CBS Sports had some silly fun in a Super Bowl pregame feature this afternoon that imagined an “Alternative History of the Buffalo Bills” that had kicker Scott Norwood’s 47-yard field goal in Super Bowl XXV going through the uprights to give the Bills a 22-20 victory over the New York Giants.
Jim Kelly, Steve Tasker, Bruce Smith, Marv Levy and Thurman Thomas all went along with the joke that had the Bills following up that victory with a Super Bowl win over Washington the following season and two more Super Bowl wins over the Dallas Cowboys after that.
“We could just as easily lost four straight Super Bowls,” deadpanned Tasker near the end of the piece. Of course, that’s exactly what happened.
Giants Coach Bill Parcells, Giants quarterback Phil Simms (who was injured and didn’t play in Super Bowl XXV) and Dallas receiver Michael Irvin all were good sports to act like they lost the Super Bowls they won.
“I thought it was going to go wide right,” said Simms of Norwood’s kick.
Another top line came from what would now be a 25-year-old Buffalo man who claimed to have been born on the day the Bills supposedly won Super Bowl XXV.
“My mom says it was the second best thing that ever happened to her,” he said.
Not everyone on Twitter was laughing about the segment.
I thought it was cute, but some of my followers thought it was corny, a waste of time and worse and even wondered why some of the retired Bills agreed to the silliness.
Thurman Thomas tweeted “nope” when a follower wrote “that had to have been hard to film.”
The feature apparently played better nationally than locally.
Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly tweeted: “Loved the alternate history of the Buffalo Bills Super Bowl run, even with the bad faux doc acting.”
Luke Russert, the son of the late South Buffalo legend Tim Russert, tweeted: “Nice. For an in-depth look at that team, check out “Four Falls of Buffalo.”
Russert was one of the producers of that “30 for 30” film that imagined Norwood’s kick being good as well.