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Documentary film about a hopelessly obsessed Buffalo Bills fan who attempts to quit his 47 year addiction to losing.

"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.

My brother strangling me in my Buffalo Bills practice jersey during the OJ years.... I had no idea what 69 meant but it always got a reaction.
My brother strangling me in my Buffalo Bills practice jersey during the OJ years.... I had no idea what 69 meant but it always got a reaction.

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!

My Wife and I (highlighted in the left corner)  snapped moments before the start of the Bills 1st Super Bowl appearance. 3 1/2 hours later, the Bills would lose in the final second on a missed field goal, "wide right." I would never look so good.
My Wife and I (highlighted in the left corner) snapped moments before the start of the Bills 1st Super Bowl appearance. 3 1/2 hours later, the Bills would lose in the final second on a missed field goal, "wide right." I would never look so good.

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!

For my 30th Birthday, my wife had me infused into a birthday cake as Bills great, QB Jim Kelly. The Bills never tasted this good... at least not since winning the 1965 AFL Championship -- I was 5.
For my 30th Birthday, my wife had me infused into a birthday cake as Bills great, QB Jim Kelly. The Bills never tasted this good... at least not since winning the 1965 AFL Championship -- I was 5.

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...

Our planned route. Join us along the way! We want to hear your story. You might even end up in the film.
Our planned route. Join us along the way! We want to hear your story. You might even end up in the film.

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.

A once proud member of the BIlls Backers Association. Come with me and join the new Association in town: The "Losing It" Commiserators Club. Release the pain.
A once proud member of the BIlls Backers Association. Come with me and join the new Association in town: The "Losing It" Commiserators Club. Release the pain.

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. 

 Thanks,

 Scott Rubin  (Recovering Loser)

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    Downloadable Official "Losing It" Commiserators Club ID card. Present it anywhere when someone's team loses (which is probably yours). Don't suffer alone, be part of a much greater community of winning-challenged souls. Flash it anywhere, and the world will feel your pain.

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    Your name listed in the "Thanks" section of the film's credits. Think about it: How many tickets have you bought over the years for that pathetic, excuse-for-a-team and did you ever get a thank you on the jumbotron for it? We're actually grateful and we'll show it! And we'll toss in a "Losing It" tee shirt, a download of the movie and a downloadable Official "Losing It" Commiserators Club ID card.

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    A KanJam set, America's new favorite outdoor game. You could be playing KanJam, having fun with friends, being active, instead of having your heart ripped out every Sunday as a lump on a couch. C'mon it retails for $40. And, it's made in Buffalo, NY, USA. Plus, we'll toss in a download of the movie and a downloadable Official "Losing It" Commiserators Club ID card, and a Thanks in the credits.

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    Scott Rubin will personally call you on the phone and commiserate with you for half an hour. The master commiserator himself. And, he's happy to be on speaker phone to commiserate with your whole family or group of friends. Note: callers outside the US must pay phone charges. Plus, we'll toss in a KanJam set, a "Losing It" tee shirt, a download of the movie, a downloadable Official "Losing It" Commiserators Club ID card and Thanks in the credits.

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    Associate Producer credit in the film and on IMDB. Never be a loser again with a bona fide movie credit... Not a bad deal to be an actual filmmaker. Carry the swagger of a Yankees fan or Steelers fan knowing that you're an actual filmmaker now. Also included: "Losing It" tee shirt, KanJam set, signed DVD or Blu Ray of the movie and downloadable Official "Losing It" Commiserators Club ID card.

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    Executive Producer credit in the film and on IMDB, plus dinner with Scott Rubin. Become an instant player in the movie biz and get your entourage on. Play in the winners circle for a change - even if your team hasn't won a championship since the Harding Administration - you deserve to be on top. We can meet you along the path of the film's journey or in Los Angeles. You must provide your own transportation. Also included: "Losing It" tee shirt, KanJam set, signed DVD or Blu Ray of the movie and downloadable Official "Losing It" Commiserators Club ID card.

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