Rogers Centre Provided Forgettable NFL Atmosphere

Craig KanalleyContributor IDecember 9, 2008

Buffalo Bills fans, enough bickering about what we saw against the Miami Dolphins last Sunday. It's time to digest what we heard.

Rather, what we didn't hear.

Rogers Centre was eerily quiet as the AFC rivals did battle. No hollering to disrupt the opposition on third downs. No standing ovations. No audible chants. Canadian anthem aside, hardly any roars from the crowd.

No way was this anything like Ralph Wilson Stadium. For that matter, this wasn't anything like any stadium during an official NFL game.

It was a joke of an atmosphere, not the usual party-like setting every other NFL game this season has had. There's been louder crowds in Detroit this season. Maybe not for the best of reasons, but definitely more passionate fans for the 0-13 Lions at Ford Field.

Note to Toronto NFL fans: Not the way to sell your city as the future home of an American football franchise.

Several players talked about the crowd after the game. The Dolphins loved the fact there were a good amount of Miami transplant fans up there, so it didn't feel like a Bills home game. True, but hardly sounded like a Miami home game either. It was just downright weird.

I'll let someone else sum up the silence for me. Someone who was there. This was one of many such comments at the Globe & Mail (Toronto newspaper) Web site the night of the game...

j k from Toronto, writes: i went to the game, the game was boring, the fans were so dead, it felt like a friggin leaf game. The only bright spot was that I paid 70.00 for 200.00 dollar seats.

That's right, a "friggin leaf game." And we all know how ridiculously dead those are, filled with men in suits from big companies that snatch up tickets before real, honest, passionate fans have a shot at them.

Toronto is not the place for the NFL. And this has nothing to do with whether or not the Bills will move. Move them to Los Angeles if you have to. Just, Toronto, it's a joke. They've failed the Sunday test—miserably—to the point it was downright sickening.