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  1. 1 hour ago, SoTier said:


    Absolutely true.  The protest movement took a decidedly violent turn after the killings at Kent and Jackson State as various anti-war and civil rights groups splintered into a myriad of smaller groups, some of which advocated violence like bombings and killing the police.   Thank you, Richard Nixon.  May you roast in hell.

    As Hunter S Thompson said of Nixon after his death: "He was so crooked that they had to screw him into the ground"


    Here's a great book on the splinter groups of that period. Fantastic read.



  2. 2 hours ago, BillsPride12 said:

    At this point I'm still leaning towards there won't actually be a season this year

    Totally agree. I feel that everyone just assumes that the NFL is teflon and September is so far away. Reality may tell a different story.  I'd be really surprised if the season starts on time. I just don't see it.

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  3. 1 hour ago, Bill from NYC said:

    The Philly show was also amazing!

    Oh God yes. Great Scarlet/Fire.

    It was so hot. We parked early. Some Heads walked by dripping wet. I asked them what was going on and they said there was a community pool a block or so away. Really? It was true. I can't remember but maybe it was a 1.00 to get in. Heads took over the pool and the party was on lol.


    We swam for hours and then came back to the lot to continue the party, refreshed and ready to go. Fantastic Loser and Blow Away that night as well. Last event ever at JFK.  They sent it off in style. 


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  4. 2 hours ago, Bill from NYC said:

    I disagree but that's what makes the world go 'round. :)


    Was this in 89? I think that Jerry was at his best in 1989, to include the show at Rich Stadium.

    7/4/89 at Rich. They always played well the hometown. Great scene too!

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  5. 1 hour ago, Chandler#81 said:

    I don’t recall this at all. I watched on my tv but I lived in NT at the time. I was sure it was ABC/cnl 7 though..🤔


    It was live on CTV at 5 and tape delayed on ABC at 8.

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  6. On 2/4/2020 at 10:24 PM, Augie said:


    That sounds right. On the south side of Main St. Big fixed glass windows up front, I think. I’m sure it’s gone by now or I’d  try  track it down next trip back. 

    Placey's.  Closed in 2001. Great dive bar. Cheap drinks and an atmosphere that encouraged rowdiness.  Fun times. 

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  7. I love SF in this game by 10. Patty will make his plays as the game goes on but if KC stars slow, again,  they're cooked. This Niners team is no joke and Jimmy G will make the throws when he has to. SF D line is great getting pressure with 4. Plus, you can always count on Andy Reid to make some baffling decision worth 3 points.  They'll never be able to handle the SF ground game. Shanahan is one of the best play callers in the game.  

  8. 5 hours ago, Shaw66 said:

    Hey, Gomper, I think you're right about choking.   I don't know if, as you think, the coaches choked, but the oline choked on the second last series of regulation and left Allen out to dry.  


    And you could see the look on Allen's face - did anyone else notice how red-faced he was.   The blood was pumpin'.   The play that kills me is the last play from scrimmage, where Allen overthrew Duke.  The bills needed 20 yards to get in field goal range, and the play was a simple 10-yard throw to Duke who, I think, was going to pitch to Singletary coming up the sideline.   It was a good play call.   Allen can make that throw all day, and he air mailed over Duke's head.  It was a total choke.   


    And your last point is the correct one.  Let's hope they all learned from it. 


    This was the biggest game Allen ever played in by far, so I have faith he'll learn and grow for it.  No excuse for the D to forget the fundamentals but that is always correctable. 


    My real concern going forward is McDermott.  His in game management and understanding of the situation is horrible and has been since he got here. I don't know how you fix that.

  9. 45 minutes ago, Figster said:

    I know allot of fans are calling the 2nd half of the Texans game a collapse and I can respect the train of thought.  I don't think there's a right or wrong answer here and the truth is somewhere in the middle. Most games have an ebb and flow to them unless its a blowout. Some games that go back and forth the ebb and flow is more frequent, others not so much as is the case of Buffalo''s loss to Houston. 


    Myself personally,  there are 4 quarters to a football game. If two teams are tied at the end of 4 quarters the Bills didn't collapse any more in the 2nd half then the Texans did in the 1st. As Shaw pointed out stopping Houston with a 3 and out to get the ball back is not a collapse. Coming back to tie ind under two minutes would be considered a collapse on the Texans part.


    Despite the shock you could see written all over  his face. Josh Allen still doing everything he can with the Buffalo never say die attitude. Fighting for the team that means everything to him.


    Experience doesn't always go the way you want it to go, you learn from it, and come back to this place in the playoffs one day better prepared.


    I get that argument,  I really do, I just don't think there's a definitive answer.


    At least not in my humble opinion gomper

    I see and respect your point.  I think they choked. It's over now.  Hopefully they all learn from it.

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  10. 20 minutes ago, Shaw66 said:

    The hyperbole around  here is unbelievable.  A four-play defensive stand, when one first down would have ended the game is a systematic collapse?   A beautifully executed 11-play, one-minute drive on the road, with two shots at the end zone and game tying field goal is a systematic collapse? 


