Hi everyone,

I hope you're enjoying the offseason and getting geared up for next season. The draft on Saturday is the start of the real "working" offseason as we head toward training camp, so football can't be that far away!

First, we'd like to apologize. We're sorry that there won't be an "official" Draft Day gathering on Saturday. With the Bills not slated to pick until the 55th choice (somewhere around 7 pm), it wasn't practical to schedule an activity at the Harp.

Now, the good news. There are a few large scale tailgate parties planned for some Bills away games this year:

- New Orleans (October 2): There is a group putting together a game package over at TwoBillsDrive.com. See this post for more information:

- Oakland (October 23): Please contact Mark Juarez ASAP at markvaderr@sbcglobal.net. They're putting together a package and need to gauge interest.

- San Diego (November 20): Please see http://www.sdbbc.org for details. They have had some huge gatherings in the past, and this year will be no exception. They have hotel, ticket and tailgate packages available. Please send them your Full name, phone number, mailing address, and the number of tickets you'd like.

- New York (January 1): The legendary NYCBBB NYJ Tailgate takes place on New Years Day. More details will be posted on their website, nycbbb.com, as they become available. New Years Eve in Manhattan, New Years Day with the Bills. Sounds like fun :-)

If you are going to any of these games, please do us a favor and let us know. It helps with communication with the other chapters. Thanks!

There is also a Bills Backers mesasge board at buffalobills.com that has some tailgate threads. If you're going to a road game, check the boards if you'd like to hook up with group of Bills fans. See http://boards.buffalobills.com/forums/index.php?showforum=9

Finally, it looks as if the Bills will be sponsoring a Bills Backers Day event at RWS this year. Details are still forthcoming, but we'll keep you posted.

In case you haven't seen the 2005 schedule, you can check it out here:

Enjoy the Draft! Go Bills!

backers (at) bostonbillsbackers (dot) com