Monday, November 2, 2009
The Jills at the Bills-Texans game
It's times like these where I feel bad for the people who have to write about the Bills. A large portion of the Bills performed terribly, from the team on the field where few players really stepped up, to the organization itself, which classlessly placed a tarp over the entrance tunnel so that fans who paid to sit there didn't get what they paid for.
But thankfully, this blog is about people who have plenty of class so we won't dwell on that. From the players who stepped up, like rookie FS Jairus Byrd who had a 3rd straight game with 2 interceptions, to the owner of the Bills, Ralph C Wilson Jr, who was given his well-deserved Hall of Fame ring after his induction this past summer in Canton. Byrd was once again the talk of Western NY with his ball-hawking style as a couple of errant Matt Schaub passes found their way into his clutches. Byrd truly is the word in the Buffalo area. Ralph Wilson's contributions to the NFL, with his work on television deals which helped force the AFL-NFL merger, delivered a short-but rousing speech at halftime to a chorus of cheers when he renewed his dedication to delivering a Super Bowl to Buffalo. For those who may think he may not have enough left in the tank to do so, he reiterated "I still feel that I have youth on my side" as he said when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton this past August.
But on to the focus of the blog and the Buffalo Jills. Their days started at 9am when they arrived to the stadium for their gameday routines. Dancers, down a few girls due in part to illness, welcomed 4th year vet Stefanie back to the field after her recovery from a foot injury. They spent much of pregame working out their routines to ensure they were ready to perform and step up with the girls they had. And unlike the players on the field, the Jills never seem to miss a beat when they're missing squad members, even though those squadmates are missed by fans and Jills alike. Christina once again stepped up and filled in wonderfully as captain of Nicole's line while Omarlla and Eileen handled their own lines as well as always.
The Ambassadors, meanwhile, had plenty to do on their own. Posing for pictures and autographing calendars with many of the fans, many of whom were still in Halloween costumes, was the order of the day at the 97Rock Tailgate party with Kelly Ann, Heather, Laura, Nicole L, and Alyssa while Amanda, Katy, Lindsay, Kristen, and Ruby did much of the same at the 103.3 The Edge Tailgate Party just down Radio Row. Inside the Fieldhouse, Ambassador Squad captain Keisha was joined by Courteney as they greeted fans and played a little Family Feud with the fans and quizmaster Dennis George, a new addition to the Fieldhouse Gameday Experience brought to the fans by Classic Hits 104.1. Afterwards, Keisha received the honor of delivering the game ball before she and Courteney accompanied Billy Buffalo and many of the various promotions held throughout the stadium during the game.
Next week, the Bills will be on a bye but a number of the Jills will be plenty busy at Ryan Miller's Catwalk For Charity to be held at the Town Ballroom in downtown Buffalo, right where the 1st rd of Jills tryouts were held this past spring. Get full details at www.thesteadfastfoundation.com
The following weekend, it's time to invade SoHo on Chippewa as the Jills hold their Swimsuit Calendar Shoot Fundraiser party on November 14th. The annual event includes all-you-can-eat pizza and wings from Blasdell Pizza as well as wine from Merritt Estate Winery and beer for $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Also included is the chance to get in on some raffles as well see a great performance by the Buffalo Jills dancers as well as get to meet most of the entire squad and maybe some Jills alumni as well.
On Sunday the 15th, there are 2 places to be in Western NY for watching the Bills-Titans game. The Aud Sports Bar in Depew features the region's largest prize table, a halftime buffet, wing and drink specials, and a pair of Buffalo Jills for a half at the Edge Away Game Party. Meanwhile, for a more laid back atmosphere, you can watch the game at Sole Restaurant in Williamsville and find one of the beautiful Buffalo Jills behind the bar for the entire game.
If you're not in Buffalo that weekend but are closer to Albany, WQBK has a number of things going on involving a few of the Jills as well, including a Walk For The Cure Poker Walk at Clinton's Ditch the evening of the 14th. Check out the full list of appearances in Albany at