Maybe Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his dog Captain had an excuse for mistakenly awarding the New York Jets a victory a full day before the team actually played (and got demolished by the New England Patriots).
After all, Cuomo was in a suite at the Buffalo Bills stadium watching the only team that plays home games in the state shortly before the erroneous tweet. The governor watched the Bills beat Miami with team owners Kim and Terry Pegula.
“I was not talking about the Jets or the Giants,” Cuomo joked when asked what he discussed with the Pegulas. “I can tell you that.”
There is the small matter of new stadium lease negotiations approaching quickly. The current deal expires in the summer of 2023.
However, Cuomo said he was not discussing a new deal or the possibility of building a new stadium either.
“We we’re talking about the Bills. We were talking about the game and we were talking about Western New York,” he said.
The NFL has indicated it believes a new stadium would help ensure the long-term viability of the team in Western New York. There is much less talk about the team moving now though than there was during the last negotiations.
While the state and the county will take some credit for including a non-relocation clause in the deal, most observers believe the Pegulas $1.4 billion purchase solidified the team’s future.
Whoever is responsible, Cuomo said it was a good thing for the entire region.
“We have spent a lot of time investing in Western New York and getting past the pessimism and the cynicism, saying to people we can revive Western New York. It doesn’t have to be that people leave and businesses leave and I believe strongly that there is a new chapter in the future of Western New York and keeping the Bills in Western New York, I think, was critical to that process,” he said.
The governor seems to be reveling in the successful start for the Bills and the Pegula-owned Sabres hockey team too. He said the winning ways are increasing pride in the region.
He probably has another reason to be pleased the football team avoided losing to the winless Dolphins while he was at the stadium. Bills fans are known to be a bit superstitious.