In light of Eric Wood’s recent comments regarding the Toronto series, “I think that Toronto series has turned into pretty much a joke,” I have decided to post a piece that I wrote immediately following the Bills defeat to the Seahawks.
Dear Mr. Brandon RE: Toronto Series
Please put an end to this Toronto experiment. The one thing that the Bills have going for them is a devoted and loyal fan base. A fan base that is so rabid that you truly have a home field advantage when games are played at The Ralph.
The talent level of this team is on the rise and we cannot afford to give away a home game every year. Folks in Toronto that care about the Bills have been known to travel to Orchard Park and will continue to do so. Playing in Toronto is not adding to the fan base and, if anything, you risk alienating it. If you want to bring NFL football to Canada keep it to the preseason. This will be a win, win as you continue to play NFL football in Canada and your loyal season ticket holders don’t have to pay for a preseason game.
It’s obvious that when you play a “home game” in Toronto, you are eliminating any home field advantage. That is not fair to your players, coaches or your fans. It is disheartening when you watch your team play a “home game” and the visiting team gets a bigger cheer.
Please end this experiment.