Cuomo: “The Bills better win this year”

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget address contained an implicit message for the Buffalo Bills: Just win, baby!

The Cuomo administration, you may recall, came to a financial agreement with the National Football League team and Erie County to keep the Bills in Buffalo for at least the next seven years.

As Cuomo detailed the $60 million his 2013-14 budget includes for renovations to Ralph Wilson Stadium, Cuomo said the team better keep its end of the bargain.

“All I can say is for $60 million, the Bills better win this year, my friends,” Cuomo said. “Talk about performance funding.”

The Bills, which play in one of the NFL’s smallest markets, are frequently mentioned as a possibility to be relocated to a larger city such as Los Angeles. The new lease agreement calls for $226 million in public money over the course of the deal, including $123 million from the state.

Winning, of course, has proven to be quite difficult for Buffalo’s beloved Bills over the past decade-plus. The team hasn’t made the playoffs since after the 1999 season, when they lost to the Tennessee Titans in the infamous “Music City Miracle” game.

Here’s video of Cuomo’s faux ultimatum, courtesy of Gannett’s WGRZ-TV:

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