Despite the lifting of the curse, Peterman and the Jill-less Bills drop the ball.

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Jack the Ball with Bills T-Shirt donated to Talker by Dean Tucker.

For several years, we have publicized the unfortunate parting of ways between the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Jills, first in ESPN’s Four Falls of Buffalo and Vivid memories of the four year Super Bowl run and still jilted by the Jills.

In Bring back the Jills”; Cheerleaders deserve their stage, we brought former Jills to the Otter Lodge in Brighton to meet fans and re-inflate and sign Jack the Ball, a football who is graced by signatures from legions of Jills over the span of many years.

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The Otter Lodge (l) former Jill Jean Zydel re-inflating Jack the Ball; (r) Jean (left) and former Jill Kathy Benzinger (right). (center) Jack and me in Bills T-Shirt donated by Dean Tucker, 1/23/16. From “Bring back the Jills”; Cheerleaders deserve their stage

Before the Bills made the 2017 playoffs, in No Jills; no playoffs for the Bills, we argued that the last few years of the then-18 year playoff drought was, at least partially, due to the unfair absence of the Jills.

We placed a curse.  The undeserving Bills would not make the playoffs until they unjilted the Jills.

As seen in Bills make the playoffs without the Jills; remembering Jacksonville vs. Buffalo in ’96, we generously and temporarily lifted the curse, allowing the Bengals’ miraculous intervention and granting the Bills the 6th and final postseason spot.

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With Jack the Ball at Jeremiah’s Tavern on Monroe Avenue. From The Jills ball as talisman thwarted; the curse is back.

As much as I held the “lucky” Jills ball, we could not overcome McDermott’s bad decisions at the end of the first half.

With Jack the Ball and Bills T-Shirt donated by Dean Tucker. From The Jills ball as talisman thwarted; the curse is back.

As seen in The Jills ball as talisman thwarted; the curse is back., the next week — upon reflection of my spontaneous rescindment of the curse — the spell was reinstated for the playoff game against Jacksonville.

The game was close at 10-3 Jaguars with 1:32 left. However, the curse took Tyrod Taylor out of the game with a head injury. In came Nathan Peterman — yes that Nathan Peterman  — who inspired brief hope for Bills fans gathered at Jeremiah’s by getting two first downs.

But then the curse called Peterman for intentional grounding followed by an interception — yes an interception — followed by a pick to cornerback Jalen Ramsey with 23 seconds left.

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 07: Jalen Ramsey #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars makes an interception during AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Buffalo Bills at EverBank Field on January 7, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, FL – JANUARY 07: Jalen Ramsey #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars makes an interception thrown by Nathan Peterman during AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Buffalo Bills at EverBank Field on January 7, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Ramsey’s interception was not without drama as the play was reviewed to see if it was a true catch. I knew the call would stand. Although the ball appeared to shift in Ramsey’s arms as he hit the ground, the referees did not overturn, sealing the game for the Jaguars.

Bills fans know Peterman’s stats: 10 interceptions in 84 attempts including the playoffs, only one player since the merger has thrown more in fewer than 100 attempts, the historically bad passer rating of 31.4, the 0.00 passer rating in the Baltimore game and the pick six to lose the Texans game.

Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph intercepted a pass from Nathan Peterman and returned it for a touchdown to give Houston the lead on Sunday. CreditMichael Wyke/Associated Press

Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph intercepted a pass from Nathan Peterman and returned it for a touchdown to give Houston the lead on Sunday, 10/13/18.  Credit Michael Wyke/Associated Press. From Nathan Peterman Got Another Chance. It Didn’t End Well. (New York Times, 10/14/18)

Peterman has become a the butt of jokes and a national punch line. Newspapers and websites have been merciless and sarcastic.

Nathan Peterman Stinks Worse Than Anyone Has Stunk Before (Barstool Sports. 11/19/17)

The Bills’ Nathan Peterman Experiment Goes Down in Flames. Again. (New York Times, 9/10/18)

Bills QB Nathan Peterman has put himself in some truly terrible historical territory. (Washington Post, 9/10/18)

Nathan Peterman Elevates Bad Quarterback Play to an Art Form; Please Give Him His Own Wing in the Louvre (Slate, 10/14/18)

Nathan Peterman Got Another Chance. It Didn’t End Well. (New York Times, 10/14/18)

Rejoice! Nathan Peterman is back in our lives. (For The Win, 10/30/18)

Playing Quarterback Looks Easier Than Ever. Nathan Peterman Still Makes It Look Hard. (Wall Street Journal, 11/02/18)

And, as Bills fans also, know, because of an injury to retread Derek Anderson, Peterman is starting Sunday. A little behind in the news, today The New York Times offered a warning:

New York Times, 11/04/18

The New York Times, 11/04/18

By all accounts Peterman has taken his lumps with grace and equanimity. He dutifully and non-defensively stands before the press and calmly answers questions that must feel like nails in his coffin.  Today, for the Peter Man — just for today — I am lifting the curse.

41 – 9 Bears. I lifted the curse to no avail. Peterman played poorly — three interceptions — but he was the victim of misfortune and his teammates played even worse.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle from Leo Roth's column, 11/05/2018

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle from Leo Roth’s column, 11/05/2018

Bills fell behind 28-0 at the half. In Bills T-Shirt donated by Dean Tucker. 11/04/18

Bills fell behind 28-0 at the half. In Bills T-Shirt donated by Dean Tucker, 11/04/18

See aslo, Chuck Pollock’s This Bills’ loss can’t be blamed on Peterman (11/05/18) in the Olean Times Herald. Nonethless, twitterverse still was blindly merciless as reported by For The Win in The NFL world continued to roast Nathan Peterman’s latest dreadful game (11/04/18)USA Today’s Jon Epstein was not so vicious but hardly charitable in Bills QB Nathan Peterman takes inauspicious place in NFL history in rout by Bears (11/04/18). And, a mean GoFundMe site beseeches, Nathan Peterman Please Retire.

I can only assume Jills Nation sent some bad juju the way of the Bills. At 41- 9, the Jills’ juju was far more powerful than my spell —  rendering the poor wilting Peter Man impotent.  Bills, please get on bended knee and beg the jilted Jills for forgiveness.

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Jack the Ball with Bills T-Shirt donated to Talker by Dean Tucker.

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I won’t go to another Bills’ game until the Jills come back. Christmas Eve, 2006, memorabilia from my last in-person game, accompanied by Dean: Bills Blue Wig, program, ticket stubs, front page of the sports section, Buffalo News and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. From No Jills; no playoffs for the Bills

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle from Leo Roth's column, 11/5/18

Box score, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 11/5/18

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