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Erie, PA...Bills Country?


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#1 HoodooOperator

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:27 AM

Anyone in Erie give me a feeling for the fanbase direction, now that Manziel is in CLE?

I know that area has been consistently divided between Steelers and Browns. Never understood this, given the closer proximity to RWS. Wish the organization could make some significant inroads...even if its just a billboard or two off I-90. Developing our regional fanbase into NW PA, NE Ohio is going to be important moving forward and growing our season ticket base, right?



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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:30 AM

I have lots of relatives that have lived there their entire lives and Erie certainly seems to be Steeler country.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:36 AM

Yes, even a lot of people in NY near the border down around Jamestown and such pull for the Steelers.  I think a lot of their loyalties began when the Steelers were winning Super Bowl's in the 70's.  Roger Goodell was a Steeler's fan growing up

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 11:15 AM

Was a time, if you had the right antenna and favorable conditions, you could pick up Erie channel 12 in Buffalo. I watched a few blacked out home games that way.

GO BILLS!!!

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 11:54 AM

Erie is actually in the Bills broadcast market which causes quite a backlash when a Bills game is televised rather than a Steelers/Browns contest.  I think there is a significant fan base there, although still #3,  and the Erie media do try to provide coverage of the Bills' goings on.

In a business sense, one of Ralph's biggest mistakes was to cling to the traditional AFC East opponents instead of realigning to a division with the Steelers and Browns.  That's two guaranteed home sellouts and the basis of two potentially very strong rivalries.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 12:05 PM

I live south of Jamestown and east of warren... Predominantly Steelers country here... I would say that from where I live to Erie is 60% Steelers fans, 18% Browns fans, 18% Bills fans and 4% other...   We can create a poll though, lol

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 12:10 PM

I'm a native Erieite.

I estimate the town is 60% Steelers, 25% Browns and 15% Bills

So yes, the majority Steeler fans get PISSED about Erie being in the Bills broadcast market.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 12:22 PM

I will take a poll, will be in Erie all day tomorrow... I will start at Bianchi Honda and work my way to Waldemier

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 12:25 PM

View PostCountryCletus, on 17 July 2014 - 12:22 PM, said:

I will take a poll, will be in Erie all day tomorrow... I will start at Bianchi Honda and work my way to Waldemier

*Waldamere

I suggest standing on the corner of 26th and Parade after sundown. Seriously, what could go wrong??

Just grab some Mighty Fine while you're there.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 12:52 PM

View PostThe Big Cat, on 17 July 2014 - 12:10 PM, said:

I'm a native Erieite.

I estimate the town is 60% Steelers, 25% Browns and 15% Bills

So yes, the majority Steeler fans get PISSED about Erie being in the Bills broadcast market.
But makes directv very happy.  That's a lot of sunday ticket viewers;)

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 12:53 PM

View PostCodeMonkey, on 17 July 2014 - 12:52 PM, said:

But makes directv very happy.  That's a lot of sunday ticket viewers;)

Also a lot of business for the town's growing surplus of sports bars.

I understand the BW3's up by the mall is PACKED with black and gold on gameday.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 01:26 PM

View Postkdiggz, on 17 July 2014 - 10:36 AM, said:

Yes, even a lot of people in NY near the border down around Jamestown and such pull for the Steelers.  I think a lot of their loyalties began when the Steelers were winning Super Bowl's in the 70's.  Roger Goodell was a Steeler's fan growing up

bandwagon jumpers who want to be part of a winning team.

View PostJESSEFEFFER, on 17 July 2014 - 11:54 AM, said:

Erie is actually in the Bills broadcast market which causes quite a backlash when a Bills game is televised rather than a Steelers/Browns contest.  I think there is a significant fan base there, although still #3,  and the Erie media do try to provide coverage of the Bills' goings on.

In a business sense, one of Ralph's biggest mistakes was to cling to the traditional AFC East opponents instead of realigning to a division with the Steelers and Browns.  That's two guaranteed home sellouts and the basis of two potentially very strong rivalries.

when they have expansion again maybe we can move to a new division.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 01:37 PM

The Steelers dominate Appalachia. They own a good fraction of Ohio, PA, WV, E KY, W VA and even Steuben county in WNY. Also I heard their fanbase in Mexico is even bigger than the Dallas Cowboys. This goes back to the Alamo days and Mexican hate of the redneck invaders of the Old West.

This according to facebook data of team likes. http://knowmore.wash...hich-nfl-teams/

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 02:02 PM

It's been divided between Bills, Browns, and Steelers. I remember a show talking about the divide back in the 90's.


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 02:04 PM

View PostCountryCletus, on 17 July 2014 - 12:22 PM, said:

I will take a poll, will be in Erie all day tomorrow... I will start at Bianchi Honda and work my way to Waldemier

I am going to Presque Isle this weekend, and will also take a poll.

I remember watching a game in Erie once in a sportsbar-- the waiters were split 1/3rd wearing Browns, 1/3d Steelers, and 1/3d Bills jerseys. Pretty interesting spot for a convergence of football interests.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 02:24 PM

I just stopped at a gas station near Erie. The chick behind the cash register was sporting a Bills necklace.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 02:32 PM

View PostJR in Pittsburgh, on 17 July 2014 - 02:04 PM, said:

I am going to Presque Isle this weekend, and will also take a poll.

I remember watching a game in Erie once in a sportsbar-- the waiters were split 1/3rd wearing Browns, 1/3d Steelers, and 1/3d Bills jerseys. Pretty interesting spot for a convergence of football interests.
That could also be mandated by the bar.  Don't want to alienate any potential fan customers.

Edited by CodeMonkey, 17 July 2014 - 02:32 PM.


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 02:36 PM

View PostBadasss, on 17 July 2014 - 02:24 PM, said:

I just stopped at a gas station near Erie. The chick behind the cash register was sporting a Bills necklace.

that's hot #keeper

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 02:52 PM

JR- you running the half marathon?

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 03:32 PM

View PostCountryCletus, on 17 July 2014 - 02:52 PM, said:

JR- you running the half marathon?

I'm doing the Chicago Rock and Roll half Sunday.

But when I was home for the Fourth I ran the loop around PI...worst run...ever. First half is quite lovely. Second half is a runners' nightmare.

Edited by The Big Cat, 17 July 2014 - 03:32 PM.