Glen D. Shields
Team: Buffalo Bills
Glen D. Shields
I've been a Buffalo Bills fan since 1960, their inaugural year in the NFL. I
was one day short of nine years old when the Bills played their first game
ever against the New York Titans (now Jets).
Why a Bills fan? Easy answer. I grew up in the Irish dominated South
Buffalo community described in the writings of the recently deceased
newscaster Tim Russert. Russert lived two blocks away. We played
baseball on the same field and in the same pick up games. I can't say with
certainty whether our paths intersected directly as kids. I can surely say our
feelings about the Bills intersect. When asked in a NFL documentary what it
it is like to be a Bills fan, Russert in near tears smiled and knowingly said he
feels "blessed." Buffalo is a small manufacturing community economically
devastated by global expansion. Football Sundays are the day when
Buffalonians put their troubles aside and turn all energy on "their team."
Football Sundays are not fandom, they're a heartfelt EXPERIENCE!
I've been at chess just about as long as I've been a Bills fan. My
correspondence chess started in the summer of 1968. I began "postal"
chess in the "Correspondence Chess League of America" (CCLA). Forty
years later I'm still playing CCLA chess. I currently serve as CCLA's Server
TO-TD. Through the years I've played over 1100 correspondence games. I
started playing international chess ten years ago by e-mail. All my
correspondence chess is now played by server. Most of it is on the ICCF,
IECG and Schemingmind servers. My one time goal was to complete 1000
correspondence games. My new goal is 2000 games. While I expect to fare
poorly against this prestigious pairing, please know when done, win or lose,
you will be part of my 2000 game personal legacy.
Good luck and chess to all!
Team home page
Stadium - Ralph Wilson Stadium
Links to games on server