Psy was the perfect guy for this.
In the beginning Gangnam style was a cute K-pop jingle that everyone could dance to. I requested it at a wedding — everyone did the dance and had a good time. Then I heard it on the radio. On the TV. People sang it on the streets. Ellen danced to it. Psy went on Ellen with Britney Spears. I couldn’t listen to it anymore, but society didn’t care. My mom asked if I had heard it. The end had come.
In the beginning the Bills in Toronto series was a good idea. Mine your biggest non-Buffalo fan base for some extra cash while ensuring the Bills would remain in Buffalo for the foreseeable future — makes sense.
Five years on this needs to end.
The whole thing is painful. First you get the cavalcade of Buffalo sports writers expressing their dismay at the lack of atmosphere at the Rogers Centre. Doing this in year one of the experiment made sense. They weren’t wrong — it doesn’t compare to the urine soaked house of dreams that is the Ralph. In year five it’s redundant. We get it. That stadium isn’t a good place for the NFL. It isn’t a good place for professional sports in general.
As a Bills fan who enjoys going to Buffalo a lot, the Bills in T.O. creates another problem. I find myself apologizing to Buffalonians for the lack of support the team receives here. In place of a home game — crucial for NFL teams in the big picture, you gotta win those — is a sideshow housed in a concrete gulag. Half the fans in attendance don’t give a damn. The ones that do are usually cheering for the other team.
The biggest reason this idea has failed so miserably is the most obvious. The Buffalo Bills are horrible, and have been for a long time. Accountability is a foreign concept with this organization.
Ryan Fitzpatrick should’ve been taken off the field in the third quarter of week seven. The fact that our backup hasn’t seen the field this season is embarrassing. Once again Stevie Johnson’s excellence was wasted. Fitz has made overthrowing the ball an art.
The defense beat up on weak teams for a couple weeks, mistakenly providing fans with a glimmer of hope in a lost season. Today was a wake up call. The linebacking corps may be the worst in the league. Marcell Dareus has played like a fifth-round pick, not somebody drafted third overall. The unit gave up 50 points for the second time this year. On the season they’ve allowed 402 points, putting the record of 454 (1984) within reach.
In the end this is on the worst coach in the league. The Bills ineptitude was summed up by a quarterback sneak on first down — they thought it was fourth and inches. Marcus Easley was activated only to find himself behind Ruvell Martin on the depth chart. RUVELL MARTIN!@#$%@%$@
The team quit on him. If Buddy Nix and Russ Brandon had any sense Chan would be fired immediately after the game. But they won’t do it. This franchise is obsessed with making every dollar count. It’s why Fitzpatrick is still starting. It’s also why Gailey won’t be axed until after the year — and that’s still hoping. With the loss the Bills have guaranteed their 10th losing season in the past 12 years.
End this. Don’t come back to Toronto. Stop pretending this is working and cut your losses. I didn’t want the Bills to leave Buffalo. This series was a step in preventing that from happening. Five years later I say this with no reservations: it’s not worth it.