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Clearing up a deep Bills mystery; "Willy Wonka" surprise

This is what I’m thinking:

It is time to clear up a deep mystery surrounding the Buffalo Bills that received a lot of attention recently on Twitter by fans watching preseason games.

What the heck does this year’s promotional campaign “Bills Run Deep” mean?

Nancy Gold, a Long Island native who came here about a year and a half ago as the Bills director of marketing, explained Tuesday that former Bill Steve Tasker, who now is the team's preseason TV analyst, inspired the tag line that she wrote.

Steve Tasker inspired the Bills' tag line "Bills Run Deep."

Steve Tasker inspired the Bills' tag line "Bills Run Deep."

She added the line has double meaning, which may surprise people on Twitter who couldn’t figure out one meaning.
Gold said in the short time she has been here she learned that “the Bills mean more to the community than can be explained.”

She added that message was driven home when she attended an event where Tasker talked about his experiences coming here and playing here.

“What struck me was he was sort of saying that the love of this team and this community, it runs deep,” explained Gold. “It can’t be explained, it is just something that you feel. It is something I took note of learning more and more about our fan base and our team. It was the best way for me to articulate how important our fans are to this team and how important the team is to the community.”

“It also is a take on our rushing game,” said Gold, “coming from 25th and becoming first in the league last year. So it is sort of on the field and off the field.”

I have mentioned that the HBO series “The Night of” that had its finale Sunday night was my favorite series of the summer. I enjoyed the pace and tension of the 95-minute finale that concluded the murder case and thought the episode did an exceptional job showing how the harsh and violent prison system changed the accused. However, I couldn’t shake my old role as a former reporter who covered the courts so I wasn’t thrilled about the preposterous legal elements displayed. I won’t reveal much more yet to give time for some of the show’s fans to see the episode on their DVRs or On Demand. If you don’t care about following the law to at least a reasonable degree as much as I do, you’ll enjoy the finale even more than I did. I thought the episode was riveting but about as messy as the court system.

The media is constantly accused of showing a bias for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and against Republican nominee Donald Trump. But few watching “NBC Nightly News” Monday night or “Today” on Tuesday morning could make that argument. On Monday night, “Nightly News” led with the announcement that Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, is separating from her husband, Anthony Weiner, after his latest sexting accusation. Andrea Mitchell said the Clinton campaign was “reeling” from the situation. On Tuesday, “Today” led with the story with the headline claiming the scandal “rocks Clinton Campaign.” Mitchell added it brings back in voters’ minds Clinton’s decision to stay with President Clinton after her husband's own scandal.

The placement of the story at the top of the newscasts and the conclusions seem overblown for a story that may be just as likely lead to sympathy for Abedin and backfire against Trump for trying to take advantage by tweeting about it. It is what he does. Millions of people who have separated or divorced in this country might be appalled by Trump’s insensitivity at a time of someone’s personal pain.

I loved all the network obituaries for Gene Wilder and learned a thing or two about the actor’s career. NBC reporter Harry Smith reported Monday night that one of Wilder’s signature movies, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” wasn’t a hit at the box office. It is considered a family classic now.


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