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Bills fans finding creative ways to watch Tuesday’s game

Bills fans finding creative ways to watch Tuesday’s game

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — Some Bills fans hoping to head down to Tennessee to cheer for the team in person changed their minds after the recent scheduling woes.

Although the Titans are allowing more than 8,600 fans inside Nissan Stadium, many decided against traveling after the what ifs and back and forth whether the game would still be on.

Nick Giammusso is the president of VIP Tix, an organization that allows people to buy and sell tickets to events like football games. He says just a few weeks ago people were contacting him to head to Nashville.

“It seems like just a few weeks ago we were getting a lot of calls, fielding a lot of calls, and then with the uncertainty of the date, things just kind of leveled off,” Giammusso told News 4.

But Bills fans still want to be able to watch the game while also staying safe, so they’re finding creative ways to cheer on the team.

People can head to Lockport and break out the charcoal grills and folding tables. The Transit Drive-In is allowing people to tailgate and stay for the game. Strict safety protocols will be in place, however, with parking at roughly 50-percent capacity.

“The game is going to be projected on the largest outdoor screen in New York State with the brightest projector in the world, and it’s going to be incredible,” said owner Rick Cohen. “All from the comfort of your car, or you can sit outside in lawn chairs, as long as you stay within your group and social distance, everyone will have a safe and fun time.”

Marlee Tuskes is a reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.

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Auburn barely survives Arkansas, but fans want off the roller coaster

Auburn barely survives Arkansas, but fans want off the roller coaster

Doug Segrest, Special to the Advertiser
Published 6:24 p.m. MT Oct. 10, 2020

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AUBURN, Ala. — Open up the talk-show lines. Stay tuned for message board drama.

The red flags are up. The meltdown is real.

Auburn got physical Saturday, opening a big lead against resurgent Arkansas. But the Razorbacks shook off a 17-point, first-half deficit to force Auburn to the precipice.

It took a a 38-yard Anders Carlson field goal with 7 seconds left for the 13th-ranked Tigers to escape with a 30-28 victory.

Yeah, we know. It was upset Saturday. Florida fell. LSU tumbled.

But a not-so-funny thing happened on the way to an Auburn rout. This outcome wouldn’t, shouldn’t, couldn’t happen. Until it did.

To Gus Malzahn, against his home state team, to a program with a first-year coach just a week removed from ending a 20-game SEC losing skid. Yeah, we know, 2020 has been a year like no other.

But, seriously?

It will take a while to unwrap this one. Needing to re-establish a physical presence after getting manhandled by No. 3 Georgia a week ago, Auburn did just that from the start.

Freshman Tank Bigsby turned in a breakout performance, hitting the century mark before intermission.

And in less conventional fashion, Auburn’s running game found success with 300-pound tight end J.J. Pegues out of the wildcat. He got Auburn into an early rhythm with an 11-yard carry.

Suddenly, Auburn’s beleaguered offensive line was gashing holes that Bigsby began exploiting. But like a rainbow on a soggy day, the good times proved fleeting.

WEEK 6: Winners and losers include Texas A&M, LSU

SHOCKER:No. 3 Florida falls to No. 22 Texas A&M

LETDOWN: No. 16 LSU loses to winless Missouri

The 17-point lead, established just 25 minutes

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Gophers football fans have to get creative to carry on their tradition of tailgating

Gophers football fans have to get creative to carry on their tradition of tailgating



a group of people posing for the camera: Tailgating friends (from left) Nathan Brown, Chris Joos, Greg Palattao, Erik Romslo, Peter Moran and Dave Just in Lot 37 outside the Gophers' stadium.


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Tailgating friends (from left) Nathan Brown, Chris Joos, Greg Palattao, Erik Romslo, Peter Moran and Dave Just in Lot 37 outside the Gophers’ stadium.

For about seven fall Saturdays each of the past 12 years, Peter Moran has enjoyed one constant: tailgating for Gophers football games.

The tradition started with a group of seven friends buying season tickets and has grown from the Metrodome days to TCF Bank Stadium, expanding along with the families. For the usual Thursday season opener, the friends would take the day off work to golf before the game that night. On Saturdays, their group would be among the first in line when Lot 37 behind Ridder Arena opened at 7 a.m., pulling into the same spot on the far east side.

Throughout the years, this became more than just a pregame gathering for snacks and cornhole. Lot 37 became a community — a community temporarily disbanded during the coronavirus pandemic.

“You take away that aspect of it … of community and getting together with friends and other fans and just celebrating the good times and wallowing in misery with each other through the bad times,” Moran said. “ … It’s just not going to be the same.”

Moran is one of many Gophers fans left with a void where following their favorite college football team used to be. While the Big Ten helped that a bit by reinstating the canceled season to start Oct. 24, the conference still won’t allow fans to attend games or tailgate because of COVID-19 concerns.

For Moran, 43, of Greenfield, it’s not the food or the beverages or even the fact that as a father of two boys, those home Gophers games are some of his few social events of the

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