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Lubbock sports bars expect large crowds for Alamo Bowl

By Katie Bauer - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - "Hopefully after the coach thing, hopefully they are going to kick butt," said one Tech fan.

The recent firing of football coach Mike Leach has many fans revved up.

"I love Texas Tech, but Mike Leach is my man," said another fan.

"I will always be a Tech fan, I mean I go there and I love Tech, but I think they screwed up a little bit on this one," said a Texas Tech student.

While some have declared they will no longer support Texas Tech football, many say they will be cheering for the team.

"I feel sorry for the Texas Tech seniors, these are the men who put in all the work all year and they are being blind-sided by a silly thing that should have been dealt with on Monday," said another fan.

Others feel all the controversy will help a bowl win.

"I actually think it's going to pump them up for once, hopefully we can use it for our good side," said a Tech supporter.

Despite all the drama, Red Raider fans say they will still tune in to support their team, in fact places like Buffalo Wild Wings say they are expecting a packed house.

"I think people are going to come out and watch the same team that's been playing all year play in the Alamo Bowl, hopefully it won't affect too much," said Buffalo Wild Wings General Manager Zac Moore.

Buffalo Wild Wings on 82nd and University say they are bringing in extra staff for Saturday's game.

"We got eight big screens and 90 little TVs we can look at. The game will be on sounds while it's on and it will be on the majority of the screens," said Moore.

Jake's on 50th and Slide will have their big screens set to see how the game will go.

"Most of my customers are upset over the firing they think he should have stayed on and maybe they should have fired Myers instead of Coach Leach," said Jake's General Manager JM Stephenson. 

"I am on Team Leach all the way," said one loyal fan. 

Customers inspired Jake's to sell "Team Leach" T-shirts.

"I think the people will still support the team at least the rest of this year, I don't know what next year will bring," said Stephenson.

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