The BillsMafia thing is annoying, pathetic, and something I hope dies out soon. We are blue collar team with an image of hard working, hardy and local fans. We are far from the young punks that go to many other stadiums approaching with the frat boy style parties. To me it screams of this. Frat boy mentality combined with desire to be like "Anonymous." BillsMafia could not be further from either, in reality, regardless of them wanting to wear suits. Anonymous is an organized, top to bottom group that has earned respect by their power. To talk of it as a known quantity doesn't even make sense. With this you combine a sensationalized group of fraternization / tribalism that celebrates attention in any way, shape, or form. Whether it is being loud and obnoxious like jets or pats fans or dressing like someone this team is not - suit and tie wearing folk they do not represent my vision of this team.
To represent this team you take your lunch to work every day. You drive a vehicle that makes sense for you, with no fancy trinkets or customized features. You have more work clothes and wear them then you do Ultimate Fighting tee shirts. You listen and watch a variety of formats and genres but you have roots to the real American stuff; the classic rocks, the jazz bands on the radio and when it comes to TV you do watch the news, you watch the Simpsons and still watch reruns of classics on TVLand.
Sure I may drive a F350 Lariet, listen to Willie Nelson, and live 1000 miles away but I am as much a Western New Yorker as those who still live there. Whether living in the Piedmont of North Carolina or back in Brockport - I want to see my hometown, all of WNY, represented with heart, passion and honesty. Those three things are tried and true. Those three things survive the best and worst of times; something we all know about. BillsMafia, feel free to be just a fad.
Sorry, but I think you are reading this all wrong. It may be an unfortunate name, but from how I understand it, this started as a very noble thing -- the idea that too many people rag on Buffalo, its team, its players. Instead of absorbing the negativity and either letting it go (or worse, echoing it), these guys decided to defend the city and the players. Some team members picked up on the vibe, on the sense of camaraderie, and used it to bond, and to build a oneness with the community. I just can't see this as bad. To me, it feels like a beautiful thing -- one of the many aspects that makes Buffalo a special place, and the Bills a unique team to root for. It's not about "thug life" or anything, but about unity. But that's just how I see it.