Someone placed a Patriots hat on the new Ralph Wilson statue

If Bills fans didn’t already have reason enough to be fired up for Sunday’s visit from the Patriots, someone provided a little extra incentive.

A photograph has emerged of a Patriots hat on the head of the Ralph Wilson statute unveiled last week at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The reader who passed along the image has pointed a finger at a potential culprit, and for his own safety and well-being I’m not going to provide any information about who may or may not have done it.

Wilson founded the team in 1960. He died in March 2014 at the age of 94, and the team was purchased later in the year by Terry and Kim Pegula.

Whoever did it (and there’s a chance Rex Ryan wishes he’s thought of it first), the rivalry has now taken on another layer of intensity and intrigue. While it may upset the Bills Mafia, it will delight the NFL, since it will only drive more interest in Sunday’s game between the Patriots and the Bills.

90 responses to “Someone placed a Patriots hat on the new Ralph Wilson statue

  1. As a Bills fan they could have done a lot worse to the statue. This does not really bother me as we all know that if it weren’t for Ralph the Patriots wouldn’t be the Patriots since he helped them out financially years ago.

  2. Lolz too funny.

    Bills fans will probably act like this was a crime against humanity but its just good old fashioned fun.

  3. It is more probable than not that Rex Ryan was at least generally aware of who did it.

    That is all.

    🙂

  4. It’s interesting because Ralph Wilson helped to save the Patriots franchise from bankruptcy in the AFL days.

    Of course you can’t expect their fanbase to know that since that wasn’t established until 2001.

  5. Hey, the guy likes Championship swag! None available w/ Bills logo. I get it, I couldn’t bear to wear the 16-0 shirt until the Pats won SB49 in the Greatest Comeback in Super Bowl History!

    Good luck to the Bills this week and may the better team that day win. Hopefully the refs are on top of things and no one gets hurt enough to miss games. Either way, it’s going to be a fun season, hopefully. Rex is a character and the perfect antagonist to BB’s stone face routine.

  6. I had the pleasure of dining with Ralph Wilson years ago. A wonderful warm man and extremely pleasant to this life long Patriot fan.

  7. I like how the Bills fan call this a ‘rivalry’ between the Patriots.

    That would suggest that the Bills were at least competitive the past 15 years.

    Also, Rex is trash and the Bills will begin their annual mid-season implosion as of week 2 this year. Bet on it.

  8. As a fan of the World Champion Patriots I do have a soft spot for Ralph Wilson.

    Just like what he did for the Raiders organization back in the day he also helped bail out Sullivan’s Patriots from financial distress. Probably would be no Pats today without him.

  9. If the Bills need something goofy like this to get them fired up, then they’re toast already.

  10. I think it’s funny and adds to the excitement.

    Interesting though, if the Bills or it’s fans make any remarks about the Patriots or do anything like what happened here, it’s met with “Bills suck, Rex needs to shut his mouth, you haven’t won anything in September, etc”.

    But a Patriot fan does it and we’re told it’s all in good fun. Keep the double standard going !

  11. Obviously Rex did it, he came from Baltimore…they love the drama, he loves the drama.

    The games are won in practice, not through putting hats on Mr. Wilson’s statue…

  12. This is why no one likes the Patriots or their fans. Pretty disrespectful to someone who is not only recently deceased but was a pretty influential and respected contributor to your league.

  13. zachari14 says:
    Sep 18, 2015 10:20 AM
    zero legit superbowl wins.

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    And 4 legit Super Bowl losses in a row! Ouch!!

    🙂

  14. I think it’s funny……….just as funny as the Bills putting the football deflate pump in their store window………..all for fun, what makes football so fun and a rivalry. Go Bills!! Should be a great game!!

  15. zachari14 says:
    Sep 18, 2015 10:20 AM

    zero legit superbowl wins.

    Four legit superbowl wins there ya go fixed it for ya. Now if you wanted to say bills choked in four straight superbowls that would be a factual statement

  16. The Jets fans flew a plane over the Patriots opening day of training camp with a sign that said: “Cheaters look up.”

    It’s funny… Even if you are patriots fan.

    A hat on a statue is the same. They didn’t vandalize it. They put a hat on it and took a picture. It might add some hype, but if people take a harmless prank like that too seriously, that is ridiculous.

  17. Of course you can’t expect their fanbase to know that since that wasn’t established until 2001.

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    Which is why the Patriots have sold out every home game since 1994. Makes sense.

    Good thing they lifted the blackout rule this year that way you’ll get to see your team on TV 🙂

  18. zachari14 says:
    Sep 18, 2015 10:20 AM
    zero legit superbowl wins.

    Do you know which team has the most Super Bowl losses? It’s a tie between the Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills, who all have four losses each. Ouch!

    And it was more probable than not it was a Bills fan who hatted Ralph to stir the pot. Hey, we’ll see if it works.

  19. ahostiletakeover says:
    Sep 18, 2015 10:26 AM
    This is why no one likes the Patriots or their fans. Pretty disrespectful to someone who is not only recently deceased but was a pretty influential and respected contributor to your league.

    except it was probably a Bills fan who put it there. Can’t blame them for gamesmanship. Any edge you can get, right?

    why are people so thick?

