Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Jets in Toronto?

You have got to be kidding me? Out of all the teams that the NFL could take, they chose the Jets. The Jet games are among the best games to attend for a wide variety of reasons. Unfortuantely, most of which have nothing to do with football. It seems that the NFL and/or the Bills management is slowly but surely going to wear us down until we as Bills fans cease to care. The fact that the game in TO is a Thursday is also very intersting. I am sure alot of Jets and Bills fans will drive through crappy weather up to Toronto, pay $100+ per ducat, $50 to park, $20 for a beer, and $250 for a hotel room all at a game where you can't tail gate!

A Thursday night game actually bodes well for Buffalo. Nobody is going to go to this thing. If they had trouble selling the place out on a weekend there is no way they sell out on a Thursday. Football is a Sunday afternoon event! If Rogers wants to market the NFL in Toronto they should market the traditional Sunday afternoon expierience. All a Thursday night game is going to is fill the seats with businessmen. Ever been to the Air Canada Center? I've been to church services louder than that place.

The apparent total lack of a solid marketing plan should ease Bills fans a bit. It is going to be hard to beat last years event in terms of attendance and "buzz". By all accounts last years game in Toronto was a massive failure!

The rest of the schedule looks rather interesting. No real stand outs other than a rael nice back to back home game stretch in in September!

Sept. 14, Mon.: @ New England Patriots, 7 p.m., ESPN LOSS (0-1)
Sept. 20, Sun.: Tampa Bay Buccaneerss, 4:05 p.m., Ch. 29 WIN (1-1)
Sept. 27, Sun.: New Orleans Saints, 4:05 p.m., Ch. 29 LOSS(1-2)
Oct. 4, Sun.: @ Miami Dolphins, 4:05 p.m., Ch. 4 WIN (2-2)
Oct. 11, Sun.: Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m., Ch. 4 WIN (3-2)
Oct. 18, Sun.: @ New York Jets, 4:15 p.m., Ch. 4 WIN (4-2)
Oct. 25, Sun.: @ Carolina Panthers, 4:05 p.m., Ch. 4 LOSS (4-3)
Nov. 1, Sun.: Houston Texans, 1 p.m., Ch. 4 WIN (5-3)
Nov. 15, Sun.: @ Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m., Ch. 4 LOSS (5-4)
Nov. 22, Sun.: @ Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m., Ch. 4 LOSS (5-5)
Nov. 29, Sun.: Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m., Ch. 4 LOSS (5-6)
Dec. 3, Thu.: vs. New York Jets at Toronto, 8:20 p.m., NFL WIN (6-6)
Dec. 13, Sun.: @ Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m., Ch. 4 WIN (7-6)
Dec. 20, Sun.: New England Patriots, 1 p.m., Ch. 4 LOSS (7-7)
Dec. 27, Sun.: @ Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m., Ch. 4 WIN (8-7)
Jan. 3, Sun.: Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m, Ch. LOSS (8-8)
From the looks of I predict an 8-8 record. Last year I predicted 8-8 and thought the Bills would be lucky to get there. I am more optimistic about this years team. I think the .500 mark would be a bit dissapointing. If Edwards and Owens click and our D can bulk up I think some of the Bills could easily take 2 of 3 from the Titans, Jags, and Dolphins and propel them into the playoff mix.
There is no way the Bills can go a full decade with out making the playoffs. The key for the Bills next season will be to win the games they have to win and for the first time in awhile we will have to steal some games.

Clay in Buffalo

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