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Acronym Joke[edit]

Due to their 0-4 Super Bowl record, there's a joke floating around many sports forums that the name "Bills" is a clever acronym for "Boy I Love Losing Super Bowls." Not sure if that's worth mentioning, obviously not in the main part of the article but most Wiki articles like to include little tidbits like that as an FYI. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 130.49.90.145 (talk) 15:09, 29 October 2009 (UTC)

Barbershop Quartet[edit]

There's also a barbershop quartet called The Buffalo Bills (barbershop quartet). I'm not sure the football team should be displaced by a disambiguation page, but I'd like to include a link to the quartet. Any suggestions as to where would be appropriate? -- Ventura 04:33, 2004 Jun 14 (UTC)

I added a fairly compact disambig header at the top, as such is the thing to do when there aren't enough major alternate meanings for a separate {disambiguation) page. -- Hadal 23:18, 24 Aug 2004 (UTC)
Thank you! Ventura 20:43, 2004 Aug 25 (UTC)

"Not to be forgiven"?[edit]

Eep. Somebody just linked Scott Norwood under the inauspicious title "Not to be forgiven". Normally I'd assume vandalism, but the IP-only user is making some good changes in other edits. I'm not sure if this is something that requires a non-fan's disinterest or a fan's understanding of the culture. -- Ventura 07:36, 2005 Jan 9 (UTC)

Not to be forgiven? Norwood was given an ovation from Buffalo fans after Super Bowl XXV. He was forgiven, mostly because the fans realized the Bills did so much more things wrong in that game. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 130.49.90.145 (talkcontribs)

There is an orphan article 0 for 4 Curse which needs to be connected with another article and it relates to either the Vikings and/or the Bills. If someone knows how to work that into the curses section of this article. If not then perhaps someone should mark it for deletion. --Randolph 18:03, 30 Mar 2005 (UTC)

It's possible.

The Vikings did lose in all four of their Super Bowl appearances.

On the other hand, The Bills are the only team to lose four consecutive Super Bowl appearances, so I think the stigma attached to their record is a bit harder to escape.

Ruthfulbarbarity 06:17, 30 July 2006 (UTC)

JP Losman a "star?"[edit]

How is that correct? He has yet to start a pro game. I'm considering deleting that; tell me why I'm wrong. (A few of the others listed are stretches too--I'm looking at you, Aaron Schobel.) GeeZee 00:52, 27 May 2005 (UTC)

Improvement drive[edit]

National Football League is currently a candidate on WP:IDRIVE. Vote for it if you are interested!--Fenice 20:39, 10 August 2005 (UTC)

Main Page Does Not Answer the Most Obvious Question[edit]

We all know what a Buffalo is. That is the city that hosts the Bills. What is a Bill????

"Bill" has a mile-long definition in the dictionary. Which one applies to this team... one of these?

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bill

8. A cutting instrument, with hook-shaped point, and fitted with a handle; -- used in pruning, etc.; a billhook. When short, called a hand bill, when long, a hedge bill.

9. (Weapon) A weapon of infantry, in the 14th and 15th centuries. A common form of bill consisted of a broad, heavy, double-edged, hook-shaped blade, having a short pike at the back and another at the top, and attached to the end of a long staff.

Or are they simply a checkmark, like Nike's "Swoosh", like that thing going through the helmet? --grubbmeister 21:26, 28 November 2005 (UTC)

I always assumed it was a reference to the famous cowboy Buffalo Bill. Is that connection not made in the article? HorsePunchKid 2005-11-29 03:49:43Z

Acoording to the Hall of Fsame website, the Bills were the name of the city's old AAFC team from the 1940s. When there was a contest to name the new AFL team in 1959, the winning entry was the Buffalo Bills, with the description being that the team was like a gang just like the cowboy legend.

    I heard that the AAFC team was named after a barber shop quartet named the Buffalo Bills. Which really means that the team was named after the quartet.  —Preceding unsigned comment added by 96.243.13.207 (talk) 21:46, 2 July 2008 (UTC) 
This is a glaring omission. It has to be in the article. Has to. [1] 169.137.151.146 19:33, 25 August 2006 (UTC)

2005 Season[edit]

The description of the 2005 season is quite long, should be shortened. It wasn't a memorable enough season for a desciption like that.

2005's being the most recent season, I don't think it's really a problem (right now). I do think that section needs to be cleaned up near the beginning of training camp 2006. ~July? Also, as more time passes, the perspective of the 2005 season will change and fall more in line with the rest of the article. D-Rock (Yell at D-Rock) 04:26, 10 January 2006 (UTC)

I agree that we should hold off for the time being to gain greater perspective, but eventually it will have to be shortened down to a paragraph or two. TheNewMinistry 07:59, 5 February 2006 (UTC)

ESPN commercial[edit]

Is the new ESPN commercial("without sports, what would we do" series of ads) that includes the Bills relevant to this article? Obviously a commercial featuring a professional sports team isn't noteworthy to that team, but it seems to capture a common theme in the organization since the 90's (1 step forward, 2 steps back) in that it features a holding penalty after they miraculously get a fumble off of a kneel. Since I'm a newbie, I'd rather ask first then write instead of having people clean up my errors -VetteDude 22:22, 21 January 2006 (UTC)

  • Even if you add it, it might get reverted anyway, because, as you said, "Obviously a commercial featuring a professional sports team isn't noteworthy to that team". Zzyzx11 (Talk) 22:25, 21 January 2006 (UTC)

Not a Bills fan but....[edit]

Should this be included somewhere in the article Whoa, Canada? Bills eye home game in Toronto, espn.com). It also mentions briefly the team moving to Toronto. SashaCall (Sign!)/(Talk!) 00:26, 19 October 2007 (UTC)

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Firsts[edit]

The way the Buffalo Bills firsts currently is doesn't look correct. The automatic conversions don't seem to work. Take this one for an example:

First 400 yard (400 m) Passing Game: Joe Ferguson, 419 yards (383 m), vs. Miami Dolphins, 9 October, 1983

400 yards is not 400 metres as it says at the beginning of the line, but then later in the line it says that 419 yards is 383 metres.

