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Bills fans nominated by Fandom 250

Posted by Chris Brown on December 6, 2016 – 10:32 am

Bills fans have been included on a nomination list for best fans. FanSided has been putting together a list of 250 Fandom nominees for best fan bases overall, not just sports. The Bills were among the latest group of nominees.

The fans of the Packers, Broncos, Seahawks and Patriots were also nominated in the group of 250. The list contains not only sports fandoms but also fandoms supporting entertainment, celebrities and more.

“The list will be a yearly endeavor,” added FanSided VP of Content Patrick Allen. “We gave weight to what is hot now so what has happened in 2016 is very important. That said, fandoms got points for longevity, size and worth as well. Finally, we considered the great equalizer to be what we call the “passion barometer.” The quality of a fandom is just as important to us as size and longevity. “

The final rankings list of the 250 nominees will be posted by FanSided.com later today (Dec. 6th).


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Tyrod: Players want to deliver for Bills fans

Posted by Chris Brown on August 12, 2016 – 3:40 pm

He’s only been a Buffalo Bill for a little over a year, but Tyrod Taylor knows the franchise’s quarterback history. Since Jim Kelly, Drew Bledsoe has been the closest thing to a franchise QB. So we asked him now with a new contract extension in hand, the Bills believe he’s the guy to lead them long term success, so why does he believe he’s the guy to do it?

“I believe I’m that guy because of my dedication, my preparation, of course my character,” Taylor told Buffalobills.com. “I have a unique skill set. I believe that I can get this team, with of course help from the guys around me players as well as coaches, to come together. But I think we’re headed in the right direction. We showed flashes of what we can be moving forward. I’m excited about this team.

“I’m very thankful for the opportunity they’ve given me here. I’m looking forward to getting this organization back on the right foot. The Bills fans definitely deserve a winning team. They’ve waited a number of years for it. To witness four Super Bowl runs and not get a chance to get back to the playoffs for so long, the anticipation is there and as players we want to deliver that to them. And I’m looking to be a part of it.”

 


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Fan Friday 8-12

Posted by Chris Brown on August 12, 2016 – 11:05 am

We’re on the cusp of preseason game number one for the Bills as they host the Colts Saturday night at 7 pm at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Here is the latest edition of your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Is Aaron Williams’ injury potentially serious? If so, how long would he miss?

@kevinwh1te3

CB: We do not yet know the severity of Williams’ injury sustained at practice Thursday night. He was being evaluated for a possible concussion. We hope to learn more soon, but I think this all but guarantees he will not see any action at safety Saturday night.


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How has Aaron Williams looked in camp so far?

@JaredBailey23

CB: Williams has admitted that he is taking the path back to full contact slowly coming off his neck surgery. Unfortunately Thursday night’s collision happened without him having any choice as to how involved he wanted to be.

He’s trying to be that leader in the secondary while also balancing the aggressiveness of his play on the field. It cannot be an easy task for him. So hopefully he comes out of the collision with Dez Lewis without suffering a major setback in his road back to full contact play.
3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do you get tired of fans and media having a short rope with GMs and coaches?

@FitzCT

CB: I have been covering this team for the entire playoff drought and then some. I recognize and understand the frustration of Bills fans. They just want a winner, and they’re at the point where patience has run out and if they don’t think a GM or coach is capable of getting the team to the postseason they don’t want to wait around another year to see if the fortunes will change.

But in the NFL time and again it has been proven that continuity pays off more often than not. And constant change does not. Fortunately the Pegulas despite being young in the NFL ownership business understand this. So I anticipate them staying the course beyond this year.

Does that mean they’ll be satisfied if the team doesn’t reach the postseason in 2016? Absolutely not. They want to win, badly. And for that matter so does Doug Whaley and Rex Ryan.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

How confident are you in the safety depth behind A. Williams and C. Graham?

@Seeairuhyo

CB: While I am encouraged by what I’ve seen from Robert Blanton in the practice setting and improved play from Jonathan Meeks, whose career has been interrupted by injuries, I need to see more in the preseason before I can feel comfortable with what the Bills have behind the two incumbent starters at safety.

Things look good on the practice field, but I want to see it translate to the game field for some hard evidence that the Bills are going to be okay there beyond their starters.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Hey Chris, if the Bills are in fact able to extend Taylor, would you expect Gilmore to get tagged if no deal is done? #Bills

@Josh_McCarty28

CB: Under your hypothetical situation the Bills could make use of the tag if necessary. Really the franchise tag would only buy the Bills some time in keeping Gilmore on the roster. Common ground ultimately has to be reached if Gilmore is to stay here long term.

