By Ben Gaughan
As Bills fans born in the ’90s, we have all said that famous phrase – there’s always next year – for too many years. Now the Buffalo Fan Alliance is working to change that with a fundraising plan that could make $175 million available to a new owner in return for keeping the team here.
We are the ones who aren’t old enough to remember the four straight Super Bowls and the high-flying Jim Kelly-run offense. We have seen all the highlights, but it’s not the same. We have been witnesses to numerous horrible decisions, drafts and seasons.
When I was about 10 or 11, I went to a game against the Miami Dolphins in an absolute blizzard in Orchard Park – the best weather to go to against the Dolphins, of course. Ricky Williams rushed for more than 200 yards for the Dolphins, but the Bills came out on top. I was also there for the 31-0 beating of the New England Patriots at the Ralph.
Despite all of the losing seasons and fast starts that spiraled downward quickly, this generation of fans has always stayed loyal and proud to be a part of the Buffalo Bills organization. Parking lots are always filled, tailgates are always rowdy and Ralph Wilson Stadium is always loud.
Now, it’s up to this era of Bills players to make way for a new beginning.
All of the change going on within the Bills organization due to the death of owner Ralph Wilson looked to be a cause for concern several weeks ago. However, in light of recent reports about several high-profile people interested in the Bills (Donald Trump, Terry Pegula, Tom Golisano) things seem to be in the process of looking bright in Buffalo.
With the help of the Buffalo Fan Alliance, we can help keep the team in Buffalo. This youngest generation of fans in Buffalo should be hopeful about how the future looks for their beloved team.
The goal of creating an innovative financing mechanism to boost the team’s Buffalo viability in exchange for simply guaranteeing to keep the team in Buffalo is a huge step toward giving Bills fans something to be proud of for the future.
Efforts like this show that our generation of fans has not wavered in our opinion of the Bills, despite the suffering we’ve had to endure in our lifetimes.
To sign an open letter to help keep the team in Buffalo, go to www.buffalofanalliance.org.
Ben Gaughan is the Buffalo Fan Alliance’s national social media coordinator.