New York’s most popular NFL team resides in Buffalo: DMV data

The most popular soccer team in New York isn’t the four-time Super Bowl winners Giants or Broadway Joe’s Jets.

It’s the Buffalo Bills.

That is, if you use as a yardstick the number of custom NFL license plates New Yorkers have registered with the State Department of Motor Vehicles.

As of August, 837 vehicles had tags with the Bills logo. Just 399 boasted Big Blue license plates, followed by a meager 187 drivers with Gang Green insignia.

It’s close. The Upstaters have won back-to-back division titles and blasted the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams 31-10 on Thursday night. The local losers, on the other hand, have both had a terrible 4-13 seasons.

As of December, a staggering 304 out of 313 registered drivers applying for NFL plates in New York were Bills fans. Only seven Jets supporters competed for the license plates, and two pathetic motorists felt the urge to brag about Big Blue.

A picture of a Buffalo Bill license plate.
A report showed that as of August 2022, 837 vehicles had tags with the Buffalo Bill logo.

“It’s incredible. I thought Buffalo would [have] more than the Giants and Jets, but not by as much,” said Jets superfan Ira Lieberfarb — the famous “Ira von Staten Iceland” to millions of WFAN listeners.

“Up there, the Bills are a big deal. Even if the Bills suck, they have a loyal fan base,” said G-Men supporter Hilton Flores, 65. “The way the Jets and Giants have played over the past few years, you don’t want to be associated with them.”

The Buffalo Blitz doesn’t surprise New York actor/personal trainer Tommy Day, who snorted that the Bills are “the only team in the state and the Jets and Giants are hypocrites.”

A picture of the NY Giants license plate.

Only two motorists ordered custom NY Giants license plates, while seven requested the Jets license plates.

A picture of the NY Jets license plate.

The initial fee for the custom license plates is $60 with an annual renewal fee of $31.25.

The 58-year-old Bills supporter took personal joy in the loss because his father, Tom “Tippy” Day, played defensive end for the old American Football League champions in 1964 and 1965.

Bill Dertinger, 54, who has owned Jets season tickets since 1973, warned that flaunting your loyalty via a license plate could mean trouble on enemy territory.

“I went to the World Series in Philadelphia with my dad [in 2009] and they broke the antenna and poured beer all over the car just because they had New York license plates,” he lamented.

A NY Jets fan sits on his porch.
Some NY Jets fans say “flaunting your loyalty” over a license plate could cause trouble.
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Perpetual optimist Lieberfarb, who will be at MetLife Stadium on Sunday’s opening day, predicted that if Gang Green sets a record of nearly 500 this season, he should be good for another 50 [Jets] License plate” next year.

The initial fee for the custom license plates is $60, with an annual renewal fee of $31.25 in addition to the regular renewal fee, the DMV said.

The team bowl has been around since 1993. A special Super Bowl bowl became available after the Giants won Super Bowl XLVI in 2012. There are currently 153 of them on the way, the agency said. New York’s most popular NFL team resides in Buffalo: DMV data


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