While on the surface there does not appear to be much in common between the surprising Detroit Lions and the Buffalo Bills, there is a clear link at the top their respective organizational food chains.
Ninety two year old Ralph Wilson, the Bills owner, the league’s oldest owner and Hall of Famer in his own right, was once a minority owner of his hometown Detroit Lions in the 1950’s. He sold his share in the Lions to bring football back to Buffalo when he formed the Bills in the new AFL in 1959.
Not only has Wilson played a big part with the Lions and the Bills, but his $400,000 loan to then Oakland Raiders owner Wayne Valley in 1961 enabled Valley to keep the Raiders in Oakland. The Raiders were then cash strapped and on the verge of having to move the team to New Orleans to remain financially solvent.
In week one, we witnessed a rematch of the 1949 NFL championship game between the Eagles and Rams, won in 1949 by the Eagles. They also won the rematch. Last week the 49ers and Bengals got together in a rematch of Super Bowls XVI and XXIII. The Niners won both Super Bowls and the 2011 rematch in Cincinnati, a game won by the visitors 13-8. It was anything but super!
This week the Vikings visit the Chiefs, a rematch of Super Bowl IV – a game that would be more fittingly labeled the Desperation Bowl. The loser will fall to 0-4.
The Chiefs won Super Bowl IV 23-7, so if recent history repeats, the Chiefs will win the rematch. Maybe Chiefs RB Thomas Jones will score on a 65 Toss Power Trap?