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August 19, 2009

GEORGE ROOT: Our Bills and Sabres

The Sabres and the Bills are getting ready to start up their respective seasons, and I thought it would be helpful to give a preview of each team in my own special way. My outlook on the Bills’ season may be a bit skewed because they have already looked terrible in one pre-season game and T.O. took his foot out of his big mouth long enough to stub his toe, thereby throwing doubt on to whether or not he will be able to contribute this season. But I really don’t think my opinion of the Bills would be any different back before any of that happened.

Ladies and gentlemen: Your Buffalo Bills, co-sponsored by the city of Toronto.

So, when it is all said and done, the Bills pretty much stole $10 million from Rogers Communication with that deal to move home games to the promised land of Toronto. I firmly believe that Ralph Wilson deserves his place in Canton. Without the efforts of Ralph and Lamar Hunt, the NFL may look totally different today, and the Bills would probably not be a part of it. But the whole Toronto thing was lame, and Ralph’s brutally honest assessment of our economy to the rest of the world was a slap in the face we just didn’t need.

That being said, the questions we are dealing with here are the prospects for the Bills’ 2009 season, and the prospects are bleak. There were some promising signs in the first pre-season game. Trent Edwards gave the impression that he may actually be able to manage an NFL game, and the linebackers looked like they might be able to contain the run. But any of that good stuff was completely overshadowed by the same problems that have plagued the Bills for years.

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