Big Smoke syndrome

Apparently a team doesn’t even have to play all their home games in Toronto to catch the curse of the city. Just ask the Buffalo Bills.

The Bills have only played one regular season game in Hogtown over the past two years and are just as disappointing as any of the Toronto sports teams.* Who knew it was that contagious?

I wish I was exaggerating on how bad a year it has been for Toronto teams, but I’m not. The Leafs are still winless and have potential to remain that way for the month of October. Toronto FC looks like they’ll be missing the playoffs, again. The Argos are not only the worst team in the CFL, but haven’t thrown a passing touchdown since August 28th. The Jays’ season was all but over back in August. It doesn’t look that much better for the Bills.

Buffalo is not only last in its division, but has dropped 12 of its last 15 games. It’s not even the losses that sting the most, but how they’re doing it. Week 5’s game vs. the Cleveland Browns had to be one of the most painful games to watch in league history. We actually had a debate at work on who would win if the Bills and CIS Laval University were to play each other. I have to admit I’d be tempted to put my money on the Rouge et Or.

The worst part about the game against the Browns is as bad as the Bills’ offence was, Cleveland’s was worse. Derek Anderson went 2 of 17 for only 23 yards and earned a 15.1 passer rating. Final score: 6-3 for Cleveland! Yikes.

There’s no way Dick Jauron’s job is secure. Unless the team dramatically improves in the next couple of games, it’s likely he’ll be gone by the bye week (Week 9).

It’s only a matter of time before Terrell Owens gives the key to Buffalo back to the mayor. Watching his post-game conference after Week 3’s loss to the Saints was comical. It was one of the rare times that T.O. actually held it together and didn’t call anyone out. Surprising considering it was the first game since his rookie year in 1996 that he didn’t make a catch. As I write this blog, T.O. has yet to update his Twitter. Not a good sign.

Unfortunately I can’t promise things are going to turn around soon for the Bills, but at least you’ve still got the Sabres. Good luck with that.

* There’s still hope for the Raptors since their regular season hasn’t started yet.

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