Funny how things work in sports, no?
You have a potential dog in the last-placed Buffalo Bills facing the last-placed Atlanta Falcons, and a story leaks that rock star Jon Bon Jovi is interested in purchasing the Bills and relocating the team to Toronto.
All this just one week before the Bills and the Falcons, two teams that have combined to win just six National Football League games this season, are slated to play in Toronto at Rogers Centre.
Nothing like a little juice to drum up interest, any interest, in the latest installment of the “Bills in Toronto” series which, at least from a competitive perspective, has generally been a collective bust north of the 49.
Naturally, the story was big news in Buffalo and their beloved Bills, who have issued a “sternly worded” statement that there would be no forthcoming comments on speculation surrounding their future.
The players, for the most part, appeared bemused by all the talk of a Bon Jovi-Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment tryst that would see the Bills land in Toronto for mere billions.
“I had a few people tweet me about it,” veteran punter Brian Moorman said. “I might be the only guy on the team that had a Jon Bon Jovi cassette tape. It’s whatever. That stuff doesn’t really affect us as players.
“It’s Mr. Wilson’s team. We don’t know what the future holds, but he’s one of the best owners in the business. I’m honored to play for him. He and Mrs. Wilson both do a lot for this community.
“When people start speculating about that stuff, as far as new owners, I don’t even give it any credence.”
Mr. Wilson would be Ralph Wilson, the 95-year-old owner of the Bills.
The story was also fodder for conversation on the Bucky & Sully Show on Buffalo’s WBBZ-TV, where the talk was mostly dismissive.
“We’ve heard this before where people, they become interested and everybody in Buffalo goes nuts because they know that Ralph Wilson, at 95-years-old, we’re only going to have so many years left with him,” said Bucky Gleason, who is also a Buffalo News sports columnist.
“It’s grounds for panic in Buffalo,” he added.
Buffalo football fans, for the most part, appeared on side with the possibility of Bon Jovi one day owning the Bills – as long as the franchise stays put.
“Bon Jovi can buy the #Bills if he doesn’t move them and if he NEVER plays at the stadium, thanks,” one tweeter said.
And speaking of the Bucky & Sully Show, how about this broadside Gleason had for Doug Flutie, the former CFL star who also played for the Bills.
“That was one of the biggest phonies I’ve ever been around,” Gleason said.
The Leafs goes down without a fight
The less said about Toronto's debacle at the Air Canada Centre, where the Maple Leafs were primarily spectators during a 6-0 whitewashing at the hands of the mighty Columbus Blue Jackets, the better.
With the way the Leafs performed – or didn’t perform – gives rise to a notion that coach Randy Carlyle will have to ditch his Mr. Nice Guy persona that has been mostly prevalent this season.
In Vancouver, the struggling Canucks were looking for a statement game against the Los Angeles Kings.
But the news only continues to get worse for the goal-starved Canucks, who failed to hang onto a third period lead before Vancouver fell 3-2 in overtime.
It was a game where Daniel Sedin was handling his own dentistry work, which you know is never a good development.
Although the loss dropped Vancouver’s slump to 1-4-3, good for ninth place in the Western Conference, coach John Tortorella remains remarkably supportive of his players.
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