Being A Bills Fan Is Hard, But I'm Willing To Ride And Die With Them

Being A Bills Fan Is Hard, But I'm Willing To Ride And Die With Them

17 years of playoff drought is hard to swallow.
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To be a Buffalo Bills fan is tough for a number of reasons. Some may say it has to do with their four straight Super Bowl losses from 1990-1993. Others may say it has to do with the fact that they are in the same division as the New England Patriots and are constantly battling for second place. And lastly, there’s the infamous fact that they wear the crown for the longest number of consecutive seasons without making the playoffs in all of professional sports.

Whatever the case may be for Buffalo fans, it certainly isn’t easy.

Growing up in Boston, Massachusetts in the early 2000s, I was surrounded by sports success. At times it was overwhelming. The Patriots were in full swing of the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady dynasty that was forming and had won three championships in four years from 2001-2004. The Red Sox had won their first championship in 86 years in 2004 after surmounting one of the greatest comebacks in sports history against their rivals in the New York Yankees. However, I could not fall in love with either of these teams.

I could only fall in love with the blue and red from Buffalo.

My love for the Bills stems from my dad. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, he has always been a die-hard fan. He fondly remembers the Jim Kelly era and those days long ago when his team used to be in contention for a championship year in and out. That was, of course, long before I was born. However, that has not stopped his love and passion for his team, which subsequently has rubbed off on me.

Once Sunday rolled around in our household, it was Bills time. We would wear our matching hats, sit down in our usual seats on the couch to not foil the “mojo” that spiraled around a possible win, and eagerly watch the game. Usually, it was a beat down of our favorite team, but week after week we would bounce back undeterred and with confidence that it was a slip-up and we’d be ready to win this time around. More often than not, this was not the case.

Being a Bills fan is hard, man.

But for the team you love, you’re willing to stick with them week after week and ride and die with them.

17 years of not making a postseason appearance, though, is tough to swallow. That’s why as a football fan, losing is all that I know.

Watching these games now, I anticipate that the Bills are going to lose. If they win, it’s a fluke. If they wipe out a team, the refs were paid in our favor. If they beat the Patriots, then God has given us fans a miracle. You see, 17 years of unsuccessful seasons, a plethora of new coaching schemes that have failed and busted first-round draft picks, well we’ve become conditioned to expect defeat.

However, that doesn’t stop us from loving and supporting our team and as Chris Berman says, “nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills.” So let's circle those wagons and break that playoff drought this year, boys.

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If You Wear XL T-Shirts And Shorts, You're The Woman Of My Dreams

Enough with the war on comfort!
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Comfortable can be sexy, simply put.

For some reason there are people complaining out there about the Southern college trend that has been happening the past few years: big t-shirts and shorts, also known as the "srat uniform." There seems to be a clash between the girls who dress "nice" most of the time and girls who dress for comfort. As a guy, I don't see what the big deal is?

For college in the South, there are two reasons to dress up: college football (Roll Tide) and date parties. Any other time, you can find a majority of the female population in shorts and a big t-shirt that makes it look like they're not wearing pants. As a man, I personally don't see anything wrong with this. I love being comfortable as much as the next person, and most guys find the baggy t-shirt and shorts outfit to be cute. There's always a time and place for dresses and rompers.

But for all the haters out there that call these girls in XL t-shirts and shorts lazy, you've got it all wrong.

There are 4 reasons why the girls who don the "srat uniform" have it all figured out.

1. Girls have it rough.

See, it's tough being a girl. I don't know from experience, but I hear it enough and I've seen it enough to know it's true. When girls aren't dealing with f***boys, periods or having to do their hair and makeup routinely, they are being overly criticized by our society. I think society owes girls a break, and that break comes in the comfortable baggy t-shirt and shorts.

2. Southern Not-So-Comfort(able) weather.

Also, for all of the haters, maybe y'all haven't noticed that it's hotter than Satan's balls in the South! Tight, dressy outfits and pants constrict the body and cause you to sweat. I'd rather see a dry girl in a baggy t-shirt than a girl drenched in sweat trying to look cute with her outfit.

