A Buffalo Bills fan suffered a gruesome broken leg in a tailgating mishap that was all caught on video.
The painful incident happened in the parking lot outside New Era Field before the team’s 27-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. In a video taken from one of the tailgate parties, the man was seen jumping down through a white collapsible table — which has become something of a favorite past-time for the team’s drunken fans.
Only this jump didn’t quite go as planned, and the man — decked out in camouflage pants and a Bills-styled Mexican wrestling mask — landed awkwardly, snapping his leg in half.
Video of the Buffalo Bills fan breaking his leg in the tailgate mishap went viral after the game, garnering thousands of views online and getting picked up by sports blogs. The footage can be seen below, and while it may not be for the more squeamish viewers, it isn’t all that graphic. The man’s pants hide the actual broken leg and his body prevents viewers from seeing the moment the leg is broken, though it’s clear he’s in real pain as he hits the ground.
The video of the Buffalo Bills fan breaking his leg joins a long and ever-growing list of bad behavior from the drunken parties that surround the game. Bills fans have earned a reputation for their increasingly wild antics, and crashing through white tables is one of the favorite activities.
In one video from a tailgate last season, a Bills fan crashed through a table that had been lit on fire by his fellow parking lot warriors. The man’s Bills jacket caught on fire, but he appeared to be too drunk to notice and proceeded to crash through the table a second time before some brave members of the crowd finally put out the flames — with beer, of course.
And that was actually one of the smoother executions. In another video, a fan missed in his attempt to break through a table and was sent crashing to the ground, though he made a quick recovery.
The antics are no surprise to Sean MacDonald, a sports fan who trekked to all 122 stadiums in the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NFL. He wrote a book about his adventures called the Ultimate Football Road Trip and concluded that the Bills fans were top in the nation in one category — the drunkest.
Syracuse.com caught up with MacDonald, who saw the Bills lose in overtime to the Cincinnati Bengals in October 2013.
“But what I remember most of all here is the wild atmosphere, one of the craziest I saw during my travels, with much of it due to excessive alcohol consumption. As you can probably guess, Bills fans are the drunkest I witnessed on my trip. That is true before, during and after the game. I even saw the Bills twice on the road and this observation was merely confirmed. Unfortunately, most of them are unable to hold their liquor and lose control, becoming a danger to others or to themselves.”
Bills fans have also made some national headlines for their bad behavior. In 2013, a fan slid down a railing in the upper level and ended up falling more than 30 feet to the crowd below, injuring another fan. The year before that, a fan ejected from a Thursday Night Game for being too drunk was found dead the next day in a stream that runs near the stadium.
It’s not clear the condition of Buffalo Bills fan caught on video breaking his leg, but if the incident happened before the game then at least he was spared the pain of watching the Bills lose yet again, a defeat that likely has them missing the playoffs for the 17th consecutive year.
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