On September 3rd, 2000 the Buffalo Bills introduced Billy Buffalo. A lovable furry blue buffalo that would be the team’s first costumed mascot since the Bills put a bullet in “Huddles” in the 1980s. (Thanks @BillTooke for the Huddles info) Apparently all of the winning that the team had been doing over the past decade wasn’t enough to engage the Buffalo Bills rabid fanbase.
Billy signified the dawn of a new era at One Bills Drive.
A new era that replaced the snow fenced, grass fields of Fredonia with the corporate tented turf field of St. John Fisher.
A new era that replaced the beautiful shine of multiple Lamar Hunt Trophies with the matted blue fur of a 7 foot bad luck charm.
That’s right, the Buffalo Bills have not made the playoffs since Billy Buffalo was introduced. Coincidence?
I think not.
I think we can find most of our answers by looking at where this monster came from.
Here‘s highlights from Billy Buffalo’s official bio from BuffaloBills.com:
The EXACT same number of years as the Buffalo Bills Playoffs Drought.
College: Bovine University
I checked and this is NOT a real educational institution. Instead, I discovered that it is a Simpsons reference:
with a matching and equally disturbing Urban Dictionary entry:
Where cows (TKIG note: Or in this case Buffalo) go after “graduating” from the high-density feed lots. The process cows (TKIG note: Or in this case Buffalo) go through to get from the ranch to your stomach. Contains the killing floor. Don’t let the name throw you. It’s not really a floor, it’s more of a steel grating that allows material to sluice through so it can be collected and exported.”
Birth Date: September 3, 2000
Oh, I remember it well…
It was Sunday Night September 3rd, 2000 and the Bills had a huge Sunday Night Football rematch against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans had defeated the Bills just months earlier via the controversial Homerun Throwback Play.
Before the players were introduced, T-Rac the Titans Raccoon Mascot sat at midfield of Ralph Wilson Stadium, sipping a beverage and watching Frank Wychek throw a forward pass on the big screen:
Then he emerged:
Billy Buffalo cruised into Ralph Wilson Stadium on a low rider motorcycle and pretty violently assaulted the Titans mascot. It looked like this, but it was more violent and nobody broke it up:
An inauspicious start for sure!
Favorite Foods: Fruits, vegetables, buffalo chicken wings, Gatorade, and ice cold milk!
What true Buffalonian in their right mind calls them “Buffalo” Chicken Wings???
And milk, huh?
I guess I get it. The Buffalo Bills have a long history of enjoying a nice thick pitcher of milk on a hot day:
OK, but Neneh Cherry’s “Buffalo Stance” is mysteriously absent from this list.
Ummmmmm Have you ever heard of GREATEST BUFFALO BILLS MOVIE EVER called “Second String”????
Is it because you hate the Buffalo Bills and never want to see them win a Super Bowl in real life, Billy?
I THOUGHT SO!
Year: Club: Games Played/Games Started:
2000 Buffalo 10/10
2001 Buffalo 10/10
2002 Buffalo 10/10
2003 Buffalo 10/10
2004 Buffalo 10/10
2005 Buffalo 10/10
2006 Buffalo 10/10
2007 Buffalo 10/10
2008 Buffalo 10/10
2009 Buffalo 10/10
2010 Buffalo 10/10
2011 Buffalo 10/10
2012 Buffalo 10/10
2013 Buffalo 10/10
Then it goes dark.
Not sure what all of these 10s are. But here’s a few numbers.
In the 14 seasons BEFORE Billy Buffalo was named the team mascot:
Winning Percentage: .605
Regular Season Wins: 135
Bills Head Coaches: 3
Bills Starting QBs: 5
Playoff Appearances: 10
Super Bowl Appearances: 4
In the 15 seasons SINCE Billy Buffalo was named the team mascot:
Winning Percentage: .344
Reg Season Wins: 86
Bills Head Coaches: 9
Bills Starting QBs: 177
Playoff Appearances: 0
Super Bowl Appearances: Please
This is a problem and a serious one. Bills Fans deserve better.
We love our team and desperately want them to go back to the playoffs.
I’m not asking him to visit Charlie the Butcher. (yet)
Just take a little time off. We can call it a leave of absence. We can cite health reasons. We can say he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Let’s just remove Billy Buffalo from the equation for one year and see what happens.
We might be surprised!