I have never worked with the automatic conversions between units and don't know how to fix it. Jons63 16:20, 8 November 2007 (UTC)

Active in NFL[edit]

Is there some need for this information? It doesn't seem to add anything meaningful to the article. — Bdb484 (talk) 22:25, 8 May 2009 (UTC)

Underlying Reason For Helmet Color Change From White To Red In 1984[edit]

The article states:

"In 1984, the helmet's background color was changed from white to red, reportedly in part to distinguish them more readily from three of their division rivals at that time, the Indianapolis Colts, the Miami Dolphins, and the New England Patriots, who all also wore white helmets at that point."

This is a correct, but vague description of WHY the helmet color was actually changed. It was determined that one of the reasons that Quarterback Joe Ferguson was throwing interceptions was that in pressure situations, he would throw downfield at a white helmet, without identifying the player as one who was actually on his team.

Perhaps some mention should be made of this?

Osirisascending (talk) 01:36, 2 October 2009 (UTC)

Sure, if you have a reliable source that corroborates that reasoning. Powers T 12:44, 2 October 2009 (UTC)

Rogers Centre as a "home field"[edit]

2 IP editors have changed the infobox by deleting the following text from the "Home fields" section:

No edit summary or other explanation was provided for either deletion. It seems to me that it is correct to include the Rogers Centre, since the team is currently committed to play a series of home games there. I would appreciate any opinions. --Arxiloxos (talk) 00:30, 3 August 2010 (UTC)

Future of the Bill?[edit]

I'd like to know, or have a section, and the future of the team. For example, any discussions on relocation, new stadium in Buffalo, Rochester, or somewhere in that regoin of New York state, and who will buy the team after Ralph Wilson. If something happens to the Bills, this site should have the latest info.--74.60.232.185 (talk) 00:21, 17 October 2010 (UTC)

Uniforms?![edit]

OK, so here's an article on the Buffalo Bills. Nothing on their founding, nothing on fan traditions, nothing on the team's history on the main page but a link. But 5 frigging paragraphs about the uniforms, in every minute detail? Serious imbalance. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.66.103.91 (talk) 01:38, 7 December 2010 (UTC)

New uniforms[edit]

Alright I went ahead and blacked out the Bills' helmet and uniforms since they will be unveiling new ones soon. I left the logo intact since the team did say that the charging buffalo logo will remain. It should stay like this until the new uniforms come out...whenever that might be. Jgera5 (talk) 17:22, 14 March 2011 (UTC)

You are confusing readers, who might misinterpret it as a regular image placeholder. Such a placeholder implicitly says that no Wikipedian has ever bothered to upload any Bills helmet before, and therefore one is currently requested. As a result, somebody could possibly upload a new image with the "old" helmet back up under a different file name. It is better to wait until the change becomes official and the new design is unveiled. That is what we did when the Chargers changed their helmets from blue to white back in 2007. Thanks. Zzyzx11 (talk) 04:58, 15 March 2011 (UTC)

Sorry, I knew about the blank "photo not available" template for the uniforms. There is talk that the Bills are going back to white helmets full-time, but nothing is confirmed. The only known fact right now is that the Bills will be keeping the "charging buffalo" logo as opposed to bringing back the "standing buffalo" logo full-time or introducing an all-new logo. The uniform itself is rumored to be based off of the 1974-1983 uniform design, but again, no official confirmation from the team. Jgera5 (talk) 01:52, 16 March 2011 (UTC)

I reverted it back to their current uni's. Yes, they are changing to new uni's and yes, I have seen them. But until they are officially announced, their "current" uniforms and the only ones. Chances are their 1st round pick will be olding up thier "current" uniform anyways and the Bills may hold of unveiling their new ones until June.
It anyone else has seen their new uni's, please respect the NFL and the Buffalo Bills and DO NOT talk or publish the uniforms until they are officially announced. Thank you.
Johnny "Seoul" Factor (talk) 19:50, 20 April 2011 (UTC)

Notable Players[edit]

This section seems like it could be deleted. With the exception of Cornelius Bennett all of the other players are either under the Wall of Fame list or Unofficially Retired Numbers sections. Eric Ando (talk) 21:01, 18 June 2012 (UTC)

Yes, it should have been removed in January when it was added by an IP editor. I've removed it. Powers T 14:42, 20 June 2012 (UTC)

Playoff section[edit]

The playoffs section really needs to be sorted out here. ---------User:DanTD (talk) 03:46, 10 November 2012 (UTC)

Playoffs? Don't talk about -- playoffs?! You kidding me?! Playoffs?! I just hope we can win a game! Another game! Powers T 01:25, 15 November 2012 (UTC)