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Bills Backers Club: Two groups come together to host tailgate in Kansas City

Quarterback controversies are nothing new for the Bills Backers of Kansas City.

“The club began when Todd Collins took over for Jim Kelly,” said Canisius College graduate Joseph Cirincione, chapter president.

The group had gathered informally in the Southland of Kansas City since the early 1990s and became an official chapter under the guidance of Cirincione and past presidents Ed Blinco and Dan Wojtanik.

After leaving its first meeting place, a bar named Pitchers, and spending a trial season at Buffalo Wild Wings, the Bills Backers of Kansas City settled on their current location, Fox & Hound in Overland Park, Kan., which draws about 25-30 fans on Bills Sundays, Cirincione said.

Another group, the Northland Bills Backers, has met at Al’s Bar and Grill in Parkville, Mo. since 2010. Owned by Hamburg native Al Burns, the establishment is known for its authentic Buffalo-style chicken wings.

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The clubs will come together to host the Bills fan tailgate in the L lot at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday morning.

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Posted by Northland Bills Backers on Thursday, November 23, 2017

Cirincione recalled going to The Rockpile with his future wife, Jana, to watch the Bills battle the Chiefs. Most of the club members are Western New York ex-pats.

Justin Londagin, however, grew up in Kansas but has rooted for the Bills since 1985.

“I saw the Buffalo Bills at the bottom of the AFC East standings and picked them to be my team,” Londagin said. “Favorite game was the season opener in 2011 where the Bills killed the Chiefs. To see all those Chiefs fans walk out of the game midway through the third quarter was pure bliss.”

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Chapter: Bills Backers of Kansas City

Membership: About 50

Founded: 1997

Gathering place: Fox & Hound, 10428 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, Kan.

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Chapter: Northland Bills Backers

Membership: About 50

Founded: 2010

Gathering place: Al's Bar & Grill, 10911 NW 45 Highway
Parkville, Mo.

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Jonah Bronstein is a BNblitz.com contributor. If your Bills Backers chapter has a unique story, reach out to him at jonah.bronstein@gmail.com.

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