On the top of any self-respecting Buffalonian, my #1 favorite thing is Football. The game of moving a leather bound ball from one opposition’s end zone to the other, and all the cheering, crying, nail biting and praying that goes with it.
Growing up in Buffalo, it was hard to avoid becoming a Bills fan. As a little girl, I remember realizing that our team colors were Red, White and Blue and that we must have the best team because those were the same colors as the American flag. But, both my Dads loved the Bills. If I wanted to spend time with them on Sunday, I better want to watch the Bills. I quickly realized how much fun it was. All the snacks I wanted and getting to scream and yell for 3 hours. (I was a loud and obnoxious child, who was always being told to quiet down). So, I started showing up every Sunday at 12:45pm during the amazing 1990 season. It quickly became an obsession. I knew all the players, all the teams, and how the game worked. What a brilliant game.
Fast forward to January 27, 1991. I was out of my mind with excitement. The Buffalo Bills were in the Big Game and the New Kids on the Block were doing halftime!!!!!! It was a close game, but with eight seconds left in the game, Scott Norwood missed a 47-yard field goal, which would win the game and the championship for the Bills. “No good…wide right.”
I didn’t realize it at the time, but that was a pivotal day where I realized:
- The Bills do not always win.
- Football fans can be downright mean.
- I would be a die-hard Bills fan for life, and it was not going to be easy.
All of these were actually disguised life lessons:
- I will not always win. But, I will not stop trying. Plus, winning is that much sweeter.
- People can be mean. But, most people are good and nice, and when they are, respond in kind.
- Anything in life that is worth it will require time and dedication.
The ironic part of all of this is that I married a Dolphins fan! He’s a great husband and father, so it’s ok. But, you’re damn skippy that my kids are already being groomed to love the Bills! We enjoyed watching last night’s game, and setting aside how we feel about the Patriots, that was a great comeback. However, I am counting the days until the Bills are back on the field. Like I say every year……this is DEFINITELY going to be our year!! Go Bills!