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Another Sunday. Another steal. Another late win thanks to another cardiac kick from Rian Lindell. The Buffalo Bills 24-23 victory seemed like an impossibility after JaMarcus Russell capped-off a DeAngelo Hall interception with a third quarter touchdown plunge, giving the Oakland Raiders a 16-7 lead. Hope was rekindled in the fourth after quarterback Trent Edwards  led the Bills offense on a touchdown drive that ate nearly five minutes, only to be doused by an 84-yard touchdown from Russell to Johnny Lee Higgins only three plays later. Maybe Bills fans got their hopes up too soon. Again. But for another week, Buffalo eschewed its here-we-go-again expectations of the 21st century with another comeback reminiscent of the Jim Kelly Era. And with each completion from their second-year signal caller to Josh Reed, and Lee Evans,  and Roscoe Parrish, the bubble of hope for Bills fans grew bigger and bigger, while their stomach bubbles grew larger, and their collective blood pressure went higher. If you're a Bills fan, you've waited an awful long time to develop fourth quarter agita. No, not from guzzling countless Coors Lights between breakfast and dinner, washed down with footlongs, wings and beef on wick. Agita from the Bills. Agita from believing in a football team's chances to play meaningful January football. Unless you wrongly compare those teaser games from the Drew Bledsoe error or the Tennessee blackout of 2006 to those Bills-Dolphins shootouts of the 1990's, for a consecutive Sunday, Bills fans reminisced what it's like to get sick to their stomachs for good reasons. After the Bills lost their third and fourth Super Bowls, idiots actually said they'd rather go back to the 2-14 seasons of the mid-'80s than deal with the embarrassment of coming up short so often. That theory has been well-tested since the infamous Home Run Throwback (or, Music City Miracle) game in January of 2000, the last time the Bills played a postseason contest. And the consensus in western New York is that they'd rather lose four more Super Bowls than go through one more long winter. The Bills racked-up 17 fourth-quarter points and eventually the lead that eluded them the first 59:59 of their Week Three surprise. Edwards and his receivers connected on six of the quarterback's last seven pass attempts and 14 of his final 19, making the waning 16:54 look nothing like the previous 43:06. Those forty-three minutes and change were loaded with plenty of gaffes. There was the 69-yard opening kickoff return from Higgins which set-up an Oakland field goal. There was Edwards' fumble in the second quarter after Jason Peters allowed his second turnover-causing sack in as many games--both leading to field goals. There was Lee Evans' first turnover--a fumble--after the Bills called timeout only two plays after plans for fake field goal went awry. There was Rian Lindell's missed 46-yard kick on the opening drive of the second half. The would-be go-ahead drive is the very reason head coach Dick Jauron chose to defer after winning the coin toss. There was Roscoe Parrish's cardinal sin of catching a punt near the goal line, leading to a holding penalty that pushed the Bills back to their own end zone just before an Edwards interception ripped from the hands of Lee Evans led to a Raider touchdown. There was Leodis McKelvin misplaying a kickoff after Russell's third quarter touchdown--a prequel to another Bills three-and-out. And, of course, Johnny Lee Higgins reinforcing Bills fans thoughts of bad luck with his long TD reception. Yet, the Bills channeled the resilience made famous in the days of Bruce Smith. Perhaps the most prolific sack master in NFL history brought a little magic back from the good 'ole days when his name was unveiled on the Wall-of-Fame at halftime. Edwards. Marshawn Lynch. Robert Royal. Freddie Jackson. Josh Reed. Evans. Parrish. The offensive line that could have been mistaken for names like Wolford, Ritcher, Hull, Davis and Ballard. And finally, Lindell. Their final three possessions resulted in all of the 17 points needed while their defense forced the three-and-out necessary to beat the Raiders and go 3-0 for the first time since 1992. Suddenly, that heartburn of the glory years returned like an old friend--perhaps Bruce Smith?--reminding Bills fans it's still OK after all these years to be nervous when its for good reasons. As the adage goes, that anxiety means there's something to lose. Welcome back, old friend. Eight years without you was long enough.



 
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06/04/2009 1:00AM
Landrith
I am in a frenzy over fathers day coming up. My dad is soo cool let me tell you. No really I haven't the slighest clue what to get him for fathers day. Most years I don't really get my dad anything for fathers day. He didn't provide anything for me, I mean I paid for my college myself, bought my first car myself, oops this isn't my appointment with my shrink. I know im slap happy people just tell me what hobbies your fathers have for this coming holiday please please. Actually I just need your opinions on what to get dad for fathers day.
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