Your 2016 Buffalo Bandettes!

Your 2016 Buffalo Bandettes!

Saturday, October 16, 2010


In the beginning, there were 20 cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills. They carried megaphones, wore turtlenecks, and between them there was not a sequin in sight. “We were cheerleaders, not dancers,” said Jo Ann Gaulin, 74, who helped found the Buffalo Jills in 1967. “We cheered with megaphones and placards, and when we said, ‘Go, Bills, Go,’ you could hear us at home on the radio. You could hear us on TV.”

On one recent night, scrapbooks were being passed like a football in the Lake View home of Chris Sullivan Polito, 63, who cheered for the Buffalo Bills from 1971 to 1979. Polito – like her fellow cheerleading alumni – met to swap stories, share time and reflect on the changing phases of their sport.

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1 comment:

Phil said...

I have to disagree with Jerry's comment at the end...I think they do stimulate
the crowd to an extent...especially when the team isn't doing all that well in
the game. A lot of fans get disgusted when the team is struggling...the Jills,
and other squads, help pick up the spirits of the fans a little with their
cheers and performaances. After 10 years with no playoffs, that's a monumental
task in Buffalo