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"He's dead." Also, Jim. - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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"He's dead." Also, Jim.

Ralph Wilson was two years younger than my parents. He outlived my father by 28 years, almost to the day. Likewise my mom, who died 15 Februarys ago. Yet until just last year, Wilson was not just the owner of the Buffalo Bills but remained at the center of all its major management decisions. He only relinquished that control at the start of 2013, and was still consulting with his CEO on personnel options in the week before his death yesterday at the age of 95.

His passing opens a major void in local philanthropy, and will, in time, likely lead to new ownership outside his family that is almost certain to move the team to greener pa$tures. But we're reasonably assured of at least a few more years here, so I send sympathies to both families- blood and team- that he left behind.

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Sadder still is the fate of Jim Kelly, the team's all time most famous quarterback. He's a few months younger than I am, and has already endured the death of his son to a rare genetic disease. He'd previously beaten back a case of oral cancer, but it's now back, and has spread. Earlier today, his wife put out a public Facebook post, saying that his doctors have decided against surgery and will try to bust it this time with just chemo and radiation.

This is the picture she posted from this past weekend, of her hero of a husband and their daughter Erin:



The local sports talk show honks have been all-RIP-Ralph-all-the-time since 3:00 yesterday, with guest after guest recalling his generosity and humor and feistiness. But the newer news of Jim's setback literally brought the afternoon drive crew to a verbal halt.

To which I can add absolutely nothing, except prayers for him, Jill, Erin and (through Eleanor) his brother Kevin.

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greenquotebook From: greenquotebook Date: March 28th, 2014 04:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not a football fan, but I know enough about the game to appreciate Jim Kelly's talent and accomplishments, and my work with the SMA community makes me respect all that he has done in memory of Hunter. A great man, indeed.
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