Bills fans tailgate home opener at the Ralph - PHOTOS
by Don Nieman • September 09, 2013 @ 10:57am
The early morning started out a tad moist while the overcast sky lingered until about an hour and a half before kick off as fans in the sellout crowd for the Bills home opener against the New England Patriots filled the stadium’s perimeter parking lots. This is where the pre-game rituals began.
The erection of canopies, the firing of grills, the snapping open of aluminum can tops, the red solo cups lined on the table, the corn-hole board games laid out and the wonderful aroma of tailgate cooking floating through the air are the actions and results supporting the pre-game ritual. By game time it was a perfect day for football. A day under a clear blue sky and a bright late summer sun tempered with a comfortable breeze.
The blue, white and red Bills’ colors which adorned the fans seemed more saturated under the sun. As the photos in this gallery show, hopes were high, but it was not to be. These fans weren’t looking for a moral victory, they were looking for a victory and that victory happened not. The fans left the stadium in a somber stroll back to their tailgates after the Bills fell to the New England Patriots, 23 to 21.
But they’ll be back again, refreshed with the new hope that comes with the next week’s game. The ritual will be repeated, wishfully with different results.