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September 9, 2007

DUVALL: Are you ready for some football?

North Tonawanda, NY — It’s football time again, and for Bills fans, that means it’s the time of year where we get our hopes up.

Pre-training camp, lots of people had a good feeling about the Bills’ chances this year. At the start of the season this afternoon, that bandwagon is considerably less crowded. But don’t worry, as an optimistic Buffalo sports fan, I’m still holding out hope.

I happen to think J.P. Losman is a good quarterback on the verge of his first truly successful season in the NFL. And I think the team, while largely unproven on defense and in the running game, has enough talent to compete.

The experts disagree. I had the opportunity to listen to GNN Bills beat reporter Jay Skurski record his post-camp podcast. Listen for yourself at tonawanda-news.com, but after he was finished hammering the Bills on just about every front, I was compelled to ask: “are they even going to win a game, Jay?”

Maybe they won’t. I’m just a guy with a TV set — far from a football guru.

I do know this, though — the day I start thinking before the season even starts that things are hopeless is the day I stop caring about the team entirely. Hope springs eternal for me and my teams. I pay a price come playoff time (or, in the Bills’ case, usually around week 12), that’s for sure.

One thing I could do without, though, is the pomp and circumstance surrounding the NFL’s kickoff. Big-time musicians, fireworks, lasers — all to celebrate day one.

I greatly prefer the NHL, which usually starts its season under cover of darkness. Sportscenter keeps the game highlights to 30 seconds and about 45 minutes into its hour-long broadcast. Fine by me. This is hockey country and we don’t much mind skipping the Faith Hill performance before a largely meaningless game nine months before a trophy is handed out.

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