Read the title...yeah I was a Giants fan until 2009. I loved their ability to draft quality players and their hard nosed playing style. Plaxico Burress was my favorite player, Osi Umenyiora was my favorite pass rusher, and the Giants were my favorite team. It was after the Giants didn't do squat during the 2009 season, and I lost the spark I once had for them. Before you go off saying "ohhh wait a terrible fan he bailed on his team" consider the fact I am a 16 year old from Long Island (not a place where you find many Bills fans). My brother started attenting the University at Buffalo and I started to follow the Bills during the 2009 NFL draft. I saw the Spiller pick and it got me all excited. I felt myself slowly turning into a Bills fan as I was constantly grabbing my phone out of my bag when I was subbed out during my lacrosse game to check draft picks. I saw the Troup pick and didn't really know what to think of it (I surely wasn't thrilled as he is the definition of a bad pick..). I was just down with the underdog movement and saw the Bills as a fun team to root for. Looking at the Bills on Yahoo became routine and I really became a fan.
My first season as a Bills fan...Trent Edwards starting at QB and we were playing the Dolphins...seemed like a game in which I would take pride as a Bills fan and we could win. Well...we fell to 0-8 and I was not very happy, but I was understanding the fact that we were a development team at the time. Stevie Johnson was always such a treat to watch, but his drop against Pittsburgh tore me apart. Fitzpatrick was an interesting guy and I thought he was suitable for the job. I remember that was the true moment I felt like a Bills fan...not only was I joining the movement, but I was joining the struggle. I was willing to ride with the struggle because i had a gut feeling it was going to work out. The Bills finished the season 4-12 and Kyle Williams made the pro bowl... I guess that was alright. The Bills ended up getting the third overall pick.
Marcell Dareus would be called to the podium at number 3 and that got me real excited. The Bills getting blue chip talent is nothing but a good thing in my opinion. The draft would be concluded and I was looking at my squad for the 2011 season. I was pumped as hell...I was talking major smack to Jet fans already and getting ready to watch the Bills. I was counting down the days to the game at Arrowhead and I couldn't get enough when I was actually watching it. Fitzpatrick looked like a stud! Stevie was really showing what he can do (he was working against Brandon Flowers...he absolutely killed it). Scott Chandler? I knew him from the roster but I never thought he'd be contributing like this. I was already sold on success because I was in love with this team so much. Bills nation, Billieve, any of those phrases you could name, were all over my Facebook every Sunday. We beat the Raiders in a thriller and I was getting the feeling of pride...I was going around school talking $hit to Giant and Jet fans like the Bills were the Patriots (lol). Coincidentally, we would face the Pats in week 3. We were down 21-0, but I was still throwing kids IMs that my Bills got this game and they are a comeback squad. BAM! DRAYTON FLORENCE TAKES A PICK TO THE HOUSE! THE RALPH IS GOING NUTS! I was on the phone with my brother who attends Cornell (he is a Jets fan) and he felt real good for me and my team...its real cliche but going from 0-8 to beating the Pats is a real feel good moment for a fan. Week 4 I do not want to talk about...that was just an overall bad game so I'll skip. Week 5 we beat the Eagles and Nick Barnett's pick 6 got me going crazy. This was when Bills nation became an official movement and kids in my school were jumping on board. Week 6...my new squad vs my old squad in a showdown at Metlife. All that was running on my mind during warm-ups was Fitzpatricks got this...Freddys gonna kill it....WE GOT THIS! Fred Jackson would run for an 80 yarder and I was out of my seat the whole game. In the end...my old team would come away with the W...We beat the Redskins in which would be our last heart warming game of the season...
The Bills would come away with a blow out win against the Redskins. It was a great defensive game, and my confidence was still really high. Week 8 would be the low blow that dampered my confidence so hard. Kids in my class were seeing the Bills were awesome and were actually talking $hit about them as Jet fans. I LOVED IT! The Bills were being talked about and taken seriously...awesome. I would see a Jet fan at a party as I was wearing my buffalo snapback. I flashed it at him and we gave each other the look that said, tomorrow will tell my friend. Nick Barnett would be filmed entering the Ralph and it had me and my best friend (yes, he was my Buff Bro) going nuts. Ryan Fitzpatrick just couldn't get it going as we were embarrassed at home. This was the turning point of my confidence. The next week we'd play the Cowboys and most of the people on CBS predicted the Bills to recover and beat the Cowboys. Fred Jackson was playing on the grounds where his house used to be...how could he not go all out? The secondary was absolutely lit up to ashes and Tony Romo looked like a hall of fame quarterback. This is when my confidence level went from 100 to 30. I was not feeling good at all. The Dolphins game would be the clincher. My confidence level was at 0. How could it go from Buffalo celebrating football like its a party to us absolutely sucking. Fitzpatrick was just throwing picks...I'll be honest, I was ready to make a Ryan Fitzpatrick dance video on youtube and hope people like you guys would hop on the Fitzmagic moves and promote the shitaki out of it. Making a dance was the last thing I'd do for Ryan Fitzpatrick at this time. It was shameful how bad we were losing from here.
Bam...the Titans game would be our playoffs hopes down the toilet. It was a terrible feeling to go from winning to losing (like snap). The rest of the season is history and is better left unsaid because Ryan Fitzpatrick failed to succeed. The playoffs have started and the Giants are there..I'm thinking the Bills at the time lost by 3 to this squad...they can't make that much noise in the big show. This would be the time i joined Buffalo Rumblings because I felt I was qualified to join the community (I've seen the fire and i've seen the lame). The Giants would absolute rain feces on the Falcons and showed they are no joke and are ready to contend. They would go from the Packers, to the 49ers to give us a parallel image to the 2008 playoffs...I was a fan then. After the Giants made it to the super bowl I thought one thing...I am still a Bills fan and thats the truth. The Giants are a hell of a team and I respect them, but I dont have that desire to root for them that I have with the Bills. Facebook was blowing up like nagasaki with kids in my school going crazy for the Giants. I kept my cool and said boy... there is no shot you could tell me I'm not a Bills fan after this... my old team winning a super bowl and making another one three years later? Now thats heartache on a plate my dudes. Im in it with you guys and I've felt the pain of being a fan like you all have...but one thing I haven't done is lost hope... I am a Buffalo Bills fan and I still Billieve.