    What you say is nonsense.   The Bills just played an incredibly competitive football game, including in the final 20 minutes of the game, and happened to lose.   In no way was what we watched a systematic collapse.   Nonsense.  

    So blowing a 16- 0 lead with 20 minutes to play and having Allen,  the D , and McDermott all taking turns in opening the window is not a collapse? I'll be nice and say we see it differently and leave it at that. 

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  11. 1 hour ago, Shaw66 said:

    Um, as I explained elsewhere, going for it on 4th and 27 actually gave the Bills two shots at tying or winning the game, and it worked.  On the second shot, tied the game.  


    Um, despite all of the these egregious coaching errors you perceive, the Bills were in position to kick the winning field goal until a pretty horrible call by the officials.   


    All of this with mediocre offensive line talent, mediocre receiver talent, and a young quarterback.   


    Sure, MIlano didn't make a play.  Hopkins got shut out in the first half.   The nature of the game is that each player gets beat sometime. 


    The reality, the bottom line, is that the Bills aren't as good as the Texans, or weren't on Saturday.   That does not mean in any way that McDermott, his coaches or his players should be indicted or condemn.   Collectively, they weren't good enough.  Collectively, there are things they wish today they had done differently.   The Patriots feel EXACTLY the same way today.  So do the Saints and the Eagles.   


    If the refs don't stick Ford with that penalty and Hauschka kicks the field goal, 90% of the whining we're hearing today, whining about McDermott and Daboll and Allan and Milano, wouldn't be here.  We'd be celebrating Allen's incredible drive to tie the game, the incredible stop that preceded the drive, the wisdom of sticking with Hausch money, etc. etc. etc.    


    Um, are you serious? The Bills are the better team. It was a systematic collapse by both sides of the ball. Plus, if you think McDermott's game management and his staff isn't complicit in blowing this game, I guess we'll just have to disagree. 

  12. 6 hours ago, Shaw66 said:

    The Bills lost to the Houston Texans Saturday, 22-19 in the AFC Wildcard game.   I’m numb, and I’ve already forgotten much of the game.  I’d rather be numb than begin studying the game in detail, watching replays and analyzing players and coaches, because I don’t want to subject myself to the pain of reliving a game the Bills could have and probably should have won.


    So how do I feel?  I’m disappointed.  Frustrated.  Happy.  Pleased.  Hopeful.  Angry.  Resigned. 


    How can I not be disappointed, having watched a whole variety of head-scratching calls, plays and officiating decisions that cost the Bills the game?  And frustrated, too, with all of the “if only” thoughts that keep running through my head.


    Happy and pleased?  Really?   You bet I’m happy.  The Bills showed that they belong in the playoffs, that they can compete.  Although they won’t say it, the Kansas City coaches are probably happy to be getting the Texans instead of the Bills.   The Bills aren’t ready for a run deep into the playoffs, but they are tough to beat.  I never expected them to be ready this year, and I don’t think Sean McDermott did, either.  Of course, he wanted to go deep into the playoffs, but he also knew that he is building a team and that his building wasn’t going to be complete in 2019.  The Bills’ best games are ahead of them.  So I’m hopeful.


    Angry?  I’m angry about the officiating decision that opened the second half.   I’m sure there are other calls that are worth considering – I simply don’t know the details of the rule on the Cody Ford block that cost the Bills a shot at the winning field goal, but there simply is no excuse for not enforcing the rules on the kickoff the way they are written.  That was a fumble, an illegal forward pass, a safety, something.  The Texans made a big mistake and the officials just gave them a pass.   That’s wrong.  


    So, what about the game?


    First, the Bills have heart and courage.  Emotionally, they are off the charts.  Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott built them that way, and we can expect more of the same next season.  The game was over after the intentional grounding penalty and the sack killed what looked like Buffalo’s last drive with a minute and a half left in regulation.   The Bills had every reason to pack it in and go home.  The Bills’ defense had no reason to believe in their offense, but they banished those thoughts and instead gave up five, three, one and zero yards on four consecutive plays, giving the ball back to the offense.  Banishing their own thoughts of their previous failures, the Bill’s offense executed a masterful drive, with two shots at the winning touchdown before Stephen Hauschka tied the game with five seconds left. 

    Those defensive, offensive and special teams performances at the end of the game were heroic. 


    Special teams?  Yes.  They made the field goal, of course, but more impressive was their ability to abandon the field goal and execute a spiked incompletion with Bojorquez under center when the Bills’ first down was confirmed with with 21 seconds remaining and the clock running.  That was coaching excellence and player preparedness on display, championship-caliber execution under pressure. 


    Some other points, in no particular order:


    I’ve said all season that the offensive line is not good enough, and we saw it on Saturday.  I have trouble blaming Josh Allen for either the intentional grounding or the sack on what looked like the final drive in regulation, because both times defenders got to him essentially untouched.   He probably misread the defensive alignments and needed to be looking for those breakdowns, but they were in some way breakdowns of the offensive line.  Allen did a pretty good job most of the day avoiding the rush, but he deserves better protection.


