This morning my brother, who might be the single most diehard Buffalo Bills fan known to man, passed along a video that Thomas Malikowski posted on YouTube, which boasts that this is Buffalo’s new day when it comes to professional football (and the city that lives it).
Unfortunately Toronto’s The Star sees it differently, as you can plainly see in excerpts from this article written by Bruce Arthur.
“Between the winters and the economy they know suffering in that town, which lost about 10 per cent of its population in the first 12 years after the Bills were last in the post-season. Buffalo is a Rust Belt town, and that means hope dying like the sun in winter.”
“But winter isn’t here yet, and iconic ex-quarterback Jim Kelly is cancer free, and the Bills are 1-0, and they are staying home in the place where hope usually dies, piece by piece. Maybe more failure is inevitable. Probably, in fact. But not today.”
No matter whether you woke up this morning and read the article in The Star, or came across Thomas Malikowski’s post on YouTube, one thing is clear. No matter how down and out The Bills have been, Buffalo is lucky to have a professional football team to rally around. This city has seen its fair share of ups and downs, and when we’re down the rest of the world loves to kick it in our face. Now that we’re getting back up, there will still be those who will deny what is rightfully ours – a chance to prove that we never lost it all… there’s a time to slumber and a time to wake up and kick some ass.
By keeping The Bills in Buffalo, we won a major victory. When there is a victory, there is a loss. When there is a loss, there are losers. I hope that someday Toronto gets its own team, I really do. In the meantime, our doors will be open to many diehard Toronto Bills fans who have feverishly supported Buffalo football. I don’t take Wiepert’s harsh views of Buffalo as anything other than one person who is upset that he didn’t get what he wanted, and living in a great city like Toronto it’s probably easy to be a bit spoiled.
What I do know is that Toronto journalists have been talking Buffalo up as of late, and spreading the good word that this city is on the rise. When it comes to sports, it’s easy to talk trash when you come up empty. Fortunately, as Buffalo continues to rise, and select Torontonians make the trip to see their team play, they will also see a resilient city in the process. One that has cranes in the air, skaters on canals, roller derby on the river, breweries popping up left and right, killer restaurants and new hotels, a Main Street being reignited, a waterfront being reborn, and unwavering sports fans that welcome them to join together as we head into battle. Let’s Go Buffalo!