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D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

"Go Bills"

December 19, 2020 --

The Buffalo Bills made it 10 wins 3 losses to maintain their lead in the AFC East, on defeating the powerful Pittsburgh Steelers 26 - 15 in Bills Stadium, Sunday night, December 13, before an estimated zero fans.  With the Bills down 7 - 0 in the first half, LPR decided to miss the rest of the half and see what happened in the second half, fearing that the Steelers were too much for the Bills.  Need it be said? -- that LPR's rooting for the Bills goes back to the days of coach Marv Levy, quarterback Jim Kelly, running back Thurman Tucker, yes, and the days of four Super Bowls in a row, without a single championship. Why isn't LPR a Jets or Giants fan?  Well, for one thing, the Bills are the only NFL team that plays its home games in New York State.  Need it also be said that the New York City media mainly ignores this home state team?

When LPR returned to the tv for the second half of the game, the Bills had taken a 23 - 7 lead and maintained their lead to go on to win 26-15.  Third-year quarterback Josh Allen looked great; the Bills defense was as effective as the scant 15 points for the Steelers indicates. 

Allen, only 24, played one season of junior college football and then spent three seasons at the University of Wyoming and, as the seventh draft choice of the Bills, is the highest-drafted NFL player in Wyoming history.

After 25 years, the Bills seem to be a Super Bowl contender again.  LPR envisions an AFC championship game between Patrick Mahomes, the great quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Josh Allen-led Bills.  LPR wishes coach Sean McDermott, the entire Bills team, and the people of Buffalo well, for the concluding three games of the season, the playoffs and Super Bowl thereafter.  And hopes that the Bills will be as successful throughout the 2021 season, but with their adoring fans filling Bills Stadium, once more.  The only downer of this year is the sight of all those empty seats shown on tv, bereft of fans cheering on their team with shouts of "Go Bills."