New Era Field was rocking Sunday after the Bills pulled off a comeback not seen in decades against the Buccaneers. One Tampa Bay writer was so impressed with the atmosphere that he recommended adding a Bills home game to your sports bucket list.
"When you ask for a perfect day for football, this was it," Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones wrote. "Then the game started."
Here's what Jones wrote about the atmosphere in Orchard Park:
Those in Tampa Bay complain about the lack of recent success by the Bucs: no playoff appearances in nine seasons, no playoff victories since winning the Super Bowl in the 2002 season. But know a city that has had it worse? Buffalo. No postseason in 17 seasons. No postseason victories since 1995. And no Super Bowl victories ever.
Yet, tradition and passion are as strong as ever in Upstate New York. New Era Field is tucked back in a neighborhood in Orchard Park and every home, every resident, every open space is wearing something Bills. Despite the long drought, Bills fans are as passionate as any in the NFL. Put attending a Bills game in Buffalo on your bucket list. GRADE: B-plus.
It feels strange to give Buffalo a B-plus after writing that fondly about it, but maybe that's just nitpicking. You know it was a good compliment when it didn't even have to mention the tailgate.
Remember this the next time someone starts complaining about how the Bills need a new stadium. New Era Field may be older, but it works just fine.