By Tim Graham
It was a big day for me in Cheektowaga. I finally had the chance to meet Zach the baby and Harold the dog and then I got to sit down in Brad Riter's kitchen and do a Trending Buffalo podcast.
Brad has a wonderful kitchen. Studio, schmudio, I say. He doesn't need one. And aside from the fact Brad was wearing a headset and we had ice water in our tumblers, it felt just like the other times he and I shoot the proverbial breeze.
We spent 44 minutes talking about the Buffalo Bills and, in particular, my culture-change story that ran recently in The Buffalo News. We mused about how the Bills have morphed from dysfunctional bizarro team that seemingly had no master plan to a franchise on the rise.
We covered a lot of ground, going back to the Tom Donahoe era on through Donte Whitner and Trent Edwards and Marshawn Lynch and Terrell Owens and Aaron Maybin. Somewhere along the line, however, the Bills started making shrewd and, at times, unflinching moves.
The Bills also went from a team you had to force yourself to like to a team that's easy to embrace.