|Autumn with Eric Moulds|
In 2005, Bills WR Eric Moulds had a tv show talking about the previous game as well as looking forward to the upcoming game. He and co-host Jim Brinson taped it at various locations around Western NY on Monday nights and the public was invited to come and watch. As a part of the show, a Buffalo Jill or two were on hand to help with the fans and the promotions. For me, making it to one of those tapings was usually difficult with my work schedule but the final taping worked out for me and a friend to attend. For this showing, rookie redhead Autumn was on hand on her own. After she showed up, we talked a bit and she told me that when she got asked to do the show, she had asked Rachael to join her but Rachael had left her uniform locked up at school over winter break. Brinson then visited with fans for a few minutes before the show began. After the taping, which included an appearance by Buffalo heavyweight boxer Baby Joe Mesi, Eric and Baby Joe signed autographs and took pictures with the fans. Both were more than happy to pose for photos with Autumn. Brinson was ecstatic himself. See all the pics at https://buffaloprocheerbuffalojills.shutterfly.com/pictures/11623
|Baby Joe Mesi with Autumn|
|Kaitlin and Kelly with some of the Jills display|
|Kelly and Kaitlin with some of the original Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders|
While there, we met some ladies who cheered in the 1st Buffalo Bills season as Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders and heard some stories from a lady who cheered in 1977. She told us how the Jills had gotten national attention back then and were only overshadowed by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. The girls on the squad had wanted to actually compete against then in a cheering competition but their director nixed the idea. I wonder what she thought when the Jills beat the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders in an online poll to be named top squad in the NFL in 2011.
I got some time with Kelly and Kaitlin and we did some searching through the memorabilia that was brought by the Jills alumni and even found a calendar from the late 80s. I also told Kaitlin that I'd be at tryouts that spring, a bit of news that excited her and she even jokingly asked me to help her out with making the squad. How, I won't say as that's privileged info but this event, though small, was one of the funner events I've had the privilege of covering. I got to hear some stories, see some great memorabilia, and spend some time with 2 of my favorite all-time Jills in Kelly and Kaitlin. Besides their obvious beauty, they were about as fun to spend time with as anyone. See all the pics at https://buffaloprocheerbuffalojills.shutterfly.com/pictures/11608
From the Bandettes comes a photo from the season finale against the Rochester Knighthawks. One of the toughest things about what I do is when the end of the season comes and I don't get to snap beautiful photos of these hard-working young ladies for several more months, assuming they come back to the squad. Shown in this photo is stunning rookie redhead Danielle.