Niagara Gazette

Bills

September 23, 2012

Fair-weather fans must stick out the season

COMMENTARY

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ORCHARD PARK —

I'm not talking about the truly dedicated supporters, the ones who treat season tickets as family heirlooms and boarded buses to Cleveland today.

It's the 10,000 or so that flaunt their dedication on the opening weekend, but are noticeably absent in the final month of the season.

I understand how uncomfortable it can be to sit in the stands on a cold, snowy day, particularly when the on-field product leaves something to be desired. (I’ve done it plenty of times when covering high schools, and once, in 2007, when the Giants were in town and the stadium squall flung frozen rain in all directions). I also acknowledge the holiday season is a factor.

But those are weak excuses for the lot of us.

If Bills fans are serious about keeping this team here, they need to circle the wagons and prove they love the actual football games as much the party in the parking lots.

Contact sports editor Jonah Bronstein at jonah.bronstein@niagara-gazette.com.

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