Bills Mafia donates over $40,000 to help the visually impaired


Daniel May, Sports Editor

Bills Mafia has struck again.

After several questionable calls in America’s Game of the Week, Bills’ fans are concerned over the ocular health of many of the league’s referees.

Buffalo hoped to bounce back from a rough Monday night loss to the Patriots this past Sunday against the defending Super Bowl champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay, led by the highly acclaimed Tom Brady, entered Sunday’s matchup on a three-game win streak.

Going into the game, Brady’s all-time record against the Bills was 31-3, the most wins in the regular season and playoffs by one quarterback against an opponent. All of these wins came from Brady’s tenure with Belichick and the Patriots.

Allen and all of Buffalo hoped to drop Brady’s record to 31-4 with a Sunday win.
And, they may have done it, if it weren’t for the questionable calls and “no-calls” by the NFL officiating crew lead by Scott Novak.

The questionable penalty-calling against the Bills started early in the second quarter when the Bills were called for an illegal shift on offense.

Commentator Tony Romo let his thoughts out immediately after the foul was announced. “Well,” he said, “This is a terrible call.”

Fast-forward to under two minutes left in the game. After trailing 24-3 at the half, Allen sparked a miraculous comeback led by his dual-threat attack of the run, run, throw.

With their playoff hopes and division title on the line, Allen threw a fade route to all-pro receiver Stefon Diggs in the corner of the endzone.

Needless to say, Diggs didn’t catch the ball.

Correction: Diggs couldn’t catch the ball.

Buccaneers’ defensive back Carlton Davis held both of Digg’s arms in place, thus not allowing Diggs to make a play on the ball.

After pleading his case to a visually-impaired referee, Diggs and the rest of Buffalo walked away in utter confusion.

The no-call forced a game-tying field goal by second-year kicker Tyler Bass.

CBS’s doubleheader headed into overtime, where Brady and the Bucs won on a 58-yard walk-off touchdown by Brashad Perriman. This play came right after another questionable call on Bills’ defensive back Levi Wallace.

Despite losing in such a heart-wrenching fashion, Bills Mafia is determined to continue its resume of giving back to the less fortunate.

When the Cincinnati Bengals won a late-season game in 2017 that helped the Bills sneak into the playoffs for the first time in 17 years, Bills fans donated over $415,000 to the Andy Dalton Foundation.

Last season, Bills fans donated almost half a million dollars to a children’s charity in Louisville after Raven’s quarterback Lamar Jackson was unable to finish the divisional round playoff against the Bills.

Then, when Josh Allen lost his grandmother in 2019, Bills Mafia donated $1.4 million dollars to Oishei Children’s Hospital.

Most recently, Bills’ fans have donated over $40,000 to a charity that helps the visually impaired.

Fans and players alike hope that the NFL referees who officiated Sunday’s game get the help they need. If money is an issue, they needn’t worry. Bills Mafia will cover all costs.