HIT: To the Buffalo Bills, who have brought joy to upstate New York by making the National Football League playoffs for the first time since 1999.

That postseason appearance drought was the longest in major professional sports, yet Bills fans have remained passionate and loyal the whole time. The sight of Bills players, alumni and, most of all, fans celebrating on Sunday night warmed hearts all over this frigid state.

This team is hardly the most talented group assembled over the past 19 years of Buffalo Bills football, but it plays with an unmatched grit and togetherness.

Now the Bills have a chance to bring even more happiness to the region. They'll take on the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend. That team is coached by Doug Marrone, the man who quit as Buffalo coach a few years ago. What a sweet victory this could be.

MISS: To this brutally cold stretch of weather hitting central New York and beyond.

We all know winters are tough around here, but high temperatures in single digits and wind chills in excess of -15 degrees is taking it to the extreme.

The next few days should bring a slight "warm-up," with highs in the teens and low 20s. But the forecast is calling for a return of dangerously cold conditions for Friday into the weekend.

HIT: To the Skaneateles YMCA & Community Center, for hosting its yearly New Year's Eve party.


The Y event is a terrific and low-cost way for families to get out of the house and have some fun together. Especially for parents with small children, it also gives kids a chance to celebrate a new year without staying up too late.

The Citizen Editorial Board includes publisher Rob Forcey, managing editor Mike Dowd and executive editor Jeremy Boyer.