The new '30 for 30' documentary on the Buffalo Bills' Super Bowl run in the 1990s had its world premiere last night at the North Park Theatre in Buffalo. "Four Falls of Buffalo" was screened for some fans, team executives, and former players, with a red carpet event beforehand. Following the premiere, four legends took the stage for a roundtable discussion.
Where else would you rather be than right here, right now, with these legends at the #FourFallsOfBuffalo premiere. pic.twitter.com/5qYig1Eu74— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) December 10, 2015
The story discusses the rise and fall of the Bills' dynasty that failed to win a league championship, but which made the trip to the big game in four consecutive seasons. The legends in attendance and media on hand all had the same reaction to the story. Here's a sampling:
"Amazing." -Jim Kelly's reaction after seeing #FourFallsOfBuffalo pic.twitter.com/Lryg8tFxTE— ESPN Films 30 for 30 (@30for30) December 10, 2015
Quick review of #FourFallsOfBuffalo: Must. Watch. Will make you laugh, cry & truly understand what makes the Bills & their fans so special.— Jonah Javad (@JonahJavad) December 10, 2015
Every 30 for 30 is great, but as a Buffalonian, and someone who covered those teams, I had chills watching the film. Great stuff— Sal Maiorana (@salmaiorana) December 10, 2015
"It's not just about a football team. It's about our town. It's about our people," said actor William Fichtner, a Western New York native and longtime Bills fan who narrated the film. "I was blown away. I was really proud, proud to be from Buffalo."
I've always said I wouldn't trade four in-a-row for one W. I get laughed at a lot, but I maintain it. Hard as nails pic.twitter.com/rznkFTaSNF— Nicholas Mendola (@NicholasMendola) December 10, 2015
While there are emotional moments in the documentary, including Scott Norwood returning to the steps of Buffalo City Hall where thousands chanted "We want Scott!" during a rally held the next day, the message is more uplifting than you might expect. Mendola mentioned that he "teared up" four times during the viewing. Alan Pergament of The Buffalo News called it a "love letter to the Bills, their fans, and Buffalo".
"I'm not sad, I'm glad." - @Andre_Reed83 on what @buffalobills accomplished in the early 1990s. #FourFallsOfBuffalo pic.twitter.com/d40T2fPJ8d— ESPN Films 30 for 30 (@30for30) December 10, 2015
The documentary premieres this Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, and will be replayed multiple times throughout December. See it live or set your DVRs, but this is a must-watch for Bills fans.
"I love you." - @thurmanthomas to the fans of Buffalo. #FourFallsOfBuffalo pic.twitter.com/CS1BV2Viuu— ESPN Films 30 for 30 (@30for30) December 10, 2015