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Erik Brady: In other NFL cities, fans cheer for the uniforms. In Buffalo, we are cheering for ourselves

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Bills fans cheer for the people in the helmets, and for the logo on them.

The Buffalo Bills are going to be good this season. How good? Rick Jeanneret might call them “scary good.”

The season opener arrives Sunday, and the Bills are legit Super Bowl contenders, a chic choice of the cognoscenti. Look, we know a lot can go wrong in a league where staying healthy is often a matter of luck. And the Age of Covid adds another scary-bad layer of uncertainty. But the Bills have talent in all the right places. And hope – that fragile, ethereal thing – is alive in the Orchard Park air.

The NFL has 32 teams. Fans in all of its cities want their teams to win, of course, but there is one thing that sets Buffalo apart. It is not just our size; small-market teams exist elsewhere. It is not just our passion; fans care to unreasonable degrees in many NFL burgs.

It is, instead, the blue bison with the red streak (or, even better, sometimes the scarlet standing buffalo). Other NFL teams play with images on their helmets that represent their nicknames, or the initials of their cities. Only the Bills play with a logo that means, well – us.

Read the full story by Stephen T. Watson here.

Fans in Detroit love lions, and fans in Los Angeles love rams, but only fans in Buffalo get to love the buffalo that means them. Eagles don’t belong to........

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