I think Buffalo will have to be very creative to make a long term deal palatable to Gilmore in light of where the cornerback market has gone this offseason. Hopefully the Darius Slay deal with Detroit helps stabilize the going rate a bit more.

 


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Bills rank 2nd for likability

Posted by Chris Brown on July 27, 2016 – 10:23 am

USA Today’s ‘For the Win’ column put together a listing of all 32 NFL clubs with a likability ranking based on a number of factors including fans, uniforms, good ownership and a team that is at least fun to watch – interesting. The Buffalo Bills ranked very high on the list.

The Bills ranked second overall. Here’s what was written on Buffalo.

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The Bills made a solid claim to be number one on this list. The NFL’s lovable losers benefit from the unlikability of its divisional rivals (*cough cough* Patriots), and the team’s diehard fans are always good for a few hilarious videos a season.

For those Bills fans that are wondering, the Dolphins were a surprising third (huh?) and the Jets were 26th and the Patriots were 31st.


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Rex and players boosted by road fans

Posted by Chris Brown on October 11, 2015 – 8:33 pm

After the Bills took a one-point lead late in Sunday’s game Bills fans in attendance at Nissan Stadium, of which there was significantly more than a smattering, began the ‘Let’s go Buffalo!’ chant. And though the win was in every way a squeaker, Rex Ryan and his players were aware of their fans presence.

“We noticed them. You couldn’t get into a restaurant yesterday with all those Bills fans,” said Ryan. “It was awesome. I guess something I’m learning is I had no idea that the Bills fans traveled the way they do. (The) Miami (game) was packed. We’ve got them here. It was unbelievable. It’s such a great feeling to know your guys are with you. Your fans who travel so well. That was great. I also love the fact that they ain’t off this boat. They never looked to jump and we gave them reason to and they’re sitting right there and that’s a great feeling.”


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Belichick: Bills fans will quiet if we do well

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2015 – 4:15 pm

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick prepares his teams for anything. Chief among them is the crowd noise for road games. Bills fans were extraordinarily loud last week in the win over the Colts. But Belichick is not concerned about the crowd noise. In fact he believes as long as they move the ball and have a lead Bills fans will quiet down.

“We always expect crowd noise on the road,” Belichick said. “It’s something we’re ready for every week if we play away games. I’m sure it will be loud there. It’s loud everywhere. It’s a lot louder when you’re not doing well. If you’re moving the ball and getting first downs and gaining yards that tends to quiet it, and when you’re ahead that quiets it, too. It will be as loud as we allow it to be.”

Take it for what its worth Bills fans.


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Bills plan to cap season tickets at 60K

Posted by Chris Brown on June 15, 2015 – 11:49 am

With the Bills in a record-breaking position right now for season ticket sales, the organization has put measures in place to cap season ticket sales when they reach a pre-determined threshold.

Bills President Russ Brandon in announcing the organization’s record-breaking season ticket figure (57,500) knows it stands a good chance to go higher, and outlined at what point the club intends to cap season tickets.

“We plan on capping season ticket sales at 60 (thousand) if we get there,” said Brandon. “We’re north right now of 57,500. We anticipate that there is an opportunity that we could get there and we will cap season tickets at that point.”

Brandon also mentioned how they thought they had a chance to break the record set back in 1992 leading up to the 2008 season, but they fell just short at 56,011. Knowing the team hasn’t made the playoffs in 15 years the undying loyalty of the Bills fan base has been nothing short of overwhelming.

“We look back and the analysis over the last 17 years and our average season tickets has been 42,994, which is a pretty good foundation with the inventory that we have in the market. The team has not been to the playoffs in the last 15 years and that has been difficult for anyone who is involved in this organization in any department, but it goes back to our fans and the loyalty they’ve shown, and not just this year.”


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Stretching the boundaries of Bills Nation

Posted by Chris Brown on May 11, 2015 – 10:34 am

As many of you know Bills fans are everywhere, with all the Buffalo transplants. We often run into several on road trips for the team’s away games during the regular season. A good number of times I’ve run into fans when I’m away on vacation, usually south Florida. On a recent trip out of the country however, I ran into the self-proclaimed “biggest Mexican Bills fan.”

On a recent trip to Cancun, Mexico, I was approached by Nep Grande, a Bills fan who got hooked on the early 90’s teams and stayed true as a fan through a lot of the recent lean years. He works at the resort where my wife and I were vacationing. Wearing a Bills shirt kind of gave me away, but he recognized me from Buffalobills.com.

After showing me some of his photos with Hall of Famer Bruce Smith, who he met a few years ago, he asked for a photo with me. I asked him if he had been to a Bills game before, perhaps at Arizona or Dallas. His answer?

