Willis Article Link

Here is the link to the Buffalo News article about Willis

Willis Has Worn Out His Welcome

Since that’s all I really have, I thought to fill space I would republish this pic I found on the internet that might be the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.

-The John


The John Review – Year in Review! (Pt. 2)

The schedule started with a divisional bang, little did we know the results of that would be a preview of our divisional standings at the end of the season. A loss to New England and New York, and a win in Miami, then New England beating New York and everybody beating Miami because Miami was terrible.

So the losses in the first four games of the year were close which gave the young team some confidence going into their toughest test so far which was the Chicago Bears. Sadly that turned into bad news bears and the Bills were dealt a blow that would take them all the way to the bye week to recover.

Coming out of their mid-season week off, the team made some changes, mixed up the offensive line and was ready to turn some heads. Sadly this was the same point in time the community decided it had better things to do, like watch hockey.

The second half of the season marched on and the Bills made some surprising improvements. Again, nobody really noticed and some of the best, most exciting games in the NFL this year were ignored by what was at one time the most passionate fanbase in the NFL. JP came of age with two minutes left in the Houston game to win on the road, Ryan Lindell kicked a game winning field goal as time expired to upset the (then) playoff bound Jacksonville Jaguars, and long time rival Miami Dolphins went home with zero points on the board after dealing the same punishment to the Patriots the week before. Sadly, the community saw none of this.

With a fringe playoff berth in hand, the Bills had to beat the red hot Tennessee Titans to have a chance at the postseason for the first time this millennium. The Bills found themselves one point down, less than a minute left, a 4th and 5 and three yards out of field goal range. Dick did the responsible thing and went for it, only to have the play fail and the Bills lose to the Titans, ending their playoff chances.

The final week of the season brought the squad to Baltimore, and nobody remembers what happened in this game. We’re all pretty sure the Bills lost making their final record 7-9.

Although at this point four teams are still playing their 2006-2007 season (which is not a misnomer for them seeing as how they are actually playing in 2007), the Bills have entered the off-season. So far it is considerably calmer than last year at this time (see previous post), as the entire front office still has all their jobs. Which is a good thing for a rebuilding team, since after you lay the foundation you can’t grow if you rip it out and lay another foundation.

The same can’t be said for some of the players. Chances are good London “second best player on the team” Fletcher-Baker and Nate “moneybags” Clements are going to be wearing different uniforms. It is the growing hope of the community that Willis “not a factor” McGahee will be wearing a different uniform next year (preferably a janitor’s uniform [no offense to any janitors reading this, since you’d have to work with him]).

McGahee’s latest “running of the mouth” has probably been his worst. According to an interview he recently did with Penthouse, he said if Toronto was to get an NFL team than the Bills should move there, “case closed.” Also, the Miami Herald reported he is being sued by a the third woman in two years for paternity. It seems McGahee is proving way too big a headache for the below average production the team gets out of him. Good job Willis.

All in all it’s been an interesting year, one that leaves most Bills fans feeling positive about the future. Now it’s time to do the responsible thing and root for the Saints. Go Saints!

P.S. Next week I’m moving to the Boston area to start a new job, if the Patriots win another Super Bowl while I’m there I don’t think I could handle it. Any tips for support?

-The John


The John Review – Year in Review! (Pt. 1)

Well the Bills 2006-2007 season is in the books (and the name 2006-2007 is a misnomer since they never actually played in 2007). This year saw more ups and downs than Anna Nicole Smith’s bathroom scale, and like the adult film star-turned reality TV C-list celebrity, the ups were never really that up. Perhaps the best news is that many are saying the Western NY squad has a bright future. Well, what better way to prepare for the future than to understand the past, so here’s The John’s Year in Review (sort-of).

The year started off with fire, and by that I mean the firing of Tom Donahoe. Donahoe ruled with an iron fist and firmly believed that big names would draw a bigger fanbase, which would have worked if it wasn’t a terrible idea. Football isn’t like a lot of other sports where you can pay $50million and bring in a real good pitcher from Japan and expect him to carry your team. The big name players are only as good as the people around them.

Enter the biggest PR stunt in the history of the franchise, the Bills needed a change and Owner Ralph Wilson decided to bring some fresh young blood into the organization. Of course by young blood he meant young compared to him and thus 80 year old Marv Levy made his return to the Bills as General Manager. Levy’s philosophy was the exact opposite of Donahoe’s in that he believed it was better to be good than famous.

The fans, for the most part, liked the decision to bring their Hall of Fame headman back. However, there was one person who didn’t like the return of the former coach, and that was the current coach. Head Coach Mike Mularky (or MM for short, he’s the real slim shady) decided he didn’t like the direction the franchise was going (up) and resigned his position.

Evidently, MM doesn’t feel comfortable with teams on the rise, he left the Steelers because they were on the verge of winning the Super Bowl to take a job with the soon-to-be-a-disappointment-under-his-rule Bills, then accomplishing the demise of that franchise he jumped ship and took a job with the Miami Dolphins (who were on the rise until this past year). My cousin is a Dolphin’s fan (you can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your family) and he said it best when he said, “I don’t know why they (Miami) hired him (Mularky). The Dolphins play the Bills twice a year, so they must have known he sucked.”

The Bills found themselves in need of a head coach, perhaps a head coach that had actual head coaching experience (unlike the last several). Enter Dick Jouron. The former head coach of the Chicago Bears for a few seasons, and more recently the Detroit Lions for a few weeks, got the job. Sporting an image that resembled a lobotomized version of the He-Man villain, Skelator (“I’d get you He-Man, but I just don’t care anymore”), Jouron had to prove he was going to be the mind behind the new and improved Buffalo Bills.

Well the jury was going to be out for a while on “improved,” but things were definitely “new.” A bunch of new coaches, coordinators, and administrators marked a huge regime change in Buffalo. The front office refused to call it a “rebuilding year,” but I don’t know how else to define a complete regime, philosophy, scheme and player change.

The team then lost a couple hundred pounds when they went on the “No Mike Williams” diet, which was a huge success. But the team went a little overboard with the weight loss craze and slimed down the defensive line under the philosophy that smaller defensive tackles could penetrate into the backfield better. The problem with this was by the time the tackles penetrated into the backfield, the opposing team’s running back was no longer there, so the Bills were repeatedly gashed by backs you never heard of before, and will most likely never hear of again (see Detroit Lions).

The draft found the Bills picking strong safety Donte Whitner for their 8th overall pick. A decision that prompted Sports Illustrated to call Buffalo’s draft the “worst in the NFL.” Granted that was the same Sports Illustrated that picked Miami to win the Super Bowl so it’s clear they don’t really know anything about sports.

With the draft and free agency behind them, it was time to actually start working on football. JP Losman was named the starting QB after a very convoluted three-way QB competition that spanned most of training camp. Peerles Price returned to Buffalo after his “I’m a huge NFL bust” tour that spanned two cities, Willis McGahee decided it would be best not to lift any weights during the off-season and Takeo Spikes promised everyone through a T-shirt he was selling on his website that he was going to be a lot better this year (which shouldn’t have been that hard considering he couldn’t ever walk through most of the previous season).

So with camp behind them and a brand new season ahead the new Buffalo Bills were ready to prove they were no longer a laughing matter…

(To Be Continued…)