Yesterday it became very clear that Buffalo Bills fans are like no other fan base in the NFL. When news broke about the passing of Ralph Wilson people from all over the country rushed to share stories, and give support to the Bills. Less than 24 hours later there is questions that need to be addressed.
There is no denying that Mr. Wilson wanted his team to be in Buffalo, and there is a lease in place that all but locks the Bills in for another seven years. The question is what happens after year seven? Honestly there is really no way to answer that. The NFL has said that just because a person or group buys a team doesn’t mean they have the “right” to move it. Well, let’s hope that’s the case, but when push comes to shove who will stand up for Bills fans?
I know that questions like this may seem a touch insensitive, but it’s fair to ask them. There have been many rumors about potential ownership groups, but it seems that for the time being the Bills will continue without am “owner” a trust has been put in place, and could be used to run the team for a few years. I guess fans should be happy knowing that the Bills are safe for now. One man thought to be the savor is Jim Kelly. Without going into a lot of details, I don’t think he is worried about the Bills now, and he shouldn’t be.
As the days, and months pass things will start to take shape. Talks and rumors will most likely spread like wild-fire, but people need to remember one man choose Buffalo out of five possible cities. One man stuck by this blue-collar area through thick and thin, and in return the fan base has rallied around his memory. For at least a little while the talks about relocation and new owners mean nothing. For at least a little while it is about remembering a man who brought us the team we love.