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Erik Brady: Red and blue may define and divide our nation, but on autumn Sundays, it unites Bills fans

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Buffalo Bills fans display the Bills flag in the stands in the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Remember when football was just football, and not political football?

Those were the good old days, when you could go to a Buffalo Bills game and not have to think about the worldview of the person sitting next to you.

We were all Bills fans then, and that was all that mattered. Whatever tribes we belonged to outside of the stadium, inside we were all one. Just by rooting for a football team, we belonged to a larger team.

That was nice, right?

It’s different now, of course. We aren’t just one big happy family anymore. We are vaccinated – or not. We are happy that only the vaxxed can come to Sunday’s game – or we are angry about it.

All this burst into the open at the home opener, when Bills fans by the thousands ignored a mask mandate. Reports surfaced that off-duty cops mocked those who obeyed the mask rule as “morons.” It is a word that other fans think applies more accurately to a certain un-vaxxed slot receiver.

This sort of fan-versus-fan dynamic predates the pandemic. Hereabouts it goes back at least five years, to the day........

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