Your Lady 716ers coaches!

Your Lady 716ers coaches!
Director LaToya and Coordinator Loren

Monday, October 5, 2015

New squads being announced!

With tryouts finished for the 2 teams we're currently covering, the new members of the squads are being introduced to the public!
First up is the Lady 716ers, who had tryouts a little over 3 weeks ago. Coached by Bandettes alum LaToya and Jills alum Loren, they're taking to social media to introduce the ladies to the public. So far they've introduced us to three of the lovely young ladies who will be performing at Buffalo 716ers games starting on November 28th. Like them on Facebook at and follow them on Instagram at to meet Tia, Shannon, and Dolly so far with the rest of the squad being introduced over the next couple of weeks!
Bandettes tryouts were held over the weekend and they've already posted a photo of everyone at Sadly, many familiar faces chose not to return but we have a lot of fresh new faces to get to know and love. Captaining the squad will be Mandy and Stephanie. Behind them, only 4 vets return with MaKenzie, Janelle, Jennifer, and Syidah being the familiar faces returning and 9 brand new rookies!

Friday, October 2, 2015

2009-10 DFT appearance with Adam Lingner-revisited

Occasionally, I would find out about Jills appearances from the ladies involved in them directly. It meant extra exposure for the event, usually charity-related, and more photos taken. 2009 rookie Alyssa was always excited to share appearance details with me and this was one of those appearances she told me about when she saw me the week before at the appearances she was at that I covered. The bonus for me was that it was happening just a few miles from my home and in the afternoon before I had a trip up to Buffalo planned for a Bandits game covering the Bandettes.
Like the September event, this DFT event featured, in addition to 4 of Buffalo's Beauties, former Bills LS Adam Lingner. In addition to autographs and photo ops with Adam and the Jills, the new DFT location sponsored a brand-new Subaru Impreza giveaway with a dice game. Overall, the event wasn't as packed as the September tailgate event but there was still a pretty steady flow of fans stopping in throughout much of the afternoon. Things did start to die down by the end of the event and Murissa kept everyone entertained spelling out DFT with her hands as part of a cheer she made up on the spot.
Murissa making a T, as in DFT
Murissa, Amanda, Alyssa, and Keisha with Bills alum Adam Lingner
After the girls left, I hung around for a bit and talked with Adam about life, football, and, of all things, politics. Adam's become a big advocate over the years in trying to get government to work more for all the people instead of just the ones with deep pockets. See all the pics at
From the Bandettes comes a photo from the March game against Minnesota. Shown cheering on a goal in the 4th quarter is the beautiful MaKenzie. She was a 3rd year vet in 2015 and helped out co-captaining Mandy's line one game when she was off and Chrissy took the captain's role. The question now is whether MaKenzie is returning and if so, how will her responsibilities change on gamedays?
MaKenzie cheering on a goal

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Jills at the Health Expo and Stereo Advantage appearance-revisited

Every January, the Eastern Hills Mall in Williamsville has played host to a Heath and Wellness Expo is designed to give area families important health information from local businesses and organizations. Several healthy living activities being presented included blood pressure screening, flu shots, martial arts and workout demonstrations. The Jills' part of this event was more than the usual posing for photos and signing autographs, although they did that as well. Besides being a model of what healthy and fit women generally aspire to look like, they worked with the Coca-Cola bottling company of Buffalo, NY handing out samples of Fuze Orange Blossom White Tea to mall shoppers.
When I got there, Alyssa and Jackie had been on the job for over an hour and had already met a lot of fans. I hung off to the side, grabbing a few photos when fans were there and talking to the girls when they were free. Before long, Amanda and Lisa showed up to take over. Before leaving, Alyssa made sure to let me know she expected me at the appearance she was headed to next after she grabbed some lunch, a few miles away at Stereo Advantage in Williamsville.
Jackie, Amanda, Alyssa, and Lisa
After some time spent with and photographing these beauties, it was on to Stereo Advantage where some more of the Jills were on hand to help promote their Football Theater systems. As part of the event, the Jills signed people up to win an autographed Paul Posluszny jersey at an event that included free food for shoppers and the chance to buy Buffalo football-themed t-shirts with proceeds from the sales going to the American Red Cross for the Haitian Relief Effort. On hand for the event when I arrived were 3rd year vet Angelina, 2nd year vet Murissa, and rookie Nicole. It wasn't long after I arrived that Alyssa and Courteney showed up to help out  In addition to what I previously said, the girls got to explore the store and check out the comfy theater that Stereo Advantage has on display with a large HD TV and big comfy seating.
Alyssa, Murissa, Angelina, and Nicole showing off the shirts
After spending some time at Stereo Advantage with these 5 beautiful ladies, I wanted to make sure the last shift of Jills at the Health Expo got some attention as well so it was back on the road to the Eastern Hills Mall where 3rd year vet Jessica and rookie ambassador Ruby were on hand, having taken over from Lisa and Amanda a little while earlier. In addition to handing out Fuze and posing for pictures, Jess and Ruby took a crack at Channel 2's prize wheel. WGRZ Channel 2's booth was set up right next door to educate people about breast cancer.
Jess and Ruby back at the Health Fair
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From the Bandettes comes a photo from Bandettes alum day before the March game against Minnesota. Shown posing for the camera are Beth, Kelsey, and Alicia.  Beth had a long, eventful career as a Bandette with two 3-year stints, the 1st ending after a Bandits title and the 2nd ending when she joined the Jills. Kelsey followed in her sister Danielle's footsteps both literally and figuratively dancing in the same spot during games each year that her sister had as well as calling it quits after 2 seasons. Alicia only spent a season on the squad but when you consider how much she loves the Bandits, I have to imagine she'll look at a return sometime soon.
Beth, Kelsey, and Alicia

