ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- As soon as I saw it, I knew I was looking at the quintessence of Buffalo Bills tailgating.
Right there, at about 10 a.m. on the hood of Ken Johnson's red 1980 Ford Pinto station wagon, they were frying bacon and eggs. In a nearby file cabinet, they were baking pizzas. Somebody dumped some live coals into a busted up microwave to roast something or other.
The black coating on the hood is accumulated grease. There are 186,000 miles on the odometer.
Johnson is the host of what has to be the greatest tailgate setup I've seen. Johnson spends around $450 a week on food and beverages and doesn't charge a cent for any of the 14 items on the menu.
You want shish kabob's on screw drivers? Stop by and order it up, free of charge. The stir fry in a hubcap looks good to you? Just ask. How about those chicken wings in an army helmet? Help yourself. Want a shot of cherry liqueur out of a bowling ball? Sidle up to the bar.
Johnson has been doing it for 19 years, the past 12 in the same location in Lot 1 near light pole No. 5. He also has attended 232 consecutive Bills games, home and away.
A member of his crew approached me to complain about the Bills being ranked No. 11 in ESPN.com's recent fan ratings. He thought the Bills should be higher on the list. Standing in front of this wonderful monstrosity, I couldn't disagree with him.