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Bills fan jumps on flaming table, sets self on fire – Bills-Jets Tailgate Report

Bills fans are insane, exhibit 1,310,624:

Bills tailgates have been fire emojis all year but this is taking it kind of literally. I have so many questions.

First of all: what happened to stop, drop and roll? I thought everybody knew that. Stop, drop and roll, man.

Secondly, does this guy even know he's on fire? He seems incredibly nonchalant about the whole thing. He even jumps back on the table! Hope he's OK.

Third, does beer even put out fire? Hard liquor definitely wouldn't help but beer is mostly water. (I Googled this for you and found an incredible headline: "Firefighter puts out fire with truckload of beer." So maybe it can be done. You're welcome.)

Gang Green representing: Jets fans had a strong showing Sunday morning at the Bills tailgate – probably better than any other fanbase this year.

Lot 1 off Big Tree Road was split almost 50-50 between Blue & Red and Green & White.


One group of New Jersey fans, flying a Jets flag high over the lot, said they planned this week’s tailgate with their entire section at MetLife Stadium in the moments after the Jets’ OT win against the Patriots last week.

“We raided StubHub,” said John Ryan, a Jets fan from Oldbridge, N.J. “We all planned for Lot 1. As soon as the Jets won StubHub was burning up.”

Ryan and his crew flew three flags next their truck, ranked in order of importance:

1. America
2. Jets
3. Beer
(see photo above)

“We’ve been flying these flags for 20 years,” Ryan said.

Ryan’s gang had heard tales of Bills tailgate ridiculousness this year and was impressed with the scene Sunday.

“I don’t think we’re at Bills Mafia level,” Nick Klubeck said of Jets tailgates, “but we have a good time.”

shadydealThanks, Kiko: When Kiko Alonso was traded to the Eagles, Jimmy Gardner of Dunkirk was upset. He had purchased Alonso’s jersey but never got to wear it to a game Alonso played in.

Then the return of LeSean McCoy started to sink in.

"I was sad to see him go, but 'Shady' more than made up for it," Gardner said.

So he took his jersey to the Jock Shop in Jamestown and got a "Shady Deal" nameplate put on the jersey.

Translation: 50's contribution to the team was enabling it to get McCoy.

Smells good: This week's honor for best-smelling tailgate goes to Nick Aja of Buffalo, who deep-fried a turkey in Lot 7.

Asked how he came up with the idea, Aja didn't hold back: "Because I'm a genius."

She Doesn't Even Go Here: Jerseys spotted around Ralph Wilson Stadium that had nothing to do with Sunday's game: Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown x2, Cam Newton, Le'Veon Bell, Demaryius Thomas x2, Colin Kaepernick, Peyton Manning. Additionally, I spotted five Tim Tebow jerseys. Nice work, guys.

onsiesBest dressed: This week's award goes to Mike Elliot of Rochester, who wore a fantastic Bills onesie.

"It's the best way to go," he said.

Elliot said he paid $50 for the outfit at a Rochester mall. He felt he got a good value – it is both pants and a shirt, after all.

Next tailgate: See you in August, Bills fan. Stay woke.


Follow Nick Veronica on Twitter @NickVeronica.

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