A Trip Over the Pond

When I first started thinking about making the trip overseas to see the Bills in London it was sort of like how you “plan” a trip with your buddies after having a few too many beers. Making the trip seemed like it would be great but I wasn’t sure if I’d actually pull it off.

But after some actual planning, the trip actually came together and the Bills were a primary piece of the itinerary for an eight-day jaunt to London.IMG_1801

It’s been a while since I even looked at the 2ITB Sports Bucket List and while seeing the Bills in Wembley never seemed like something I’d ever consider, the game wound up as another check mark on the list. The trip also afforded me a handful of other cool sporting experiences which I’ll share along the way. Continue reading

The Cold Front is Coming

With the Bills season almost upon us, I thought I’d chase another phone wallpaper project. Here’s the Cold Front – the name given to the Bills’ fearsome defensive line. This should work with most cell phones. If not, let me know and I can make the necessary changes. Continue reading

For Bills Fans, a Feeling of Magic Is in the Air

Guest Post by Kevin French

Many years have come and gone since the days when the Buffalo Bills had the national spotlight. After four straight Super Bowl losses and the retirement of a hall of fame quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and defensive end, all dominant and transcendent players in their own right, the Buffalo Bills fell completely off the map. There were days when the likes of Doug Flutie and Terrell Owens stole a headline or two, but the past 20 years have been a quiet one for one of the NFL’s oldest and storied franchises.484045834

The last hall of fame member to leave the Bills was the one that was there first, Ralph Wilson Jr. With a city in turmoil, unsure of the future of its football team after the longtime owner passed, a man with a familiar face stepped in to save the Bills. Terry Pegula, owner of the other top professional sports team in Buffalo, the NHL’s Sabres, saved not only the Bills, but the city itself, when he bought the team for a staggering $1.1 billion and swore to keep the team in Buffalo. Continue reading

Kevin’s 53 (54) Man 2015 Buffalo Bills Roster – 8/26

# Player POS
70 Wood, Eric C
33 Brooks, Ron CB
39 Butler, Mario CB
28 Darby, Ronald CB
24 Gilmore, Stephon CB
37 Robey, Nickell CB
79 Bryant, Red DE
55 Hughes, Jerry DE
91 Lawson, Manny DE
94 Williams, Mario DE
97 Bryant, Corbin DT
98 Carrington, Alex DT
96 Charles, Stefan DT
99 Dareus, Marcell DT
95 Williams, Kyle DT
42 Felton, Jerome FB
64 Incognito, Richie G
76 Miller, John G
68 Richardson, Cyril G
60 Urbik, Kraig G
2 Carpenter, Dan K
4 Gay, Jordan K
53 Bradham, Nigel LB
52 Brown, Preston LB
75 Enemkpali, IK LB
49 Groves, Quentin LB
58 Johnson, Randell LB
50 Steward, Tony LB
65 Sanborn, Garrison LS
6 Schmidt, Colton P
16 Cassel, Matt QB
3 Manuel, EJ QB
5 Taylor, Tyrod QB
26 Dixon, Boobie RB
22 Jackson, Fred RB
25 McCoy, LeSean RB
40 Williams, Karlos RB
20 Graham, Corey S
30 Rambo, Bacarri S
23 Williams, Aaron S
27 Williams, Duke S
77 Glenn, Cordy T
66 Henderson, Seantrel T
71 Kouandjio, Cyrus T
85 Clay, Charles TE
48 Gray, MarQueis TE
49 Mulligan, Matthew TE
81 Easley, Marcus WR
88 Goodwin, Marquise WR
18 Harvin, Percy WR
15 Hogan, Chris WR
80 Thompson, Deonte WR
14 Watkins, Sammy WR
10 Woods, Robert WR
Practice Squad Pos
M. Noel CB
R. Cockrell CB
N. O’Leary TE
C. Reed DE
AJ Tarpley LB
J. Meeks S
A. Davis WR
C. Wood RB
W. Campbell G
D. Lewis WR

Buffalo Bills Training Camp Bingo

We’re one practice into the 2015 edition of Buffalo Bills Training Camp and we’ve already had a few lowlights from the QB competition and a juicy quote from the team’s new running back.

