The Buffalo Bills defeated the Baltimore Ravens last Saturday by a score of 17-3. They will face the Kansas City Chiefs this coming weekend for a chance to play in the Super Bowl.
The Bills have been the darlings of the NFL all season long. Fans of teams who have already eliminated are all cheering for them. Everyone wants the Bills to win a Super Bowl for the great people of Buffalo. But why? What is it about Buffalo that is so likable? What do we think of when we think of the City of Buffalo and their football team?
Buffalo Bills fans are playfully referred to as “Bills Mafia”, and are known for smashing through tables at their tailgates. Is this behavior really something that we should be encouraging?
Where does the word Mafia come from? According to Dictionary.com, “The word Mafia derives from the Sicilian adjective mafiusu, which, roughly translated, means ‘swagger’, but can also be translated as ‘boldness’ or ‘bravado'”. That’s all fine and dandy.. but historically, Mafia has been used to describe our societies most dangerous organized criminals. Why does the city of Buffalo think it is ok to glorify them?
The Mafia isn’t the only group of people glorified by the city of Buffalo.
To be fair, not all Bills fans are fat and bad at parenting. Others have committed much more heinous crimes.
Even the seemingly “good fans” often participate in elder abuse. Most likely they have abused one particular elder by the name of Pinto Ron. At every Buffalo Bills tailgate, Bills fan Pinto Ron desires a hot dog. And rightfully so.. What better place to enjoy a hot dog than at a tailgate? His only request.. a little bit a ketchup and mustard to top off his wiener. Do his fellow Bills fans simply pass him bottles? Of course not… They bully him like the mean kids at a middle school lunch table and attack him with condiments.
When you sit down in front of your television this weekend to watch the AFC Championship, take a minute to think about who you are cheering for, and whether or not that football team represents a city that truly deserves to be in the Super Bowl.