Buffalo Bills fans don’t like Jon Bon Jovi. No matter how many letters he writes or buckets of water he dumps on his head, Bon Jovi just can’t endear himself to the fans who have literally tuned him out. Now those same fans have united to bring that same message to the NFL team’s doorstep.
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports that a fan group called Bills Fan Thunder headed an effort that resulted in 13,000 signed petitions against the prospective ownership of Jon Bon Jovi and the so-called ‘Toronto Group’. This wasn’t just some online petition though. The fans had three giant bags of letters, all hand-delivered to the team’s training camp at St. John Fisher College, all with the same general message: If you aren’t keeping the team in Buffalo, keep moving.
“For Bon Jovi, the game is over and Bills fans have spoken: he’s not welcome at Ralph Wilson Stadium and he needs to give up his bid for the team,” Charles Pellien, one of the fan club’s founders, told the Chronicle. “Rich rock star used to getting everything his way, well, this time you’re not going to get your way. You’ve met your match and the match is Buffalo, N.Y.”
Jon Bon Jovi’s group is already considered to be an underdog at this stage in the process. It’s been clear from the start his aim is to move the team to Toronto, which resulted in his music being banned on Buffalo airwaves and shirts created against his cause.
Bon Jovi reportedly even approached local legend Jim Kelly to combine bids, but none of it seems to help. As 13,000 Bills fans would say, thanks but no thanks, Bon Jovi.