Fun While It Lasted

Well, all of Bills Mafia hopes and dreams came crashing down last night in Arrowhead Stadium with a big dose of Patrick Mahomes-led reality.

The Chiefs are clearly (at this point in time) a far superior team in just about every phase of the game. It was like day and night watching the two teams perform, and the Bills now know what they need to do to compete at the highest level next year and beyond. Some of the building blocks are there for sure,  and this year was definitely a big step forward, but they still have some work to do and need a few more pieces to the puzzle.  They clearly know that now, if they didn’t know it before.

That being said, this was a very cool and fun experience. Enjoyed the time with Mikey and with Ralph and Jeanna and their extended family (and the KC BBQ was as good as advertised 😊) and was nice as a Bills fan to finally have some real hope again after many, many years.

Onward!

Heading into the game!

Our seats. It was a blast. No one sat. Everyone stood the entire game. Loved that!

Mikey

Coin toss (The Bills lost that too)

Jim Kelly with some fans.

Lucky Versus Good

You know that old saying, “it’s better to be lucky than good”?  Well, it’s usually pretty true.

Had that experience just now.

Mikey and I decided to watch the first game here at the hotel instead of tailgating. And, since we could not get into any KC rib places last night, I ordered pickup from Jack Stacks BBQ, about a mile from our hotel.  KC BBQ is world-famous, and I could get in a nice 2-mile walk before the game (weather, luckily, is holding up well here. 30’s and no rain as of yet).

Well, I’m walking to the place and I see a bunch of cop cars lined up, lights flashing. See a bunch of busses lined up and (I am so SMRT!) I realized these were the busses taking the Bills to the stadium. Perfect timing (an old fave Buddhist saying of mine is “there is no plan because it’s all plan”).

And look who I bumped into 🙂

Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs

Go get ‘em, guys.

Woo hoo!  I’m very excited!!!

In Kansas City for the AFC Championship Game

Hi from Kansas City.  Arrived last night with an old buddy from High School, Mike Aronson. We hooked up in KC for a few drinks with Ralph and Jeanna and a bunch of their extended family. Funny, more Bills fans around than KC fans, it seems.

The gang. Bills fans are EVERYWHERE!

Jeanna and Lauren

We were debating last night how many Bills fans will be in the stadium here. I’m guessing maybe 10% (2,000 vs 20,000 KC fans) but some of the folks think that KC fans might have sold their tickets (EXPENSIVE tickets) and there will be a higher percentage of Bills fans. I hope I’m wrong and that they are right.

Mikey and I tried to get some KC barbecue last night so went to Jack Stacks, but it was an hour and 45-minute wait so we just went next door to some German restaurant. It was really good. Had some real Hungarian goulash.

We’ll be sitting at the game today on the 25-yard line with Lauren and her husband, Leo. These are our seats.

Funny, Mikey and Leo are both from NYC (me too, actually) and are really Giants fans, but for today they are Bills fans and will be wearing Buffalo blue.  Should be easy to spot us on TV, as we’ll be the Blue Wall amidst the KC Red Sea.

Big game from Josh and we can win this!

LET’S GO BUFFALO!!!!!

Alligator “Hunting” On My Birthday

Well, it’s not really alligator hunting. It’s more like alligator “seeking” (and then carefully avoiding).

But (you know me)—

I was gonna embellish (lie) about the trip today like I embellished (lied) about falling off the boat during the S. America cruise last year (and, hahahahaha, everyone believed my stupid ass except my daughter Melissa and Yuriy—dumbasses!)

So, that’s what I was going to do—I was planning on telling another tall fish tale (are alligators fish? 🤔)

BUT, as they say, reality intervened (but I ended up with an even better story).

Our boat sunk. (And below are the pictures to prove it!) And not just sunk—sunk into the lake that has all these frigging alligators we’d been “seeking” (and finding for the past 2 hours).

Scary as hell.  And there is NO cell service out on Okeechobee Lake.

We were having a great time with Captain Kenny, from the Louisiana bayou transplanted to Florida, seeing all kinds of alligators, from babies to 10 footers, and several water moccasins (Capt Kenny said the water moccasins are way more dangerous than the alligators— for 1. They are deadly poisonous, and 2. They are the one of the only snakes that actually attacks. Ugh!.  Said you’d rather run into 10 alligators vs 1 water moccasin).

So we’re riding through the weeds (hard to believe these boats can “drive” over them, but the landscape is actually on water) when we hear a loud bang and then another loud bang and the engine blows apart and quits.  Not the end of the world. We’ll just wait until someone comes along to help.

However, unbeknownst to Capt Kenny or us, one of the engine bolts that blew must have gone through the bottom of the boat because after a few minutes our feet started to get wet. Then we found the gash.

We started bailing (no pumps on these boats) but the water finds a way in and we only had our hands and a small bucket and couldn’t keep up. So slowly we started sinking.  Luckily for us, the water in this part of the lake was only 3’ deep so we were ok. But the water in the boat must have leaned the boat to one side, and it suddenly tipped over and we all fell out (pics below).

Not wanting to stand in this muddy water with alligators and snakes all around, we crawled onto the side of the boat as best we could. Not that we were ever in danger of drowning but we definitely were in danger of getting attacked. Scary.

About an hour later a small fishing boat (a young guy named Tyler, from S. Carolina, who was down in Florida duck hunting) motored by and offered to help (but his boat was too small for the 3 of us to fit into). Fortunately, about 20 minutes later another airboat (Captain Steve) came by to evacuate us (before any of us got eaten alive).

Man, that was scary.  The water is only 3 feet deep—up to our waist only—but it would have been over a one-mile walk, through all the weeds and trees and plants (and you can’t even see the frigging alligators and the water moccasins because they blend in) so it was better that we just stayed on the boat until help came to ferry us to shore.  A lot safer than walking!

Glad to be alive and uneaten!!!  I wanted a birthday dinner. But I def didn’t want to BE some snake or alligator’s birthday dinner 🙂

Whew!  One birthday I will never forget.

PS: Off to KC tomorrow for the Bills-Chiefs AFC Conference Championship game. You can look for us. We’ll be around the 25-yard line. The Blue Wall amidst the Red Sea 😉

GO BILLS!

Let’s Go, Buffalo!

Got to see the Bills first playoff win in 25 years (since before Josh Allen was even born! 🙂 )

I lived in Buffalo for 13 years, went to school there, both my kids were born there, and back in the day (the ’90s), when they played in all the playoff games and went to 4 Super Bowls in a row, we went to a lot of the games (actually, Derek and I went to their 2nd Super Bowl in Minneapolis in 1992, and I walked out just after halftime—but that’s another quite demented and telling story 🙂 )

Anyway, the game was a great time, and first time, unanimous Hall of Fame Bills QB, Jim Kelly, stopped in to say hey. Icing on the cake and a great game and a good time with some good peeps. Only 6,700 folks were allowed in (first fans allowed in ALL season) and we were lucky to be a part of it.

Next week, Baltimore.

Let’s Go, Buffalo!