Last week, after the Buffalo Bills' thrilling victory over the Oakland Raiders helped them to a 2-0 start to the season, Albany Times Union columnist Jennifer Gish thought Bills fans had become a bit too cocky.
They wanted more coverage, and they wanted Bills coverage in the Times Union to supplant teams like the Giants and Jets.
So she wrote a column that tried to bring them back down to Earth. Maybe it was the tone of her column, which she described as the kind of ribbing that happens in sports bars every Sunday. Maybe it was simply denial from Bills fans. Either way, her column caused fans to respond to her with vicious personal attacks instead of attacks on her column.
On Thursday, Gish shared some of those responses. They ranged from her appearance to her knowledge of sports to even her high-school popularity.
Here are some of the responses that have caused quite a stir, from Gill's follow-up column on the Times Union's website:
So how does it feel to be both a woman and so wrong about football? I guess those two go hand in hand.
Why would it make sense to introduce your kids to sports? Why would they want to play a team game, make friends and build long-term relationships with kids their own age? Probably because their mother had no friends, never was popular in high school.
Maybe we are delusional fans for supporting our team, but seriously my 12 year old kid knows more about football than you do.
seen some photos of you and you are as ugly as your story about we bills fans.
You have a lot of unwarranted nerve for such a homely young girl. I suppose you are fortunate to have your position, however, giving the fact that you're a teenager. I must assume your age, as you claim to know it all.
But go ahead and ignore that the club, over the first two weeks, is leading in rushing and points per game, that's reasonable. Maybe you and ESPN's Ashley Fox should work on your own special ed. power rankings (if you don't know what I'm referring to I suggest you see how she ranked teams this week).