ESPN host says Buffalo has been the longest fanbase to suffer [VIDEO]
You get used to the same old Buffalo jokes, when people (usually those who have never been here) talk about the area and how our sports teams haven’t won anything.
But it’s true. Neither the Buffalo Bills nor the Buffalo Sabers have won a championship. Technically, the Bills won AFL titles in 1964 and 1965, but have never won a Super Bowl (since 1966).
The Sabers have been around since 1970 and have never won a Stanley Cup. They have only reached the Stanley Cup final twice in their 52-year history (1975, 1999).
It’s not just the fact that the Bills and Sabers have never won a title in the past 50+ years, it’s the fact that many of those losses have been overwhelming.
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The most obvious is “Wide Right,” when Bills kicker Scott Norwood missed a 47-yard Super Bowl 25 field goal against the New York Giants who would have won the game. It sparked four straight Super Bowl losses and truly the genesis of Buffalo’s sports jokes.
The Bills were also victims of the “Music City Miracle”, or, as many locals call it, “the flashback to the home run.”
The miraculous “side” kick return in which wide receiver Kevin Dyson returned it all the way for a touchdown in the Wild Card Round of the NFL playoffs in January 2000.
It was the start of the Bills missing the playoffs for 17 straight years. Not to mention the bad calls against the Bills when they played against the Houston Texans in the 2019 NFL Playoff Wild Card Round.
Then you have the Sabers and the famous “No Goal”, when Brett Hull’s foot was in the crease as he scored the game-winning overtime goal against the Sabers in Game 6 of the 1999 Stanley Cup Final.
Seven years later, the Sabers lost a heart-wrenching 7-game streak in the Eastern Conference final to the Carolina Hurricanes, as four of their top six defensemen were injured in Game 7 of this series; including the abnormal staph infection Jay McKee suffered on the morning of the last game in the series.
There are other cases as well, but you get the point – Buffalo absolutely deserves consideration for the fan base that suffers the most in all sports.
Longtime Bills and Sabers fan ESPN radio host Christine Lisi launched a one-minute rant as to why Buffalo is arguably the most suffering fan base in the sport.
Watch the video below.
Lisi is absolutely right. The only other city that has the right to claim this honor, in my opinion, is Cleveland, but the Cavaliers won an NBA championship in 2016. Buffalo hasn’t won anything yet, with the incredible heartbreak that goes with it.
Buffalo is the longest-suffering fan base in North American sports.
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