I recently watched Four Falls of Buffalo, a documentary in ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, on Netflix. As a 10–13 year old voraciously eating up everything sports at the time, I distinctly remember these teams. Who could forget The Comeback against the Houston Oilers in the 1992–1993 playoffs? Those Bills were something special.
Yet if you were anywhere near pro football in the early 90s, you’ve heard all the jokes. Although the Bills did something no NFL team has ever done—appear in four consecutive Superbowls—they became the punchline for any joke on failing to finish, flopping, or losing in general. While they had the greatest record of any NFL team in the early 90s, they were notorious for losing every one of those final games.
This documentary shows the side we haven’t always seen. Genuine emotion comes through with interviews with memorable characters like Jim Kelly, Marv Levy, Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith, and the white flash himself, Don Beebe.I’ve always had a soft spot for the men on these teams, and I wasn’t disappointed with this production. It’s a great film with moving lessons on disappointment, perseverance, and the public’s conception of what it means to be a “winner.”