6:58 a.m. A long line of anxious, dedicated tailgaters on Abbott Rd. finally begins to enter the lot just across Ralph Wilson Stadium. I’m sure you’ve heard the tales about how crazy Bills fans are and how great the tailgate scene is. So why is this story any different? How about this for starters: it’s Saturday. A full 30 hours before kickoff. This is the tailgate party you don’t hear about. Every home game, locals and travelers alike use their common bonds of love for the Bills and fondness for recreational vehicles to celebrate together in preparation for the big game. I happen to be part of a group of friends that have done this for the past eight years…and it matters to no one that we cruise up in a ’68 Driftwood. So you might be wondering what could you possibly do for such a long time? Simple.
- Enjoy a breakfast of champions: egg sandwich and hash, Bloody Mary
- Stare at the stadium and think about what’s to come
- Grill some lunch: dogs, burgers, sauseege
- Toss the football
- Listen to WGR, maybe call in with our “keys to the game”
- Play beer pong, horseshoes, washers, etc.
- Stare at the stadium some more
- Drink 18 beers
- Make 18 trips to the bathroom
- Build a fire, sit by it
- Fire up a satellite flat screen and watch football players that may someday play for the Bills
- Play a game of “see who can stay up the latest”
- Sleep, only if you must
- Get up and do it all again until it’s time to head in
Today, the RV lot sold out for the first time ever on a Saturday. The weather wasn’t great, nobody was giving out free tickets or anything. Fans are just that pumped about tomorrow. So if you’re thinking about doing this in the future, remember, it’s not the size of your camper that matters, it’s the size of your party! Go Bills!