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Posted: Sunday, October 30, 2011 | 07:57 PM

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Bills running back Fred Jackson revels in Buffalo’s dominant victory over the Washington Redskins Sunday at Rogers Centre. (Gary Wiepert/Associated Press) Bills running back Fred Jackson revels in Buffalo’s dominant victory over the Washington Redskins Sunday at Rogers Centre. (Gary Wiepert/Associated Press)

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A quick peruse online showed a single seat in the upper deck of the Rogers Centre for Sunday's Bills' Toronto series game between Buffalo and Washington cost around $150 for the privilege.

A quick peruse online showed a single seat in the upper deck of the Rogers Centre for Sunday's Bills' Toronto series game between Buffalo and Washington cost around $150 for the privilege.

That's three times what Bills or Skins fans would normally pay at home. And a Canadian Football League game? Low price for an Argos ducat is $22.

Here's a list of some of the things you got for your $150 ($300 the pair. Plus tax).

1. You could have signed up for a major credit card with the logo of your favourite NFL team on it (yes, they'll even let you pick it). And they'll give you a cheap white T-shirt with the NFL shield on it as a thank you! 

2. You got two local sports radio hosts broadcasting live from the 100 level during the pre-game. No one paid them any attention, but hey, they were there.

3. You could have sat with Jeff and Carole Hulshoff, of Lockport, NY. Nice people. Jeff and Carole are serious Bills season-ticket holders who are finally getting used to the idea one of their games is in Toronto. Paid $300 for two tickets at field level on the 40-yard line, if they bought a hotel room, too.

4. You saw the University of Pittsburgh marching band. Bands are expensive, so the Argos can't afford them. The Bills paid to bring the 250-person strong Panthers pack here for halftime, where they filled the field. Can't beat colour. Can't beat 20 Sousaphones all in a row.

5. You had the joy of sitting through endless delays. There are three timeouts for each team and a half-plus six TV timeouts. Not to mention the 40-second play clock (double the time needed by the CFL to call a play), get to the line and snap the ball. Lots of standing around waiting.

6. You could have put a bid on a Cleveland Browns sweater signed by the great Jim Brown. Starting bid was $500. No one had bitten yet in the pre-game.

7. You would not have had a crowd full of drunks. Speaking with some Bills regulars they said, first, that Ralph Wilson Stadium is not, in fact, full of inebriated men. The drunks are pretty much confined to the cheaper seats under the scoreboard (the Rock Pile) or the tunnel end. "That's where the young drinkers who can't handle their alcohol are," said one fan. In Toronto, you can bring your kids to any section.

8. You did not get to tailgate for your $150 (except in one teeny licensed area). Ontario laws don't allow you to park, open your trunk, set up a full kitchen and bar and start on that beer at 9 a.m. Let's hear it for Ontario law.

9. You get the Buffalo Jills cheerleaders. This is not a new thing really, as you could take the Jills' uniforms and give them to the Argos cheerleaders and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

10. You would have been welcome in any NFL sweater. Here, fans allegiances are split many different ways. The guy in the Dolphins shirt was pushing his luck, though.

11. A big change this year is that money bought atmosphere. With the Bills on a roll, the place was pretty much full. God love the Argos, but putting 20,000 people into the Rogers Centre creates the same excitement as a mega-mall on a busy Friday night. (Stole that line from a CFL coach). On Sunday, in front of 51,579, the place didn't exactly rock, but it did jive quite a bit, and showed some not-often seen soul.

12. You got a good NFL team. That's what the Bills suddenly are, controlling the game with the Redskins from beginning to end and improving to 5-2. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a gutsy quarterback. Fred Jackson is fun to watch at running back. Is it worth that kind of money? Depends on what money is worth to you.

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