What’s in a name?
The Buffalo Bills used to be the Buffalo Bison. The city of Buffalo in the 40’s tended to name all of their sports teams the Bison. Buffalo Bison owner James Breuil held a naming contest to rename is sports franchise. Bills was the overall winner. The name comes from Wild West man Buffalo Bill Cody who was a famous buffalo hunter. The problem? He never lived and wasn’t from Buffalo, N.Y. He lived a short time in Toronto with his father but the Iowa born hunter spent most of his life out West.
Making this whole thing funnier is the fact that the city of Buffalo doesn’t know where its name came from either. It used to be called Buffalo Creek named after the creek that ran through the city. Four predominant theories exist on where the name Buffalo Creek came from. An Indian tribe that migrated to the area, french explorers who saw buffalo further west around Lake Eerie, and British colonization. However recently that may have changed.
A new idea has surfaced that an English explorer wrote Buffalo Creek in a journal mistaking elk bones for those of bison. I guess the name Buffalo Bills is much better than Buffalo Bison. It’s like calling your kid Rich Richards.
Let’s not even start on the Buffalo Jills. The cheerleading squad was once contracted by the Bills from third parties. Including a company called Mighty Taco!