On Monday night, Michigan basketball coach John Beilein will try and lead the Wolverines to their first national title since 1989. If Michigan fans feel like 24 years between titles is a long time, Beilein can definitely emphasize, he's a fan of an NFL team that's never won a Super Bowl and hasn't won a division title since 1995.
That team? The Buffalo Bills.
"Without question," Beilein said on the John Murphy show when asked if he was a Bills fan. "I have it on my computer where I listen to all the games."
Beilein is a native of Burt, N.Y., a city about 40 miles north of Buffalo, and took in his first Bills game in 1973 at the age of 20, "There have been some low points in Buffalo Bills history, but there have been a lot of great ones too. I choose to recall the great ones."
In seven college coaching stops since 1978, Beilein has almost always made room for the Bills in his busy schedule, "Most of my career, as I do the scheduling, I look at the Bills schedule and -- keeping in mind that we have other NFL fans on our team -- I try to tweak the practice schedule so I could listen to the games," Beilein said. "I'm just trying to make sure all of our players could become Buffalo Bills fans if they want to -- give them an opportunity to jump on the bandwagon before it's too late."
Beilein's Michigan players may want to jump on the bandwagon soon because a Super Bowl may be in Buffalo's future. At his introductory press conference on Monday, newly signed quarterback Kevin Kolb said he's in Buffalo "to win a Super Bowl. Period."
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