I watched ESPN’s documentary on the Buffalo Super Bowl years with my heart in my hand. It wasn’t hard to figure beforehand that watching was going to be emotional roller coaster–especially for those of us who lived through it. And it was.
The Four Falls of Buffalo made me laugh, made me cry, made me love Scott Norwood even more, and made me wish we could have just won of those games back in the 1990s. Time has a way of giving a different perspective on past events. For me, it’s the realization of how great that era was for Buffalo Bills and us fans. That realization is relived with each passing season the Bills don’t make the playoffs. Buffalo is heading towards its 16th straight year without an appearance in the playoffs. The team also hasn’t won a playoff game since the 1995 season. Back in the 1990s, I would have never imagined the wait to get back to playoffs or the Super Bowl would haunt Buffalo almost as much as the four bowl losses.
In Buffalo, we probably love our sports teams a little too much. And that’s okay. It’s part of what makes Buffalo the place it is. Those four Super Bowl losses are also symbolic of our region. We may get knocked down, but we always get back up and keep fighting. If anything, that’s what we learned from Jim Kelly, Steve Tasker, Andre Reed, Darryl Talley, Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith, Scott Norwood, and the rest of the team from that era. We never quit trying.
Haven’t seen yet? Following this link for future airing dates—> http://espn.go.com/30for30/film?page=fourfalls