I grew up in
Technically, I was there as a member of the media, but I was a diehard Bills fan at heart and the games were devastating.
Super Bowl XXVI:
Super Bowl XXVII:
Super Bowl XXVIII;
The Bills became a national punch line. When
#6 "Hey, Kelly. Leave some champagne for everyone else!"
#3 "Okay, boys--get out there and start sucking"
At the time it sucked to be from the
I guarantee that they don't feel that way anymore.
Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, and Coach Levy have entered the Hall of Fame in
As a fan, I have nothing but great memories of those teams and my Super Bowl adventures. As horribly as the games turned out, I remember the thrill of seeing the Rose Bowl for the first time, the spectacle of watching 100,000 flashbulbs go off at the opening kickoff, and the pride I felt in rooting for a team that kept bouncing back after excruciating losses.
I know that's how we're eventually going to feel about the Bearcats.
In the short term, the Big East bashing will sting, and we'll have to put up with rival fans (think they enjoyed the Sugar Bowl in Louisville and Columbus?) who will attempt to diminish the 'Cats 12-1 season and back-to-back BCS bowl appearances.
(If Buckeye fans lay it on too thick, you can remind them that OSU lost to
But at the risk of getting too "Oprah-ish," don't let anybody steal your joy.
If you were among the 20,000-plus that made it to
Remember the inspiration of Mitch Stone and how our team rallied around him.
Remember Armon Binns making the most important catch in UC history while playing with a separated shoulder.
Remember your heart skipping a beat when the clock briefly hit zero in the Texas/Nebraska game.
Remember the rags-to-riches rise of future NFL quarterback Tony Pike.
Remember the greatness on the field and the grace off of it displayed by Mardy Gilyard.
And yes, remember Brian Kelly. He gave us a wonderful ride.
And the ride is not over.
Take it from a Bills fan. A lousy night shouldn't ruin a phenomenal year.
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