Dolphins linebacker Brian Cox once famously walked into Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium while giving the finger to Bills fans as they hurled boos and flying objects towards him. The battles between Hall of Fame quarterbacks Dan Marino and Jim Kelly are legendary. And both teams were the pride of the AFC. But this was all in the 1990's, when you couldn't buy a plaid shirt under $45, and you could watch brand new episodes of Seinfeld every week.
Since then, it has been a craptastic downhill slide for both franchises. While the Patriots rose to the top and won three Super Bowls, the Bills and Fins have wallowed in mediocrity. But this season, the Pats are spiraling downward, the Bills are revamped, and the Bill Parcells-led Dolphins are making a resurgence. Suddenly, the old Dolphins vs. Bills rivalry has been reborn. And once again, Buffalo and Miami have a real shot at winning the AFC east. The Bills come into town today with a young stout defense to face a Fins team that features Ronnie Brown and the wildcat formation. For the first time in a long time, a Bills-Dolphins game will actually mean something. And who knows, maybe one of the Bills players will give us the finger. The showdown begins at 1 p.m. at Dolphin Stadium (2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami). Tickets start at $41. Visit miamidolphins.com.
Sun., Oct. 26, 2008