If 18,000 baseball fans wielding glow-in-the-dark laser swords at Coca-Cola Field for the Buffalo Bisons’ annual "Star Wars" night is any indication, Western New York loves Star Wars.
But is it secretly part of the galaxy far far away?
With a little assist from Peter Myhalenko and Gil Guemes, members of the Buffalo-based North Ridge Star Wars fan club, The Buffalo News has uncovered some evidence that the force may be unusually strong here.
Taunton Place in North Buffalo: Clearly named after the tauntauns that Luke Skywalker and Han Solo rode on the icy planet of Hoth in “Empire Strikes Back.”
The Sabres: Short for light sabers, right? Although with their track records, their scoring has been about as accurate as storm troopers with their blasters.
North Ridge Road: Otherwise known as Route 93 out of Youngstown. Could it be a reference to the “North Ridge” references in “Empire,” where the local fan group got its name?
The Skylon Tower: Go to Niagara Falls State Park on a misty day and look toward the Canadian side. It sure could pass for Cloud City.
Buffalo Bills coach “Captain Rex” Ryan: Captain Rex was Anakin Skywalker’s trusted clonetrooper captain during the Clone Wars. But we all know what happened to Anakin. Could Tyrod Taylor be driven to the Dark Side, too?
Have you seen signs that Buffalo is the next Tatooine?