The Bills host the Giants this afternoon at 4 P.M. Both teams are coming off preseason opener losses. It will be the first game played in the newly rechristened New Era Field. Anticipation is running high as Buffalo welcomes Eli Manning and company. Buffalo is coming off a traumatic week that saw Marcell Dareus suspended for missing his drug test and IK Enemkpali out for season with a knee injury. HERE’S HOPING THE BILLS REGROUP AND PLAY FOR PRIDE IN THE RENAMED STADIUM.
The Bills have announced the $35 million stadium naming rights deal with New Era. It will extend over the 7 years remaining on the stadium lease. Bills owner Terry Pegula joined New Era CEO Chris Koch in making the announcement. The deal had first been proposed five years ago to then owner Ralph Wilson who gave his blessing. The locally owned New Era is the world’s largest sports cap company, making over 50 million caps a year. It has been in business in Buffalo for 96 years. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BILLS AND NEW ERA, TWO GREAT WESTERN NEW YORK COMPANIES.
Marcell Dareus missed a random drug test and is out for four games. The Bills defensive tackle was suspended by the league following Saturday’s loss to the Colts. Dareus appears contrite for his mistake. The team is rallying around him. Unfortunately he will miss key division games in September. EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE, AND LET’S HOPE DAREUS HAS LEARNED HIS LESSON.
The Bills have hired Kathryn Smith as quality control special teams coach. She is the first female coach in the NFL. Co-owner Kim Pegula, one of four female NFL owners, fully supports the move. The internet has gone viral with the news. Pegula explains that Smith was hired because of her ability, not because she is a woman. Pegula expects more female coaches in the league, but predicts the first woman head coach is a long way off. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PEGULAS AND REX RYAN ON THIS HISTORIC HIRING. BUFFALO LEADS THE PACK IN PROGRESSIVE, MERIT BASED PROMOTION.
Ralph Wilson’s name has come down from the stadium sign. Crews removed the late team founder and owner’s name at the entrance. The Bills are transitioning quickly to New Era. The naming rights deal was made public over the weekend. Official announcement will come at a press conference this week. Buffalo is doing the right thing to generate more team revenue. BILLS FANS SALUTE NEW ERA FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THE TEAM. PROUD TO HAVE A HOMETOWN NAME ON THE STADIUM.
New Era has signed a deal with the Bills for the stadium naming rights. The locally owned and operated company is the premier maker of sports caps. Founded in Buffalo in 1920, it employs over 500 workers in Western New York. Bills co-owner Kim Pegula tweeted “Proud to be partners with a hometown team.” The stadium had been named for late owner Ralph Wilson since 1998. Earlier it bore the Rich name for local food powerhouse Rich Products in the first NFL naming rights deal. New Era reportedly has exclusive rights through the expiration of the current lease and right of first refusal if a new stadium is built. ONCE AGAIN THE PEGULAS HAVE DONE THE RIGHT THING AND PARTNERED WITH A BUFFALO BASED FIRM AND EMPLOYER.
The Bills dropped the preseason opener to the Colts 19 – 18. After going up 9 – 0 in the first quarter Buffalo faltered and fell behind. Despite a last minute touchdown led by Cardale Jones the Bills failed on the two point conversion and lost before the hometown crowd. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor played only two series, going 2 of 3 for 7 yards. There is reason for hope. While appearing rusty, Buffalo stayed even with Indianapolis for most of the game. It’s back to the drawing board for Rex Ryan as the Bills prepare to host the Giants next Saturday at the annual Kids Day. SHOW YOUR SPIRIT BY COMING OUT FOR NEW YORK. GO 1BUFFALO!
The Bills kickoff the 2016 preseason tonight versus the Colts. The opener at Ralph Wilson Stadium showcases Rex Ryan’s revamped squad. They take on Andrew Luck and an energized Indianapolis. Expect that Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor, flush with his $100 million contract extension, will see little playing time. Emotions are running high in Bills country that this will be the year. Kickoff time is 7 P.M. SHOW YOUR SPIRIT FOR OUR TEAM AND TOWN. WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.
The Bills are All In on quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s contract extension. The parties have signed a five year extension reportedly worth up to $100 million. Taylor will receive $18 million per season. The standout Virginia Tech star is the future of the Bills. He won the starting berth last year in a three way competition with EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel. Buffalo spared no effort in locking down Taylor’s contract. CONGRATULATIONS TO TAYLOR AND THE BILLS FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING AND ENSURING TAYLOR REMAINS IN BUFFALO.
Bills safety Aaron Williams suffered a concussion in practice. He collided with Dezmin Lewis last evening. Coach Rex Ryan reports that Williams does not appear to have a neck injury. He missed 13 regular season games last year due to a neck injury. The accident shows how violent and dangerous pro football has become. THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS THE SAFETY OF THE PLAYERS BOTH ON AND OFF FIELD.