Welcome back, Bills Fans!

The 2008-09 edition of Buffalo Bills football kicks off this Sunday, September 7 at 1 pm, when the Bills host the Seahawks. Before we get started, the Executive Committee wants to pass along a few notes, reminders, and requests regarding Game Day at the Harp:

1.) The tables on the main floor of the Harp (in front of the stage) are reserved for customers ordering from the menu. If you're going to sit there, we ask you to order from the menu, and, of course, respect (and tip!) your wait staff. If you don't want to order from the menu, there are more tables near the front of the bar and in the lower bar area.

2.) There are some new TVs sprinkled around the bar. This may necessitate some changes to traffic patterns, so please bear with us as we try to work out the best arrangement. Please keep the walkway and steps clear.

3.) Any questions, comments or, especially, complaints, about service on Sunday -- including TV channels -- should be addressed to a member of the Executive Committee first. Please do not approach Harp staff yourself. Chances are, one of us can handle your issue, or we will work on your behalf to resolve the situation. By keeping things streamlined we can all enjoy a better gameday experience. Matt, Chris, Jeff or George can typically be found in the lower-bar area.

3.) Chicken Wing Etiquette: Please be courteous to your fellow Bills Fans, and take only the number of wings that you, personally, will eat. Please do not take a huge plate for everyone in your group, because this is wasteful and deprives other fans the opportunity to have some. If you want a plate of wings to share, you can order one off the menu. Please ask your server.

4.) And last but not least, our friend and fellow Bills Backers, Michael Farrell, will be at the Harp on Sunday selling and autographing copies of his debut novel, "Running with Buffalo." Stop by his table and pick up a copy. You can read about Michael and his book below.

Go Bills!


"Running with Buffalo", the debut novel by Michael Farrell, tells the tale of young idealist and Buffalo, New York native, Joseph Cahan.

Told through Cahan, the story follows the recent college grad through an nine month obstacle course of humor, heartache, and professional frustration as he strives to discern if a productive existence in his hometown or the "real life" he anticipated is even attainable. In "Running with Buffalo," Farrell relays the lament of a new generation, full of young adults trying to deal with life's unexpected complexities. Amongst this confusion, some still yearn for the simple inherent truths sometimes found in the most logical of places. This duel between head and heart exists as the soul of this stirring novel.

To date, the book is approaching 1,000 copies sold, and is now available through all Web retailers (such as Amazon), and in local outlets in Buffalo, including Talking Leaves and Barnes & Noble.

Born in Buffalo and raised in nearby Hamburg, Farrell held over 40 ridiculous jobs before having his first piece published in 2002. Since then, his writing has been published in The Buffalo News, Barstool Sports, Five Star Magazine, and on the Buffalo Bills fan site, www.billsinsider.com. In 2004, he was hired to cover high school sports for The Boston Herald in Boston, Massachusetts. During the scholastic calendar, he can be found there or on his website at www.farrellstreet.com. On Sundays during football season, he can be found praying for the Bills at The Harp in Boston, Massachusetts.

Today, Farrell resides in South Boston.