Passing the torch


I’ve been a sports fan for as long as I can remember. Its very much a part of my life. I have also been a Buffalo Bills fan as long as I can remember. Growing up in New Mexico meant picking sports teams to follow that weren’t around us. So, naturally, I followed the team my dad loved the most.

I’ll never forget the first time I went to a Bills game. It was September of 1998 and they played the St. Louis Rams. We got to the stadium early to tailgate because that’s what everyone does in Buffalo. We were there between 7:30 and 8:00 for a 1:00 kickoff.

I’ll never forget the atmosphere of that game. Although the Bills lost on a last minute touchdown pass, it was one of the most memorable days in my life. I’ve been to a lot more Bills games since then, but that’s the one that stands out the most.

This weekend I have the opportunity to provide the same experience to my nephew. He’s a huge football fan and plays for a local high school. He’s never been to a game and has always wanted to go. Earlier this year I decided to buy tickets to take him to a game. Not sure why I chose Tampa Bay at the time but I can tell you this, I had no idea the significance of this game when I purchased them.

I’ve been to several sporting events at AT&T Stadium and all though it doesn’t have the same feel as a game played outside, I’m hoping he will still enjoy the experience. The Cowboys are really good this year, but so are the Bucs.

Watching Dak and Zeke are going to be the highlights for me. He, on the other hand is a huge defensive guy and will be waiting for the first earth-shattering hit. Either way, I hope he has the time of his life.

I hope in 20 years this is something he will be able to share with his kids or nephews. As I said last week, sports is that great equalizer that brings people together. Its the way that I communicate the best. As I pass the torch to my nephew this weekend, I hope he makes memories that will live with him forever. If that happens, it doesn’t matter who wins or loses on the field, the night will be a success.