December 26, 2004.
It was a different world back then. The Malice at the Palace had captured the hearts and minds of a nation. George W. Bush was settling into his second term in the Oval Office. The city of Boston basked in the glow of their first World Series win since 1918.
All of those things listed above were terrible, but that year maintains a special place in my heart. After starting the year 0-4, the Bills went on a miraculous run that saw them win six consecutive games. Drew Bledsoe had fought off the calls for promising rookie JP Losman – shudders – to start and led Buffalo to the brink of the playoffs. Of course they would go on to lose a must win game at home against a Pittsburgh team that was fielding a collection of third stringers including starting quarterback Brian St. Pierre. But that’s a story for a different day. A cold, alcohol infused day.
December 26th, 2004 was the last time the Bills beat the 49ers in San Francisco. It was the last time the Bills won on the West coast. Chan Gailey & Co. think the team will be better off by staying in the area through the next week before their game in Arizona. Unfortunately, Chan wasn’t on a cocktail of hard drugs when he said this – he actually believed it.
This team is broken.
The defense has become the punchline for every awful ‘comedian’ on twitter. “Alabama would beat the Bills, hahahaha!” This is the type of shit that drives me insane, but it’s deserved. Last week the Patriots set a collection of offensive records that left the majority of Bills fans saying at least this can’t happen again. Seven days later it did. Alex Smith threw three passes for more than 30 yards in the first half. He hadn’t thrown one the entire season. The Bills are the first team to allow over 550 yards in consecutive weeks since 1950. Dave Wannstedt will not rush more than four. He’s incapable of it. The Bills secondary was left in flames. My lasting memory of this game will be George Wilson staring into the backfield as Vernon Davis ran past him and eventually caught a 58 yard heave from Smith.
Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to be terrible. Not just below average but unabashedly terrible. Chris Culliver’s interception in the third quarter might have been the worst Fitzpatrick throw I have ever seen – which is saying something because the guy is fucking terrible. At this point I’d rather see the Bills run the wildcat for the entire game. Though it’s horribly ineffective – the 49ers seem to do it pretty well – at least we will be spared the ghastly sight of Fitz attempting to throw the ball.
It’s not that bad. At the start of the season I hoped we would be bad enough to actually get better – ie. draft a quarterback. The past two weeks indicate we’re not that far off. This is a terrible team. Bad enough that it gives me hope for the future. If that sounds insane then you must’ve forgotten I’m a fan of the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.