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I would have posted the whole article, but recall HipKat savagely Lit into me when I did in the past, because my formatting didn't come out as good as his, but I think a small portion should be fine(and not for nothing, not illegal).  Though I suspect the usual suspects to mock the article and this partial summary, I think it has a fairly strong basis.  (the Vegas disrespect wasn't in SB odds, currently 5th and 2nd in AFC, but apparently Miami has the best odds for the division now.  I have not confirmed, but there is a chance one might not see a better value there this season if JS12 is close to correct). 

“The alpha role requires a higher level of energy to sustain,” Hickmann said. “If you aren’t expected to win and do, then you have this double dopamine rush of ‘I won, and I overcame odds, adversity, doubters.’ There’s a double reward to being the underdog.”

 

 

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Andy did you hear about this one?-REM . "I don't think I'm easy to talk about. I've got a very irregular head. And I'm not anything that you think I am anyway". -Syd Barrett, founder of Pink Floyd. Rolling Stone, December 1971.  https://nativeamericanchurches.org/ My Adopt A Bill is Stefon Diggs  My 2nd Adopt A Bill is Christian Wade(he gets an exemption and doesn't require a spot) :)    Being staff seemed unable to train an elite legend how to run, Cole Beasley is my backup.   (I doubt that explanation is wanted).

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills don’t care.

They don’t care what you think. They don’t care what I think. They don’t care what Las Vegas thinks.

“Me, personally, I don’t really give a darn — I almost cursed on here — about what people are saying about us outside this building,” Bills safety Jordan Poyer said Thursday with an annoyed smirk.

Bills disrespect dates back further than a few days. Long before they lost to the New York Jets on Monday night, experts had written them off as Super Bowl darlings. The 2023 Bills haven’t been sexy, chic or hot. They were last year’s crush, and their failure to dazzle in the playoffs led analysts to abandon them.

About the only place Buffalo had maintained its clout was at the betting window. The Bills commanded respect from those who were willing to put money where their predictions lie. When last season ended, consensus odds had them tied for third with the San Francisco 49ers as Super Bowl favorites behind only the defending conference champs, the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles.

When the NFL season opened last week, after all the free-agent moves and the draft and various trades, the Bills still owned the fourth-best odds.

Appropriately enough, here comes Las Vegas with another test. The Bills play the Raiders six days after a performance dismal enough to make the Miami Dolphins the new favorites to win the AFC East.

“We done been the alpha dog. We done been the underdog,” Bills defensive tackle Ed Oliver said Thursday while devouring a bag of Garden Salsa SunChips at his locker. “It’s never easy, one way or the other.

“This is the NFL. You have to work for everything. It’s about playing to the best of your abilities and playing together with a certain attitude, a certain resilience.”

Pundits were shorting Buffalo long before Monday night’s dyspeptic loss at the Meadowlands. Josh Allen committed four turnovers to help the Jets overcome the despair over Aaron Rodgers’ snapped Achilles and win in overtime. That, paired with the Dolphins’ 36-34 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers, convinced sportsbooks to flip the AFC East’s hierarchy.

But sentiment against Buffalo has been percolating all summer.

Rodgers’ arrival on a team that already possessed an elite defense and intriguing backfield seemed like a combination for success. The Dolphins made the playoffs last year and got better on paper as long as you can imagine Tua Tagovailoa staying cleared to play.

The AFC East was considered up for grabs.

ESPN’s horde, 28 commentators strong, was mostly unimpressed with Buffalo’s chances this summer. Only play-by-play voice Joe Buck and reporter Ed Werder had them reaching the Super Bowl, with Werder predicting a win. They earned a single vote more than Miami, which Herm Edwards had winning the AFC title.

Five ESPNers, meanwhile, predicted the Jets would play in the Super Bowl, and four declared they’d win the Lombardi Trophy, although Rex Ryan and Damien Woody are former Jets employees.

Before the Sunday schedule kicked off, none of the five CBS Sports pregame analysts guessed the Bills would reach the Super Bowl, with Phil Simms picking the Dolphins and Boomer Esiason picking the Jets.

