Proud to root for the Irish

Notre Dame’s blowout loss in college football’s championship game hasn’t dimmed the spirits of Niagara Falls tavern owner and superfan Eddie Gadawski. Neither has the controversy over Manti Te’o’s fake girlfriend.

“Everyone talks about the one game they lost,” Gadawskik said of the Fighting Irish. “I think of the 12 games they won. Me and my friends, we don’t change our colors – we never will.”

Why would he? Gadawski says business has spiked since news of his devotion to the team appeared in The Buffalo News. Calls even rang in from the South Bend, Ind., campus as people searched for copies of the article.

“You guys put me on the map,” he said. Marked by a big green shamrock.

A vehicle in high demand

The Lackawanna City Council might want to consider selling police vehicles more often – as both a revenue generator and a mood lifter.

The Council was asked at a recent meeting to approve the sale of a 2002 GMC Denali, which police referred to as “narcotics vehicle No. 8,” because it apparently was used in drug busts.

Luis Davila, of Lehigh Avenue, wanted to know whether residents could bid on the vehicle. Council President Henry R. Pirowski Jr. said sure.

Davila, who regularly attends Council meetings, couldn’t resist adding some levity to the exchange.

“Do narcotics come with it?” he asked with a slight smile on his face.

Council members burst out laughing, as did most of the rest of the audience.

“The price just went up,” quipped Pirowski.

The Bills – make that bills

With the Sabres season on ice until Sunday, what was the most obvious preoccupation for the sports-minded? The Bills, right?

Almost. A correspondent who spent a news-free Caribbean holiday unplugged from TV, radio and Internet was forced to take a mental plunge toward home when she ran into a New Hampshire stranger on an Antigua beach.

When he learned she was from Buffalo, he gave thanks for the way the Bills dragged the New York Jets – a nemesis of his New England Patriots – “through the mud” in their last, meaningless game.

Back home, finally, the real Buffalo reality sank in. Slowly. Even after the team fired all of its coaches after the final game, in some quarters the Bills still didn’t rate idle chatter.

Last week’s Off Main Street quoted North Tonawanda Council President Rich Andres explaining the cancellation of a Council meeting because there was nothing to talk about but “the Bills.”

This week, Andres called to clarify. He meant “bills” and expenses – not football. We’re glad he’s got his mind on government affairs, not sad-sack NFL teams.

No snowing this judge

As he stood before the judge, in handcuffs, hoping to be released from jail until his trial, a defendant this week relied on one of the more unusual arguments given for bail – inclement weather. Luckily for him, it was a cold, overcast day.

It turns out the 48-year-old defendant, charged with grand larceny, has snow removal contracts, said defense lawyer Frank S. Falzone.

So Falzone asked State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns to set bail for his client “given there may be a chance of snow.”

Burns inquired about the criminal charge – the defendant claims he thought the scrap metal he took was garbage – and the defendant’s prior felonies from a few years ago.

The judge, however, did not ask about the AccuWeather RealFeel temperature or projected snow accumulations.

Apparently Burns was swayed by the other reasons for bail, and he delivered a sunny outcome for the defendant.

The judge set bail at $5,000, below the $25,000 requested by the prosecutor.

The defendant posted it a couple of hours later – just in time for the inch of snow that fell.

By Stephen T. Watson with contributions from Charlie Specht, Jay Tokasz, Michelle Kearns and Patrick Lakamp.