Bills, fans mobilize to get players to airport

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The Bills will be playing tomorrow’s home game in Detroit. If they can get from their homes to Detroit.

“We are doing everything we possibly can to pull this off and get to the airport and get to Detroit this afternoon,” Bills COO Ron Raccuia said, via Tim Graham of TheAthletic.com. “Every aspect of the organization is a part of this effort.”

The effort extends beyond the organization. Via NYup.com, fans are shoveling and blowing snow at players’ homes.

Many would say the Bills shouldn’t be cutting it so close. As to the criticism that the Bills should have left earlier, Raccuia said that the game wasn’t moved until Thursday afternoon, and that arranging for a charter flight and a flight crew and accommodations wasn’t logistically possible.

Still, they could have started making contingency plans the moment the forecast suggested a potential problem. As early as Tuesday, everyone knew what was coming.

Four days later, it appears the Bills will be going to Detroit to face the Browns.

43 responses to “Bills, fans mobilize to get players to airport

  1. poor people believing in and bailing out rich people is 90% of the problem- invest in your community

  2. Coming from a KC fan – much respect! Chiefs Kingdom and Bills Mafia are two of the top fan bases in the league.

  3. Just because they knew what was coming doesn’t mean they knew where they were going (Detroit). You seem to insinuate they didn’t make any contingency plans whatsoever and that this is somehow the fault of the Bills. With that type of accusation one would think you’d provide some sort of evidence beyond that weak link.

  4. Such bozos. As if they didn’t know this was coming and if you got the wink wink from Goodell, why are they just trying to fly now. Should have gotten to Detroit and practiced there all week.

    This coaching staff and organization is such a Mickey Mouse operation. Always has been.

  5. I’m sure the great citizens and fans with JEEPS AND 4wheel drive trucks got the players to the headquarters.

  6. The Bills leadership must be living in the 1850s still. We actually have forecasts now that inform you of incoming weather before it arrives, guys.

  7. This coaching staff and organization is such a Mickey Mouse operation.
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    And they still haven’t punted.

    LOL!!

  8. Very cool. I remember the story that a couple of the Packers needed rides from fans to get to Lambeau for the Ice Bowl because their cars wouldn’t start.

  9. No clue!, NFL moved the game. Not the Bills. It was logistics and public safety. That said they could have left before the storm, but whatever. Maybe they were made losing a home game!

  10. No clue!, NFL moved the game. Not the Bills! That said they could have left before the storm, but whatever. Maybe they were made losing a home game!

  11. So easy to throw shade at the Bills organization and tell them how they should have dealt with this emergency. From where I’m sitting, they’re getting it done. Good for them.

  12. pumpfake says:
    November 19, 2022 at 2:09 pm
    Coming from a KC fan – much respect! Chiefs Kingdom and Bills Mafia are two of the top fan bases in the league.

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    Ummm have you met the Browns fans?
    It doesn’t matter how the seasons going and what their teams record is, they show up and cheer every game like it’s the superbowl. Yes they’re delusional. They even go to Cavs and Guardians games and cheer for the Browns. It’s like crazy-fanaticals!!
    I’m a bengals fan but I gotta give the Browns fans the respect as best fans

  13. Wow. People are starving in this country, but we praise football fans for devoting their energy to digging millionaires out of the snow so that they can watch a football game.

  14. Gotta tip your hat to Bills fans for stepping up like that.

    I have think it is safer taking off today than it was yesterday.

  15. As someone who is familiar with logistics, and moving hundreds of people, I have no issue with how they handled this. The storm would not have been certain until Monday or Tuesday. They probably were given a heads up that the NFL might move the game to Detroit…but how much of one? Let’s say they knew it was a possibility on Wednesday. Was it realistic to charter a flight for Friday while everyone the upstate area was preparing for 6+ feet of snow, before the decision was even made? That is a very tall ask. I’m not even sure they could get a flight crew.

  16. Let me explain this as simply as possible to those that can’t seem to grasp why Buffalo waited. You can’t charter a flight if you don’t know where you’re going. Simple as that. They tossed around a number of potential destinations, were they supposed to all split up and then the ones in the wrong places fly to the right place?


  17. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    November 19, 2022 at 2:35 pm
    I’m sure the great citizens and fans with JEEPS AND 4wheel drive trucks got the players to the headquarters.

    Snowmobiles in the mix as well.

  18. sunshynman says:
    November 19, 2022 at 3:26 pm
    No clue!, NFL moved the game. Not the Bills! That said they could have left before the storm, but whatever. Maybe they were made losing a home game!
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    So which local hotel do you think was going to have 50-100 rooms available?

