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Bills Tailgate Report: Hand-rolled cigars, giant steaks and Dizzy Bat

Seen and heard around Ralph Wilson Stadium before Bills-Colts...

Next-level tailgate: For the first game of the Rex Ryan era, Orchard Park's David Kelly decided he and his friends needed to take their tailgate to the next level. So he hired a singer to do live music from his Lot 1 party and hired a specialist to hand-roll fresh cigars.

“We just tried something new," Kelly said. "The guy said he’d never done a tailgate before but said he’d try."

Greg Corbi, who specializes in on-location cigar rolling, was excited for the opportunity. Kelly invited him to enjoy himself at the tailgate and even gave him a ticket to the game. Corbi supplied everything for around $400.


Steaks fit for a king: Speaking of fans who kicked it up a notch for the home opener, check out the tomahawk ribeye steaks Edward Fox was grilling.

"It’s the home opener," the Welland, Ont. native said. "Go big or go home.”

Fox said the giant steaks take about 45 minutes to cook to medium. He had a fine array of other option on his grill as well, including chicken, caramelized mushrooms, peppers and onions, homemade stuffed peppers and his homemade special sauce.

Shake hands with Ralph: The Bills unveiled a statue of Ralph C. Wilson Jr. outside the stadium Saturday in a private ceremony. With his arms outstretched, the statue is primed for photo ops.

"I think the fans are going to really enjoy it, and that’s the idea,” Wilson's widow, Mary, said Saturday.

She was absolutely right. There was a ten-minute line to get a picture with the statue an hour before kickoff. Most fans seemed to get the idea, posing in a handshake position.

fedupFed up: No one can question Brian Watters' Bills fandom. He drove in all the way from Ottawa for Sunday's game and wore a Bills helmet in addition to a No. 14 jersey around the tailgate. But who's on the back of that jersey? Funny you should ask.

Watters has three nameplates on the back: former 14s Frank Reich and Ryan Fitzpatrick and current 14 Sammy Watkins. The rear number is hardly visible.

His rationale was simple:

"I was tired of buying new jerseys," he said. So new nameplates it is.

Ouch Town Population You, Bro: This guy may need some time in the quiet room:

She Doesn’t Even Go Here: Jerseys spotted around RWS that had nothing to do with Sunday’s game: Demaryius Thomas, Greg Jennings, Tony Gonzalez, Vernon Davis, Kurt Warner, and a blank Blue Jays jersey.

Next tailgate: Sunday, Sept. 20 vs. New England, 1 p.m.


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