Buffalo Bills Remain Reliably Unreliable

Photo from bleacherreport.com.

Photo from bleacherreport.com.

Does fortune hate us?  Or is it indifferent?  And what does it look like?  I picture someone snotty wearing a Patriots jersey.  Whatever the concept’s appearance, it laughs at Buffalo Bills fans who felt like they had a win in the second half.  Wasting their own effort is so frustratingly predictable.

Billy Buffalo looks happier than you’d expect for a mascot of such an unfortunately consistent team.  It’d be nice for the surprise to take the form of seizing momentum.  The pleasant outcome didn’t happen, which is how we knew it was our team.

Just because something is expected doesn’t make it less jolting.  A meltdown scripted like the Oakland debacle would be unbelievable unless you’ve been following this team for longer than a weekend.  They had it in control, which is the typical season’s epitaph.  Copy and paste the warning here about postseason hopes hanging by a thread.  We were tired of being tired of it a decade ago.

Preposterous mood swings over three hours would be tolerable if the result could occasionally be pleasant at the end.  It’s tough to enjoy great plays before the game’s over knowing this club’s singular capacity for throwing it away.

How can something in hand spin out of control?  Fans never get a reply.  Any gains feel temporary whether during games or in the standings.  A winning season is an ethereal joy.  It’s the same with the Bills but with 15-point leads.

For extra anguish, spot the latest talented Bill to excel for nothing.  LeSean McCoy starting and stopping time in a stadium with the Black Hole demonstrates his grasp on quantum physics.  It’s a shame the team forgot how to advance the ball under normal gravitational circumstances.

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs in front of Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs in front of Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

There’s presently nothing fun to learn.  Is Tyrod Taylor not seeing open receivers because he doesn’t have enough time to survey the field while running for his life?  The question’s existence lets anyone curious know how the season is going.  Asking why they stop protecting the ball at the worst time reflects similar results.

No team uses us so many final chances.  Now, the Bills probably have to go undefeated in the season’s final quarter to advance.  Then, they’d have to win four more to get a Super Bowl trophy while we’re at it.  The urge to check who’s available for drafting will linger until this franchise can dominate through a season’s end.

Shrewd research spurs luck.  This century’s jealousy of next opponent Pittsburgh is connected to Ben Roethlisberger, who started winning and hasn’t really stopped.  Godsends aren’t coincidences.  You’d be amazed how grades can improve upon doing homework.  By contrast, some teams write papers the morning they’re due on the school bus.  Buffalo obtaining J.P. Losman a bit later in the round didn’t quite result in making the best with what was available.

Adding trajectory-affecting talent is only partly a fluke dictated by who’s available.  Sure, general managers are predicting the future without the benefit of time machines, which are banned by the collective bargaining agreement.  But the best leaders shape what will happen.  Tendencies persevere both in draftees and front offices.  This may be a bad time to note Khalil Mack was the guy the Bills could’ve grabbed when they traded to get ahead.

Photo from fanpass.nfl.com.

Photo from fanpass.nfl.com.

A little birth year kismet can help make the next decade or two pleasant.  We can curse destiny for handing Pittsburgh Sidney Crosby.  He’s at the ripe old age of 29 and sure to start declining by around 2025.  But at least the Penguins will hopefully have to contend with Jack Eichel in Buffalo for much longer.  A deflection our way is due.  I’d like Pittsburgh Dad to be cranky on Sunday just this once. Like me, that’s bound to happen no matter the result, so I actually mean even crankier.

What’s happened is not to be experienced again, which is a blessing after Sunday.  Taking it one moment at a time is the biggest cliché in football and life.  But some ideas are overused for a reason.  It’s up to this team to prove that they can reverse the sense that doom is ingrained.  Squandering their most recent chance in typical fashion depleted the confidence reservoir.

Speculation is a byproduct of desperation.  Fans have taken to sighing while wondering what quarterbacks are available and if the Jaguars will bring back Tom Coughlin before the Bills can snag him.  This team is free eliminate dark thoughts.  Maintaining what should be an insurmountable lead would be a better way to preserve mental stability.  Craziness feels like it’s setting in, but at least we remain sane enough to notice patterns.

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Anthony Bialy

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Anthony Bialy lives in New York City and acts like he's still in Buffalo. He thinks "Buffalo 66" is biographical and considers it a crime against mankind that Steve Tasker is not in the Hall of Fame. He knows every bodega in Manhattan which sells Labatt Blue. Follow him on Twitter at @AnthonyBialy.

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