  20. bvolke says:
    Sep 18, 2015 10:26 AM
    Ok Pats fans, it’s on.

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    As they say in MN, you betcha!

    Hey, maybe after Sunday you guys can crow that you’re now 23-4 against the pats.Just think, if the Bills win 2x for the next 10 years it will be evened up.

  21. “Of course you can’t expect their fanbase to know that since that wasn’t established until 2001.”

    So according to you there were zero fans at Pats games before 2001.

    Huh. Funny I remember a full stadium back in the late 80s and 90s when I went to games. In the early 80s the team was awful and didn’t fill the house, but since then I believe every game for something like 25 years has been sold out.

    Of course its easier to whine about bandwagon fans than actually know anything about the team you’re whining about.

  22. “It’s interesting because Ralph Wilson helped to save the Patriots franchise from bankruptcy in the AFL days. Of course you can’t expect their fanbase to know that since that wasn’t established until 2001.”

    You seem to know a lot of ancient history. So tell us, what Warren G. Harding really like?

  23. Putting a hit on the founder of the Bills won’t change the fact that your franchise is the laughing stoli know of the league with zero legit championships. That band of cheaters will never have my respect.

  24. Good one! Talk is cheap. Action speak louder than words.

    Non-Bills fans, butt out! We have fun bantering with our pals, the Bills fans and Rex.

  25. It is hilarious how “pumped” the Bills fans are for an early regular season game. This is their superbowl since this is as close as they will ever get. I’m glad for the Bills fans that they are excited about football and they don’t have to play half of their home games in Toronto since no fans would show up like they use to. Good luck Bills, but don’t hold your breath.

  26. “We will NOT retire until we win a super bowl without an asterisk” tom lady & bill belli-cheat
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    I feel bad for these fans that their team is so bad that they can’t root for their team so they use all of their time being a hater. I feel bad for you sir. You have my pity.

  27. Rivalry?? In what world is this a rivalry? Don’t the Brady/BB Patriots have some ridiculous record against Buffalo? More like two yearly scheduled beat downs.

  28. This is actually hilarious and fun, regardless of who did it.

    But we will be most entertained by the legion of hats that are put on Tantrum Tom this weekend.

    The past does not equal the future.

    But you can keep telling yourself it does.

    Until Sunday…

  29. “Do you know which team has the most Super Bowl losses? It’s a tie between the Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills, who all have four losses each. Ouch!”

    Disclaimer: I’m a Pats fan.

    Didn’t the Pats get demolished by the ’86 Bears, lose in ’97 to Brett Favre, and get beat twice by the Giants in ’07 and ’11?

  30. Bills fans are more pumped than ever before and the Pats* getting Jim McNally back from suspension will not help them deflated the fans enthusiasm.
    Bills win Big!

  31. “Didn’t the Pats get demolished by the ’86 Bears, lose in ’97 to Brett Favre, and get beat twice by the Giants in ’07 and ’11?”

    Yes they did. I think he meant to infer teams with the most SB losses without any wins.

  32. If you zoom into the pic you can see the reflection of a man (probably, the face is obscured) in a suit and tie taking the photo. The likeliest explanation is this was not any regular fans but staged (maybe a stadium suit, but probably a local reporter) to spice things up a little.

  33. marima07 says:
    Sep 18, 2015 2:00 PM
    If it were a Pats fan that did it, he would have taken a selfie with the statue and OWNED it.

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    No he would have denied and lied it is the patriot way.

  34. gmpunk75 says:
    Sep 18, 2015 3:04 PM

    These idiots keep throwing the word rivalry round. Someone tell Buffalo you have to win something for it to be a rivalry.
    __________________

    If the Bills would only start cheating like the Patriots do.

  35. streetyson says:
    Sep 18, 2015 1:51 PM
    If you zoom into the pic you can see the reflection of a man (probably, the face is obscured) in a suit and tie taking the photo…
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    I think the couple down-thumbing my earlier comment aren’t looking closely enough? I’m not talking about the obvious semi-translucent transfer that’s on the glass further behind of a faded man’s face, but to the left of that, in the part of the reflection that has the far side of the dark frame behind it. Look directly above Wilson’s right shoulder (the left hand side to us), into the dark part of the glass reflection. Zoom in and you can see a guy in a suit – actually, he might even be wearing an ID pass on his lapel (but that bit could be interference from the transfer).

  36. Thats the type of thing you’d get hurt over in the UK not in the US.
    The people in Buffalo don’t need any help making noise Sunday, according to Rex they need help communicating on defense at the current noise level.

  37. DelayOfGame says:
    Sep 18, 2015 10:21 AM

    Hmm, Pats hats are usually bigger, to accommodate their swollen heads.
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    THIS comment right here, is deflate gate in a nutshell. It’s not about “air” in a ball, it’s not about some BS allegations against Brady and the Patriots. It’s about pure old fashioned envy.

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