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One hat, two rivals: Bills fan stumbles upon collectible

One hat, two rivals: Bills fan stumbles upon collectible Joe Schieve's purchase from the Bills' store turned out to be quite the souvenir.

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For lifelong Bills fan Joe Schieve, an Aug. 28 trip to the team's new store unfolded into an amusing story, if not an omen for the coming season.

The business teacher and lacrosse coach from Johnson City High School -- just west of Binghamton, NY -- was in a rush as he freshened his Bills wardrobe for the 2014 season, glancing quickly at the front of a New Era team cap before gliding through the checkout line in Orchard Park.

The following day, Schieve showed off his new Bills apparel to his wife, Michelle, who uttered an unexpected reply.

"Why'd you buy a Patriots hat?" Schieve recalls her asking.

As Schieve looked closer, he noticed that the front of the Bills hat featured the correct logo, but, oddly, the back displayed New England's insignia and logo. He quickly shared the bizarre story with his social media networks -- he's @Dnick55 on Twitter -- and it grew legs to Busted Coverage and SB Nation, among other sites.

"The funny part of the story was that it could have been any other NFL team, but it had to be the arch-rival Patriots on the back," Schieve wrote in an email. When the Bills learned of the mishap through the Busted Coverage story, Schieve says he was immediately contacted by team representatives so they could address the issue.

A Bills season-ticket holder and devoted fan, the Johnson City teacher has no intention of discarding the hat.

"It has a great story behind it, and I hope it brings the Bills a lot of luck this season," Schieve wrote. "I view it as an omen that the Bills will finish in front of the Patriots this year, since we are in the front of the hat."

 

Full-sized image of the cap that Schieve posted through his Twitter account, @Dnick55.

Full-sized image of the cap that Schieve posted through his Twitter account, @Dnick55.

 

  • MomofThree

    I had a similar experience at the Sabres store. I bought a hat for my daughter and it had the Sabres logo on the front but it had Sharks written all over it.

  • Buffalo Fan

    "I view it as an omen that the Bills will finish in front of the Patriots this year, since we are in the front of the hat."

    Fingers crossed!!

    • jim

      You can't be serious.

      • Lou Carey

        Alright Jim, settle down now!

      • Buffalo Fan

        Soorrrryyyyy for cheering for the team that I want to win. That's how it works. When you like a team in a given sport, you cheer for them to win. Its not uncommon. Even in the World Cup, Americans across the country cheered for a team that pretty much everyone knew didn't have a chance, EVEN THE COACH, yet we still were hopeful.

        This guy, jim, must be a Pats fan, or maybe a Fins fan. Definitely not a Bills fan though.

  • mimafield

    Look for the union label . LOL!

    • Just watching the show

      Probably had one lol!

  • Just watching the show

    Schieve wrote. "I view it as an omen that the Bills will finish in front of the Patriots this year, since we are in the front of the hat."

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    O.M.G. Seriously? THAT is funny!

  • jim

    Both history and common sense dictate that the Bills lack the talent in both coaching and players to pretend to compete for anything other than a 3rd-place finish, and probably not with the Patriots. What's unexpected, even for this publication, is that someone felt this topic was actually worth consuming both bandwidth and physical space.

    • Buffalo Fan

      You need to go to therapy. Your view of the world seems to be depressed. I know a few good ones if you need a recommendation.

  • Austin Hood

    I have a sneaky feeling that after the Buffalo Bills gets a new owner that all bets are off and we will start to see some dramatic changes.

    If Donald Trump gets the nod, he won't tolerate spending all that money and getting a losing team.

    If Terry Pegula gets the nod, I'm sure he will want to get his money's worth out of the franchise.

    And, if Bon Jovi wins, he will probably take a selfie showing his famous "###**** eating" grin and laughing to himself at his magnificent Snow Job, in the Snow Capital of the World, Buffalo and Western New York.

    • Buffalo Fan

      How about you let them actually lose this year first? That's an important part of your little tirade.

  • Austin Hood

    I had a dream that I went to the Bills store to get a few souvenirs for the game, and Ifound the keys to a new Cadillac Escalade painted in the Bills Colors with a case of Woodford Reserve SIingle Barrel Bourbon in the rear cargo area along with a few coupons, "Buy one get one Free" for the $18 Wagyu Beef hotdogs.

    Lol.


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