October 27, 2011
The schedule shows a home game for the Buffalo Bills this weekend, and when, at the end of the season, people speak of Buffalo's home record, it will still total eight games.
This, despite the fact that before one of those games, they didn't sleep in their own beds, get dressed at their own lockers, or play on a familiar surface. They will be in another country. The morning of the game, they may very well hear someone call ham "bacon."
"The fan support in Toronto is a night-and-day difference from what we have in Buffalo. For the most part, it's a show. You see just as many jerseys for the opposing teams as you do the Bills. They cheer for any big play regardless of whichever team makes it.
"It's definitely not the same hostile environment that teams have to deal with coming into the Ralph out here," he said. "This is no knock on the citizens of Toronto. We know a large percentage of our fan base comes from Canada, and we're appreciative of their support. But at the same time, the environment is just not the same. That's just facts."
Those are facts. More facts about Toronto? The name is derived from the Iroquois word "tkaronto," meaning "the place where trees stand in the water." It is illegal to drag a dead horse down Yonge Street on a Sunday. Yonge Street is the longest street in the world. The drinking age in Toronto is 19. You are not legally allowed to release more than nine helium balloons within 24 hours. Norm Macdonald, Drake, Will Arnett, Malcolm Gladwell, Keanu Reeves, Samantha Bee, Joey Votto and Neil Young all hail from Toronto.
None of that has anything to do with football, I just thought that as long as we were sharing facts about Toronto, I'd add to the conversation.
Wilson doesn't really make a secret of his dislike of the game in Toronto, and it's hard to blame him. A team only gets eight regular-season home games a year. This year in the NFL, home teams are 62-41 (which makes road teams 41-62). The winning percentage for home teams is 60.2 percent. For road teams, it's 39.8 percent. A team like Buffalo that's likely to be involved in a logjam for a wild-card spot needs those home games.
Playing in Toronto isn't as bad as playing a true road game in Washington, but at the very least, it strips away Buffalo's home-field advantage. It's as much a road game for the Bills as it is for the Redskins.
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