Since Shady McCoy dropped the orgy bomb on us all I thought it would be fun to toss together a few Bingo boards for us all to play along with through camp. This is going to pretty much be for fun but should someone either cover their board or something maybe I’ll grab a prize or two to send your way.

The rules are simple. Any and all of the squares must be covered based on something that occurred at camp starting on August 1 and beyond. The one caveat to this is the Orgy quote, consider that a bonus free space. But from this point forward keep your eyes and ears peeled for anything interesting coming out of camp.

A couple of the squares are sort of left up to your discretion. For example, the Rodak, #OneBuffalo and #BillsMafia squares can kind of be covered by anything of your choosing. Since we’re having fun with this, try to choose something really ridiculous for the choose your own adventure squares.

That being said, grab one of the three boards below and have a little fun this year at camp. Continue reading

2ITB Header Design contest

About a month ago I chose to run with a new design/theme for the site. The change over led me to abandon the header image I had used previously and adopt the plain blue and white header you see now.

But I feel the time has come to put a new header image up so that I can continue to grow my #brand. Or something. So I’m holding a design contest, of sorts, to pick a new site header. The contest is open to literally anyone and everyone and the winning designer will receive a 2ITB Prize Pack (some hats), so you won’t be doing this pro-bono. Well, sort of pro-bono since there won’t be any money involved, but you still get some cool stuff if you win.

Here are the stipulations for the design contest:

– The header image must be 1000×200 in size.

– The image should incorporate the Sabres, the city of Buffalo and/or the Bills. All three don’t need to be included, but the image should pull on each of these in some way.

– The image needs to incorporate “Two in the Box”, because #brand.

– Be creative. I’m not adverse to overly unique designs and I’m open to new things. So don’t shy away from an idea because you’re worried I’ll hate it. I will add that I’ve grown to like the clean look of the page with the basic blue header, so I’d be partial to a clean, uncluttered design, but I’m truly open to anything.

– Designs should be sent in to 2intheboxbuffalo@gmail.com

Feel free to send along any questions you might have along with tagging your entry on Twitter using #2ITBDesign. I’ll be sharing my favorite designs via Twitter as well.


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The 2ITB Plan for a Bills stadium

The Bills sale is going to close before we know it and the focus will shift from who will be purchasing the team to what that new owner plans to do for a new stadium.

More than a few opinions are floating around currently and this week’s Artvoice cover story goes into great detail about a very cool plan for a new stadium in the heart of downtown. It is a phenomenal article written by a pair of stadium experts with the details worked out and planned by a true expert.

I really love the idea of depressing the 190 and eliminating a great deal of the barriers that sever the central business district from the waterfront. My concern is that the costs associated with such a project would ultimately doom this plan, despite its resounding brilliance. There won’t be a better alternative in terms of quality, preparation and vision compared to what Andrew Kulyk, Peter Farrell and the rest of the Artvoice crew came up with.Bills

That being said, I decided to break down and share my own personal pipe dream for a downtown stadium. In a previous post on this site, I alluded to my interest in utilizing the Perry Projects as the site for a new stadium. I love the proximity to Canalside and First Niagara Center along with the opportunity to reinvigorate a district that has been whittled down to a single block of buildings.

This plan is contingent on one major factor: the development of an adequate replacement to the current Perry Projects. If there isn’t a feasible option for relocating the residents of both the towers and two-story apartments, there is no reason to think about a stadium on this site. Ideally the BMHA (whose office near the Perry projects would need to move as well) would be able to take advantage of the countless vacant lots throughout the city to develop a replacement project. Getting funding for this project from the future owner would certainly go a long way in financing the construction of the new units while aiding in gaining approval for such an undertaking.

Assuming that a new home for the Perry Projects is found, the rest of my proposal follows in a fairly simple path. Upon replacing the Perry Projects, I’d see both the currently occupied buildings along with the vacant ones further south demolished to make way for new development. Everything between Chicago and Hamburg St. could be removed and that land would serve as the location of the new stadium. There would be space for new offices for the Bills as well if that was deemed a necessary addition. You’ll notice that I’m leaving out the field house because I feel that the current one serves the team too well to simply be cast aside. Continue reading