Documentary film about a hopelessly obsessed Buffalo Bills fan who attempts to quit his 47 year addiction to losing.
Documentary film about a hopelessly obsessed Buffalo Bills fan who attempts to quit his 47 year addiction to losing. Read more
About this project
"Losing It" is a feature film that documents a long-suffering sports fan’s feverish attempt to ween himself off his perennially losing team. He must kick the addiction before the start of the new season or risk losing his wife, family and further eroding his physical and mental health. Can he find the exit off the losing train or will he realize that there's no way out, and instead, try to guide the train to it's final destination -- winning a championship?
My name is Scott Rubin and I am that fan. I was born in 1959, the same year the Buffalo Bills were founded and quite possibly on the same day. I grew up in Buffalo and have been obsessed with the Bills as long as I can remember.
But recently, after watching 12 hours of the NFL Draft to see whom the Bills would pick in the 7th round, I knew I had a problem. Maybe if the Bills had won at least one Super Bowl -- we’ve lost four in a row! -- or a playoff game in the last 20 years, it would have actually mattered. But Buffalo hasn’t even made the playoffs in this millennium! AHHHHHHH!
How long can this agony continue? Recently, when I heard of the Bills free agent pick-up of NFL superstar Mario Williams, I turned to my wife and said, “This is the Year, Evie… I know it!” She looked at me as if she was looking at a meth addict… with contempt, pathos, and a deep yearning to contact a divorce attorney. Somehow this was her final straw… Maybe it was me making her go through last season’s Cinderella story when the Bills went 5-2, only to then lose the next 8 out of 9 games. My futility, my madness were etched in her face… I could see for the first time, that I was sick, very sick. I needed help. I need to get off this losing addiction, now!
So, I’m going on a journey to document my attempt to quit the very thing that quite possibly defines me, my beloved Buffalo Bills. You see I was the Editor in Chief of National Lampoon for 10 years and although I produced many videos that went hugely viral, I never got a chance to make a movie, in a sense to win my Super Bowl. I am the Buffalo Bills and this will be my movie. Don't believe my unfortunate luck? Here check out this video I produced... our CEO wouldn't let us make this movie, even though our entire web audience wanted us to... Yes, those are the "Workalcholics" dudes starring in it.
"Losing It" promises to seek answers to my addiction to cellar dwelling -- but this noble quest is more than just about me. I will travel to various drought-prone cities and connect with other winning-challenged junkies: Chicago Cubs fans, Vancouver Canucks fans, Cleveland Cavaliers fans, Cleveland Browns fans and Cleveland Indians fans...
And I'll deliver: I will consult with scientists, addiction specialists, psychologists, aversion therapists, priests, rabbis, past-life regressionists, Kabbalists, witch doctors… I may even attempt to change my allegiance to a winning franchise, whatever it takes… I’ll attend Roller Derby matches and American Kennel shows, anything where a winning team might stick.
But if somehow I fail, I will then turn my attention to breaking the curse and unleashing the winning energy that has stayed imprisoned in some sinister, underworld lair for nearly half a century. Yes, I said the "curse" -- you don’t lose four Super Bowls in a row in a rational universe. Something’s up and I will unearth its ugliness.
And as I head along the losing corridors of America with other fellow masochists we pick up along the way -- their pain will become my pain -- we’ll shuffle off to Buffalo to finally shatter this “losing addiction.” I will capture every agonizing moment.
You can join me on this journey of liberation by becoming a member of the “Losing It” Commiserators Club. The more you give, the more you aid in the destruction of a dark, menacing, overlord-of-sport who blows kicks 6 inches to the right just to watch fans weep. We deserve a life of joy and fulfillment, don’t let our losing teams obliterate whatever’s left of our battered souls.
Join us in our "losing battle," back the film that promises to present solutions to endless, panic-inducing defeats. It’s in your hands… break the cycle of losing by making this film a winner! There’s a way out of this: Unleash me and let me find it!
Enjoy the gifts.
Scott Rubin (Recovering Loser)
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