The beautiful minds behind Epic Carnival believe that the "Toronto Bills" would be a wonderful thing, for what it's worth.
Thanks, but no thanks. There's a league already here called the Canadian Football League with roots stretching back more than 100 years. It plays a more thinking man's brand of football, one that's more challenging to coach, to play and even support as a fan (especially if you live in the Hammer). Honestly, anyone who cannot appreciate why that's valuable and needs to be cultivated by Canadians, and would instead hunger for the crumbs of the NFL schedule — which is what one game per year involving the lousy Buffalo Bills amounts to — should not be catered to as a sports fan. Soulless sucklers of the NFL teat, that's what you are; love that league to the south, but realize it's best loved from afar.
People who underestimate how deep the CFL is embedded in Canadian culture do so at their own peril. Besides, doesn't knowing the full gamut of the NFL experience is something you'll never know living in Canada just make you appreciate the Sunday smorgasbord of wall-to-wall NFL games more, anyways?
The CFL is to be loved for its imperfections. It has its ills, but through the years, it's remaining first and foremost about The Game (Lenny Kravitz playing the Grey Cup halftime notwithstanding), not about who you have money on a team to cover a 7 1/2-point spread. It's a long way from yesterday's news about the Bills looking to play a regular-season game in Toronto to a team actually coming and perhaps sending the CFL into a death spin, but that's how it is and how it shall remain, sure as God meant football to have three downs and be played on a 65-yard wide field.
If it happens, it happens, but not by taking Buffalo's team. Who wants the same blood on their hands as Phoenix, Denver and Washington, D.C., who took teams away from Canada, where they were beloved the same way the Bills are in Buffalo?
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