Seen and heard outside New Era Field before Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins:
Snow day: The weather Sunday was clearer and drier than it was during last week’s historic Bills snowstorm, but there was still plenty of snow left over outside New Era Field. Buffalo fans created a far livelier atmosphere for today’s Week 15 matchup against the Dolphins than they did for last week’s game versus the Indianapolis Colts.
In one of the grass lots along Southwestern Boulevard adjacent to New Era Field, massive piles of snow gave fans an opportunity for some good, old-fashioned winter fun. Tailgaters climbed the piles and hung out on top, and some even slid down the slopes on makeshift sleds.
One fan, pictured above, tried to "snowboard" down one of the slopes.
Not pictured: It didn’t end well for him, as the slope was too steep, and he took a spill. (He wasn’t hurt.)
Santa makes an appearance: Plenty of fans wore Santa Claus hats for the Bills’ last home game of the season and final home game before Christmas, but Aaron Hefferon, of Waterloo, arrived dressed in the full look, beard and all.
Hefferon dressed in the same outfit for a Bills game a few years ago, and he said other fans typically salute his holiday spirit.
Hefferon was attending with his brother, a lifelong Bills fan who now lives in Oklahoma.
His Christmas wish?
“Hope to see the Bills win for my brother,” he said.
More holiday spirit: Standing out among the many Santa hats and Christmas sweaters was a more original holiday look: Anders Korn’s Bills helmet that was outfitted with a Hanukkah menorah on top.
Korn, 28, of Elmira, said he is Jewish and celebrates Hanukkah, which began Tuesday evening and ends next Wednesday evening. Six of the eight branches of the menorah on Korn’s helmet held candles, plus the center branch.
“This has been very popular,” Korn said. “I’m getting a lot of free food and beer.”
Tongue-in-cheek T-shirt: Among the many items for sale from vendors along Abbott Road was a T-shirt that would make many Bills fans chuckle.
“Bring in Peterman,” the shirt reads. “Not!”
The shirt alludes to the Bills’ well-documented quarterback troubles this year, with many fans clamoring for starter Tyrod Taylor to be replaced with the rookie Nathan Peterman, only to see Peterman fail miserably when he got the start against the Los Angeles Chargers earlier this year.
The shirt would be inappropriate to wear today — Peterman was declared inactive Sunday, as he is still recovering from a concussion suffered last week against the Colts.
Next tailgate: Sunday was the last home game of the 2017 season, so, barring a potential unexpected home playoff game, we’ll see you next year, Bills fans!