|Loren and Emily|
|Jill and Nicole|
A major part of the Draft Party every year is the Buffalo Jills Cheerleaders. In addition to holding court at a booth where they pose for photos and sign autographs, the Jills circulate throughout the Fieldhouse and also put on a dance performance. When I got inside after a small tailgate party (this is Buffalo, where tailgating is a big deal), I helped Amanda V set up just before several other of her squadmates arrived on the scene. Less than 24 hours before, all of these girls, except the captains, were on edge waiting to find out for certain that they'd be returning to the Jills for 2012-13. Before long, there were 11 Buffalo Jills on hand posing for photos with fans and signing autographs. After long-time great ST Ace Steve Tasker took some time to introduce Stephon Gilmore, the Bills' 1st rd pick, to the crowd, it was time for the Jills captains to take the stage, performing first to Shout!, and then the tryout routine to plenty of cheers from the fans.
|Jacki lining up to kick a FG|
|Caity (2009) and Valerie|
Afterwards, we took a walk around and we ran into a familiar face...Caity from the 2009 squad, who Val chastised a little bit for not deciding to return to the squad.
|The Jills with the daughter of Bills LB Arthur "Don't Cross The" Moats|
Something new this year to the draft party is the chance to get autographs from some of the current players. After we made our way back to the Jills booth, Bills LB Arthur Moats, taking a break from signing autographs in the locker room, stopped by with his wife to get a photo of his daughter with the girls.
|One of the founders of the Bills Mafia with Jacki|
In addition to my work with the Jills, I am also a big Bills fan, going into my 17th year with season tickets and one of the big things with the Bills the past few years is the Bills Mafia movement. Just as the Buffalo Pro Cheer Blog is about giving positive support to Buffalo's Pro Cheerleaders, the Bills Mafia is about giving positive support to the Buffalo Bills team and players. The Bills Mafia even gets a share of the credit in bringing LB Nick Barnett and DE Mario Williams to Buffalo, two players who are going to be key contributors to the Bills' success in 2012. For more on the Bills Mafia movement, visit http://billsmafia.com/
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Coming up next for the Jills, they'll be celebrating the finalization of the 2012-13 squad at Bambino Bar and Kitchen at 297 Franklin Street in Buffalo on Thursday night. Come congratulate the rookies and veterans alike!