Backing the Bills

bills backersThe only thing worse than rooting for a bad team is not having anyone to commiserate with about how awful the team is. So, rejoice Bills fans -- Ed and his friend Bryon have started meetups to watch Bills games:

You may ask yourself, why would we form this club when our beloved gem of Western New York is 0-5 [now 0-6]? Because we can't endure this pain alone. We need to group together. So this is kind of like a support group for Bills fans and Western New Yorkers to come together every week for some great fun and specials at McGeary's Irish Pub as we watch our Bills.

Ed continues:

We've found Albany has a large population of Western and Central New York expats, and even more people like Bryon and me who are second-generation Upstaters who still have family ties out west. For us, this is really a cultural event. It's really cool the sort of positive reactions both of us have already heard from WNY/CNY expat friends of ours.

Ed says their first meetup was this past Sunday (oof, tough fumble). He says they had more than 20 people and ate through McGeary's entire supply of wings.

The next meetup is this Sunday at 1 pm, Bills vs. Chiefs.

Somewhat related: on behalf of Upstate New York, we would like to welcome the Syracuse football team back from the ranks of the embarrassing.

Earlier on AOA: Ask AOA: A good place to watch NFL games?

photo: City of Albany Buffalo Bills Backers Facebook

Comments

Thanks for writing about us, AOA!

Bryon deserves the credit for organizing the Albany Bills Backers.

And a huge thanks to Karen, Shy, Tess, and everybody else at McGeary's for their hospitality.

Didn't get the whole Bills thing until my son went to school at Canisius in Buffalo. Going to games there is terrific -- and cheap by NFL standards. The team spirit, the tailgating... it's great, and very painless to get good seats.

Lately they haven't been threatening my Jets, so it's easy to split my loyalties.

I was there, good group.

So great to hear this! Very tough being a Buffalo fan in Giants country (as if the Bills alone don't make it tough ;-))

Will definitely we attending the meet ups and spreading the word!

I will be there!

As a Bills fan, I'd be afraid of the possibility of mass suicide.

Don't drink the oddly colored beer!

Whoo Hoo! Go Bills! The next time I'm here on a Sunday I would love to come down and meet some other ex-pats!

Go Bills! Since I can't drive alllll the way to Buffalo EVERY time they have a home game, I usually suffer by myself because it's not always safe for me to experience the highs and lows of being a Bills fan in public.

Just thought I'd share with you a few websites that I cover the Bills for...I'm always looking for any different or good Bills coverage, so hopefully you guys will check this out. I always welcome ideas in the comments section or via twitter (@lysssie) or facebook for article ideas.

www.chicksinthehuddle.com (written by all females, I'm the "Bills Chick." We also publish these posts on Huffington Post's sports section)

www.bickeringbills.com (fairly new, it's not really a Bills news site but more a place to discuss and talk about everything else Bills)

www.buffalowdown.com (I was just asked to contribute to this and it is one of the largest Bills blogs out there)

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