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#1 JohnnyGold

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 10:14 PM

With today's report that JBJ is submitting a bid with a Toronto cartel that will more than likely harbor idea of moving the team to Canada, Bills fans are understandably nervous.

I think I have thought of the solution to our problem, and if the team is indeed sold to him, this solution seems so toxic, so averse to the NFL, that if this spreads around before bidding closes, I could see it torpedoing that ownerships group of even winning.

So here's how it works.

No, we don't boycot Jon Bon Jovi music at the stadium, and in Buffalo. He doesn't care, and it makes us look disorganized and foolish. He's got well north of 300 million in liquid cash at the moment, his music earns him royalties, sure, but he's a business man and has money coming in from other sources. Boycotting his music does nothing.

No, we don't stop going to Bills games or buying Bills merchandise--that does nothing either. In fact, it makes us look even worse as Bills fans, and further encourages a move out of Buffalo.

No, the solution is far more simple: rather than making Buffalo the place the NFL wants to be... we make Buffalo the place the NFL doesn't want to be.

Bear with me.

The Bills are locked in Buffalo for 7 years. NOW is the time to let Goodell know how long those seven years are going to feel if the Bills get sold to an owner looking to move the team--and it happens like this:

obnoxious chants at games
the stadium wearing all black
fans holding up signs that spell out obscenities towards toronto--and not just 10 fans, 80,000 fans
80,000 people at once throwing beverages on the field--every game
a streaker between every play that is run, delaying the game for hours and hours and hours
cutting the electricity to the stadium during prime time games

We as fans need to band together and let the NFL know that WERE going to make life a living hell for THEM for the next 7 years, not vice versa. Winning a super bowl? lol. our focus will be on becoming the biggest story in sports for the next 7 years. We can do the most absurd and ridiculous things as fans... as an 80,000 strong flash mob... things the NFL hasn't dreamt of... things that will keep Goodell up at night.

This is our chance. Don't boycot, don't riot, just make the big boys in the suits think loooooooooong and hard about selling this team off.

This is the nuclear option, but if they want to sell to a Toronto based group, who's willing to fight the good fight?

Picture: with 5 minutes and 30 seconds left in the fourth, 20,000 fans storm the field.

Every week.

For 7 years.

Edited by JohnnyGold, 18 July 2014 - 10:16 PM.


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Posted 18 July 2014 - 10:31 PM

I'm down with it for sure. How about this. Every ge at home that it looks like were going to lose with approximately 4 minutes left in the game we all storm the field. Tearing down goal posts. Ripping up the turf. Etc. Make it so that the game cannot be finished. So that the loses eventually are counted as forfeit.

I actually like this idea. Of doesn't get our team back of sold to a Canadian based org, but it sure let's the league know how much we disapprove.

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 10:39 PM

What a terrific plan! I will volunteer you as the streaker for every game you're not in jail the first season. I hope you've been staying in shape. It wouldn't be fair to the rest of the crowd if you're not taking care of yourself. Unless, of course, you're of the Chris Farley mold, and then this could be even more entertaining.

But, ummm, (slightly) more seriously, I hope there's some magic font I'm missing or you've just been over-served for the evening.

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 10:43 PM

View PostAugie, on 18 July 2014 - 10:39 PM, said:

What a terrific plan! I will volunteer you as the streaker for every game you're not in jail the first season. I hope you've been staying in shape. It wouldn't be fair to the rest of the crowd if you're not taking care of yourself. Unless, of course, you're of the Chris Farley mold, and then this could be even more entertaining.

But, ummm, (slightly) more seriously, I hope there's some magic font I'm missing or you've just been over-served for the evening.

Well, you stay home and cry into your pillow while the grown ups save the team then. Some men are built to take action, others arent. 99% of this board is made up of the latter. I've learned that over the years.

How about this:

a "F*ck Bon Jovi" chant.

that lasts the entire third preseason game.

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 10:52 PM

View PostJohnnyGold, on 18 July 2014 - 10:43 PM, said:



Well, you stay home and cry into your pillow while the grown ups save the team then. Some men are built to take action, others arent. 99% of this board is made up of the latter. I've learned that over the years.

How about this:

a "F*ck Bon Jovi" chant.

that lasts the entire third preseason game.
its not gonna make a difference. By that time the new owners will be identified. If not publicly, it will be in the owners groups.


And that's the kids day game. So chances are your never going to get that to happen.

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 11:12 PM

I for one would support a Goo Goo Dolls vs Bon Jovi "band off" competition.

The winner gets the Bills.

Since JBJ loves the idea of owning the "Buffalo" Bills so much, the judges panel will be limited WNY only, in the spirit of fairness.

Oh and by the way, the loser gets to ride a can"uck"oe over the Falls.



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Posted 18 July 2014 - 11:35 PM

What should us out of town fans do?  We sure would like to contribute.

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 11:47 PM

If the fans were that hostile they'd just move the home games to Toronto but keep calling themselves the Buffalo Bills until a court let them out of the lease.  If that's the goal, then great but it would not "save the Bills" as much as "ensure any glimmer of hope that the Buffalo would get another team no matter how small was completely extinguished."

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 11:58 PM

Mike Schopp tried organizing a walkout of the second period at a Sabres game once. I am pretty sure he got all of 10 people to join him and he had a radio show as a platform.  It was a total failure and a black mark on his career.  Trying to get 72K people, the stadium hasn't held 80K since 1998, who have paid hard earned money to do something illegal or foolish isn't going to happen.

