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

Instigator Podcast Episode 42 – Brandon and the Sabres

After a short hiatus, Chris and Tyler are back to discuss Russ Brandon’s new position with the Sabres, a quick chat about the Bills entering camp and the NHL’s looming expansion conundrum.

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Dreaming Up a Legends Plaza for the New Bills Stadium

A new Buffalo Bills stadium is coming, there’s no doubt about it. While there are still some pushing for a renovation or construction of a new stadium in Orchard Park, it appears all but assured that the Bills will be calling downtown Buffalo home in the near future.

Here’s the template for the Jim Kelly statue.

The most recent chip to fall in the Bills’ stadium saga was the release of the State report detailing the recommended sites based on the opinion and expertise of the New York State commissioned report. Of the four sites they mention, three are in downtown Buffalo and two of those are located a stone’s throw from the front door of First Niagara Center.

While the State’s report does not need to be taken as gospel, there is clear momentum building towards a downtown stadium that will more than likely join with First Niagara Center, HarborCenter and Coca-Coal Field in creating a cohesive arena/entertainment district. Coupled with the revitalization of Ohio Street and the riverfront and the continued growth and success of Canalside, Buffalo will have the opportunity to have a phenomenal entertainment district situated right on the waterfront.

There are still plenty of hurdles to clear in terms of getting a stadium built. There’s no guarantee that Terry Pegula or anyone else involved in the financing and construction of this project will choose one of the four sites the State selected. Nor is there any official word on what the stadium will ultimately look like. But I have one idea to make the exterior of Buffalo’s new downtown stadium stand out.

Depending on logistics, infrastructure and general design constraints, I’d love to see some sort of fan plaza or grand exterior entryway factored into the design of the new stadium. Something similar to the mezzanine area at Gillette Stadium or even the oft-photographed plaza at AT&T Stadium in Dallas is what I have in mind. Continue reading