    Allen was erratic, to be sure.   He looks like a superstar, delivering bullets to receivers through the smallest of windows, but the reality is that his judgment in making those throws is questionable.  Why?  Because those throws don’t look any different than the two or three throws that were equally accurate that landed squarely in the bellies of defenders who just couldn’t hold on for the interception.   Allen was lucky.


    And Allen choked.  After Ford’s penalty, the Bills called what looked like a hook and ladder, the plan being for Williams to catch a short ball on the right side, draw the tacklers and pitch to Singletary.  It was a creative call, a play that had a good chance of gaining the 20 yards that the Bills needed to give Hauschka a shot.  There was a lot of open field, because Houston was in a prevent-style set.   It was an easy throw, and Allen missed it.   It may have been Allen’s biggest mistake of the game. 


    The truth is, as we’ve seen all season, that it’s hard for the Bills to win when they ask Allen to throw the ball 40 times in a game.  His completion percentage drops, and his mistakes increase.   Some of that is true for most QBs – when they’re throwing 40 passes, it means their team is losing, and they’re desperate.  Part of Allen’s problem is he needs better receivers.   And some of it is that he needs better coaching – in the game-tying drive, Brian Daboll called the same deep route to Duke Williams two plays in a row because (a) that was the only deep route he had, or (b) he didn’t trust Allen to throw it over the middle and lose the field goal opportunity, or (c) he didn’t have the courage to call something else.  Allen, by the way, did his job on those two plays, throwing the ball away. 


    What about Allen’s attempted lateral to Knox?   Well, in the modern NFL, coaches don’t want their players improvising like that, but give Allen credit.  He knew he had Knox trailing the play – in fact, when Allen first broke containment, he looked like he wanted to pitch to Knox but Knox was ahead of him at that point.   As he was about to get tackled, Allen could see that the sideline was clear and that Knox would have a straight run for the go-ahead touchdown.  Allen just waited too long to make the pitch, and when the instantaneous opportunity passed, he was supposed to know to hold on to the ball.   It’s the kind of play that he will learn from.   


    My biggest problem with the offense was that Daboll more or less abandoned the run.   Singletary was hurting Houston regularly – not as well as Henry gashed the Patriots later on Saturday, but 19 touches was not enough.  Give him another five or ten touches because it’s an easy way to take the ball out of Allen’s hands, and let the guy who looks like a consistent playmaker make some plays.  


    McDermott tells his team to be fearless.   It takes courage to stick with the running game, because in the heat of battle it’s tempting to go after chunk yardage with receivers who, if not great, still make plays.  But the running game was working, and especially when the Houston pass rush kept beating Allen’s protection, giving the ball to Singletary could have changed the outcome. 


    The defense was, if not superb, at least playoff caliber.   Houston has a good offense with some big-time playmakers, and the Bills held them in check.   The reality is that DeShaun Watson is a premier quarterback – he has a great arm, he’s accurate, he’s a good decision maker, and he is a tough, tough runner.   He’s going to make plays against you.  The Bills contained him pretty well.   Yes, Neal and Milano failed to get the sack on the play that essentially won the game, but Watson may be the only QB in the league who can make that play.   He’s just that good.


    And just like Watson is going to make some plays, Hopkins will, too.  The Bills held him to six catches and 90 yards in essentially five quarters.  And the one long ball, a completion that admittedly hurt, was well covered by White – it took a perfect throw from Watson and an excellent catch for the completion.


    What the defense didn’t do was make a signature play.  They needed a second-half takeaway, or the sack on Watson on that final drive.  They needed one big play from the defense somewhere, and they didn’t get it.  Or, if they weren’t going to make a signature play, they needed to make the play on the final drive on third and 18 from the Houston 19.  As the television commentators pointed out, the entire defensive shell dropped too deep, leaving Johnson with 10 or 12 free yards.  That wasn’t a guy like Watson making a superstar play; that was the Bills giving a good ball carrier too much room to carry the ball. 


    The game was a huge disappointment, but the season was a success.   The Bills accomplished about as much as could be expected with an immature and still developing quarterback, and average talent on the offensive line and at wideout.  It’s a process, and the process will proceed. 



    GO BILLS!!!


    The Rockpile Review is written to share the passion we have for the Buffalo Bills. That passion was born in the Rockpile; its parents were everyday people of western New York who translated their dedication to a full day’s hard work and simple pleasures into love for a pro football team.

    I usually love your posts but you letting the entire team and McDermott off big time. Coaching excellence? In that one situation they were prepared properly.  Great.

     That's his job. How about 4th and 27? How about punting on 4th and 4 from the 38? How about his wonderful penchant for having no feel for the correct time to call a TO. The list goes on . 


    No mention of the absolute loss of technique on fundamentals when it comes to tackling.  Yes. Watson is exceptional,  but let's not let Milano off the hook for not making a play he should have made. 


    I could go on and on. The bottom line is Allen,  the D, and the coaching staff all reacted negatively to the increasing pressure in the last 20 minutes of regulation and in OT. Blowing a 16-0 lead in the process. 


    That's the definition of choking. 

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