Hello fellow Bills fanatics! I am pumped to introduce myself and start contributing to the outstanding Bills Mafia blog.
My name is Lawrence Foster and, as most of you I would assume, I am and forever will be a Buffalo Bills fan. This is not something I willingly chose, but I can’t imagine rooting for any other franchise.
My passion for all things Bills came from my father who is also a lifelong fan of the team Ralph built. My first Bills game was in 1992 when the Bills hosted the Broncos. I don’t remember anything from that game except the flea flicker that we completed to Don Beebe. The jubilation from the fans and high fives from people I didn’t know hooked me on the Bills in a way TV couldn’t. I was officially a Bill for life.
In 1996 my father purchased season tickets for the first time and we (and for two years my younger brother) went to every home game until I left for college in 2004. During that stretch, the Bills had some fantastic home games, but the one that sticks with me the most was the Sunday Night Football opener in Week 1 the year after the Music City Failure.
My greatest memory of ‘The Ralph’, however, took place on the field. In 2002, my high school football team advanced to the New York State Final Four and on the journey there, we had a game that was played at The Ralph. Being on the field and in the locker room where my heroes had played was something I will never forget. Each part of the field held a memory for me and now when I look at the field I can still picture myself on it.
That was the first game I went to where the seat was used only during halftime. During the rest of the game, the stadium was on its feet. The atmosphere was pure electricity and I still get goose flesh when I think about that night.
My love for the Bills was what triggered my choice in major: journalism. I went to Arizona State University for two years before heading back to New York to finish up at SUNY Brockport. During that time, I served as the Sports Editor for The Stylus and was a finalist for the Bills’ new media internship. Although I wasn’t selected, getting to go and visit the offices at One Bills Drive was a great experience.