Buffalo Bills NFL Watch Party: What’s your favorite homegating necessity?

What makes for a great at-home tailgating experience? We’ve written plenty about tailgating, but most of our readers don’t show up in the parking lot every weekend, and many Buffalo Bills fans don’t even live in the Western New York area. Instead, they’re on their couch, sitting in their favorite chair, or walking around their own (guilty) living room cheering on the Bills.

With that in mind, what ingredients do you need for the perfect home hatch, Bills Mafia? Click on the comments section below.

Screens

How many screens do you use for the game and what sizes? Not a question for your typical tailgate but an important part of your homegating experience. I usually have at least three or four between playing on the big screen, Buffalo Rumblings on one computer screen, TweetDeck on another, and stats on my phone. That’s if I am only watch the Bills that week! If I’m interested in another game, I also have a TV screen that I pull out for that.

Food

You can’t have a tailgate – at the stadium or at home – without food. What is your favorite snack and favorite starter? Pizza Logs or Buffalo Chicken Logs are always my go-to snack for the game (not a sponsor but, hey, call me), and then chili season is right around the corner for my main course. I prefer French bread for the extra crust. The fixings make the meal and my chili loves sour cream, cheddar cheese, onions and a touch of hot sauce. I’m usually not a chicken wing type during games, just because I usually type and need to have my hands clean. When I do, they come out of the air fryer in a sauce, with hot sauce, butter, and marshmallows to better coat the wings. My kids also love game day donuts, especially if the frosting is festive. Sometimes we make a day of it, get wings and donuts, and then come home before kickoff.

Drinks

Do you have a drink that you always sport on Sundays? I usually start the game with water or a Diet Coke and switch to adult drinks at halftime. (Again, I have to tap a little here even when the game is on.) Especially for night games, I pour a shot of bourbon during post-game pressers to aid sleep. It’s nice to be in the comfort of my own home, right next to the fridge, liquor cabinet, and bathroom. This is part of the joys of homegating!

Decorations

The only decoration I make for a normal Bills game is the flag on the front of the house. Inside, it’s just what I’m wearing. We aim for efficiency in this department. We remain silent. What is the must-have decoration in your home?

Games & Activities

My kids haven’t really gotten old in tailgating games like corn hole or ladder ball or Kan Jam – they’re definitely too young for beer pong or flip cup, but maybe you and your friends have a competition or two on game day. Share them below!

Personal

My wife and kids usually come in and out of games at this point. I don’t usually invite people, but when we do, it becomes strong. Games with my family usually have more eyeballs, but games with friends usually have more food. Who do you invite as homegating partners in crime?


My kids are at the impressionable age, so showing them that football is fun is my biggest key when they’re in the room. The recent big game and excitement around the Bills has certainly helped, and homegating has been a great way to share this weekly event.

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