“No, I have not been to a game,” Grande said. “And when I do see a game I want it to be at ‘the Ralph.'”

Sounds like a legit fan to me. Fortunately he’s got a friend who is a Bills fan in Buffalo, so he’s hoping to make it to a game in the next year or two. Here’s a shot of Nep and I in Cancun. Bills Nation alive and well south of the border!

Mexican Bills fan


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Marrone: We’ll need fans at full throat again

Posted by Chris Brown on September 18, 2014 – 10:00 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone was quick to credit the fans after Buffalo’s win last Sunday against Miami in his postgame press conference. He’s appealing to the fans again to provide the same volume of support this Sunday when the Bills host the Chargers.

Marrone was asked if he could tell Bills fans that this 2-0 team will be different than the ones that have come before them and come up short concerning the postseason.

“I can’t tell them about the long haul, but all I know is this. We need them this weekend,” said Marrone. “I think they’ll be a big difference in this game. On third down and things like that, so if we have the same type of crowd and the situational awareness of our crowd they can be a big help for us. I can’t discuss all the other things that have gone on in the past.”


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A Billiever for life wins Father’s Day contest

Posted by buffalobills.com on June 15, 2014 – 3:38 pm

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Congratulations to the winner of the Atwal Father’s Day contest, Mike Glorioso who shared his story of his favorite Bills memory with his son.  Mike won an invitation for four to Bills practice where he will meet Coach Marrone and a $1,000 gift certificate from Atwal Eye Care.

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I attended every home game with my son (now 9 years old) but one game really stood out. One drive really. It was the Carolina game and we were down by 6 with under two to go. Carolina had the ball deep in Bills territory.

 Lots of fans in our section were leaving and my son asked why. I said that they don’t think the Bills would pull it off and without hesitation he said “What? We have EJ. We’re going to march down and win.” Well the panthers go on 4th and inches. We stop them and get the ball with a long way to go. From the first play of the drive to the TD he knew this game was ours.

He was right and when they scored we were all jumping up and down, I knew we had a little billiever for life! I don’t think I ever saw him so happy and I loved seeing the raw faith he had in his Bills.

 

Check out some fan submissions in the photo gallery.


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Chan: I understand fans frustration

Posted by Chris Brown on November 27, 2012 – 9:02 am

Bills head coach Chan Gailey was asked if he feels and senses the frustration of Buffalo’s fans with this season falling short of their expectations.

“I don’t feel it because I don’t deal with the outside a lot, to be honest with you,” he said. “But I know they are (frustrated). These are loyal, great fans that live and die with the Bills and they’re suffering right now and I understand that, I do.

“I’m working as hard as I can work to get this thing where it needs to be,” he said. “I’m just doing the best I can every day.”


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Bills fans get some love

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2012 – 10:16 am

NFL.com took the time to rank NFL team fan bases and for once didn’t go off pure numbers, although with all the Buffalo transplants, the size of Bills Nation might surprise. In any event Buffalo and Green Bay were the top two fan bases in the rankings.

It was a bit of a hurried rundown with Bills fans not getting more than a line, but the point is you’re at the top with the Cheeseheads so congrats. Here was your sentence from the piece.

No team has a stronger connection to its fans than the Packers. They are smarter and more loyal. They demand better coverage. It’s a lifestyle. Bills fans are similarly passionate, smart and hopeful, despite a lot of bad times.


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Mario: This is Bills territory

Posted by Chris Brown on July 27, 2012 – 7:34 am

Bills DE Mario Williams was asked for his thoughts on the Bills fan base since signing with the club. He admits Bills fans are pretty unique.

“Everywhere I go, especially in Buffalo, you know it is ‘Hey how are you?’ And it is something I am not really accustomed to,” he said. “Fans are fans in general but when you go everywhere (even) just getting gas, it does not matter, somebody is going to come over to you and someone is going to say something to you. So it is definitely a big difference because this is what it’s like and this is Bills territory.”


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Troup: Fans were rough

Posted by Chris Brown on May 25, 2012 – 8:09 am

Torell Troup is on his way back to being full go, though it likely won’t come until training camp as we profiled on the home page of Buffalobills.com today. While the coaches know what he’s capable of he wants to prove to his teammates he can be a reliable and consistent contributor to the cause. And if the fans start believing in him too, it’s gravy.

After Troup’s troublesome 2011 season that was riddled with bad luck (see: broken hand, broken back), he endured an awful lot of criticism from Bills fans. It got to the point where he avoided his twitter account.

“With the fans I’ve taken a lot of heat for this (past season),” Troup told Buffalobills.com. “For example that (second) Jets game for not going out on the field I’ve taken a lot of heat for that. It got to the point where I wouldn’t even check my twitter page because the guys are bashing me on there.”

