Everybody’s got a plan.
The Bills are a problem, and everyone has a way to fix it. Ask around the office or your local bowling alley. Ask the postman, I’m sure he’s got a fix for the defense AND a way to reduce delivery time without raising stamp costs.
If you woke up a Bills fan on Tuesday morning, there were fixes all over the place. There’s a plan for a waterfront stadium at the outer harbor in Buffalo. If that doesn’t work, developer Rocco Termini says the team could be shipped up to Hamilton.
Termini usually sounds like a smart guy, so I’m not sure what happened here. His logic is that Hamilton is closer to Toronto, which has a lot of corporate money. It’s also, you know, kind of close to Buffalo.
How Hamilton builds an NFL stadium when they can’t get one built for their existing football team was not explained. He also doesn’t have any answer for the “practice facility” for the team he wants to put on the waterfront. But hey, he’s just talking for the sake of conversation.
“We need to start a conversation here,” Termini said. “We’re talking about spending a lot of money.”
Talking, yes. Talking is good, and that’s about all that is happening here. As Alan Bedenko noted, that’s basically all we do when it comes to the outer harbor, so why not make the Bills the magic bullet and solve all our problems at once?
Termini “announcing” his idea to move the team to Hamilton is entirely useless, a pointless exercise in self-promotion that simply won’t work. It’s laughable, and I’m only mentioning it because by comparison it makes the waterfront stadium idea look like a done deal.
As noted by almost anyone with a working brain, Nicholas J. Stracick and Vice President George F. Hasiotis have had no contact with politicians, the Buffalo Bills, the NFL, or anyone who currently owns the land. They haven’t acutally done any of the work required to make this a thing.
They didn’t even ask around to see if anybody wants a stadium on the waterfront. Essentially, they went out and got a drawing and worked a meeting with the Common Council, who currently have nothing to do with the land they want to put this thing on.
Today is a public relations event. Something to lead the local news so someone in a red jacket can “ask the tough questions” while refreshing their email inbox waiting for another press release to fill out the broadcast.
An artist’s rendering means about as much as an appearance on Daybreak with a half-baked idea. Getting someone to fire up AutoCAD and flesh out the landscape with some fake trees and big dreams doesn’t mean a whole lot in the end.
We are a long way off from fixing this Bills Problem. I promise Hamilton isn’t the answer, and a $1.4 billion complex on currently toxic soil sounds a bit too good to be true. But let’s not kill ideas dead just yet. Like I said, everybody’s got a plan. Right now, they’re ideas and not much more.
Hey, at least someone got paid for the artwork.