Fans brave cold to greet playoff-bound Bills at airport
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) -- It's been 18 years since the Bills made the playoffs, and a little frigid weather wasn't going to keep Buffalo from celebrating.
With the temperature at 2 degrees, fans ditched their New Year's Eve plans to welcome the postseason-bound Bills at Buffalo Niagara International Airport early Monday morning.
Buffalo ended the longest active playoff drought in U.S. pro sports Sunday after winning at Miami.
"Buffalo wouldn't be Buffalo if it wasn't for people coming out here in weather like this," said Kyle Bower, a Bills fan who happened to be visiting from West Palm Beach, Florida.
The Bills were scheduled to land around 1 a.m., and by midnight, about 40 cars had gathered in the parking lot -- many of them honked their horns when the new year began.
Fifteen minutes later, roughly 60 fans gathered in front of a fence overlooking the Bills' arrival gate began chanting "Let's go Buffalo!" and singing the team's touchdown celebration song, "Shout!"
"We were just excited. A perfect night to come out and support the team," said Kristin Cahill, who was with her son, Joseph Kemp. "This hasn't happened in his lifetime. He's 16."
Her son suggested greeting the Bills after the team tweeted its travel plans for the trip back from Miami.
"He brought it up, and I said, `Let's go."' Cahill said. "We didn't have any plans."