YNN's The 12th Man: Rochester Bills Brothers
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- You wouldn't know by looking at it, but inside the walls of this Rochester house lies a shrine to all things Buffalo Bills.
"Little did we know at this time, this was Drew Bledsoe's first touchdown ball," explained fan Tony Califano.
It's a passion brother Edward and Tony Califano and good friend Robin Brooks have been sharing since the early eighties.
“I finally got my chance to go to a Bills game and I was at that time, don't tell anyone, a Jets fan,” said Tony.
But once Tony got on board, it was all Bills, all the time. 2012 marks the 24th year the trio have gone without missing a game. They don't paint their faces. But they do have the hats.
"It's our trademark," said Tony.
They describe their gameday demeanor, modestly, as boisterous. Take a look toward the end zone on Sunday and you'll find the "Bills Brothers" in the first row.
"We're on the jumbotron,” said Edward. “If you get a couple of the yearly films, the old VHS tapes, you'll see us on a couple of shots."
Other fans take notice. So do Bills players and coaches.
"They'll always go, 'Oh we knew you were there.' Whenever they finally do see you they say, 'Oh we knew you were there. We know what was going on,’" said Edward.
They've been there for the highest of the highs, four straight superbowl teams and the greatest comeback in NFL history.
"The place started roaring and it got bigger and bigger and bigger,” said Edward. “You couldn't even tell that there were five to ten thousand people missing and it was so loud."
But more than two decades of unrequited fandom means being there for the low points too.
"The low for me now would be, now, the not winning, the not getting back for twelve years, being in the playoffs," said Brooks.
But the Bills have become the glue for a lasting friendship.
"That's why it's great to have the three of us,” said Tony. “One of us might be down and the other two will bring him up."