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Any other Long Suffering Bills fans just feel great about sticking with the team?

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To quote Galaxy Quest: 

“Never Give Up, Never Surrender!”

 

(Most people panned that movie. I thought it was hilarious!)

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2 hours ago, BillsFanSD said:

I've been a fan since the late 80s, when I was in high school.  Admittedly, I had a few "Why am I doing this to myself?" moments during the drought, but bailing out completely was never really an option for me.  I did make a decision to boycott Bills merch after they brought back Dick Jauron after the 2008 season, but that was the closest I ever came to turning my back on the team.  

 

Strangely, it was almost worth going through the drought to fully savor what we have now.  I literally cried in 2017 when the clock hit zero in the Cincinnati-Baltimore game and we ended the drought.  I absolutely love the team that Beane and McDermott have built.  Part of me wonders whether fans of regularly-successful teams like Pittsburgh (for example) really appreciate any of this sort of thing.

I dont think successful teams do, look at Pans fans, spoiled to the max, lose a game and fans are ready to jump ship.  Through all these bad years, it's what we are witnessing right now that has always been in the back of my mind, how special it is for us to be a Bill's fan today after all the suffering.  They could literally win the Super Bowl this year, anything can happen in January.  Also the day I'm not a Bill's fan is if they move the team or you are at my funeral 

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I am an original Bills fan, (1 was 12 in 1960 when they played their first game in the Rockpile), many wonderful memories of games during my HS years, Jack Kemp actually was the speaker at our year end athletic banquet. My son [41] is also a Bills fan, Wide Right tested our faith, the Comeback restored it.  Have always followed the Bills, in the service, in college, and since then.  This year has lifted my spirits.

 

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1 hour ago, HOUSE said:

If you pee on the bush long enough, it will eventually grow

Not sure about that, I got a lot if dead bushes around the house. I do quite a bit of drinking during games though, so there is that

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I'm super happy with the current regime at one bills drive, but I still want more from the offense. They're not a finished product yet. I'm excited (and cautiously optimistic) how good the offense can be if they add the right pieces. 

 

But to the op's point, yes it's been a long tike coming that. Bills fans deserve this 

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Like most people here, I've been a Bills fan all my life. Was born in '90, and will be 30 this year. There's an odd part of me that's glad we lost those four back in the 90s. I remember the last two, a little bit, but was far from old enough to truly understand or appreciate it. My earliest memory of watching and truly understanding football was the Music City Travesty. Spent every Sunday with either my father, or my aunt watching the Bills.

 

So I've been following them with actual football knowledge about as long as you have. Never thought about jumping ship. Always knew every bad season meant that the year we finally win it all it's gonna be that much sweeter. My great grandfather (who I never met) was a season from day one. All four of my grandparents were die hard fans. My mom never really caught the bug, but all of her brothers and sisters did. My father always tells me the story of his dad (Who I barely remember), who was usually a very mild mannered guy, throwing beer cans out the window after the big Miami win in the 70s. I have an uncle and a cousin who lived and died without a championship. 

 

My point being, It's not just for me. I want to experience what they never did. And hopefully I can experience it while my father is still alive. It's something that bonds generations together, even in the worst of times on the field.

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I was pretty much born into Bills fandom. I remember my father yelling "JUICE, JUICE" at the TV screen in the early seventies. I guess the four years we were losing the Super Bowl were pretty fun, but I was in my twenties back then, I wasn't really following them that closely, and I honestly don't remember much from my twenties. So, unquestionably, this is the funnest year I've ever had being a Bills fan. It feels... weird. Like an abused, stray dog that's still afraid to trust anyone. 

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3 hours ago, billsfan89 said:

I starting being a Bills fan in 2001 as I was just starting to really get into the NFL and the Bills were a bad team I felt was an underdog and I could get into without being a "bandwagon" fan. 

 

Little did I know I was in for a lot of suffering. The TD era from 2002-2005 was a lot of up and down. Some quality free agent adds but poor drafting led to some up and down seasons where they were far too capped out to add the 2-3 pieces of talent they needed to get into the playoffs. But I felt like they could rebuild and compete in the near future after the wheels came off in 2005.

 

Then came the Jauron era which was poor free agency and poor drafting combined with cheap ownership (sorry Ralph the team wouldn't exist without you but he did not invest in the team.) Boneheaded decisions mixed with self imposed handicaps. That was another 4 years down the drain with a mediocre coach and a mediocre team. 

 

Then came the Chan era and I was honestly bottomed out at that point. The Bills had spent 4 years with a tired retread in Jauron and they hired another third tier retreat in Chan. And although I liked what Chan did with the offense it was just an era where you knew they weren't building to anything more than mediocrity with a cheap owner and a uninspiring coaching staff. 

 

But I stuck with my beloved Bills and then came the ups and downs of the Marrone and Rex eras where the ups and downs continued. They had talent but were never well coached and always had to cap themselves out to get into a position to be competitive but couldn't draft consistently to build up their talent base in a somewhat sustainable manner. 

 

But Pegula kept investing in the team and finally found someone that was going to rebuild the team the right way while also having the off the field investments. McD surprised and surpassed my expectations in 2017 making the playoffs and ending the drought. Finally lifting that dark cloud from the franchise. But they continued their rebuild in 2018 taking a step back to build a long term winner. 

 

Finally in 2019 they do what we all wanted them to do and rebuilt the O-line, they added a lot of skill position players around a young QB (giving a QB a chance) they added and retained their defensive talent which was already good. And now you have a 10 win team that has 2 games left to play and a chance at their division. I know nothing is guaranteed but it just feels good to be a Bills fan for once. 

