I'm a captain in the U.S. Army, currently stationed with the 8th Infantry Division in Germany. Many of my friends are preparing to deploy to Saudi Arabia, and I wonder every day when will I be mobilized. During anxious times like these, seemingly insignificant events can help divert your mind from the world crisis.
The Buffalo Bills do it for me. I was blessed to grow up in Lackawanna and go to college at St. Bonaventure. I know firsthand that Buffalo is more than just a city, and the Bills are more than just a football team. The relationship between them is true love -- rocky at times but always loyal.
Here's how the Bills and the great fans have kept me going recently:
I watched the Bills-Oilers on Armed Forces television. Had to get up at 3 a.m., but it was worth every exhausting moment.
I listened to the Bills-Eagles game on Armed Forces Radio. I melted every time I heard 80,000 Bills fans singing "Shout." I absolutely love being there and singing that song.
I look for our home game attendance figure in the "Stars and Stripes" newspaper after each home game. I'm so proud of our league-leading attendance.
Keep up the good work, players and fans. We need that home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Also, the better our team, the more times they are shown over here.
Save me a ticket for the Super Bowl.
CAPT. FRAN MACHINA
APO New York