My List of NFL Place Takers
I recently set forth an ambitious reviewing project in which I write actual reviews of every team in the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL. I would include MLS since they now have firm footing on the cusp of being a major league now, but I don't know quite as much about soccer as I should know to be able to do that.
Anyway, those who have been following this project so far also know my NFL loyalty is in something of a state of flux. I've begun the process of detaching myself from my longtime home team, the Buffalo Bills. Mismanagement has ruined the team, but that's so far beyond the point right now that it's barely worth mentioning. More offensive is the Toronto series, in which the Bills were told to play a regular season home game every year in front of a hostile Canadian audience in Toronto which doesn't want them.
More to the point, Bills owner Ralph Wilson is 93 or 94 years old right now. He's the only owner the team has ever had, and he's lived up to his promise to keep the Bills in Buffalo as long as he's been alive. Sadly, though, his clock will probably be expiring soon, and the team is going to be sold, probably to a buyer who will move them. Buffalo is a poor small market, so the team certainly won't be staying. To stay will cost a shitload of death taxes and at least $100 million in tax renovations for the team's field, Ralph Wilson Stadium.
I have the Chicago Bears to fall back on because I spent years living in Chicago, but this is about finding a new team to adopt and present as a representation of who I am, not merely the places I've been. I'm not looking for the chic team. I'm looking for a team that I can relate to the most, and really get the sense that people will understand why I cheer for them. The team that I think really represents my overall character. The team people will learn that I cheer for and unquestionably find synonymous with Nicholas Croston. It's an arduous task, but I did manage to narrow my list down to these choices, of 30 selections (Bills and Bears are excluded. The Bills are who I'm leaving, the Bears are already also mine.)