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Monday, November 14, 2005

The Force, As It Relates To Throwing Touchdowns

It turns out some "Star Wars" philosophy helped sustain J.P. Losman
during his four-week exile on the Buffalo Bills' bench.

The quarterback stopped worrying about saying the right thing. He
worried about doing the right thing - every day in practice - with the
help of the wise Jedi master, Yoda.

"There's a guy who's my neighbor, he's a Buffalonian, and his quote he
lives by is, "There is no try, only do,' by the famous Yoda," Losman
said. "He's been putting that in my ear. Stop talking about it. Go out
there and do it. . . . Go out and make it happen. That's the way I
want to play."

-- from The Buffalo News, November 12, 2005 Full Text

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Supreme Sport

For those who haven't heard, Buffalo-born John Roberts, W's Supreme Court nominee, is a Bills fan. Admittedly, this puts Wide Right in a difficult position. We first discovered the fact here.

To make matters trickier, a Roberts-related Bills diss at Salon's "Bread and Circuses" blog is as follows:

"Senator Chuck Schumer suggested that John Roberts' support for the Buffalo Bills is a 'great' thing. I think not. There are 29 other teams in the NFL, and I think supporters of all of those other teams can get behind the idea that whatever else we do as a nation, we shouldn't let a Bills fan on the Supreme Court. I mean, think of the children." [here and then scroll.]

These are confusing times — and there is much soul searching — at Wide Right headquarters.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Van muller

Van Morrison's Saint Dominic's Preview has long been one of Wide Right, No Goal's favorite albums. But today (thanks, Mr. iPod) we puzzled anew over these enigmatic lines in the title track:

And it's a long way to Buffalo
A long way to Belfast City too
And I'm hoping the choice won't blow the hoist
'cause this town, they bit off more than they can chew

Anyone know what this might mean? (Not just the Buffalo/Belfast pairing—what does it mean to blow a hoist, exactly?)

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Humor Gallo

The Dean talks to Leah Archibald, of our favorite band, Wide Right. No mention of the name's genesis, however!

Thursday, May 19, 2005

A touchdown for honesty

In the shadow of Rich Stadium, a library frequenter does the right thing:

From American Libraries Online:

Overdue Book Nets New York Library $2,190
The Orchard Park (N.Y.) Public Library, part of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library system, received a $2,190 donation April 29, along with a book returned more than 24 years lhttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifate.

Joel P. Schlesinger, a former area resident who lives in New Jersey, found The Joy of Camping in his attic a few months ago, according to the May 3 Buffalo News. He had checked the book out in 1981.

When he found the book, Schlesinger visited the library’s website to see about returning it, and learned of B&ECPL’s financial problems. Schlesinger calculated $2,190 as his total late fee, based on the library’s current fines of 25 cents per day. The library caps fines at $15, but when Director Ann M. Laubacker told Schlesinger of the maximum, he opted to pay the full amount. “I spent a lot of time in the Orchard Park library, doing projects and stuff,” Schlesinger said.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Robert Creeley, Bills fan

Wide Right notes the passing of poet Robert Creeley, a longtime UB presence. Since this is a sports blog and not an airy-fairy-poetical-musings blog, we felt we needed a gridiron "hook" to justify a mention.

We found one—in an interview RC gave to Bruce Comens back in 1993:

BC: Yes, [David Rattray's] disappeared. Which the culture does too, with media stars--if someone doesn't sell a record or doesn't do a film for two years they're presumed dead.

RC: He's dead, yeah. I was thinking of Jim Kelly now, the great Buffalo Bills quarterback, with his, not displacement, but his having been happily, successfully replaced by Frank Lloyd Reich.

BC: Is that what they call him?

RC: One of the news people: he's the great architect Frank Lloyd Reich, with the Reich stuff, as they say. So he's become locally, but even nationally, this pop hero. This peculiar religious feeling that endures.

BC: Well, in Canada they've made a lot of him being Canadian

RC: He seems a basically curious person. He lives out in Orchard Park. I mean, to be able to sit on the bench so patiently, for whatever part, and to be able to get up and do something, with such heroic competencies would be great.

BC: Yes, and not mind being benched again.

RC: Oh no no no--God's will, God's work. There was a great moment a couple of years ago when Jim Kelly had hurt his elbow and Frank Reich came in and won the game against Miami the next week. He was asked afterwards immediately by the press, what'd you do? He said, well, he'd prayed to Jesus Christ, who'd really come through and all had been well! And I remember they questioned some of his linemen, and they said, well, you know, it may have been Christ, but we were certainly making it all possible. He could've been out there all day long thinking about his next move and no one would've got to him. We were obviously doing a lot there, too!

BC: Do you think that sense of time is different between prose and poetry?

(Read the full interview here.)

Postscript: In an interview with the Chicago Review, Creeley mentions as his favorite sports team, "Red Sox and/or the Buffalo Bills."

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Wide right! No goal!

Our interns, Mangus and Rita, found this article online—a heartbreaking Queen City jam in the Village Voice