Dukes of Awesome

NOOOOOOOOOOO – It should have been Zach! by errantremark
November 9, 2009, 8:45 pm
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In my mind, it will always be Zach Morris’ baby!


I miss the days when this passed for a shirt


How Buffalo Sports Fans Cope: A look into Freud’s Defence Mechanisms, Part 2 by pinkjerseyssuck

This continues a four part series on the way Buffalo fans, and Sports fans in general, cope with the ups, downs, and curveballs that inevitably come with the territory of making sports a priority in your life. Find Part one here.

Part two now addresses the “Level 2 Defence Mechanisms.”

Considered to some as the “teenage” mechanisms, the second level defences  lessen distress and anxiety provoked by threatening people or by uncomfortable reality. In adults, however, they become annoyingly immature and out of touch with reality. This would, therefore, constitute your average participant in a Sunday morning tailgate.

These include:

1. Fantasy

Definition: Tendency to retreat into fantasy in order to resolve inner and outer conflicts
Example: Truly believing that the no-huddle offense is what Edwards was born to do! He”s the next Kelly! 15-1 Baby!

2. Projection

Definition: without becoming consciously aware of them, attributing one’s own unacknowledged unacceptable/unwanted thoughts and emotions to another. Wikipedia’s example includes “severe prejudice, severe jealousy, hypervigilance to external danger, and injustice collecting”
Example: This embodies just about every Bills fan’s reaction to both the Dolphins (severe prejudice anyone?) and the Patriots (severe jealousy anyone?!?). As much as I want to pretend I’m not jealous and the Pats really are evil, let’s be serious. And some of you reading are thinking, “no, the Pats really are evil. They cheat. They suck. Blah blah.” It’s okay. Defense mechanisms are healthy.

3. Hypochondriasis

 Definition: Transforming negative feelings towards others into negative feelings towards yourself, thereby causing pain/illness.
Example: The tailgates at games in which the Bills are almost sure to lose always result in more arrests and hospitalizations. Look it up.

4. Passive aggression

Definition: Aggression towards others expressed indirectly or passively.
Example(s): I’m pretty sure this could be a post in itself. But really, there is so much anger pent up at tailgate parties expressed in “savage brews” and playing “pass the charcoal” it’s ridiculous. The question is, who’s it supposed to be directed at? Ralph Wilson? The NFL? Scott Norwood? Whoever thought it was a good idea to but a thruway on the waterfront? Who knows. But it’s definitely inside us, expressing its ugly head every September.

5. “Acting out”

Definition: Direct expression of an unconscious wish or impulse without conscious awareness of the emotion that drives that expressive behavior.
Example: the viral rumor that Ralph had died. Was this our collective subconscious, wishing for some sort of answers as to what will happen when he does kick the bucket? I am ashamed to say, it was both terrifying and exciting when I first heard the rumor. For those of you who frantically texted and facebooked away once you heard it- knowing full well it was only a rumor- perhaps you were acting out.

6. Idealization

Definition: Subconsciously choosing to perceive another individual as having more positive qualities than he or she may actually have.
Example: just about every player we have signed or drafted in the last 17 years. See, Fantasy, above     

Parts 3 and 4 coming soon. 





Linda Bogdan, first female NFL scout and daughter of Ralph Wilson, dies at 61 by errantremark
April 29, 2009, 11:23 pm
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Ralph Wilson’s daughter, Linda Bogdan, died today after a bout with cancer. She was 61.

Ralph Wilson has lived a long life, but it’s always sad to outlive a child.

Bogdan was one of two Wilson daughters involved with the Buffalo Bills, though she was the only one involved in football operations – Bogdan was the NFL’s first female scout.

We Dukes are saddened by her passing, especially to see someone as unpretentious yet pioneering as Bogdan was.

Her sister Christy Wilson Hoffman is a merchandising consultant with the team, and she is also survived by her other sister, Edith.

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Blogroll Update – The Ladies… catch on to Buffalo by errantremark
April 28, 2009, 6:55 pm
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We’re pretty comfortable in our current blogroll, but we have to add the Ladies… because they are way more popular than us, and added a prominent new Buffalo-fan blogger. Buffalita’s first post is on the Mets’ new stadium (which looks nice, if only they can do something about the neighborhood). And with her bubbly prose and excellent taste in music, we can’t wait to have the Ladies turn some sunshine on the normally dank Buffalo sports scene.

