Hey Anquan, What Do You Think Now?

by Paul Peck, Buffalo Sports Page

As I was watching the Jets win in overtime, and still absorbing the Bills win over the Falcons, I had a thought.  We don’t know jack about the NFL.  Fans, media, TV talking heads, ex-coaches.  Nobody.

Find me anyone who thought the Bills were going to be this good early. Find me anyone who didn’t take the lazy way out, and repeat the Jets “tank” talk.  Look at both now.  The Bills are in first place in the AFC East at 3-1, the Jet are tied for 2nd at 2-2.

I tweeted a milder version on my revelation.

Then, my friend Sully texted me (Doesn’t everyone in Buffalo have a friend named Sully or Murph.  I’m lucky enough to have both).  He’s fired up about the Bills start, but a little worried about the receiving corp.  (Isn’t every Bills fans still worried about something?)

When I answered back that Jordan Matthews hurt his hand and had a cast on, Sully’s response got my brain working.

Sully: “I think Bolden wishes he stayed.”

Yes Sully, you’re right! I don’t question that Anquan Boldin’s intentions to work towards social injustice are the real reason he retired. But if there was even 5% of the decision based on thinking the Bills would not be good this year…..

Shame on you, Anquan.  You should know better.

As a veteran player who’s been on multiple teams and won a Super Bowl, he should have learned that there is no predictability in NFL.  Every year, teams go from last place to first place, and from first to last.

The Bills still hold Boldin’s rights.  There were some whispers/reports that there was some interest in coming back with the Patriots.  That was never confirmed, and nothing happened because the Bills would be able to block any attempt to return with another team.

But if Matthews is seriously hurt, you wonder if Boldin would consider returning to the Bills?  Again, I have no reason to doubt that his retirement was permanent and he’s off and running on trying to change the world.  I did see him appear on ESPN’s NFL Countdown, so maybe that’s where he’s starting.

But Boldin’s story is just a specific example of how we can’t get too worked up on what we think about an NFL team.  Bills fans will tell you that.  Jets fans too.  Raiders fans will certainly tell you that.

I know it’s just four games, and a lot can change.  It usually does.

But for now, enjoy being pleasantly surprised.  Bills fans, you’ve earned it.


Paul Peck

Paul Peck is sports broadcaster with over 25 years experience in TV and Radio. He served as sports anchor, reporter, and producer at WIVB for 24 years. In that role, he covered all four Buffalo Bills Super Bowls, the Buffalo Sabres in the Stanley Cup Finals, the NCAA Basketball Tournament and the Daytona 500. He has been the Voice of the UB Bulls Football for 17 seasons, in addition to host of Bulls Athletics TV & Radio shows. Peck also served as the sideline reporter for the Buffalo Bills Football Network, host of the bowling show "Beat The Champ" and announces college basketball for ESPN 3 and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. He has also been the Master of Ceremonies for the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, one of the largest sports banquets in WNY.

Paul is also involved in the local business community, having been a financial advisor at AXA Advisors, and is currently the Vice President of Sports Development at VSP Graphics Group.

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