3. Perfect doesn't exist.

It's admirable when a girl can unapologetically be herself. A girl in an XL t-shirt and shorts is a girl that is saying "yes, I may have just rolled out of bed and brushed my hair, but I'm here dammit." Social media tells us we all have to be the dolled up, most "perfect" version of ourselves all the time, so it's nice to experience that reality check.

4. Guys think it's cute, regardless.

9 times out of 10, guys in college do not care what you're wearing. Trust me, we aren't doing much better. You could probably put on a garbage bag and we still think you're cute. Any guy that dates a girl that dates a girl only because she dresses nicely all of the time is a shallow man. You're cute, you're comfortable, and that makes for a much better vibe. We all win.

So, in the battle of dressing "nice" and dressing comfortable, I think that the girls who wear an XL t-shirt and shorts chalk up a win in my record book. No, I'm not bashing on girls who have a true sense of style and wear nice clothing... that's a great thing in itself! But, this is college and there are more important things to focus on besides what we're wearing.

Ladies, wear your srat uniform with pride. Some us think it's cute :)

*I want to thank the beautiful ladies at the University of Alabama for inspiring this article.*

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2018 FIFA World cup...or euro cup?

How do you overcome being considered a "bandwagon fan" when the only teams left are from Europe?

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The bandwagon is a popular word that is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as: a popular party, faction, or cause that attracts growing support. It is often used in such phrases as jump on the bandwagon. Almost everyone has been accused of "jumping on the bandwagon," whether it was for a fashion trend, musician, style of music, social media app, or the ever so popular sports bandwagon. With the 2018 FIFA World Cup currently in progress, soccer fans across the world have come to an interesting bandwagon predicament as of this past Saturday.

With the early elimination of several popular teams in the Round of 16 such as: Portugal, Argentina, Mexico, Japan and Spain, followed by: Brazil, Sweden, Uruguay, and the host country Russia in the Quarter-Finals, fans were left questioning whether they were watching the 2018 FIFA World Cup or the Euro Cup. France, Belgium, Croatia, and England are the four teams left to battle it out in the Semi-Finals with the ultimate goal of course to advance and play in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final. However, with only European countries left, fans around the world are trying to avoid "jumping on the bandwagon" while still trying to pick a team to root for. The question is, can you actually avoid becoming a bandwagon fan?

In this situation, for many soccer fans, the answer is going to be no. Sure, there are fans that have been dedicated to a single national team for years. There are also fans that have just found their interest in soccer and are beginning to follow and dedicate themselves to a national team. However, one of the great things about soccer, and in my opinion one of the reasons that make soccer the best sport in the world, is that the soccer fan base doesn't really care about bandwagon fans. More often than not, most fans follow several national teams being that the national teams are comprised of members of different clubs within their country. However, it is highly unrealistic that a soccer fan would support only European national teams, thus, leading to fans having to "jump on the bandwagon" and permitting the 2018 FIFA World Cup to take an interesting turn for fans.

However, when choosing a team to become a bandwagon fan for, I believe the best way to choose a team is by looking at the team's statistics. Watching highlights and replays provide a great visual and definitely should not be ignored. However, they only show the exciting, interesting, or game-changing moments in a match, hence why they are called highlights and why they are replayed. When you look at statistics, it is a layout of the entire match and you are able to compare both teams side by side. You can look at an individual player's stats in addition to the teams as a unit. Statistics also are documented and kept a lot longer than highlights and replays due to copyright infringement.

In the end, whether you choose to support the French "Les Bleus", the Belgian "Les Diables Rouges", the Croatian "Vatreni" or the English "The Three Lions", they are four talented, well-deserving and diverse teams, even if they do all come from Europe. Regardless, a European team will be winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup and it will be interesting to see where soccer fan's loyalties lie.

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