as when we were 5-2.  There is a time and a place for everything.  When you are winning it was ok to joke around and laugh a lot as long as you are working hard.  When you are losing, there is no reason to have that same demeanor so you just do your job and try your best to get back to where you were.  We are all still very hopeful and all still doing our best to make this right.  We plan to win out these next 5 games and see where we are.

3)      How, as a team, can you prevent injuries? Seems like there are a lot this year, especially around the league. - (No Name)

Actually, I was just talking to the trainers asking them this question.  They actually said there are no more injuries than normal at this point in the season.  They did say we have more people on IR but that’s not directly related to the injury, it more has to do with timing of the injury, state of the season, and the teams need for bodies at specific positions.  If I knew how to prevent injuries, I could probably retire tomorrow, start my second career as a team consultant and make far more money than I could playing  this game!!!  What makes it so tough is all different theories have been tested and it seems the injury numbers stay constant.  ACLs for example, typically have nothing to do with the condition or lack of condition a player is in, but more to do with the fact that this generation of football players are faster and heavier than ever before.  We generate more force than ever and the same ACL has to handle all that additional force.

Catch up with you next week Bills fans.

Sincerely,

(For Now) Your No-Named Buffalo Bill

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