Welcome to Week 15’s Mafia Monday. This week we meet up with Eric Wright, aka @yamanboo. A fun dude to be around and a growing fixture at the Coffin Corner, Eric gives us the lowdown on who he is and what Bills fandom means to him.
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?
What’s good Mafia fam! I’m honored to get a chance to share a bit of my Bills memories with all of you, let’s begin!
First off, I’ve officially been a Bills fan since somewhere during the 1991 season, I was 11 at the time. No one at my house watched football at the time so I occasionally caught a game here & there at a friends house if we weren’t already knee deep into some Super Mario on Nintendo. My earliest memory of the Bills playing is probably the Bills/Raiders playoff game though, I remember my friend’s dad had friends over to watch it and we would watch in sports because the food was in the living room, lol. That’s when I got the albeit brief, yet extremely accurate rundown of how awesome Bruce Smith was! I think the excitement over almost every play his dad had kinda sparked my interest.
What is your favorite Bills memory?
My favorite Bills memory has to be when the Bills were getting set to play the Cowboys in I believe their 1st of 2 straight Super Bowl meetings. I remember Dallas being hailed as “Americas team,” but Marv Levy replied with a line about how the real Americas team will be the one that hits the field wearing red, white and blue… loved that statement!
What was the first Bills game you attended? Most memorable?
My actual first game wasn’t until somewhere between 2000 and 2002 I THINK, haha. I got a bad memory sometimes! The Jags were at RWS and my buddy who drove up, got us there crazy late and I was pissed. We missed the entire 1st quarter. After settling in, I got into excited mode. Unfortunately, my first game ended in heartache as the Bills lost on a TD pass with no time on the clock, the play was reviewed, upheld, and the game ended on an extra point kick… I, along with everyone else, was stunned. My easily MOST memorable game came October 9th 2011, when I met my extended family at the Eagles/Bills game :)
Do you own any Bills jerseys, and if so what ones?
I currently own a Marshawn Lynch, a home and away T.O, and my newest, proudest addition is a Home Fred Jackson (thanks to @BBSUPERFAN13).
Favorite current Bill?
Right now it’s gotta be Fred Jackson, mainly because of his route to the NFL, his work ethic, and humble attitude towards the good and the bad.
Favorite former Bill?
Thats a tough one… but I’d say Bruce Smith, he was always a force that teams could only HOPE to contain.
What is your favorite team to watch lose to the Bills?
Thats an easy one, the team thats printed on the other side of the VS. on the schedule!
Best tailgate food?
Hot dogs…simple, yet effective.
Other sports you enjoy following? If so, favorite teams?
I llike basketball, baseball, and college football and basketball. Proud fan of the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Bulls, Michigan Football and Syracuse basketball.
Lastly, what does “Bills Mafia” mean to you?
To me, Bills Mafia means a growing group of fans who love their team, and enjoy interaction with both players and other fans. Fans come and fans go based on wins and losses… Not this group. We’re in it til the end, not just the end of a season. GO BILLS!