‘Twas the Night Before Christmas in Buffalo
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and throughout Buffalo
Not a playoff team was showin’ and neither was snow.
The jerseys were hung in the lockers with care,
In hopes that the season’s end soon would be there.
The players were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of January tee times danced in their heads.
And Chan in his Snuggie and Williams in his cap,
Had finally woke up after a season-long nap.
When out on the field there arose such a clatter,
Chan sprang out of his bed to empty his bladder.
Away to the window the team flew like a flash,
to find out their playoff hopes all had been dashed.
The moon shining bright on the city below
Not the city next door, but their home Toronto.
When, what to their wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and a Bills fan in tears.
With a little old driver, so pale and so weak,
I knew in a moment next season looked bleak.
Ralph Wilson appeared with a wink and a smile,
And he whistled, and shouted, and claimed in denial…
“Now Williams! Now, Stevie! Now, Spiller and Jackson!
On, Chandler! On, Wood! On, Fitz and George Wilson!
To the top of the league! To the top of them all!
No need to change things, we’ll see you next fall!
As the laughter died down while other fans cried,
They looked out the window and saw New England outside.
The Pats challenged Buffalo to another rematch,
“but the QB can’t throw and the receivers can’t catch”!
No matter thought Gailey, we’re ready to play
“I have a good feeling today is our day!”
The game was played close, each team exchanged scores,
The Bills final drive, caused a crowd full of roars.
It finally looked like the Bills luck would change,
The game score showed even, the Bills within range.
Lindell trots out, his leg warmed up plenty,
“Never mind” Chan shouts out “let’s punt from their 20”.
The crowd shouts out… in unison… “NO!”
They’ve seen this before, they know how it goes…
The punt sails low, the returner is quick
And the result of the play…another returned kick.
A huge disappointment, the fans start to leave,
Then realize there’s time for one final heave.
Fitz under center, one final chance…
“Interception” yells Murphy, the Patriots Dance.
Fans speak not a word, as they enter their cars,
Another tough loss, the next stop…the bar.
The stadium’s quiet, there’s no Christmas cheer,
Sorry Bills fans, we’ll get ‘em next year!
Week 15 Picks
I went 9-7 overall last week, 1-2 with my upset picks and 2-0 with my locks. Record: Overall (137-69), Upsets (21-19), Locks (22-4).
Game of the Week
San Francisco at New England | Winner: New England
Lock of the Week
Jacksonville at Miami | Winner: Miami
Cincinnati at Philadelphia | Winner: Cincinnati
Green Bay at Chicago | Winner: Chicago
Minnesota at St. Louis | Winner: Minnesota
Denver at Baltimore | Winner: Baltimore
NY Giants at Atlanta | Winner: Atlanta
Washington at Cleveland | Winner: Cleveland
Tampa Bay at New Orleans | Winner: New Orleans
Indianapolis at Houston | Winner: Houston
Detroit at Arizona | Winner: Detroit
Carolina at San Diego | Winner: San Diego
Seattle at Buffalo | Winner: Seattle
Pittsburgh at Dallas | Winner: Dallas
Kansas City at Oakland | Winner: Oakland
NY Jets at Tennessee | Winner: Tennessee