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  1. Tunescribe

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    A few quick notes from having attended Pats-Bills in Buffalo:

    * Lots of excellent tailgating in the lots; tip of the hat to the tailgate organized by Patriotsny.com (Dean and Tom) -- great food, great fans.

    * The Bills' practice fieldhouse was open pre-game, a SUPER place to hang out and stay warm, with all kinds of cool displays, info booths, former players signing autographs, pre-game radio broadcast, interactive NFL Experience-type things for kids, TVs showing earlier games, etc. The Patriots DEFINITELY should be doing something like this with the Dana Farber Fieldhouse.

    * The stadium was packed and rockin', VERY loud. The Bills fans were manic and a bit in-your-face to myself and my buddy until we went up 14-0 midway through the first quarter and reality finally set in. There were loud chants of "Cheaters! Cheaters!" early, which quit after a while. When we went for it deep in Bills territory on fourth down in the second half instead of kicking field goals, the chanting turned to "Ass-holes! Ass-holes!" :rolleyes:

    * Midway through the fourth quarter, the place was on its way to emptying out except for Pats fans, and there were a LOT of us there, many with signs. One group had a big, professionally made banner that had the helmets of both teams, one on each end. The Bills helmet had a big "X" over it and the sign read "10 and 0, Here We Go!"

    * After the Patriots scored touchdowns, guys on the kickoff team would point and wave at groups of Pats fans in the end zones and got them cheering. The cheering for the Pats was pretty loud at times. I'd say there were a good 5,000 Patriots fans at the game, maybe more.

    * Overall, I'd say that Bills fans are good folks, they are extremely passionate about their team. Except for a few jerk-y gestures toward us by some drunken kids, things were reasonably civil.

    * Ralph Wilson Stadium is yet another example of how the layout of other NFL stadiums holds in crowd noise, unlike Gillette. The place is old, though, and the concourse is too jammed to comfortably negotiate at halftime. As I reported last year, one really nice perk (that security doesn't allow at Gillette) is you can gather in the first rows of the lower bowl to watch warm-ups no matter where your seats are located, as long as you get to your own seats prior to kickoff.

    * It was cold, in the upper 20s during the game, but wind was minimal and if you dressed warmly, the weather was no problem. Some brief snow flurries before the game sort of added to the atmosphere where you felt, "Yeah, NOW we're in the stretch run."

    I'll try to issue a similar report from the Ravens game in a couple weeks.
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    There was one sign I saw on TV that I was laughing my ass off. I forget exactly what it said, but it was one of the ones that played off the network callsign, NBC:

    Not Even Close To
    Being
    Competitive

    LOL!
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    No, but that was kind of typical. I saw one poor Bills fan who sat there with his head in his hands looking at his feet for a really long time. It was hard not to feel sorry for those folks when they started the game whipped into such a frenzy and then the Pats utterly destroyed their team. I think they really believed that with their four-game winning streak and being a night game on national television, they could pull an upset like they almost did against Dallas.
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    Reality is such a b!tch, especially when a cherished world view crumbles before your eyes. I pray to the Gods of Quantum Chance that we do not experience such agony this season.

    P.S. LOVE these away game reports, people!
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    I remember it reading,

    Need
    Better
    Competition
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    You are correct, sir. You can see it on NFL.com when Hobbs returns the fumble.
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    That's damn funny. But at the same time I cringe at the thought of taking a sign like that into another team's stadium. It's just asking for trouble.
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    Don't think you'd make it out alive if that were in Philly!
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    Same thing in Baltimore, heck, Raven fans cheered when Boller was hurt at home against the Colts.....
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    Yes, I think it read Need Better Competition, and it showed up on the Video screen after Hobbs touchdown, and quickly cut away from. BTW, that HD video screen was AWESOME, we need one like that here in Foxboro. We were sitting 4 rows from the field on the back goal line (Moss' third TD was right in front of us) and everytime the action was down the other end of the field I watched the HD Video, it was like watching it at home! Tons of Pats fans around us, and the only fight we almost saw was when some very drunk Canadian Pats fans started heckling the Bills fans...but other than that everyone was pretty much good natured.

    Great tailgate again this year, we set up across from the Rochester tailgate and took a walk down to the Murphy's tailgate as well. What a mess the parking lot was after the game, trash, broken bottles, fires (yes fires, where people dumped over their grills and the asphalt ignited)...and of course no security to be seen, I'm amazed I got out of the lot without a flat tire.

    When we were leaving we were almost run over by Ralph Wilson himself (he was being driven around in a golf cart), but I couldn't get a picture in time...

    But I did get a picture of the new signs in the Men's room this year (I know they weren't there last year, and I can confirm I saw guys going in the sink last year):

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