Good stuff.

Think the Rivalry is Kind of Dead? The Rivalry is NOT Dead. by pinkjerseyssuck

So if you’re a long time reader you know that a portion of the Dukes went on a Buffalo sports vacation down to sunny overcast Miami. If you’re a first time reader you just found out. The trip opened my eyes to a few things. 
First, if I bring Sahlen’s hotdogs next year I can use them to buy tickets (I am definitely not kidding). 
Second, it is really, really, uncomfortably humid/hot in Miami. 
Third, I do not speak Spanish. 
Fourth, Kent Hull is gigantic and Rolls has a ridiculous hairline. And
Fifth, the rivalry is not dead.
When it was first announced that the game in Toronto last year was the Miami home game some people were angry, but, for the most part, everyone just thought about it and decided they didn’t care that much. Why? Because Miami was *terrible* two years ago, because they hadn’t been serious competition for anyone in several years, and because people claim that the rivalry is “dead” between Miami and the Bills, including some Bills players. 
After a sweltering trip south, I now beg to differ.
I now hate Miami, and I hate their fans. None of them individually, but as a group. (Individually some of them were actually good-hearted, but I chaulk that up to the female presence in our group). It was painfully obvious that these fans could care less about their football team when a Bills jersey isn’t nearby. Here are a few examples:
1. The fly-over.
Look real close, it's there.
Look real close, it’s there.
2. The dedicated fans take their seats in the middle of the second quarter. 
THAT is dedication.
THAT is dedication.
3. You could recognize their fans by their pink shirts.
does torquiose + orange = pink?
does torquiose + orange = pink?
4. This guy was in the running to win a prize – because they give a prize to people who show up simply if they have dolphins colors on. Not the “best” outfit, just any. They bribe their fans to support the team. 
Fan of the Game
Fan of the Game
5. Half of the Dolphins attendance was jazzercising women in pink shirts who left as soon as their show was over. Once they left there were more Bills fans.
Bye, bye.
Bye, bye.
6. The WORST, and I mean WORST theme song ever. Ever. Terrible.
7. Even their cheering sucked. The most obnoxious man boy “Dolphan” I’ve ever seen tried rallying the 2 rows behind him when the Dolphins managed to get a safety, to no avail. A safety? Come on, dude. 
Now, after soaking in all the above information, realize that I have never been trashed talked so much in my life… and it wasn’t even good trash talk. You don’t see the celebration that you see at the Ralph when the Bills win. No. You see people walking, talking about their trailer homes, and then when they catch a glimpse of blue and red, attempting to trash talk by saying “it’s cold in Buffalo!” and “you lost to the worst team in the division!” and then going back to their conversations about how fun it is to excessively sweat 364 days of the year.
Really? That’s the best you’ve got? Ugh. 
And so now I have come to realize why people continue to fly to these games year after year. The Rivalry is alive and well, even if it is only with the fans of each team. I now officially hate the Dolphins, and I hate the Dolphans. And I can’t wait until next year when I go down there and watch us WIN. It will feel so sweat sweet. 

Lee Evans/Laveranues Coles, 1A/1B for the Bills? MAKE IT SO by errantremark
February 27, 2009, 10:48 am
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The Bills are hosting free agent wide receiver Laveranues Coles today, and all I can say is MAKE IT HAPPEN, RUSS!


Coles is the kind of receiver the Bills have been looking for – he scores touchdowns. Last year, even though Coles “only” had 850 yards, the guy caught 7 TD passes – almost as many as the entire Bills receiving corps. Add to that he’s a tough SOB like Hines Ward, and I think he’d fit in perfectly in Buffalo, freeing up Lee Evans to be the deep threat he is. Neither Evans or Coles are the Randy Moss/Andre Johnson all-world talent that can destroy a team on their own, but damn if they don’t complement each other nicely.


Well… by realwiley
December 17, 2008, 2:54 pm
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A lot has happened with the Bills since anyone updated this thing, all of which can be neatly summarized:

If you’re still there, please weigh in in the comments on the Jauron question. (i.e., should he be tarred and feathered in Niagara Square, or simply tied to an outbound Amtrak).