Living in an apartment complex, you sometimes hear and see some weird things. After what I heard today its clear, Buffalo Bills fans are in a sorry state.
I was sitting here at my computer typing up an article when I heard this comment from one of my apartment complex maintenance workers: “I don’t care if the Bills get destroyed in the first round of the playoffs,” the worker said. “I just want them to make the playoffs.”
I couldn’t help but shake my head and wonder what happened to Bills fans? Not long ago, the Bills were one of the best teams in the AFC and were contending for Super Bowls. Back then nothing else mattered except winning a Lombardi Trophy.
Now their happy just getting to a 9-7 record.
The last time the Bills did that was in 2004 when they went 9-7 and missed the playoffs after the Bills lost the last game of the regular season.
The best record the Bills have had since then is 7-9. Not good enough to make the playoffs and not bad enough to get a top ten draft pick that could land them a franchise quarterback.
Today, they’re the same old stuck in neutral and mediocre team that they’ve been putting out on the field for the past decade, which is why Bills fans are in this state in the first place.
Fans have some renewed hope, as the team drafted quarterback E.J. Manuel in the first round this past April, but there is a catch. Manuel was the first quarterback to go off the board at 16th overall in a bad quarterback draft which means his chances of being good aren’t very good.
You think that after 13 years of not making the playoffs, Bills fans would stay home. That isn’t the case, as every year they flock into the Ralph Wilson Stadium. Many would say that it is out of renewed hope that this would be the year they finally make the playoffs again, but the reality is something else.
Good old fashioned fear:
Bills fans are afraid that if they don’t go the team will move, since Ralph Wilson Stadium is old. Additionally, there is the fact that the renewed lease is for only 10 years with the Bills having the option to move without financial penalty after seven years.
So, until ownership changes or the Bills make the playoffs, you have a better chance at winning the lottery than seeing Buffalo make the payoffs anytime soon.
Bills fans are in a sorry state as they are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.