Posted by Andy Benoit
Yesterday we highlighted the Canadian lows in the eight-game series between the Buffalo Bills and Toronto’s Rogers Centre. (In short, the Bills are reaping handsome benefits from playing in Toronto, but Rogers Communication is taking a bath due primarily to low attendance).
To follow up, Richard Griffin of the Toronto Sun writes that there were only an estimated 20,000 fans at the Rogers Centre for last night’s Bills-Colts preseason contest. The announced attendance was 39,583, but you know how those announced attendance figures go…
This, obviously, isn’t a good sign. Yes, we’re talking about a preseason game. But we’re also talking about a fan base that doesn’t get to see the Bills very often (or, for that matter, the league’s biggest star, Peyton Manning).
With both quarterback starters, Peyton Manning and Trent Edwards taking every first quarter snap, the opening 15 minutes contained enough big-play action to please the most hardened football cynic. The problem is that there was really just one quarter of real excitement out of 60 minutes. The game, even with all those points early, lacked the same buzz of sporting anticipation that the August ’08 game vs. the Steelers boasted. Expectations have disappeared that this series will ever catch on.
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