A couple of weeks back, I got into a conversation with some other bloggers, including a couple of the writers at Souvenir City, and Andy Hutchins. The discussion was sparked after Hutchins wrote this post, and then later on asked if there is anyone that does one thing better than Usain Bolt does his one thing: sprinting. Several possible answers to that question were brought up, including Michael Phelps at swimming, Tiger Woods at golf, Roger Federer at tennis, and so on.
After watching the Bills-Patriots Monday Night Football game, I have a new nominee for this discussion. I bring to the table: the Buffalo Bills franchise. The Bills are arguably the best at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. They choke like no other team or athlete has choked before. Monday night was just further proof.
Monday night, the Bills managed to blow a 24-13 4th quarter lead against the Patriots, allowing the Patriots to score two touchdowns in the waning minutes, including the game-winner following a Leodis McKelvin fumble on a kickoff return that set the Patriots up at the Bills' 30-yard line.
Shortly after the fumble, I received this text from my brother: "Buffalo doing what Buffalo does. The vomit on those nice white Bills jerseys looks so lifelike in HD."
In allowing the Pats to score 12 points in under a minute and a half, the Bills further padded their resume for best chokers EVAR. Let's take a look at the samplings on that resume, shall we?
- Four straight Super Bowl losses in the 1990's, from 1991-94, including Scott Norwood's infamous wide-right FG attempt with eight seconds left in Super Bowl XXV.
- December 4, 2005 at the Miami Dolphins, the Bills blew a 23-3 lead heading into the 4th quarter, as the Dolphins scored 21 unanswered points to cap the comeback. (A game that I attended with my brother, and reveled in the disappointment of Bills fans after perpetual taunting from them through three quarters).
-Monday night's fiasco against the Patriots.
Simply put, the Bills are better than any one individual or team, ever, at choking.
*Ed. Note: On a related note, Tuesday I will be introducing my first staff writer here at 4th and Fail, and his first post will continue with the theme of this one. Get excited, people.