Welcome back to Mafia Monday! Our sixth installment… and first after a regular season loss. :( But #BillsMafia is a family and we stick together in the good times and the bad.
Mafia Monday is an interactive element where members of the community can get to know each other and build unity by becoming transparent.
This week we sit down with @jpq1999, one of the “most interesting” Bills fans on Twitter and a personal favorite follow of mine. He brings a long-term perspective that few who are active in Twitter can provide. He’s been there and done that with his Bills fanhood and he’s here to share it with us now…
How long have you been a Bills Fan, and what’s your earliest Bills memory?
I am proud (embarrassed?) to say I have been a faithful Bills fan since they drafted OJ in 1968. I was 7. Before that, I loved the Packers & Bart Starr.
What is your favorite Bills memory?
So many, but I will narrow it to two: #1: The day the Bills signed Kelly. I lived in Boston then, & literally wanted to drive back & stand on the Kensington & wave to his limo, I was so excited. #2: The AFC Champ game against Oakland 51-3. Just standing there in the 2nd half partying, knowing the Bills were in the Super Bowl. Plus, we hadn’t lost yet, so we were all still so innocent. :(
What was the first Bills game you attended? Most memorable?
First game was 1969 at the Rockpile with my Dad, to see OJ. I remember that a guy was stabbed outside after the game & my Dad said we were never going back. We didn’t until Rich opened :). Most memorable again is hard: 1980 opener vs Dolphins to break streak & carry goalposts to Ralph, Norwood FG in OT against Jets to put Bills in playoffs in 1988, the Houston Comeback (I left at 35-3, then had to go to strip club in Ft Erie to watch the end), and the aforementioned 51-3 game.
Do you own any Bills jerseys, and if so what ones?
I have a Jim Kelly commemorative throwback, and I bought one for Kevin Everett after he was paralyzed, to honor him (and to finally have a jersey of a guy that retired as a Bill). My son @RQUINN619 is a Bills writer for both BleacherReport.com & Buffalowins.com & has about 7 (6 no longer w/ Bills).
Favorite current Bill?
Right now, I’d say Fitz & Fred Jackson, but I’m ready to hop on Team Dareus.
Favorite former Bill?
Kelly, then Thurman.
What is your favorite team to watch lose to the Bills?
When I lived in Buffalo & had season tickets for 12 yrs from 88-99, it was easily the Dolphins. Now, even though I live in South Florida, I have 750,000 NY/LI/NJ people living around me, and I strangely hate the Jets more than Miami now.
Best tailgate food?
I am all about pizza, wings, & cold beer. In Buffalo, it would be LaNova w/ some Labatt’s or Molson.
Other sports you enjoy following? If so, favorite teams?
Huge Red Sox & Sabres fan. I also used to play a lot of golf (even played in college), but hurt my neck (I feel ‘ya Peyton!) & don’t really play anymore.
Lastly, what does “Bills Mafia” mean to you?
#BillsMafia is a great way to show the US & Twitterverse that there are diehard Bills fans everywhere. I truly miss the people of Buffalo, as you (we) are really about giving and being nice to each other. Our support of the Bills might be the last big link we have to show some civic pride.