ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – With the reports that Terry Pegula and Jon Bon Jovi’s Canadian group have emerged as the two front-runners bidding for ownership, Buffalo Bills fans have no trouble figuring out who to root for.
“It’s turned into a boxing match right now,” said Anthony Lynch.
In one corner, weighing in with the Sabres, an investment in Buffalo and a big bank account: Terry Pegula.
And in the other corner, weighing in with a catalog of pop-rock riffs, friendships with NFL owners and alignments with some of the richest Canadians: Jon Bon Jovi.
Are you ready for some bidding?
“It’s sort of the establishment of the Buffalo Bills being in Buffalo as opposed to being moved out of Buffalo,” said Jim Healy.
No matter what he says about keeping the Bills in Buffalo, a purchase by the Canadian-cash-backed Bon Jovi would be a shot through the heart to Bills fans.
“If Bon Jovi would put up something like, ‘I’ll keep the team here for 100 years,’ I’m sure it would be a different situation. I don’t think that being the case,” Patrick McLaughlin said.
As for Pegula, who already has invested $172 million on the downtown HARBORCENTER – on a steel horse he rides.
“He is dedicated to keeping the team here in Buffalo,” Lynch said.
Lynch is part of Bills Fan Thunder, the group leading Bon Jovi bans at 200 bars across Western New York.
“As Bills fans, we can smell out a rat. There’s not a snowball’s chance in hell that we’d put up with taking our team to Toronto,” Lynch said.
If you can still find Bon Jovi on the jukebox, you better not play it if you know what’s good for you.
“At a local lawn fete, one of the cover bands played a Bon Jovi song and they booed them,” Clay Moden said.
92.9 JACK FM stopped playing Bon Jovi and instead posted this parody on its website.
“Noooo, we just don’t care! Ban Bon Jovi from the air!” the lyrics say.
In the end, it’s nothing personal. Bills fans just want to hold on to what they’ve got.
“If Santa Claus wanted to buy the Bills and take them to the North Pole, we’d boycott him too,” Lynch said.