Release Date: December 12th, 2015
Director: Ken Rodgers
Duration: 90 minutes
My Rating: 9 out of 10
Guest Writer: Mike Gambini, Buffalo, NY
Overview: "The greatest accomplishment is not in never failing, but in rising again after you fall." -Vince Lombardi
The Buffalo Bills went to four straight Super Bowls from 1990 to 1993 and lost every single one of them. The franchise hasn't been the same since and though the fan base wears the scars of the losses on its sleeve as a point of pride, the weight of the heartbreak is still palpable.
Four Falls of Buffalo is an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary chronicling one of the most bittersweet eras in NFL history. The Bills achieved so much success during the 1990s, yet they're widely perceived to be a failure because of their inability to capitalize on four chances at NFL immortality.
What I loved: All the familiar faces from the greatest era in Buffalo sports history are showcased in Four Falls of Buffalo, and there is also a rare appearance from the man who most people associate as the poster boy of their failure. The documentary is filled with highlights, flashbacks, anecdotal stories from former players and members of the organizations, as well as beautiful imagery from Western New York. It was entertaining, captivating, informative, heart warming and emotional. It is a must watch for not only Bills diehards, but NFL fans alike.
This film was very personal for me. I have been a sports fan for as long I can remember. I was only six years old when the Bills played in Super Bowl XXV. Despite my young age, I distinctly remember leaving the room when Scott Norwood lined up for the field goal because I was so anxious. I'll never forget the look of anguish on my Grandpa's face when I returned to discover the final result.
I can still hear Van Miller's voice talking about "Project Pasadena" during his nightly sportscast on Channel 4 in the weeks leading up to Super Bowl XXVII against the Dallas Cowboys.
I remember eating Flutie Flakes before middle school as a young teenager and trading for Eric Moulds rookie cards with neighborhood friends.
My heart has bled red, white and blue through the current 15 year playoff drought. It has reached the point where I'm not sure how much more losing I can take before I am completely numb. However, as difficult as it was at times, ESPN Films did an outstanding job of putting things in perspective and showing just how amazing the accomplishments of those '90s Bills were.
What I didn't: As much as I enjoyed the Four Falls of Buffalo, there were a few things I wouldn't have minded seeing. The film spends a lot of time talking about the fan base, but the fans really never had a voice. It would be been nice to see a few interviews of current fans reflecting back on the ride and how they feel about things today. Also, and this is just a small complaint, but the documentary glossed over most of the regular season history of this era, which in my opinion, had a big impact on their post-season play.
Did you miss the special? Here is the schedule of future airings! Go Bills
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