Fast forward to this past Saturday, two days ago. Rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins, a high-profile player because not only was he a 1st-round pick but the Bills traded up to get him, sends out this tweet:
Trying to see what activities I'm doing today city so boring 💯💯💯— Sammy Watkins (@sammywatkins) January 3, 2015
This caught the eye of Buffalo News columnist, and eternal claimant to the title of Official Source Of All OBJECTIVE Knowledge In Buffalo, Jerry Sullivan:
Maybe Sammy Watkins could actually try to discover some of the culture that Buffalo has to offer.— Jerry Sullivan (@TBNSully) January 3, 2015
There was, as you might expect, a miniature pile-on directed at Watkins for saying that Buffalo is "so boring".
To all you clueless page stalkers who have clearly nothing else to do but watch my tweets I'm not in BUFFALO wasn't referring to BUFF— Sammy Watkins (@sammywatkins) January 3, 2015
Ayup. The guy wasn't even here.
Sullivan wasn't the only person to offer up an assumption that Watkins was dissing Buffalo as "boring", but he was, so far as I could tell, the only professional journalist to do so.
I hope he'll remember this some time next summer or next season when he whines about how Sammy Watkins avoids the media.