Friday, September 18, 2015

2009 Chiefs and Falcons Away game parties-revisited

In mid-December, soon after a big snowstorm was hitting the ground in Buffalo, the Bills were on the road in Kansas City starting up the final quarter of the season with a 4-8 record. The day after the Bandits Open Practice, it was back up to Buffalo for another Away Game party at the Aud. Rookies Courteney and Kelly were on hand for the event and more than capable of lifting everyone's spirits during a rough season. Courteney was already well-known for her positivity and Kelly just knows how to talk to people.
Courteney and Kelly
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In week 16, the Bills had one away game left and for the Falcons game, Kaitlin and Michelle were on tap at the Aud. All throughout the season, the Jills would mingle with the patrons and after the Jills left for the day, the bar manager made a point of telling me how Kaitlin and Michelle really excelled with the customers, a pretty nice compliment I was able to share with them later.
Kaitlin and Michelle with The Aud's manager

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From the Bandettes comes another photo from alumnae night against Minnesota. Shown posing for a photo are Melissa and Meghan. Besides their Bandettes connection, they also have another connection of sorts...the Jills! After leaving the Bandettes after a squad-record 7 seasons, Melissa was with the Jills from 2011-2013 and while Meghan was never on the Jills herself, her older sister was in 2002. As a matter of fact, that's how she introduced herself to me when she first made the Bandettes.
Melissa and Meghan

Friday, September 11, 2015

2009 Titans and Jags Away game parties-revisited

The fun kept going at the Aud for away game parties in 2009 the day after the Jills Fundraiser. I didn't get a whole lot of sleep that night as I worked at getting the photos from the previous night's event up by 7am and then I was back up in Depew around noon. Joining me at around 1 were two Jills that had seen it all, except the playoffs. Eileen and Omarlla were in their 10th season on the squad having joined in 2000 and even though this was their 1st away game party in 2009 (Omarlla had done one at Rhino's the previous season), they knew what they were doing without any instructions or guidance.
Eileen and Omarlla
Unfortunately, the Sole appearances were at an end, something I didn't learn until I got there at halftime. Truth be told, I had wondered about how feasible the appearances were as Sole is hardly known as a sports bar. My concerns were well-founded as attendance was sparse to say the least, with a dozen or so people in the dining room and rarely more than a couple other people in the bar area with me, the bartender, and the Jills' guest bartender. See all the pics at
The following week, the Bills were back on the road again in Jacksonville and on-hand at the Aud for the Edge Away game party were Stephanie B and Jess. Stephanie had never done one of these but Jess had done one at Rhino's the previous season, just after finding out that she was the Jills' Pro Bowler. The 2009 appearance was Stephanie's time to shine as she was the reigning Buffalo Jill of The Week at the time. She did get some notice for it...mostly from the bar's DJ, was was a huge Jills fan and reader of the Blog...though mostly because he wanted to see the pictures that he posed for with the Jills every
Stephanie and Jess with  Mickey from The Edge

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From the Bandettes comes a photo from the March game against the Minnesota Swarm when several alumnae were on hand to celebrate 15 years of the Bandettes! Shown posing for the camera are Alexis and Richelle. Interesting notes...Alexis probably had the most fun of anyone at the Buffalo Auto Show posing for a pic in a car with basically the same name as her. Richelle, on the other hand, had more fun than anyone could expect to have at a rock concert as, just prior to the 2006 season, she and her squadmate Danielle B got to join their favorite band onstage.
Alexis (2009-10) and Richelle (2005-07)