Yes, the Bills Mafia is the best fan base, and not even close
I love the San Francisco 49ers. Growing up in the Bay Area, instead of rooting for my dad’s favorite team, the then-Oakland Raiders, I went to Super Bowl XXXVII. I was rooting for the Bucs, a team I had zero connection to, just because I didn’t want their cross-town rival San Francisco to win a chip. I was six years old then.
Maybe I’m not the toughest. I don’t go to every game. I don’t paint my face and have no shrine to Kyle Jusczcyk and/or Kyle Shanahan. Hell, I don’t even have a Frank Gore jersey in my closet. Still, I’m happy to sit through this team, whether it’s Nick Mullens, CJ Beathard, Solomon Thomas, Shaun Hill, or the 2015 offseason, cheering them on for 16 (now 17) games, then complaining to anyone I’ll listen to how it should have been the year they won it all.
Do I drive to a player’s house during an unprecedented blizzard to shovel snow from their driveway so they can play on a neutral field? No. This is probably where I draw the line. But for the Bills Mafia…it’s just on the field this week.
If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days, Western New York has been hit with historic snowfall recently, so much so that over six feet fell in some areas in the past 48 hours. CNN. Meanwhile, Bills starting quarterback Devin Singletary stands at 5’7″. The Bills were scheduled to host the Cleveland Browns tomorrow, but the weather moved the game to Detroit. However, despite the new venue, the Bills. Of course, the Buffalo airport this morning reopened, but the roads were so closed that getting all the Bills players to the airport was a problem in itself.
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However, thanks to the goodwill and determination of some Bills fans, the team’s starting right tackle Spencer Brown was able to get out of his driveway and be able to play tomorrow.
Like I said before, I would never do that. The players don’t know me. They don’t care about my day. I haven’t developed an unhealthy parasocial relationship with these grown men who represent a city I identify with. Also because I don’t want to fall to my waist in that snow. I lived through two winters and a polar vortex in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I’ve seen my share of heavy snow, icy roads, and jackknife trailers. I would never want to hurt myself just so a player could play in a game. If they lose once, then what? This is the Bills. They will be competitive for the rest of the season. Sure, every other team in this division is competitive, but they won’t miss the playoffs. What’s a game in the grand cosmic scheme of things, right?
I know it’s become kind of a popular trend to say that the Bills Mafia is overrated, but every time I see a clip of Bills fans I can’t help but think, “Wow! It must be fantastic to play in this team.” No matter what happens, the city and your fans will support you. Just a few years ago, former Bills linebacker Jordan Matthews said “There was nothing to do [in Buffalo] except for each other.” Looking back at everything Bills fans have done for the team, how much they go out of their way to help their team, I can’t help but think Matthews didn’t appreciate what he had. How can you be bored with so many people around you who care so much? by being seen as successful? That’s up to you, Matthews.
Keep up the good work, Bills Mafia. You are remarkable.