Welcome to Week 12’s Mafia Monday… On Tuesday! Sorry I (Del) haven’t had the chance to address this until just now. This week we “sit down” with @Bob_Prinz, one of the very first to hop on board the #BillsMafia movement… and who is the one who actually coined the term “Mafia Monday” one Monday back in mid August, with his own flavor of “Follow Friday.”
Mafia Monday is an interactive element where members of the community can get to know each other and build unity by becoming transparent.
How long have you been a Bills Fan, and what’s your earliest Bills memory?
I’ve been a Bills fan for 20 years, 21 years in January. My earliest memory is watching the Bills/Giants Super Bowl back in 1991. I can still remember President Bush coming on and making a speech because it was also the time of the Gulf War.
What is your favorite Bills memory?
My favorite Bills memory is “The Comeback.” It was such a rollercoaster of emotions. I was so excited for the game, only to enter into a state of depression at halftime. Then the Bills explode in the 2nd half to come back from a 32 point deficit to win 41-38 in overtime. I was jumping up and down in my living room screaming. My cousin (the Oilers fan) was so pissed, haha. He said a lot of words that I can’t type on here. Being that we are from New Jersey, I’m sure you could use your imagination as to what those words were. I still give him Hell about it to this day, but then he throws the Music City Miracle in my face. Touche’.
What was the first Bills game you attended? Most memorable?
The first Bills game that I attended was December 23, 2008. It was the Bills vs Giants at the Ralph. I was so excited because it was one of those “Bucket List” moments that I could check off. I brought my wife with me, but she wasn’t too happy about the idea because she doesn’t handle the cold weather too well (being from NC). It started to rain in the first quarter, so now we were cold and wet. She gave me the stink eye a few times. Then the 4th quarter hit, and the rain turned to snow almost instantly. I was so happy to be able to experience a true Buffalo weather game. My wife did not share this enjoyment with me.
The other game that I attended was in 2009 when the Bills came to Carolina. That was a cool game because there were just as many Bills fans as there were Panther fans in the stadium. The upper level was actually shaking at one point due to the Bills Mafia going crazy after a touchdown. While that game was cool, the Buffalo snow game in 2008 was more memorable.
Do you own any Bills jerseys, and if so what ones?
I own two of them. The first one I bought was last year. Hard to believe that it took me all those years to finally get one, but I guess it’s better late than never. Last year I bought a Poz jersey. I like the way Poz played (when he was healthy), but that purchase turned out to bite me in the butt. This year I decided to invest in a little FitzMagic. As it turns out, I will be happily wearing that jersey for several more years. I’m so happy that the “Amish Rifle” got his contract extension. So every Sunday I wake up, drink my coffee from my Bills mug, put on my Fitz jersey, put on my white Bills hat backwards, and drink from my Bills pint glass (which I took from a bar when I was up in Rochester for my friend Jackie Wambach’s wedding. Congrats again Jackie and Andrew!). The two times that I did not do all of those things were the first two times that the Bills lost this year. Sorry Bills Mafia :(
Favorite current Bill?
I’m going with Ryan Fitzpatrick on this. I like his mellow attitude towards everything. Plus the fact that he’s a Harvard quarterback, and has been so successful in the NFL. How many people can say that? Many other players are a close 2nd. Fred Jackson, because that dude is an absolute work horse. Stevie Johnson, I was hooked ever since the “why so serious” moment. Then Nick Barnett, because he is just all around awesome.
Favorite former Bill?
My favorite former player is Bruce Smith. I idolized him growing up because I was a defensive end when I played Pop Warner and High School football. Bruce was a phenom on the field. D-Lineman today should watch film on him. He was all over the field. Of course, my close 2nd’s would have to be “Spider man” Darryl Talley, K-gun Jim Kelly, and Thurman Thomas…..”where’s my helmet?”
What is your favorite team to watch lose to the Bills?
Well, for years I would have told you Dallas (which I still hate). I enjoy watching Dallas lose to anyone really. However, the Patriots have taken over my passion to despise a team. For some reason, I respect Wes Welker, but everyone else on that team I hate. I don’t like them, I want to see them lose, and I want to see them take a helmet to the mouth on every single play. Mostly Tom Brady! I think the flag and the fine is worth it. Hit him in the face.
Best tailgate food?
I’m big on Brat’s and Kraut. I’ll eat the hell out of that stuff all day, any day. Then stick a beer in my other hand, and I’m good to go.
Other sports you enjoy following? If so, favorite teams?
I coached high school wrestling for years, so I really enjoy that. I also follow baseball, and I’m a big Atlanta Braves fan. Even though we dropped the ball and choked this year. But that’s ok.
Lastly, what does “Bills Mafia” mean to you?
I think that Jenn (@JMS303) was spot on the way that she described Bills Mafia. I couldn’t say it any better. If you don’t know what she said, then you need to go back a few weeks and read her “Mafia Monday” interview.