“Let’s redo it and see what they say now,” Oliver said. “I’ll bet they wouldn’t pick us or the Jets. That’s what the media does. It’s meant to create narratives. All the noise doesn’t really matter. What matters are the people in this building.”

On ESPN’s Monday night pregame shows, eight of the 10 forecasters took the Jets straight up, even though the Bills were favored by 1.5 points.

Those who went against the Bills were proved correct despite Rodgers’ sudden departure.

 

Buffalo’s sports DNA includes dominant underdog chromosomes. After a big victory, I’ve heard Bills players scream out reporters’ names for daring to pick against them. Sean McDermott hasn’t hesitated in the past to detonate bulletin-board ammunition.

Deion Sanders has mounted a captivating crusade based on any disrespect shown to the University of Colorado, making national headlines by starting the season 2-0 and hammering the notion that Saturday’s game against Colorado State is “personal.”

Contempt can be a powerful motivational tool. Sports psychologist Sara Hickmann explained to The Athletic why disrespect is such a valuable currency among athletes.

“The alpha role requires a higher level of energy to sustain,” Hickmann said. “If you aren’t expected to win and do, then you have this double dopamine rush of ‘I won, and I overcame odds, adversity, doubters.’ There’s a double reward to being the underdog.”

Perhaps because the Bills have an experienced roster that has lived on both sides of the equation, I couldn’t find anyone who expressed extra desire to prove a point because the Dolphins had overtaken them as AFC East favorites.

“Considering that a lot of guys that’s in this building come from being counted out or with your back against the wall or just having something to prove,” Bills receiver Stefon Diggs told reporters, “it’s a comfortable spot for guys.”

A few minutes earlier at his locker, Diggs told me he preferred being the underdog because it’s “less strain,” but that his intention each game is to “break it off in your ass anyway.”

“There’s power in taking things personally,” cornerback Taron Johnson said. “When you take things personally, you kind of tap into something.

“But the mindset every day for me is to come out and prove myself. I feel we have to do that every time we’re on the field. We’re trying to win, trying to kill.”

Defensive end Greg Rousseau added: “It’s fuel, for sure, but whenever I step on the field I’m just trying to dominate, trying to beat the dude in front of me. I don’t need much.”

That’s a starkly different vibe than a few years ago, when the Bills reveled in their us-against-the-world mentality.

With the exception of Allen, who still seemed a tad tightly wound at his weekly news conference Wednesday, everyone at One Bills Drive came off as relaxed. There were no signs of panic or angst.

 

“We’ve got to win at least 10, 11 games to be in the playoffs,” Oliver said. “Right now, it’s just about winning this week and putting ourselves in the playoffs while playing our best football so we can kick some people’s ass.”

That’s not to say the Bills were avoiding accountability or taking matters lightly. Every coach and player acknowledged the need to perform better than Monday — although one could also reason everyone offered such comments to provide Allen additional cover.

The Bills otherwise would have won Monday. The Jets needed a miracle touchdown reception and the third overtime punt return TD in NFL history to squeak past opponents who were Super Bowl favorites just 10 months ago.

“It really don’t matter,” Oliver said, dusting off his SunChips. “One game don’t define a whole season, don’t define a whole team. We still got the same players, same great talent. We’re still the same team. We lost our first game in a crazy way.

“It’s all good. Ain’t nothing changed. We’re still the Buffalo Bills.”

 

 

 

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That opening line reminds me of one of those drug pushing commercials people have come to accept as normal("Shingles doesn't care")  lol

Andy did you hear about this one?-REM . "I don't think I'm easy to talk about. I've got a very irregular head. And I'm not anything that you think I am anyway". -Syd Barrett, founder of Pink Floyd. Rolling Stone, December 1971.  https://nativeamericanchurches.org/ My Adopt A Bill is Stefon Diggs  My 2nd Adopt A Bill is Christian Wade(he gets an exemption and doesn't require a spot) :)    Being staff seemed unable to train an elite legend how to run, Cole Beasley is my backup.   (I doubt that explanation is wanted).

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