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One of the more peculiar things I hear Bills fans saying these days, when it comes to the potential relocation of our beloved team, is that Los Angeles is the worst case scenario, and Toronto wouldn’t be the end of the world. Many people think that, while the Bills absolutely need to stay in Buffalo, if a dreaded move does happen, at least Toronto wouldn’t be that bad. “Well, at least they’d be close by,” they say.
I have two reasons why I oppose a Bills move to Toronto even MORE than one to Los Angeles. The first reason, you’ve probably heard. But read on for the second reason, as I don’t think enough people realize it.
Firstly, I just don’t think there’s any sports osmosis between Buffalo and Toronto. No relatability. Toronto may be close, but it’s a different country, and really, a different world. I just don’t see a dedicated Buffalo fan base for a Toronto NFL team, even if it did just move there from Orchard Park. I mean, we don’t have an NBA team, but how many Raptors fans do you know in Buffalo? We have no MLB team, but I can count the Blue Jays fans I know on one hand. It just doesn’t work. There’s just a big cultural divide, and frankly, we all hate Torontonians, and probably vice-versa. Can you fucking imagine those smug hosers coming down for Sabres-Leafs games and throwing it in our faces that they have our football team? We’d be lucky if there were only a couple homicides in the arena, and if someone didn’t bomb the Peace Bridge. Buffalo and Toronto uniting behind one team? My ass. Also, Toronto would corporatize the Bills to death. Have you ever been to a Leafs game? They literally serve wine and cheese. The tickets are all bought by big Toronto companies. The same thing would happen to their football team. If you’re picturing a big, raucous Ralph with easy tickets a massive tailgate, just relocated an hour or so up the QEW, you’re dreaming. Plus they’d change the name.
But you’ve probably heard that. Here’s the REALLY IMPORTANT reason the Bills can’t move to Toronto:
Right now, the conventional wisdom in town is that we should all be hoping one of the NFL’s troubled teams – in Jacksonville, Minnesota, San Diego, etc – move to Los Angeles before Ralph kicks it, so that at least we’d be left only with the allegedly better option of Toronto. But suppose for a moment that doesn’t happen, and the Bills are bought and packed out to Los Angeles. Yes, we’d have to go through the unimaginably traumatic scenario of the Buffalo Bills actually packing up vans, dumping their jerseys and helmets in the trash, and getting on a plane for California, never to return. The whole city would collectively sob for weeks. But – those other troubled teams would still be looking for homes. Just as Cleveland did, we could capitalize on the nationwide sympathy that poor Buffalo had their Bills ripped from them, and make a serious bid if and when another struggling team came up for sale. If we can get a great ownership group together, we could also offer an already built stadium, proven fan base, etc. I’m not saying it would be easy, but we would have a fighting chance of restoring the NFL to Buffalo.
But that ONLY works if the Bills are in Los Angeles. If the Bills move to Tornoto, there is absolutely, positively zero chance the NFL ever approves another team for Buffalo. Zip, zilch, nadda, no way. That’s a huge market overlap.
If the Bills move to Toronto, the city of Buffalo can forever kiss the NFL goodbye. With the team in Los Angeles, we live to fight another day. I’ll take that chance over vying for the Brie-Merlot season ticket combo up north.
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