Troup was a game time decision in Week 12 for the rematch with the Jets, but watching him personally from the press box with binoculars it was obvious he was in no shape to play. He looked like a 70-year old the way he was laboring to walk out there and drop into a three-point stance, instead of a strapping 25-year old NFL lineman. In our profile on Troup even Chan Gailey approached after he knew his body wouldn’t allow him to suit up for that game.

Now on the rehab train and targeting training camp for a return there’s a lot of motivation to prove he belongs in the NFL. 

“I want to prove to the fans, but most important I want to be a contributor to my team,” he said. “It’s so hard to see the guys working. I’m in the building and even though I’m kind of with them, I’m not with them. They can do a lot more stuff than I can right now so I still feel like I’m on the outside looking in and that hurts. Until I can get healthy and do everything only then will it feel right again because I just want to be there for my teammates. I just think it could be a big year for us as a defense and as a team and I want to be a part of it. So I’m working my butt off to try and be a part of it for this 2012 season.”


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Bills fans do their best

Posted by Chris Brown on March 14, 2012 – 8:27 pm

Bills fans that were also taking in Wednesday night’s Sabres game made their feelings known at the arena downtown during the game.

Hearing that free agent visitor Mario Williams might be in the building they started chanting, “We want Mario!”

Unfortunately it doesn’t appear as though Williams was in the building, but the effort was appreciated. Hard to top passion of Bills fans.


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Goodell to meet with fans

Posted by Chris Brown on October 7, 2011 – 11:00 am

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be at Sunday’s Bills-Eagles game to meet with a select group of Bills season ticket holders.

Goodell’s visit is part of a series of fan forum events in which the Commissioner meets directly with fans to answer their questions and hear what is on their minds.

The first event took place at the 2010 Pro Bowl in South Florida. More than 100 Bills season ticket holders were selected for the event.


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Bills have 4th most rabid fans

Posted by Chris Brown on August 10, 2011 – 3:05 pm

The Buffalo Bills have the fourth most rabid fan base in the league according to a writeup that appeared in Forbes magazine.

The study, which originally came from a Wall Street Journal article, takes into consideration TV ratings, website traffic, how often the team was mentioned on the internet, market size etc. and the Bills fan base ranked 4th overall.

The only NFL fan bases ahead of them? Green Bay, New Orleans and Indy. Not coincidentally these are the last three teams that won the Super Bowl, so naturally their team website traffic was going to be high and their mentions in cyberspace were going to be through the roof. I think in light of that fact, the Bills fan base should be very, very proud of this ranking.


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Salute to military Bills fans

Posted by Chris Brown on June 29, 2011 – 11:46 am

The Buffalo Bills are represented worldwide, and that includes the military. Wherever Bills fans in the service are stationed they often bring their team colors with them. If you’re one of those Bills fans we at Buffalobills.com have an opportunity for you.

With our upcoming Independence Day holiday on Monday we plan to publish on the team website some of the best photos of Bills fans in the military.

Just submit photos in jpg format and no larger than 5 MB  from where you’ve been stationed around the world defending our freedom. If you’re equipped with your Bills gear, that’s even better. Feel free to identify all Bills fan subjects in the photos (name and rank) as well as service branch and general station location.

Also tell us by what means you follow the Bills when deployed overseas. All submissions should be sent to AskChris@bills.nfl.net and Buffalobills.com will compile a photo gallery salute to our servicemen and women on July 4th.

Thank you for your service!


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Fans punt, pass, kick at Ralph

Posted by Chris Brown on May 18, 2011 – 2:22 pm

The Buffalo Bills and Ralph Wilson Stadium played host to a Motorola punt, pass and kick competition Tuesday for some excited Bills fans.  The scoreboard was up and running for the lively competition and the public address announcer was on hand to introduce contestants.

Motorola, a valued NFL and Bills partner, entertained 50 of their special guests.  The fans ran through the tunnel, saw themselves on the Diamond Vision board and got a feel for what it’s like to compete on the field at the Ralph.

All guests received a jersey and participated in three events; catching punts, punting and throwing.  The top three scorers were then entered into a field goal competition and the grand prize winner received an autographed Bills helmet.  The remaining finalists all received prizes from Motorola.

All contestants were treated to a reception in the Player’s Club at Ralph Wilson Stadium following the event’s conclusion. Here’s a shot of the lucky group.


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Win a Bills prize pack!

Posted by Chris Brown on November 15, 2010 – 12:21 pm

Hey Bills fans! Now is the time for a chance to win an exclusive Bills prize pack from D’Youville College! 

The prize pack includes a customized, authentic Bills jersey and an autographed football!  Enter now!


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