I should be happy about yesterday's game, right? The Bills trash the Chiefs and CJ Spiller is making the rounds nationally on Jim Rome and other media platforms. It was a great day to be a Bills fan. However, I'm not happy. I'm in a pissed off mood. Really? Another Toronto regular season game? UGH.
I'm sick and tired of writing about the Bills/Toronto experiment. This is probably my 6th or 7th piece dedicated to it.
It gets fricken old to write about it whenever the "Home game" comes around yearly. I should probably just let it be, but I can't. I tried last year in saying that maybe we should give them a chance. "Let's be friends. We are the city of good neighbors and should invite this."
Well, I've changed my mind.
I think we all could have predicted that having more games in Toronto was a possibility during the first deal. However, now that the speculation is picking up, it feels like you are seeing your ex-wife for the first time with another man and even though you said you wouldn't be bothered when you both locked eyes again, once the moment comes, it is a big kick in the nuts.
I understand all the pros -if you want to call them that- for having the games there. The Bills have had issues with season ticket sales and are a small market. They have to knock on fortune 500 companies to get them to buy luxury boxes. Toronto is paying a fortune for this. Blah, blah, blah. I swear, I've written all this crap before and it gets so tiring to recall it.
Do the Bills really need this to survive in the NFL? You know how much their TV deal is? How about sponsorships? The Bills make so much money without even lifting a finger because the NFL brand can stand on its own head nationally. By the time you finish reading this article, the Bills would have probably made a million bucks.
You are making a ton of money. Do you really need to make that much more?
I just don't buy that the Bills need the Toronto experiment to survive. I also don't buy that having one game in Toronto has had a profound affect on selling season tickets in Buffalo. Why? Because most of those games have been fricken lousy and they have been giving away tickets to them.
Sure, the Bills will have some stat about how 20% of their seasons come from Ontario, but are you telling me it is because of playing one game a year there? I doubt it. Please, find me a Toronto fan who became a Bills fan after they saw Trent Edwards light up Miami for 7 points in 2008. The fact of the matter is that there are a number of small markets in the NFL that are getting by without having to do this crap (See: Chiefs, Jags and Packers).
Could I get behind this? Maybe if they went to an 18-game schedule and we got 7 games and they got two. I could also get behind having Toronto pick up some of the bill for the stadium improvements the Bills and Erie County are trying to negotiate. How about maybe both cities team up to build a brand new stadium in Niagara Falls that is connected to a railway to Toronto? Alright, that's a pipe dream, but how about them helping us out a little bit more?
But when would it end? When the deal is up again, does Toronto get another game or two? Maybe playoffs? Do we rename the team the Buffalo Bills of Southern Ontario? They won't stop. Piece by piece we will keep giving the Bills to Toronto until nothing is left but a dual partnership. We already have a weak mindset when it comes to being self-depricated about the region and the Bills know that. "Oh, what is another game? We are small time and are lucky to have a team. As long as the team stays, I'm for it."
Stand up for your damn selves. We made Buffalo Bills football special. We supported that lousy team for 12 years without the playoffs. Sorry if the fans got sick and tired of seeing a dipshit product. I'm just sick of being taking for granted by the Bills and you should too.
Toronto would invest in the Bills moving to Toronto, or possibly a team of their own if it weren't for the monopoly the CFL has in Canada. Ontarians, more specifically Southern Ontarians (minus Hamilton), can care less about the embarrassment that is called the Canadian Foodball League. I am one of many who would love to see the league fold so the NFL, or the good football league, can breach north of the boarder and add at least two teams I can think of off the top of my head in Vancouver and Toronto, who have large NFL fan bases already.
I am a Ravens fan personally, I chose them on my own and didn't need them to come to Toronto for a game to become a fan. The problem is Toronto has all these fans with too much disparity. I know a great deal of hard core NFL fans, all of which rally behind different teams. It makes it a battleground for NFL franchises, having to stock jerseys and team memorabilia for 32 franchises instead of just one home franchise. I think Buffalo is trying to gain a foothold over a large community of NFL fans by controlling the market share of Ontario's population over some diluted idea that there are more Bills fans than any other team because Ontarians have a decent percent of the season ticket sales. The fact still remains that Buffalo is the closest NFL team to Southern Ontario and would naturally see the most revenue from that area than any other NFL team. Also tickets are much cheaper, therefore much more desirable for people to just go out and see a game. I've been to two Bills games in Buffalo and no Ravens games despite being a massive fan of Baltimore.
I'm excited for next season because the AFC East will be coming up on the three year cycle for Baltimore, thus the Ravens will face the Bills and I will be there (if it is in Buffalo). I'd probably pay $50 bucks for a decent seat, maybe a bit more. This summer I looked for Baltimore tickets and found prices as high as $300 a seat and $120 for the 700 section.
Now that my rant has come to a close I'd just like to say that Toronto would do well with an NFL team, minus the lack of outdoor drinking which sucks beyond belief for tailgating, and that team shouldn't be all or half of the Buffalo Bills.
It's a no-win situation because people up here complain about the games too! And Rogers must really love Buffalo, because now they added the Bisons(?) under their umbrella. Today they're supposed to announce that Buffalo will be the AAA affiliate for the Blue Jays. That is one idea that I do agree with.