Losing Bad Memories Key to Buffalo Bills Winning

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Dropping baggage is the easiest way to gain speed.  Leaving behind what’s holding you back is good advice for everyone, whether watching or participating.  It’s especially important if someone’s chasing.

A team can’t remain tied to its depressing past if it plans to ever turn cheery.  Refusing to obsess on what crummy things happened is the only way to stop perpetuating them.  Nobody knows the weight of old junk like the Buffalo Bills.  But at least Aaron Maybin isn’t walking out of that tunnel again.

It’s yet another sign of how dedicated fans are despite it all. that they can’t wait until full-time practices begin.  I want it to be July 26 more than anything, including world peace and enlightenment.

Looking forward to training camp is a test for lunacy that I pass or fail, depending on perspective.  Like any well-balanced normal human, I count down until the day when there are dispatches about whose routes look crisp and which linebacker is moving well in coverage.  Here I am already hoping for the best.

It’d be about time.  Sure, the last Bills quarterback to win a playoff game is 57.  But there’s no reason that can’t change this year.  I mean, it’s technically feasible.  One good season would compose five and a half percent of those since 2000.  But it would importantly be the most recent one.

Photo of Jim Kelly from buffalobills.com.

Forgetting recent trauma is particularly important for a club that’s made repressing memories part of the playbook.  There may not be a rule that woe will ever end.  But there’s nothing written down that we must suffer eternally if that offers comfort.

It may seem foolish to be happy with the extensive history of sadness.  But the chance to turn it all around is why we stick with sports.  By percentage, there’s not much time spent happy during an average season and literally zero if a Super Bowl win’s the goal.  Spending downtime figuring it’s going to keep going poorly is just redundant torture.

The damage is already done.  At least try to heal.  It beats scratching at a wound to remember the agony.  The only thing worse than a bad season is letting it scar future ones.

A massive unseen burden is the worst kind to carry because it’s the hardest to release.  Dropping one end of the couch is easy.  By contrast, the mental anguish spurred by memories of losing so many must-win games can affect the next performance.  There’s a downside to creating one’s own fate.

We could use symbolism like installing new schemes.  So, be glad everyone is learning from new playbooks.  It should be much easier to make sense of where they belong, which may remove existential dread as an intangible.

Keeping your toaster whole is easier than trying to rebuild it into a microwave.  The new staff seems eager to fit the players instead of shoving hapless players into screwy alignments.  Sometimes, the defensive end dropping into pass coverage is surprising for a good reason.  Rex Ryan is an ineffective bully, but his stint was successful otherwise.  We don’t have to worry about him anymore even if we may occasionally shudder at memories of the screen door defense.

As with running backs, the first step determines success.  We may only convince ourselves that exciting things are happening with our team to make the dumb summer tolerable.  What’s this time’s best case?  Sean McDermott seems driven.  So, latch on to his positive qualities and hope he can get the roster to emphasize them.  It’s much better than trying to get pumped about, say, Mike Mularkey’s comatose lethargy.

Photo of Mike Mularkey from denverbroncos.com.

If you think you’re doomed, you’re right.  Deciding this franchise is cursed by bad vibes will ensure they continue.  It’s not to engage in hippie karma doctrine.  But lack of self-confidence perpetrates tough times.  Use this as a life example and treat this season as starting over.  The odometer resets every year, so there’s no choice.  The Bills are going in 0-0 like everyone else, aside from the Browns, who have already lost four or five games.

Feeling better starts with ditching what made you sad.  Nothing’s tougher or more important.  Let go of the disappointment that’s plagued our people, which actually starts the process.  A West Coast offense is just the start of football philosophy.

There’s nobody hungrier for a playoff smorgasbord.  Success is even more valuable if it’s earned.  It’d be nice to have a concrete example to back up the theory.

Those who’ve never suffered fail to appreciate their bounties.  Spare a thought for those poor Patriots fans getting Lombardi Trophies instead of life lessons.  They’ll grow up thinking life is a breeze.  It’s better to find out life’s a pain through sports.  The problem is that we’ve learned enough.

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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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