Embedded in New England

How in the world did I end up in New England? I ask myself that question every day. I have a pretty good excuse though… Work! Hey everyone I’m Jen Mobilia. I’m a news anchor currently living in Providence, Rhode Island. I moved to the heart of Patriots country (of all places) after being offered a job I just couldn’t refuse. I can’t wait to move back to the 716 someday.

Although I was raised by Pittsburgh Steelers fans, I’ve always had an obsession with the Buffalo Bills, Jim Kelly and the city of Buffalo.

I’m so excited to share my thoughts with you… Many of my blogs will be about the life of a Bills fan trapped in New England. I plan to share with you how the Bills Backers support our team from hundreds of miles away. And of course because I’m a journalist I’ll include some great interviews.

Let’s get started…

I’m not going to lie, as a Bills fan I was a little worried about moving into Patriots territory. Why? Well let’s face it, even though our parents reassured us as little kids that its okay to be different than everyone else… It ain’t easy!

However, in the past 14 months that I’ve lived here, I’ve come to the conclusion Bills fans are actually the better fans.

Why do I say that?

In Western New York, you see support for the Buffalo Bills EVERYWHERE! You can’t drive on the 90 for more than 60 seconds without spotting a vehicle with a Bills license plate holder, static sticker, bumper sticker or a car flag. You drive through neighborhoods and you see Bills flags proudly flapping in the wind (or blizzard). When you go to a bar in Western New York, you know you’re in Bills country! Heck, Wegmans even has a mini Bills store inside its grocery stores!

I honestly thought living 30 minutes south of Foxboro would be nauseating. Thankfully that’s not the case.

On my street there is only one NFL flag being flown…. That’s right, my Buffalo Bills flag!

The majority of team merchandise I see on cars around here is Boston Red Sox. There are a few people at work sporting Patriots license plate holders on their cars…. But don’t worry, I pull in every afternoon and represent!

Don’t get me wrong, I do see quit a few Patriots hats and jerseys (haven’t seen a Hernandez jersey in a while) but its mostly in season … And nothing like you would see back home.

Am I just blocking out all the Patriots crap… Or are Bills fans just better fans?

Any other Bills fans living in other NFL cities feel the same way?

About Jennifer Mobilia

Jennifer grew up on a 250-acre grape farm along the shores of Lake Erie and has always been an avid Buffalo Bills fan! With degrees in journalism and business management, Jennifer is currently a news anchor in Providence, Rhode Island. In her spare time she enjoys walking her Standard Poodle "Anna", shopping and helping out at her parents winery. Follow her on Twitter at @MobiliaJennifer.

4 Replies to “Embedded in New England”

  1. As A BillS Fan In Cheifs Country I Feel Similar. I AlsO Am The Only House On My Block Flying A NFL flag

  2. I too live in New England. Boston, specifically and I have come to the conclusion that not only are Bills fans better, but Patriots fans are the worst in the league. Patriota fans are the most annoying and worst trash talkers. As soon as they put points up on anyone, they will not shut up, but as soon as their opponent scores, or wins, the blame is on the refs or on some conspiracy. They are also quick to turn their back on the team.

    I too live in New England. Boston, specifically and I have come to the conclusion that not only are Bills fans better, but Patriots fans are the worst in the league. Patriota fans are the most annoying and worst trash talkers. As soon as they put points up on anyone, they will not shut up, but as soon as their opponent scores, or wins, the blame is on the refs or on some conspiracy. They are also quick to turn their back on the team.

    While the Bills haven’t made the playoffs in such a long time, the bond between Western New York, the fans, and the team has only gotten stronger. There is no bond between New England and the Patriots. They’re just another team here.

    I actually feel bad for Patriots fans, many of them have never been to a game in Foxborough because its too expensive. I think that’s a shame!

    While the Bills haven’t made the playoffs in such a long time, the bond between Western New York, the fans, and the team has only gotten stronger.

    There is no bond between New England and the Patriots.

    They’re just another team here.