A report from Allstate claims that, among New York’s five largest cities, Buffalo drivers are the worst in the state.
We don’t believe it.
The ratings were based on insurance claims. Buffalo drivers crash about every 7.9 years, compared to the national average of 10.57 years between accident claims.
What the statistics don’t account for is degree of difficulty. First, there is the Buffalo driver’s ability to drive in winter, on ice-slicked, snow-covered roads, without clearing off the windshield. The little peep holes in front and back are enough for many of us, especially if we’re in a hurry.
Some of us drive on bald tires. We’re not made of money, you know?
And we deserve extra points for balancing takeout coffee cups with our cellphones, iPads and the occasional Big Mac.
If any of the other cities would like to have a driving skills competition, we say “start your engines.”
It’s Buffalove in listicle form, but we’ll take it.
Our city was included in People magazine’s “100 Reasons to Love America in 2019.” (Can a city be called a reason? Discuss amongst yourselves.)
Carrie Underwood, a queen of country music, was first on People’s list. Buffalo ranked No. 19, between the Jonas Brothers and Celebrity Cruises.
And the National Comedy Center in Jamestown made the list at 85.
We don’t want to seem ungrateful, but we’re not sure about some of other items in the top 100.
The renovation of the Brady Bunch house in Los Angeles, a made-for-HGTV project, ranks No. 10. Goat yoga is No. 5.
And a quarterback who plays for a Boston-area team was No. 70. A classic case of grade inflation.
Let’s give props to Lexi Fry. She is an assistant prop master for the HBO hit “Big Little Lies” who put a bottle of Flying Bison’s 716 IPA beer into the hands of the character Gordon Klein in last Sunday’s episode.
Fry is a Buffalo native, as is the Klein character, played by Jeffrey Nordling. Fry brought the local brew with her to Los Angeles, where the show is filmed.
As the saying goes, the Flying Bison company could not have bought that kind of publicity – and now it doesn’t have to.