The most consistently entertaining show on TV right now isn’t one of my beloved Bravo shows. It’s not even the very pretty (and very steamy!) Bridgerton, which I spent this week escaping into (and am currently on Episode 6 of, so #NoSpoilers!).
It’s the Buffalo Bills.
If you’re looking for something to watch on TV that will keep you on the edge of your seat, leave you smiling, and entertain you for hours, then look no further than the team that’s risen from NFL punchline to headline.
Great relationships? Check. (Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs are everyone’s favorite dynamic duo.) Comedy? Check. (I’ll never stop sharing their snowball fight video.) Killer dance moves? Check. (I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a Bills team so well choreographed—on the field and on the sidelines!)
Even if you don’t think you’re a football fan, this team will probably find a way to make you smile—unless you’re a fan of whoever they’re playing that week, that is. They’re charismatic. They’re confident. They’re good.
And they’re fun.
(Side Note: I fully understand that I am tempting fate by talking about how much fun this team is to watch when the playoffs start next week. But I’m choosing to embrace joy in 2021 where I find it, and not even my superstitious Buffalo sports fan side will stop me from doing that.)
In a long, hard year, the Bills have given this community something to look forward to—something to get excited about. Sundays (or Mondays…or Tuesdays…or Thursdays…) are fun again in Western New York. At a time when hope seems hard to find and in a city known more for sports failures than any kind of success, this team has us hoping again. And in some ways, it feels like a lot of the country is hoping right along with us.
Because the fun is contagious.
On Monday, the Bills beat the New England Patriots—their longtime nemesis—on national TV by a score of 38 to 9. It capped a run of nationally televised games that served as a kind of coming out party for Allen, Diggs, and the rest of this group—showing the whole country not just how much talent they bring to the field, but how much joy they bring to it too.
Joy isn’t something that comes easily in the middle of a global pandemic, but for a few hours every week, the Buffalo Bills make it feel easy, even for a city that’s famously skeptical when it comes to our sports teams. It helps that they’re doing their best to inspire good things in the city that loves them too.
Before Monday night’s game, ESPN aired a story about the impassioned fanbase known as “Bills Mafia.” And it was such a breath of fresh air to watch as someone who loves being a Bills fan but hates our reputation for jumping through tables and lighting ourselves on fire. This story focused on the charitable efforts Bills Mafia has been a part of in recent years, and it warmed my heart to see the city I call home—the City of Good Neighbors—shown in such a positive light.
That’s what this team has done for this city. It’s brought a positive glow to life in Buffalo for the past few months—and it’s only gotten stronger in the last week. And I can’t think of anything better to watch than that—unbridled positivity, unencumbered joy, and unforgettable fun.
What was the best thing you saw on TV this week?