One man's fandemonium fueled a rollback in gasoline prices Monday at Genesee Street and Fillmore Avenue.
A day after the Buffalo Bills broke a seven-game losing streak by beating their archrival, the Miami Dolphins, Pali Agha, who manages his father's corner Exxon station, celebrated by knocking 15 cents a gallon off pump prices between noon and 8 p.m. Regular gas fell from $2.16 to $2.01.
He's not stopping there. Agha said the 15-cent discount will be offered during those hours every Monday through Friday after a Bills victory through the end of the season.
"I'm losing money but I don't care if it costs me $400 or $800 a week," he said.
Agha hopes his gesture will inspire the Bills to continue their winning ways. If he could give the team a ep talk, he said, he would say: Every time you guys win, you're helping give something back to the community.
"Maybe it will give them a little motivation," he said.
This from a man who didn't know pigskin from petroleum when his family moved to Buffalo from Saudi Arabia in 1990.
"I thought the Bills were a soccer team," Agha said.
But the team's run of four straight Super Bowl appearances and the excitement it generated in the city quickly won him over. He watched Sunday's win from the Ralph C. Wilson Stadium box of his supplier, Noco Energy.
Though his father, Motasim, and brother, Shadi, who runs the family's other Exxon station on Genesee, don't share his enthusiasm for the Bills, Agha is hooked.
"Even if they lose, I still love 'em," he said.
The sudden "gas blowout" quickly won over customers.
Loretta Till of Buffalo said she'll pull for the Bills -- and keep coming back for the victory discount -- even though she's not a football fan.
"They need to win more often. I'll be back every time," she said.