 

I never got to enjoy the success of the 1990's (either the Super Bowl runs of the beginning of the decade or the solid competitive teams of the late 90's.) I know a lot of fans that came into watching the team post 2000 probably feel the same way as me. 

Been a fan since 1964  will always be a Bills fan if Bills moved never would follow nfl 

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3 hours ago, thenorthremembers said:

I am beyond happy about the season but not being a Bills fan was never an option. 

Ditto. I've been following them since 1963. Ain't going anywhere else.  If I can share for the likes of Mike McBath, Dennis Shaw, Preston Ridelhuber,  Earthquake Entart and a series of 2-12 teams I am here for the duration. 

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Bills fan since the 70's.  Still get nervous anxiety in the close games so much that I set myself up to expect a loss.  It's been great to watch them this season. 😊

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The Bills take years off of your life.    It sucks, but what can you do.      There's no cure...

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Maybe it's one of the reasons why I stuck with the Bills so long, but while thrilled with the playoffs, it seems oddly... normal, part of the process so to speak ha ha. So I'm more thrilled than relieved. Denial is bliss :)

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I have been a bills fan since I was born late 68'

I got my oj jersy when I was 4. Grew up in marilla ny we had more cattle than people. In the summer you diff know you were in the country. Saw fergy thru interception when playing the Bengals and it knocked us out of making the playoffs, dad said the bookies made there money on the game.

Watched first super bowl with teammates on the swim team at rit. I was the only bills fan of the 30 other people. Everyone laughed at me at the end of the game. Got tickets to the Washington sb all the people around us after the middle of the second quarter felt bad and started buying us drinks they felt so bad for us. Rochester is diff not a totally bills town for sure. People always said your crazy for being a bills fan. Most of my friends that were fans would not adit it. The bills are in my blood.

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Been a Bills fan since the 1960s. There were some hard moments, but I never abandoned them. It just feels like part of my identity at this point.

 

It's a pleasure to see them play well, and not just that, to feel that they have turned a corner and are on an upward path. I remember feelign this way in the late 1980s as the Marv Levy Bills became a juggernaut. 

 

I was not impressed with McDermott and Beane when it seemed they were determined to get rid of every good player on the team, but I was wrong and I'm happy to admit it. 

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Was born a Bills fan and never considered jumping ship.

 

They could be 0-16 every year and I would still watch every game.

 

But yes it’s very nice to get rewarded and finally see a good Bills team

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Having been a fan for just under half a century, I've experience tough times before the last 2 decades, and I also experienced the golden years of Kelly and company.  It feels great right now, and it also feels real.We're not being teased only to wake up one day to find this was all a sham and the Bills are ready to disappoint again.  They actually look like they are set up to have a multi year run of playoff caliber football.

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54 minutes ago, BillsFan130 said:

Was born a Bills fan and never considered jumping ship.

 

They could be 0-16 every year and I would still watch every game.

 

But yes it’s very nice to get rewarded and finally see a good Bills team

 

I can't fathom jumping off a team you have been a diehard fan of as an adult. However I can understand having apathy over a team that has horrid ownership. It is one thing if the team isn't cheap and tries to get the right people in there but they just can't put it together consistently. But if you have a cheap owner who isn't interested in building a consistent winner you could easily get discouraged at following your team because they are at such a self imposed disadvantage. 

 

In the Chan years I really just started to accept that the Bills were never going to win more than 8 games in a season and that when Ralph died the team would move. I would still watch the games and root for them hard but my expectations were always low even that one year when they got off to a 5-2 start I just felt the bottom falling out. Ralph was cheap in his later years not just with cash to cap (although that is a big hinderance) but with the outside investments into facilities, staff and such. 

 

But then Pegula came in and 2014 the team had that elite defense and it looked like with a new owner willing to spend they could add talent to a talented roster and build the infrastructure needed to compete. The Rex years were up and down but they did restore my faith in the team because I felt like it was only a matter of time before they could find the right coach and get the talent around the coach. Well they found McBeane right after the Rex years and so far it has been a good run. 

 

So while I never condone jumping ship (unless ownership is completely disrespectful to fans) I get apathy towards a team if the owner doesn't seem to care to win. 

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NOT sticking was....NOT an option. Ever. It’s just more fun when they win. 

 

Patriots fans, however, will be jumping ship in droves in the coming years. 

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My wife made me stop watching games live last year after watching them all live since we got married in 2001. After watching replay of Dolphin game last year I told her I was fully invested this year. She said I am like an addict- she is not wrong 

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I’ve never considered not being a Bills. At heart, I’ll always be an upstate New Yorker. The Bills are upstates team, I gotta pull for them.

 

 That said, I remember some idiot that used to post on here, saying he stopped rooting for the Bills and became a Steelers fan. He’d say how much more enjoyable it was pulling for them, a winner. Man, I hope he cried seeing the Bills  beat the Steelers last night. 

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8 hours ago, Nextmanup said:

You started in 2001?  Not sure that qualifies as long suffering! 

 

My fandom goes back to the 1970s, but no, I don't feel great about sticking with the team! 

 

That suggests switching teams or abandoning the Bills was some type of option, and I have never thought of it that way, nor could I.

 

I'm a Bills fan until I'm dead, in good times and bad.

 

 

DITTO in all respects. Concur 100%   Having gone through the 70’s 80’s and 90’s with the team during all those extreme highs and lows made me a true bills diehard. I think I can even pinpoint a game for me personally that sealed the deal. It was on Monday night football in 1973 I believe when Ahmad rashad caught 2 TD passes to beat the raiders and the then Rich stadium went NUTS the scoreboard end zone was vibrating from everyone jumping up and down screaming it  was FANDEMONIUM I’ll never forget it. I imagine there are folks on this board that were there also it clinched it for me and I never looked back

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