after writing a piece a few weeks ago arguing that Jerry Sullivan, lead Buffalo News sports columnist, needed to either move on or move out, regarding his incessant negativity and tired repetition of the blundering Bills, it appears he has decided to move on rather than moving on out. Below, I discuss this major shift in Mr Sullivan's Zeitgeist.
It has been a long slow process, this "bottoming out" of the Buffalo Bills franchise. But there are clear signs of hope, not the least of which is the play of Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buffalo Bills rejuvenated offense under Chan the Offensive Man Gailey.
But perhaps more significant, has been the play of Jerry Sullivan, who starting a few columns ago, seems to have gotten the message from Buffalo sports fans, if not from deep within his own conscience, that it is time to let go of the full blown negativity, and search for signs of redemption inside One Bills Drive.
Just hours before Fitz put on one of the greatest road show performances by a Bills QB in the history of the franchise, Sullivan penned a sympathetic and dare we say, positive piece about the Harvard graduate and former 7th round pick, previously known as "a career backup" in the NFL, now posting the second highest QB rating in the entire AFC.
After the game, Sullivan, who cannot totally escape his cynical history and mindset, asked Fitz what he thought of those who placed the Bills in the category of teams at the level of the UFL, where JP Losman was MVP one year ago. Fitz did not take the bait, calmly dismissing the comparison, and restating how much he loves his offensive teammates, and how much talent they have.
Still, last night in a videotaped review of the game, Sullivan called Fitz's performance "fabulous."
Today, he heaped praise on the effort of the team in its overtime loss, and stressed that there were clear signs of hope, not the least of which is the play of Fitz.
The idea of Sullivan seeing the light in his own writing on the Bills may or may not signal the bottoming out of the Bills performance on the field. But at a minimum, it seems to signal that Sullivan himself has decided, after all, to move on rather than move out.
The new Zeitgeist of Sullivan is not only refreshing for readers, it also seems to have helped rejuvenate his imagination as a columnist.
Let's hope the Ravens' game was, as well, a turning point for the Buffalo Bills football team.
If nothing else, Fitz's recent performance has given many Bills fans hope they have not felt since Flutie and his Flacks flew down from the CFL