BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Buffalo sports fans faced a dilemma Monday night as the Sabres took to the ice and the Bills hit the field.
We launched a Twitter poll asking fans which team they would watch. More than 1,000 people responded and 86 percent said they would watch the Bills, only 14 percent planned to cheer on the Sabres. Fans told News 4 the poll doesn’t tell the whole story.
Even before the puck hit the ice at First Niagara Center, fans were getting ready for the tough night ahead.
“What are we going to do?” said Geri Juszkiewicz, from Buffalo. “We’ll have two TVs, one set will be Sabres and one set will be Bills and we’ll split our viewing time.”
Juszkiewicz is a true Buffalo sports fan. We talked to her outside First Niagara Center about her lifelong dedication to the Sabres. She was dressed head to toe in Bills gear.
“We have to give the Bills all the power we can because they’re playing Brady and that’s a pretty tough team,” she said.
We spotted other fans wearing Bills shirts into the Sabres game as game time got closer. Some fans told News 4 a situation like this can be the best of both worlds.
“While the Sabres game was on, they’d put the [Bills] game up and even show highlights,” said Bill Glodzik, from Hamburg. “It was interesting, you got to see two games at once.”
Glodzik has season tickets to Sabres games and said they will always be his top team.
“I’ve been a Bills fan but the Sabres always come first,” he said.
Bills fans were more vocal down the street at 716 Food and Sport restaurant.
“Sammy Watkins, hopefully he’s going to perform tonight and get us that ‘W’”,” said fan Bob Bauer.
This is the second time in November fans have had to choose between the Sabres and the Bills.
“You don’t see it a lot” said Bauer.
The Sabres start an hour and a half before the Bills, which gives downtown restaurants like 716 the chance to show both games. It’s been good for business, especially with the Sabres playing around the corner at home this week.
“Now we’ve got the pre-game crowd, the post-game crowd and the Bills away game crowd in one night,” said Don Heins, the communications director for HarborCenter.
Although it may have been hard for some in that crowd to pick which jersey to wear going into Monday night, everyone seemed to agree on one thing.
“Hopefully they both win and we can be happy for Thanksgiving,” said fan Geri Juszkiewicz.