ESPN host says Buffalo suffers longest from fan base [VIDEO]
You get used to the same old Buffalo jokes, when people (usually those who haven’t been there) talk about the area and how our sports teams haven’t won anything.
But it’s true. Neither the Buffalo Bills nor the Buffalo Sabers have won a championship. Technically, the Bills won AFL titles, in 1964 and 1965, but never won a Super Bowl (since 1966).
The Sabers have been around since 1970 and have never won a Stanley Cup. They have only made the Stanley Cup final twice in their 52-year history (1975, 1999).
It’s not just the fact that the Bills and Sabers have never won a title in the past 50 years, it’s the fact that many of those losses have been heartbreaking.
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The most obvious is “Wide Right,” when Bills kicker Scott Norwood missed a 47-yard field goal in Super Bowl 25 against the game-winning New York Giants. It launched four straight Super Bowl losses and truly the genesis of Buffalo sports jokes.
The Bills were also victims of the “Music City Miracle”, or as many locals call it, “home run throwback”.
The miraculous “side kick” return in which wide receiver Kevin Dyson fired it all the way for a touchdown in the Wild Card Round of the NFL playoffs in January 2000.
This was the start of the Bills missing the playoffs for 17 straight years. Not to mention the bad calls against the Bills when they played the Houston Texans in the Wild Card Round of the 2019 NFL Playoffs.
Then you have the Sabers and the infamous “No Goal”, when Brett Hull’s foot was in the crease as he scored the winning goal in overtime against the Sabers in Game 6 of the 1999 Stanley Cup Final. .
Seven years later, the Sabers lost a heartbreaking 7-game Eastern Conference Finals streak to the Carolina Hurricanes as four of their top six defensemen suffered injuries in Game 7 of that series; including the abnormal staph infection that Jay McKee suffered the morning of the series finale.
There are other cases in there as well, but you get it – Buffalo absolutely deserves consideration for the fan base that is suffering the most in all of sports.
Christine Lisi, ESPN radio anchor and longtime Bills and Sabers fan, went on a minute-long rant about why Buffalo is arguably the most ailing fanbase in the sport.
Watch the video below.
Lisa is absolutely right. The only other city that has the right to claim this distinction, in my opinion, is Cleveland, but the Cavaliers won an NBA championship in 2016. Buffalo hasn’t won anything yet, with the incredible heartbreak that comes with it.
Buffalo is the most ailing fan base in North American sports.
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