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Football is finally back, kind of

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The long, slow 2014 offseason, made longer and slower by a less-than-compelling class of free agents, a protracted lull between the start of free agency and the draft, and the incredibly fortunate absence of murder allegedly committed by a prominent player from a prominent team is finally ending.

Technically.

The Bills report for training camp tonight, 16 days in advance of their preseason debut at Fawcett Stadium in Canton against the Giants.  Thanks to the Hall of Fame game assignment, the Bills and the Giants get the extra week or so of camp time, giving them more reps (and one more exhibition game) than the rest of the league at a time when the number and intensity of total offseason and preseason snaps has been reduced.

For a franchise that has more than five decades in Buffalo, plenty of questions relate to the short-term and long-term future.  Even if the team doesn’t move from Western New York, the impending arrival of a new owner has placed a dark cloud over the front office and coaching staff, forcing them to have the kind of season that forces a delay of the inevitable slew of changes that will happen when, for the first time in its history, the Bills will have a new boss.

Within a week or so, every other team will be in training-camp mode.  Which while still a far cry from regular-season mode will be a lot better than the vacuum that has enveloped a league that has in past years been able to boast of high interest every month, every week, and every day.

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19 Responses to “Football is finally back, kind of”
  1. thepftpoet says: Jul 18, 2014 10:50 AM

    Ahhhhh, there’s no better feeling than when Football is finally back.

    The nostalgia is already kicking in.

    The best time of the season.

    Football.

    When the Minnesota Vikings dominate every team in the NFL all the way to the Super Bowl this year.

    It will happen.

    Skol.

  2. shatho1 says: Jul 18, 2014 10:58 AM

    the vikings winning the superbowl lol now that’s a good one

  3. jaxrockcity says: Jul 18, 2014 10:59 AM

    Go Jaguars.

    #DTWD

  4. notthetroll says: Jul 18, 2014 11:02 AM

    Cue the ‘failed conditioning test’ stories.

  5. uknowimright1 says: Jul 18, 2014 11:04 AM

    And “the best time of the season”?!? Really?? The “best time” is right now??? CLOWN…

  6. denverdude7 says: Jul 18, 2014 11:05 AM

    Mike,

    You could write about Johnny Manziel a little more.

    On second thought, forget I said that.

  7. ariani1985 says: Jul 18, 2014 11:12 AM

    with the new season apon us and all of the changes please correct me if I am wrong but Green Bay can only lose in the first round of the playoffs once? right?

  8. mz1394 says: Jul 18, 2014 11:35 AM

    Won’t help the bills #bottomoftheafceastmafia

  9. Billsweregreatonce says: Jul 18, 2014 11:38 AM

    Imagine that , thepftpoet has a comment. This isn’t a Kluwe article. Trust me, my Bills could use an extra week of camp, GO BILLS!!!!!

  10. Aaron Rodgers has Tiny Hands says: Jul 18, 2014 11:43 AM

    The best day of the year is the first day of training camp, when the 9-12 radio show plays Barry Manilow singing “Looks Like we Made it,” signaling the official end to the sports abyss.

  11. arrowtoyourknee says: Jul 18, 2014 12:02 PM

    I facepalm every time I see a post from pftpoet

    -Real Vikings fan.

  12. polegojim says: Jul 18, 2014 12:15 PM

    Sports worth watching again!!!

  13. brownoholic says: Jul 18, 2014 12:21 PM

    HERE WE GO, BROWNIES!!!

  14. Marshawn Lunch says: Jul 18, 2014 12:39 PM

    arrowtoyourknee has given me pause to step back and hope that not all vikings fans are crazy. Thank you, sir. Thank you.

    For you, SKOL.

    For PFTpoet, NUMBskol.

  15. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 18, 2014 12:42 PM

    I thought the best day was when zygi hands over a $1 million check to Chris Kluwe to give to his favorite LGBT group because of Mike Priefer’s boorish behavior (that never happened according to Vike fans)?

  16. Jim says: Jul 18, 2014 12:44 PM

    I bet coaches love that extra week of camp.

    Maybe the NFL should offer the same thing to the team appearing on Hard Knocks to compensate them for any inconveniences the cameras might create.

    My guess is that lots of teams would be interested if they got an extra week of camp out of the deal.

  17. pzzldfan says: Jul 18, 2014 12:51 PM

    ariani I understand your unfamiliarity with how the playoffs work – you are a Viking fan after all.

  18. bdepri5748 says: Jul 18, 2014 1:39 PM

    So, I’m wondering if Scott Norwood is playing in the Hall of Fame game against the Giants? Maybe he will make it thru the uprights this time!! GO BILLS!!! Oh, and shout out to HOF inductee Andre Reed!!!! #83 across the middle one more time!!

  19. 2ruefan says: Jul 18, 2014 1:46 PM

    Yeah “puzzled”…
    Because the Vikings are only Fourth on the all time list of number of seasons participating in the post-season.

    I understand you being confused… as apparently you’re not a FOOTBALL fan.. based on your idiotic observation…

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