Buffalo Bills fans were devastated when Tyler Bass' 44-yard field goal attempt went wide right. As Jim Nantz said on the broadcast, those are two words that Bills fans still hate to this day. It felt like a cruel way to end what seemed to be a promising season but this loss shouldn't be put entirely on Bass.
Let's say Bass had made the kick. With how banged up the Bills defense was, do we really have confidence that they'd have been able to stop a red-hot Chiefs offense, who punted once during the entire game?
Anyway, following the loss, it was revealed that Bass had to delete his social media due to the backlash of his missed kick. This is an unfortunate part of stardom. It's not bad enough for Bass that he missed what would have been a game-tying kick but now people have to attack him online?
Taylor Swift fans and Chiefs fans have been stepping up to make Bass feel better in the days following the game. Both fandoms have donated $260,000 to Bass' charity, Ten Lives Club, a cat rescue charity.
Taylor Swift fans (and Chiefs fans) donate to Tyler Bass' charity
It's unfortunate that Bass had to go so far as to deactivate his social media due to the harassment he was getting but it's nice to see lots of people trying to make things right. As someone commented on that tweet above, "Donated in support because no one deserves death threats for having a bad day at work!"
At the end of the day, yes, these losses hurt but to harass someone because they missed a field goal? People need to be better than that.
If you haven't donated to Ten Lives Club and you'd like to, here's the link for you to donate.