For Buffalonians and Bills fans everywhere, 2018 started off on the right note when, with a little help from the Cincinnati Bengals, the Buffalo Bills clinched a playoff spot for the first time in 17 seasons.
Living in a city like Buffalo and being a die-hard Bills fan my entire life, I knew just how huge this would potentially be for the city and its fans. As soon as I overcame the silent shock and elation that the playoff drought is finally over, we immediately made our “I Survived the Drought” shirt(s) live and available for Bills fans everywhere to commemorate this momentous occasion.
At the beginning of the NFL season, the so-called “experts” predicted the Bills would finish the season with only 4 wins under first-year Head Coach Sean McDermott. To an extent, we were never even supposed to be close to the playoffs, so finally ending the drought when nobody wanted/expected us to made it that much better. However, the result was not what we wanted as the Bills lost to the Jaguars by a final score of 10-3.
When I mentioned that I knew this would be a big deal to Bills fans everywhere, I’m not sure I/we were ready for exactly how big it actually was. Within the first 24 hours of being online, the orders continued rolling in by the minute. Not just from Buffalo or other cities in New York, but from all over the United States. California, Nevada, Texas, Kentucky, and even a handful up in Canada. We even had a feature story on the evening news!
Even though our first playoff game in 18 years (one day shy of 18 years, to be exact) was underwhelming and disappointing, we no longer have the playoff drought hanging over our heads. That, in itself, is most definitely something to be proud of. This shirt is definitely one that Bills fans will be able to wear proudly for years to come because they know that they’ve officially survived the lowest 17 years in Buffalo Bills franchise history.
Here’s to a happy, successful new year.