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 01:11 AM

I get the anger, but all of that would just make public opinion turn against Bills fans

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 05:11 AM

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 05:11 AM

View PostET1062, on 18 July 2014 - 11:58 PM, said:

Mike Schopp tried organizing a walkout of the second period at a Sabres game once. I am pretty sure he got all of 10 people to join him and he had a radio show as a platform.  It was a total failure and a black mark on his career.  Trying to get 72K people, the stadium hasn't held 80K since 1998, who have paid hard earned money to do something illegal or foolish isn't going to happen.
honestly, it would probably just take about 50 people pouring over the fence. After everyone saw that the field would probably be swarmed.

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 05:31 AM

Obscenities? Drunks storming the field? This post made sense ...for a couple lines. Every time fans storm the field, the Bills will end up forfeiting a game. That is how the suits will respond. Every time fans act like thugs, it will make us look bad and justify moving the team. Peaceful, civil demonstrations of support make sense,but dont act like idiots.

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 05:50 AM

View PostJohnnyGold, on 18 July 2014 - 10:14 PM, said:

With today's report that JBJ is submitting a bid with a Toronto cartel that will more than likely harbor idea of moving the team to Canada, Bills fans are understandably nervous.

I think I have thought of the solution to our problem, and if the team is indeed sold to him, this solution seems so toxic, so averse to the NFL, that if this spreads around before bidding closes, I could see it torpedoing that ownerships group of even winning.

So here's how it works.

No, we don't boycot Jon Bon Jovi music at the stadium, and in Buffalo. He doesn't care, and it makes us look disorganized and foolish. He's got well north of 300 million in liquid cash at the moment, his music earns him royalties, sure, but he's a business man and has money coming in from other sources. Boycotting his music does nothing.

No, we don't stop going to Bills games or buying Bills merchandise--that does nothing either. In fact, it makes us look even worse as Bills fans, and further encourages a move out of Buffalo.

No, the solution is far more simple: rather than making Buffalo the place the NFL wants to be... we make Buffalo the place the NFL doesn't want to be.

Bear with me.

The Bills are locked in Buffalo for 7 years. NOW is the time to let Goodell know how long those seven years are going to feel if the Bills get sold to an owner looking to move the team--and it happens like this:

obnoxious chants at games
the stadium wearing all black
fans holding up signs that spell out obscenities towards toronto--and not just 10 fans, 80,000 fans
80,000 people at once throwing beverages on the field--every game
a streaker between every play that is run, delaying the game for hours and hours and hours
cutting the electricity to the stadium during prime time games

We as fans need to band together and let the NFL know that WERE going to make life a living hell for THEM for the next 7 years, not vice versa. Winning a super bowl? lol. our focus will be on becoming the biggest story in sports for the next 7 years. We can do the most absurd and ridiculous things as fans... as an 80,000 strong flash mob... things the NFL hasn't dreamt of... things that will keep Goodell up at night.

This is our chance. Don't boycot, don't riot, just make the big boys in the suits think loooooooooong and hard about selling this team off.

This is the nuclear option, but if they want to sell to a Toronto based group, who's willing to fight the good fight?

Picture: with 5 minutes and 30 seconds left in the fourth, 20,000 fans storm the field.

Every week.

For 7 years.
That type of activity will only accelerate the move, giving the JBJ group the excuse they need to leave, sue over the supposed no-relocation clause in the interest of safety and the move to a "safer" Toronto to protect fans and players.

Edited by 8and8Forever, 19 July 2014 - 05:51 AM.


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Posted 19 July 2014 - 06:17 AM

What about a simple pledge committing to boycott, watching or attending nfl games, buying direct tv subs and buying nfl merchandise from a couple hundred thousand fans if the bills relocate to TO?  That would get some attention.

One of things they count on with the TO move, I assume is retaining a significant portion of the current market.

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 06:25 AM

Ron Jaworski can jonvon blowme if he doesn't think JBJ is intent on moving this team across the river.

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 06:59 AM

View PostAugie, on 18 July 2014 - 10:39 PM, said:

What a terrific plan! I will volunteer you as the streaker for every game you're not in jail the first season. I hope you've been staying in shape. It wouldn't be fair to the rest of the crowd if you're not taking care of yourself. Unless, of course, you're of the Chris Farley mold, and then this could be even more entertaining.

But, ummm, (slightly) more seriously, I hope there's some magic font I'm missing or you've just been over-served for the evening.

Gotta paint Toronto Sucks on your buttocks if you are going to do this.

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 07:43 AM

If JBJ buys the team, I would be really curious what the next 7 years would be like.

On one hand, would sales go up and people be more enthused/nostalgic/desperate because it is the "last hurrah" and everyone will want to see a championship before the team moves?

On the other hand, will people be so disgusted that they stop following the team, or engage in protests like the OP said?

Probably going to be a mix of reactions.

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 08:03 AM

The Toronto group is going to play paddy cake and say and do all the right things until the last possible moment.  

Too many people would buy into the deception

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 08:31 AM

View PostMay Day 10, on 19 July 2014 - 08:03 AM, said:

The Toronto group is going to play paddy cake and say and do all the right things until the last possible moment.  

Too many people would buy into the deception

This.

The writing will be on the wall if the Bon Jovi group purchases the franchise. Hopefully Pegula or Golisano or whoever don't let it happen.