The John Review – Week 3

Cool your jets.

It was a cheesy phrase my dad used to say when I got a little too worked up about something as kid. All week I hoped and hoped the phrase would apply today; I was waiting to yell it at the end of the game like a bad pun in a James Bond movie.

The way I envisioned it going was as follows; the final seconds were to tick down, sealing the victory for Buffalo and I was to stand up and say, “Looks like we cooled your jets” (not that any of the Jets would hear me from my living room, but still). But the final minute came, and the sky in Orchard Park opened up and the rain came down on my trash talking parade and washed away Buffalo’s victory like the wicked in the days of Noah (Side note: not many people know this but Noah was a HUGE Bills fan… or maybe it was Job, which one had the high tolerance for pain and disappointment?).

To be fair, there were a lot of really great things today. First was JP “320 yards and 2 TD’s (one rushing)” Losman, as they’re calling him in the locker room. Another was Willis “150 yards and no TDs, but that’s ok you’ll get ‘em next week” McGahee. Also, I’ve got to mention that Peerless “Remember me?” Price is looking really good as he had some stellar catches scattered throughout the game.

A side story about Price, a friend of mine came over for the game today sporting a Price jersey. He was so excited when he found out we signed him during the off-season and I couldn’t figure out why. Well it turns out, he bought the jersey about a month before he was traded to Atlanta (making it a $75 obsolete investment) and now he can wear it again and be considered relevant, making him really glad he didn’t sell it on ebay (plus the sauce stain from the pizza sandwiches we used to make during football games in college would have decreased it’s value). Bottom line: regardless of your reason, it’s nice to have Price back.

Now on to the negatives (Steve Fairchild I’m looking at you): Last week we had really poor offensive stats and were still able to pull off a big win. What enabled us to win (besides Culpepper being planted in the ground like the mighty oak) was our ability to play smart and manage our offense. How can we pull down the monster stats we pulled down today and come away with a loss? Oh I know, trying to be tricky when you have no business doing so. I feel like everything I said last week about how to handle a young QB went right out the window. Be smart not clever.

I almost wonder if the coaches sat down this week and said, “Wow our team is having a lot of success keeping things simple, let’s do the exact opposite of that.” McGahee was almost unstoppable today and on 4th and 1 on the goal line we try some fancy trick play. Here’s an equation for you: fancy trick plays + crucial 4th and 1s + maturing, inexperienced QB + young team that has already proven to be susceptible to momentum shifts = disastrous.

As far as fake field goals go… I’ve got nothing. It was simply stunning. However, Bobby “Giving Buffalo something to be proud of” April made up for it with the genius that is “stacking the middle during an onside kick.” As many of you know the league changed the rules this year for onside kicks. Teams can no longer stack one side completely, so Bobby April stacked the middle, and it worked. Sadly, Buffalo is a miracle team for whomever they are playing (see “Music City Miracle” and “Super Bowl XXV” for more reading) and not for themselves. Instead of a miracle we got rain. It was almost as if God said, “Woah Buffalo’s coming back, better make it rain. Sorry Job, you got your win last week, it’s Joshua’s turn (I guess Joshua is a big Jets fan, who knew? I always thought he liked the Raiders).”

Bottom line: although we are showing signs of life (or basic competence) we still have a long ways to go. Oh and it’s still a problem the only Spikes jerseys worn in Orchard Park today were in the stands. So Takeo, “Hey guys I’m still on the team right?” Spikes, we could really use that comeback you promised us.

This is starting to run long, so I’m going to cool my jets and cut this short before the guys tell me I’m not allowed to write anymore. Do yourselves a favor though and check back here in the middle of the week because I’m going to write something on a subject not enough people are talking about: Throwbacks.

Until then!

-The John


BBR News – Week 2

Just a few links for you from the show…

  • Check out the new predictions page and keep track of the BBR picks for each game this season!
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The John Review – Week 2

This Tuna’s not Dolphin-Safe.

Here’s The John Review of Week 2. I got a random text message today from an old friend who lives in Wisconsin (big time Packers fan). And all it said was, “wow the Bills don’t suck.” Perhaps there is more to this team than shows up on paper.

I’ll admit, when I woke up this morning I had really low hopes. Troy Vincent and Matt Bowen were out. Takeo Spikes was out, and we had rookies starting all over the place against a well-respected, high power offense, about to perform their home opener.

It’s fair to say the only people who picked Buffalo this week were the guys from the Buffalo Bills Review. Here were some of the things that stood out to me.

ROOKIE SAFETIES! I have a strong feeling that by the end of this season, nobody will be asking the question, “Who is Donte Whitner?” Granted, he’s not amazing yet, but for a rookie he’s holding his own very nicely. Same with Simpson. The whole game I kept chanting “Rookie Safeties! Rookie Safeties!” Both of them made plays and not mistakes.

I think it’s obvious that the defense played stellar for 4 quarters. Granted a shutout would have been nice, but let’s not be greedy. Ryan Denny’s 1st half hat trick was nothing short of inspiring. Tripplet looked quick and Crowell continues to prove he’s a starter.

The offense… needs work. A lot of work. I’m impressed that Fairchild played as conservatively as he did. Running the ball in critical situations is the exact right thing to do with a maturing QB. Even Rothlesburger didn’t throw that much during his rookie year.

Special teams brought another proud tear to my eye. Brian Moorman was less than stellar last week but this week he showed why Buffalo is the only team in the league where you can buy their punter’s jersey at a retail store (which is exactly what I did. Go #8!). And Wire’s punt block was a perfect summation of how the day was going for Miami.

Finally, I need to mention the field. Why are the conditions at Ralph Wilson Stadium so much better than two large market teams in our division? Can Miami really not afford a dedicated football stadium? According to a friend of mine who lives in FL and was at the game it also “smelled like rotten fish” which I guess is appropriate considering how the dolphins played.

Well that’s it for me today. I’m going to crack open a can of non-dolphin safe tuna, and call my Miami supporting cousin to gloat. I look forward to next week when we can play on a real field and avenge last year’s season closer.

Take care,
-The John

P.S. What’s up with the Sabres new uniforms? Are they trying to be the Bruins for Halloween?


BBR News – Week 0

Since we haven’t officially started the season yet, I think this should still be Week Zero… 🙂 With the first game coming up, there were a few things that I wanted to post here … informationally speaking:

  • BBRGameDay Chat:
    Starting this Sunday, BBR will be opening an AIM chat room (BBRGameDay) and there and available to chat throughout the game. It could be like watching the game with 200 of your closest friends. Or 2000!? So, click the BBRGameDay link and follow the directions there to join in the chat. (PS… if you are a Windows user, and can add anything to the directions on that page, please add them as a comment here. Thanks!)

  • BBR @
    Don’t forget to stop by Greg’s blog at the Bills website! You can get there via the link at the top navigation row here at Sign up for a Bills Backers account and login and add your thoughts on the articles posted there, too!
  • BBR Weekly Poll
    We’ll be putting up a weekly poll again through the whole season, so be sure to stop by the front page of and tally your vote. This week, what do you think the Bills 2006 record will be? Vote now!
  • Links Mentioned On Show 2.1.03
    Just so there’s an easy way for you to see a couple of the sites we mentioned, you can click their names here to see their sites. The BBR will be on All WNY Radio on Tuesday nights @ 8pm starting this week. Also, BBR is part of the Rants & Raves Network which was started by the NFL Rants & Raves Podcast, a show covering all of the NFL action, twice a week.