Heat Will Be On BillsDecember 6th, 2013
Every year at about this time, Joe hears all the whining from the local yentas who happen to have access to a microphone. These skirts want, need, must have cold weather because it is December and Christmastime.
Joe has a four-letter word for these hausfraus: Ohio. You want cold, go (back?) to Ohio where you can have all the cold weather you could want for nine months of the year and for five months of the year scrape ice off your windshields at 6 a.m. with the sharp wind stinging your face.
And throw your back out shoveling snow all the while getting frostbite.
(Joe isn’t sure there is a red-blooded, football-crazed American male who demands cold weather so he can break out his stylish winter wardrobe. WTH?)
Joe moved to Florida a lifetime ago to escape that pathetic, miserable way of life. Man, 80 degrees and grilling outside at night in December, Joe’s loving life! Awesome!
Joe senses that Bucs commander Greg Schiano is grinning with the fact the game against the bungling Bills at the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway is, per Joe’s good friends at WTSP-TV Channel 10, to be played at 82 degrees Sunday. The Bills, mind you, will be looking at a high in Buffalo today of 36 with snow.
In other words, Schiano is hoping if not expecting the Bills to melt in the west-central Florida Sunshine.
“I know when [while coaching with the Bears] used to come down here to play and it was cooler up north, we had an indoor [facility]. We turned the heat up in the indoor and got the guys ready for it,” Schiano said. “I’m sure [Bills Head Coach] Doug [Marrone is] doing something to that nature if they have the ability to do that. I don’t know if they have the heat in their indoor.”
Bucs stud cornerback Darrelle Revis seems to be looking forward to working the Bills into heat exhaustion Sunday.
“I think at this point we are used to the heat,” Revis said. “It is an advantage for us [against] teams like Buffalo coming down from the cold.
“I remember a number of times [playing for the Jets] going down to Miami and the whole week [prior], coaches are telling us to hydrate as much as we can and to get our rest because the weather down here is a beat. It is a monster and can sneak up on you very fast and the next thing you know, guys are getting IVs or cramping up.”
Both Schiano and Revis are truly hoping the axiom from Vince Lombardi, with help from the Florida sun, proves true Sunday. “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.”
This, along with the Bills’ struggles stopping the run, is why Joe thinks the Bucs are going to play good old fashioned smashmouth football Sunday, and take Buffalo’s will.