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Canada gets dose of boredom

December 9, 2008 - John D'Agostino
Don’t feel sorry for those 45,000 people who attended the Buffalo Bills-Miami Dolphins game on Sunday in the Rogers Center in Toronto. They got what too many in Western New York have received since 2001: bad NFL football.

No, not as bad as the football played by the 0-13 Detroit Lions, but bad football nonetheless.

Bills’ fans had a lot of high hopes for this season. Thoughts of home playoff games ran through their heads when the Bills were 5-1. But then, reality.

This team is not that good. It has no pass rush, no heart and it just is not exciting.

We long for the days of a no-huddle offense. A defense that fed off the crowd and cold weather. Special teams that would block one or two punts per year.

On Sunday, the Bills -- no matter how bad they had played from Oct. 26 to Nov. 30 -- had a chance to be one game out of first place if they beat Miami. They could have cared less.

I got disgusted watching Dolphin Coach Tony Sparano celebrate every minor victory Miami had -- getting that key yard on fourth-down or winning a replay challenge. Then it hit me. That disgust I was feeling is because Sparano and his team actually cared.

In the meantime, our coach just clapped. Wow. Some motivation that is.


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