Picture this, the Buffalo Bill clench the division for the first time in decades with a 12-4 record. They defeat the 6 time Super Bowl champs, the New England Patriots both at home and away and watch as their fans long for the days of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Josh Allen is in the running for offensive player of the year and Sean McDermot is a shoo-in for coach of the year. After being knocked out in the wild card game 2 out of the past 3 years, the Buffalo Bills are hungry for the victory. Now, picture all of this happening during a fanless season.
Buffalo, NY is known for great food, friendly neighbors, and a lot of crazy snow. But one of the city’s most notable attributes is their diehard commitment to their sports teams, even through countless losing seasons. The Bills Mafia’s loyalty has been tested through a 17 year playoff drought, many sub zero Sunday games and constant losing seasons. Despite this, Bills fans have never wavered in their love and support for their team. They have been voted the best fans in the league in spite of these hardships.
What would Buffalo, NY look like if these diehard fans were not allowed in the stadium to watch their Buffalo Bills fight for the coveted title of Super Bowl Champs? The City of Good Neighbors would band together to support their teams. They would have jumbo screenings on every building in the city. The bars would be overflowing with supporters. They would cheer together and cry together. All differences would be set aside as the city would come together to support their team. Win or lose, fans would be at the airport after the game cheering on Josh, Sean and the rest of the squad. If the Buffalo Bills were to come out on top and the fans could not be in the stadium to see it, there would be one thing on the minds of the Buffalo community…let’s do it again next year!