Does anyone else have Bills-Induced Depression?
A look into Bills-Induced Depression and whether any MLB fans suffer a similar illness
Unfortunately this is not something I can back up with analysis and stats, but I feel like the Bills just rip the hearts out of their fans again and again. Not just with ownership--but with finding those special, unimaginable ways to lose big games by one play, with injury lists longer than Visanthe Shiancoe's... nevermind... with water-testing moves to Toronto, with refusals to sell, with, well, maybe it's not necessary to go on. Anyway, I am so very, very close to finding a new team despite the fact that my very fondest memories are of watching Bills games with my family that I thought I would put aside my despair and draw a parallel to MLB.
Do any MLB fans come close to inducing depression in their fans like the Bills? Are we the Pirates of the NFL? I don't think so--because while they always lose and always miss the playoffs, Pitt never has any reason to think the next year will be different. Are we Toronto? True, we play in a division that has been top heavy since forever it seems and we once experienced success more than a decade ago. But I don't think so because the Blue Jays are never, ever in contention past the halfway mark of a season. Are we the Royals? A once proud franchise in a blue collar, working class city? I don't think so--we spend money, and we're never smart enough to finish at the very bottom of the heap, compile picks, and stockpile talent. No, no, no. I think we are the Mets. "Wait 'til next year," as my Met fan friends say. Dole out money to undeserving big name, big bust players like Jason Bay. See an entire team go on the DL during the season. Have a perpetually loyal and die-hard fan base. And always, always, disappoint in new and creative ways.
The sad truth is that the Mets organization is far more solid and well-organized than the Bills'. Financing is not an issue. Ball park is new and great. Players and coaches WOULD be caught dead in their hometown... but when you think about it, there is definitely an element of M.I.D. out there that could potentially somewhat rival B.I.D.
But if anyone feels differently, I would love to hear it!