Irony

The Chargers and the Bills have each played three overtime games this season. San Diego is 3-0 in those games, while Buffalo is 2-1. The last time the Chargers traveled to Buffalo was on Oct. 15, 2000, and ironically enough, the game went into overtime, with the Bills' winning 27-24 on a 46-yard field goal by former Bill, now Charger kicker Steve Christie.

Is it any coincidence that Steve Christie has more experience than any kicker in the National Football League in dealing with the wind, snow and terrible weather of Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium?

Christie spent nine seasons (1992-2000) as Buffalo's kicker and is the Bills' all-time leading scorer with 1,011 points.

Imagine now, Christie kicking the overtime winning field goal in his first game back in Buffalo since the Bills released him in 2001. His next overtime field goal would be his 10th; giving him sole possession of the NFL record he shares currently with Jim Breech.

"Well, it would be great and my friends have mentioned that to me: 'I hope you get one,'" Christie said.

"To win the game would be great, that's the most important thing," Christie added, and if he happened to kick an overtime field goal? "From a personal standpoint, I think that would be great because then I'd have the NFL record. But as far as doing it to Buffalo, yeah it'd be pretty nice, but I mean, I'm not dwelling on it now."

"I just feel very fortunate to be in a position to do it, to play for so long, to be in a situation where it can happen," Christie said. "I don't take it for granted. I've tried to work hard to be in that position, to be able to accomplish that."

He has been kicking for 13 years and enjoys it now as much as he did when he was a rookie.

"I like it," Christie said. "That's my bag, baby. That's what I do. Kicking, for me, that's the height of it all. I like going out there. I know there's pressure. Just to know you can finish a game off that way is neat."

Christie also has some keen advice for his fellow warm weather players:

"I'm telling guys every day, 'It's 35 degrees, it's 36 degrees, it's going to snow, be ready, bring your gear.' It's as simple as that, I just hope somebody listens to me."

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