BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Some Buffalo sports bars and restaurants are offering special brunches for the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Bills game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
At the 716 Sports Bar at Harbor Center in Buffalo, a special London dish called Bangers and Mash will be served, to enhance the “flavor” of the game. It’s a combination of sausage and mashed potatoes.
“Typical tailgating fare,” says 716 General Manager Jason Barrett.
“If you were to come from London and have a Beef on Weck,” said 716 patron Rich Smith. “It’s the same. It’s a unique thing to that area.”
However, there can be no beer or alcohol served Sunday morning because of New York State law. Some Bills fans say a game without the suds is just not quite the same, but at least Buffalonians will get to watch the game on TV.
Buffalo and Jacksonville are the only two cities where the game will be broadcasted. Everyone else in the country will have to pull it in on the internet, on Yahoo. The NFL wants to see how that works out.
Some Rochester fans are crying “Foul.”
“Oh, it’s upsetting,” said Jerry Erwin. “We can’t see the game and we’re only sixty miles away. I mean, come on! Why wouldn’t you be able to see it?”
After all, the Bills train at St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester.
“I think Rochester is maybe the second biggest base for Bills fans outside of Buffalo itself,” said C.B. Schottland, a Bills supporter. “Buffalo is getting the game and we’re not. It’s kind of upsetting,” he said.
Others who might miss the game are Sunday church-goers.
“Gotta serve the Lord,” said Buffalonian Joseph Bolden. He says he will say a prayer for the Bills.
At the University at Buffalo’s Newman Center, director Rev. Msgr. Patrick Keleher says “amen” to that.
“My mother always said, ‘Ya know Pat, when you really need something, you gotta pray hard.”
He said with a laugh, “I expect the collection will probably be double this week.”