  19. I guess these fans willing to “help” the players are the same type of fans that have no issue with their taxes paying for a billionaire’s stadium!

  20. Bills fans are the best. I have no doubts that they could have played the game in Buffalo. Growing up, I saw bills fans drive players to the stadium on their snowmobile’s multiple times.

  21. I’m growing tired of a constant barrage of negativity in these comments. It’s a nice story folks. Grow up.

  22. radar773 says:
    November 19, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    Wow. People are starving in this country, but we praise football fans for devoting their energy to digging millionaires out of the snow so that they can watch a football game.

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    The two are not mutually exclusive. And nobody has to starve in the U.S.

  23. If you folks can do better, either become a billionaire and buy a team or become a team executive.

  24. touchback6 says:
    November 19, 2022 at 2:24 pm
    Such bozos. As if they didn’t know this was coming and if you got the wink wink from Goodell, why are they just trying to fly now. Should have gotten to Detroit and practiced there all week.

    This coaching staff and organization is such a Mickey Mouse operation. Always has been.
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    That’s nothing. Have you seen the Patriots this year? A DC masquerading as an OC, and a head coach whose specialty is defense and who somehow takes credit for Tom Brady’s success is overseeing a regressing QB who, after 6 games, has 3 more INT’s than he has TD’s. Meanwhile, his old QB, who is old and wrapping up his career, went somewhere else and won a Super Bowl while his old coach struggles to get team back to relevance after getting embarrassed in the playoffs last year.

  25. pumpfake says:
    November 19, 2022 at 2:09 pm
    “Chiefs Kingdom and Bills Mafia are two of the top fan bases in the league”
    Neither team had a fan base until 2017!

  26. radar773 says:
    November 19, 2022 at 4:05 pm
    Wow. People are starving in this country, but we praise football fans for devoting their energy to digging millionaires out of the snow so that they can watch a football game.
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    What did you do to help starving Americans today?

  27. Weird they knew there would be a snow storm, so bad that they moved venues hundreds of miles away, but then they all wait to leave, where everyone knew the snow would be…

  28. Tell me you’re a simp without saying you’re a simp. Bills fans shoveling millionaire’s drive ways. Pathetic.

  29. As a Packer fan, those Bills fans come close to us.. Gotta love it.

  30. The game should never have been moved. That’s the bottom line. I was at the Vikings/Giants game at Ford Field, but that was because the roof collapsed making the move necessary. It was a circus. They gave away 4 free tickets per person in downtown Detroit the morning of the game. They didn’t know how many people with tickets to the game in Minnesota would travel to Detroit, and they wanted a crowd. They honored the tickets to the game in Minnesota, they honored ticket stubs from the Lions/Packers game in Detroit the day before. You had homeless people scalping the 4 free tickets outside before the game. It was first in line first in the door. There was a rush once they opened the doors as everyone ran for the best seats. They blocked off the section between the 40’s on the Vikings sideline because apparently there was a bus coming from Minneapolis with fans that supposedly included Adrian Peterson’s parents. I had 2nd row 50 yd line seats to the original game in Minnesota but wasn’t allowed access tothat section between the 40’s until that bus arrived. Meanwhile the rest of the arena was filling up. I went to the Giants side of the field and got on the 2nd row 50 yd line and left my son in line behind the Vikings sideline. Then they allowed everyone to rush in. My son scrambled and got seating on about the 10th row so I came to that side to be among my people. Memorable event but definitely a circus. Hopefully that event has led to a more organized plan for this event. We’ll see.

  31. The effort extends beyond the organization. Via NYup.com, fans are shoveling and blowing snow at players’ homes.
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    I’m sure the players make more than enough money to of used a snowblower, or had someone else shovel and even plow their entire neighborhood.

  32. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    November 19, 2022 at 7:29 pm
    The Bills will still lose to a team that Bailey Zappe defeated soundly.
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    You’re trying way too hard, kid.

  33. I’ll say this about Bills fans, what’s most impressive is the way they’ve supported charities from other teams’ players. True class there.

  34. Glad they made it. Still no excuse for the drama. Classic human behavior. Deal with it once it’s a problem, not before. Like they couldn’t have flown south earlier in the week and then go to wherever the game ended up being.

  35. @feelfeelfeelfeelmyheat

    What’s wrong with people helping players and staff so they can get to the airport?. It doesn’t matter if they’re rich they’re still human. The people that are helping out are not all poor it foolish on your part to make that statement

  36. Will Bills fans be allowed to bring snow balls into ford Field to pelt Browns fans like would have happened if the game were in Buffalo?”

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