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  1. Look If you had One shot Or one opportunity To seize everything you ever wanted In one moment Would you capture it Or just let it slip? You better lose yourself in the music, the moment You own it, you better never let it go You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow This opportunity comes once in a lifetime (Lyrics from Lose Yourself by Eminem. Message sent.) LET'S @%##^$#% GO
  2. Great post, OP. It's nuts to think of the Bills with bandwagon fans, especially in New England! One of my favorite uncles moved from Buffalo to Albany and then to Boston. He's the nicest guy ever, but at some point in the late 90s he became a Patriots fan. It hurts me to this day. I also think the whole country has done a 180 on Buffalo. When I was growing up, seemed like everyone thought of us as provincial rubes from a snowbound cave. Nowadays, when Buffalo comes up, seems it's all about how authentically awesome and real it is, a place that never lost its identity and sold out. Both are kinda true! 😂
  3. Very comprehensive response, much appreciated, Hapless. I take all your points. I guess my response was based on watching him play against Chicago, where I didn't think he looked particularly special at WR or on teams. Your point about draft position is really fascinating and I gotta think about that more, certainly makes Kumerow's lack of playing time thus far more explicable. Maybe we're gonna keep him and he will bail us out in some tough moments this season! That said, I also feel like if they only go with 6 WR I would still keep Stevenson, who fills a need (returner, given Roberts leaving and McKenzie being kinda muff-prone). If they go with 7WR, I would be fine with keeping Kumerow too. Kinda crazy how many pass-catchers we could have on opening day: Diggs, Sanders, Beasley, Davis, McKenzie, Stevenson, Kumerow, Hollister, Knox, Singletary, Moss, Brieda, Gilliam, plus any O linemen reporting eligible. That record for number of different receivers with a TD that we tied last season might be toast.
  4. I get that he plays teams... But it didn't help him make the active roster on many gamedays last year, and I haven't heard of him as a special teams "ace." And Stevenson obviously looks good on teams, as well.
  5. Ah, the special teams contribution is one I might have overlooked. But I still wonder if a player's only play of the season happens to be memorable like Kumerow's touchdown, then they loom larger on the depth chart for a long time... I look at Kumerow play WR and I don't see much more than I do with Duke. Not to open THAT can of worms lol
  6. We have an embarrassment of riches at receiver. I've read lots of great posts about our final 53, debating whether we should carry 7 WRs. However, it seems to be assumed that Kumerow should be on the 53. For a while, I assumed that too. But then I thought about it and wondered, why am I so high on Kumerow? Yes, I loved seeing his hair swoop and felt great for Touchdown Jesus as he made his only catch last season, in the blowout of the Broncos. But he has played four seasons and his career stats are 21 catches for 344 yards and 3 TDs. He is 6'4" but pretty light at 210 pounds, so he isn't going to outmuscle cornerbacks. At the same time, he's no burner and never seems to get wide open. Nor does he have exceptional route-running or quickness. And lately he's been dropping balls that look pretty catchable, which if you aren't a separation receiver, is not gonna work. Okay, Aaron Rodgers once said he likes him, but that's not really enough, is it? There seems to be a kind of groupthink love for Kumerow which has developed. I was part of it too. But I don't see it borne out by his performance. Trying to look at it objectively, it makes more sense to carry 6 wide receivers but keep Stevenson, who can also take over if McKenzie keeps muffing punts, and serves as a deep threat. Am I missing something here?
  7. About 4300 miles away, unfortunately, here in Berlin. I grew up about 20 minutes away, off Bailey Avenue. Still planning to get to at least one home game this season.
  8. I was at this game. Only Super Bowl I attended. My dad and I were 100% positive we would win it. It was one of the worst feelings of my life, the second half. I understand Thurman freezing, after four years, it was just too much psychological pressure. You could feel it in the stadium. Just terrible luck on the fumbles, it's not like the guy fumbled much. WE SHOULD HAVE WON THAT GAME. Dammit. The years haven't solved it for me!
  9. Gabriel's Gate and Duff's on Sheridan are my favorites. Grew up going to Duff's most but now I go to the Gate more. I order them hot and extra crispy. Don't like a flabby texture. The Gate's other food is better than Duff's, great potato skins and fries. Anchor Bar's Suicide Sauce is not traditional but really good, it has a ton of black pepper which is surprisingly fierce. But even 7-Elevens in Buffalo, like the one on Main by Parkside Candies, have pretty good wings!
  10. You must not have watched Bruce much, or paid attention to his preparation, fitness and productivity season after season, to think he would have nothing to teach anyone who wanted to play pro sports. He's also extremely intelligent. (And, oh yeah, the NFL all time leader in sacks.)
  11. An underrated skill of Josh's is dealing with people of many different personality types. Kyle Brandt's whole schtick is trying way too hard. I like him, but he's not a guy you'd want to go fishing with, or anything relaxing. And he's the guy who blabs about sugar high Josh, blah blah blah. It could have gotten tense or weird. But Josh charmed him with EASE. He's in control. Gotta love JA17.
  12. Number one celebrity he'd like to meet: Will Ferrell. Gotta love that! Great choice.
  13. He's a credit to our team.
  14. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/N1PV0xjS0gY" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> (Tried to embed this above but couldn't get it to work.) Here are all of John Brown's Bills' TDs: https://www.youtube.com/embed/N1PV0xjS0gY It felt good to watch this. Wish Smoke the best for his future.
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