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With as many as 15,000 friends coming into town this weekend, leaders of the Buffalo Bills Backers of Jacksonville knew they couldn’t just wing it. Joe Davis was on Grand Island watching last Sunday’s games when the Bengals clawed back to beat the Ravens and officially end the Bills’ playoff drought. “As soon as Dalton threw that touchdown pass I was on StubHub getting m…

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When the NFL scheduled the Bills to play in Miami on New Year’s Eve this season, it forced restauranteur Russell Salvatore to postpone his annual party in nearby Fort Lauderdale, a tradition that went back almost 30 years. The Bills Backers of Miami are hoping to start a new tradition with their own party at the Booze Garden on the eve of Sunday’s game. The event starts a…

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Sandy Siwiec watched last Sunday’s Snowvertime game from the Poolside Pub at Del Tura Country Club in Fort Myers, Fla. At one point, as the television broadcast showed the near-blizzard conditions, a fair-weather fan of another team asked, “aren’t you glad you’re not there?” “I wish I was at this game,” Siwiec responded. “We had season tickets for years and years and the…

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For two decades, Bills fans in San Francisco have connected at Northstar Cafe. For two Rochester-area natives, the Bills backer bar facilitated a love connection. Maggie Ratigan and Jeff Leathersich never met the first time they lived in the same city. When Leathersich moved to San Francisco in 2015, one of the first things he did was seek out a place to watch Bills game…

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You’ll need to be on the guest list to get into this exclusive party in L.A. And you’ll need to be a Bills fan. The Los Angeles Bills Backers of Santa Monica are hosting a tailgate party at the Cal State Dominguez Hills Sculpture Garden prior to Sunday’s game between the Bills and the Chargers. Tickets much be purchased in advance and only 1,250 will be sold. Campus sec…

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When MaryLou DeMarco moved to Brandon, Fla. ,16 years ago, she searched the city for a suitable spot to circle the wagons. “I was going to different pubs and watching the Buffalo Bills games by myself and it just wasn’t the same thing,” said DeMarco, a South Buffalo native and the niece of former Buffalo mayor Steven Pankow. Sitting at the bar one day at O’Brien’s Irish…

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Cases of Labatt Blue Light cover an entire wall at Whitehall Tavern in downtown Atlanta. Duff’s Famous Wings in Newnan, Ga., is bringing 2,000 wings to the tailgate. Galla’s will deliver 100 sheets of Buffalo-style pizza. “And we’re going to run out of food,” said Alex Del Pozzo, president of the Bills Backers of Atlanta. Claiming to be the largest organization of Bi…

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It started more than 20 years ago, when Depew native Mark Sarnowski would wear his Bills hat while managing Lodo’s Bar & Grill in downtown Denver. If another native Western New Yorker noticed it, he would invite them back on Sundays to watch the game. Soon, they had a group of six regulars cheering for the Bills on a single TV. They officially formed the Colorado Bi…

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When Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane shuffled off to Buffalo from the Carolinas, they went against a trend as old as the Bills’ playoff drought. Charlotte, N.C., has one of the largest populations of transplanted Western New Yorkers. According to the Charlotte Observer, Mecklenburg County is the No. 1 out-of-state destination for people leaving Erie County (and No. 2 f…