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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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Bills credit fans

Posted by Chris Brown on November 14, 2010 – 6:39 pm

Having not played a game in Ralph Wilson Stadium for 35 days, the Bills players and head coach were grateful for the support they got in a tight game against Detroit.

“I want to say I’m amazed, but I’m not,” said Gailey. “That’s Buffalo fans. To me, I didn’t expect any different. They are loyal. They love the Bills. They’re with you and they made a difference in the game. You can say what you want, but it is a true statement. THey made a difference in the game.”

“Our fans are phenomenal,” said Kyle Williams. “When they’re here, they’re here and they give us what they’ve got. So I think it’s only fair that I give them what I’ve got. I think everybody here will tell you that.

“They’re second to none and they’ve always been like that. I’ve played out in that stadium in way worse weather than that and they’ve been there. They were big for us today and I’m happy that they got to see it.”


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Appreciate all the kind words

Posted by Chris Brown on August 9, 2009 – 3:43 pm

While working Saturday evening at the Hall of Fame ceremonies dozens of Bills fans approached me and my website co-workers thanking us for providing you all with a constant stream of news (written and video) about the team on a daily basis.

Fans from Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and back home in Western New York all expressed genuine appreciation for what we provide for you guys on Buffalobills.com in Canton last night.

On behalf of our staff of four which includes Gregg Pastore, Jeff Matthews, Mike Adamek and myself, I just wanted to say we appreciate every kind word you folks gave us Saturday evening. We’re not as large as a good number of the other staffs for the other teams in the league, but we pride ourselves on getting as much Bills info as we can out to you dedicated fans as we possibly can.

To get the amount of positive feedback we got from you folks last night really made all the hard work that we put in worth it. As Mr. Wilson so aptly noted in his speech without you he would not have been on that stage last night. And the case is much the same for us at Buffalobills.com. Without you passionate fans we would not have the audience to provide what we bring to the website every day.

Thanks very much for being the best fans I know I have ever come across. Collectively you are something special. Enjoy the rest of the weekend because it truly does belong to you.


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