Buffalo Bills: Moving to LA Would Be a Slap Against All NFL Fans
With the age of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson (92) and the money being thrown around by AEG in order to bring a franchise to Los Angeles, the Bills have managed to move up the list of teams that might end up in LA.
As a football fan and son of a die-hard Bills fan, I have a host of problems with the possibility of the Bills heading out west (following the Buffalo Braves who became the Clippers, which seemed to work out great).
First and foremost the NFL isn't just a game to its fans—it's a religion. It's something we all look forward to all week, especially in the cold hard winters.
Just up and moving a team isn't as simple as getting a new stadium and new logos; it's taking away something people care deeply about.
Every football fan has seen pictures of the Mayflower trucks stealing away the Baltimore Colts in the middle of the night. The legacy of Johnny Unitas gone in an instant, black high-top cleats and all.
Or how about the unthinkable and one of the NFL's oldest franchises, the Cleveland Browns moving to Baltimore of all places.
Fans in Baltimore had to wait almost 20 years for a new team, where the Browns only had to wait a few seasons, but what about Bills fans if the team heads west?
How worried are you that the Bills might move to LA?
The fact that we're even talking about the possibility of one of the first AFL teams moving just proves the disconnect the owners and the NFL have from their fans.
Sure, a market like Buffalo isn't as profitable as LA, but LA has had teams and they've all moved because of the indifference of the fan base.
How could the NFL allow an owner to move a team away from a city that is so passionate about a team they show up in blizzard like conditions to a stadium that is quite simply a hollowed out concrete circle? Worse yet, to a city with people who have so many distractions that they can't be bothered to show up to games in ideal weather.
I'm not trying to knock on people from LA, but they have the Clippers, Lakers, Dodgers, UCLA and USC. Not to mention they aren't far from the San Diego Chargers and Padres. It's an embarrassment of riches in that city.
The only other things Buffalo has are the Sabers and a minor league baseball team, the Bisons.
Why deprive the city of its biggest passion?
I've heard rumblings of former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly trying to put together a group to buy the Bills either from Wilson or after he passes.
However, given the money AEG has, it would seem impossible that Kelly could get enough support to equal and offer from AEG.
I hate to be pessimistic here, but the only hope for the Bills staying in Buffalo is if a team moves to LA before Ralph Wilson passes or the NFL owners don't allow AEG into their exclusive club.
The latter is the bleakest because if there is one thing I've learned from this lockout it's that the owners are way out of touch with their fans and probably couldn't care less if the Bills stay in Buffalo.
It's a sad truth and I hope against hope that the Bills don't move, but the NFL wants a team in LA and likely doesn't care about the passionate fans in whatever small market they steal a team from.
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