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Tebowmania can’t block a Buffalo blackout


The goalposts are tilted due to high winds before the game between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008. (AP Photo/David Duprey)


The Broncos and Tim Tebow will face the Bills in Buffalo, on the eve of the day that some would say should be Tebow’s actual birthday. But the arrival of Tebowmania in Western New York won’t be enough to allow the game to be televised locally.

According to Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News, a whopping 24,000 seats remain unsold for Saturday’s game. Factoring in Christmas Eve no-shows, Gaughan says that Ralph Wilson Stadium could see its smallest crowd since 2001.

That dynamic could prompt owner Ralph Wilson to consider making drastic changes. Though coach Chan Gailey and G.M. Buddy Nix aren’t believed to be on the hot seat, Wilson could decide that bigger names are needed, both to fill seats and to increase the chances of the team making it back to the playoffs.