New Streaks Start Now As Buffalo Bills Reset Counters

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That last guy was useless.  New employees are responsible for eliminating errors made by those they replaced.  Spot true professionals by how they don’t kvetch about the undeserved responsibility, which is a sign of maturity equivalent to drinking coffee for breakfast instead of lager.  Coworkers on virtual meetings can’t detect beer breath, which is no excuse.

As for occasions to drink with merriment, the most recent Buffalo Bills season was valuable just to get streaks out of the way.  Dedicated workers halted absences long enough to qualify as eras.  It takes geologists to research club playoff history.

A Bills postseason appearance is an ordinary experience if you think your fourth birthday party will be a blast.  Chuck E. Cheese is almost as fun as making the conference finals.  The first playoff win since the Spanish-American War was a good start, and the club added a second just to make sure.  Players ignored rumors about this franchise’s inability to advance spread by fans who spent a quarter-century enduring seemingly unbreakable patterns.

The Bills previously had to import playoff expertise via trading or signing members of thriving clubs.  Appetizing options were only served elsewhere.  Hoping their service would translate to a new locker room was like having to go to Ontario for Swiss Chalet and Mr. Big bars, with the difference being only one is guaranteed to be tasty.

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Patience is embodied by sticking with a plan even if it means a losing season.  Finding a Bills fan who says enduring 2018 wasn’t worth it is like trying to locate a general manager who’ll interview Rex Ryan.  The pain of ditching incompatible partners was worth the agony of transition, especially since we found a soulmate.  We no longer have to tolerate ingrates who took charming good morning texts for granted and thought we were too nice.

Clearing the roster of those no longer in the plans does more than create chances for those who are staying.  Marcell Dareus spent last season out of the NFL if you doubted his commitment to the game.

Playing as a rookie means everyone watches inevitable errors.  But at least the committer gets to learn from them.  Teams can win while losing as long as members gain experience.  Exposure to adverse conditions is valuable even if the score doesn’t correspond.  The lessons eventually sink in if the trainee is as serious about promotion as expressed in the interview.

Waiting for upgrades better not take longer than it does to restart a router.  Very patient people expect everything instantly in an era where email loading for four seconds prompts cussing.

Ancient teams budgeted quarterbacks four years to learn.  But maybe hurrying is better.  Franchises’ intended heirs would idle while holding primitive tablets referred to as clipboards, which featured paper screens and ink styluses called pens.  By contrast, modern players try it out instead of watching, and the spirit of activity offers welcome contrast in this video game era.

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The Bills took a risk with a quarterback who was raw like Danny Zuko at baseball. Professional slackers should be inspired by the embodiment of harnessing erstwhile untapped talent.  It’s an all-star understatement to note Josh Allen clicked in his third season.  You may have noticed he gained by playing.  Grasshopper earned his black bet by chopping foes instead of consulting karate dot com.  Participation beats observation.

Teams improve by noting how they suck.  The Bills found value in the tournament loss to Houston.  And even falling against Jacksonville created a standard to pass for old-timers who were around back when the Jaguars could get to a conference championship game.

It’s not quite an excuse to blow it on purpose just for the lessons.  But normal humans must learn to cope with failure, which you may have noticed is as intrinsic to this utterly blissful world as injustice and heartbreak.  The Bills used the letdown in their hype video as a sign they dealt with things going the worst in the best way possible.

Resentment spurred drive.  The initial time Allen played bonus pro football helped later even if the result was as much of a letdown as thinking Coming to America needed a sequel.  An experience is worthwhile on its own for the life training it provides.  Nothing beats doing.  You could describe how the three chords progress or just listen to the Ramones.

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Only observers were carrying around a collective psychic burden.  Those who are serious about helping the company fix what previous employees broke.  It’s not fair, and successful employees don’t kvetch about burdens they didn’t create.  They’re too busy winning two playoff games to feel aggrieved.

Long memories affect what we’re trying to enjoy right now.  Fans in this era try not to be haunted by, say, a 2003 season that deteriorated like Howard Stern’s show.  Allen was seven years old and unaware of the Bills continuing a reputation for crushing the dreams of those doomed to follow them.  The easiest way to not be defined by what past teams did is to alter the present.

Buffalo had to defeat the team’s reputation, as well.  Winning against their losing culture has been the most significant victory of the Sean McDermott era.  Accepting woeful outcomes as destiny created the very circumstances that limit growth.  Jack Eichel’s trying to convince himself that previous troubles doesn’t dog this moment.

Today’s Bills are oblivious to trauma.  Those enjoying prosperity now are not weighed down by the burdens others created.  This roster is uninterested in enduring pain they didn’t suffer.  It had long been easy to presume the franchise was doomed to continue self-pitying.  The outlook changed when they added players who didn’t think they were fated to keep disappointing.

Editor’s babble: Really needed to read this today. Thanks, as always, to Anthony Bialy, for his thought provoking contributions to our blog. You can find Anthony on Twitter @AnthonyBialy.

About Anthony Bialy

Anthony Bialy recently moved back to Buffalo from New York City and acts like he never left. He thinks "Buffalo 66" is biographical and considers it a crime against mankind that Steve Tasker is not in the Hall of Fame. He likes getting Tim Hortons on the way to get Labatt Blue. Follow him on Twitter at @AnthonyBialy.