Niagara Gazette

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October 14, 2013

MEILER: Pande-Moorman-ium

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Niagara Gazette — The crowd’s excitement elicited a visible fist pump from Moorman, which pushed the crowed toward raucous.

Moorman’s five punts netted an average of 42 yards, including the 29-yard return that set up Cincinnati’s game-winning field goal. For his 35 punts this year, Powell’s net average was 38.2.

In reality, Moorman is just a 37-year-old punter, a veteran fill-in at an afterthought position simply signed not to screw up. But when your team misses the playoffs for 13 straight seasons, fans learn to appreciate the little things.

Moorman’s Buffalo career seemed to have fizzled out last season. At 36, he looked like a player who’d held on too long before being cut unceremoniously.

As the longest-tenured Bill of the last decade, it was only fair that Moorman got a chance to write his own finale in Buffalo.

“I’m thankful to be here, to be a part of this organization, have the opportunity to be a Buffalo Bill again and finish my career here,” he said after Sunday’s game. “That’s my plan and I’m looking forward to that.”

With a 2-4 record, it should give Bills fans something to be excited for, too.

Respond to Niagara Gazette sports reporter Mike Meiler on Twitter @mikemeiler or by email at mike.meiler@niagara-gazette.com.

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