NY Mag - At the casino, they found Reed, who was in town to celebrate his imminent induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, sitting in a booth at the back of the casino’s main floor. He had reached out to Sabuda to join the Fan Alliance’s advisory board, along with a number of prominent local businessmen, and Luke Russert, son of Tim.
“That guy would be throwing a fit,” Reed said of the elder Russert. He wore a black Under Armour shirt and sunglasses perched backward on his ears and, even at 50, appeared to be among the casino’s younger visitors. The men began to talk about the Toronto bid, which was rumored to be serious and growing in size.
“Man, fuck Bon Jovi!” Reed said. “You might as well just take this city, throw it in the river, and let it go down Niagara Falls.”
The big sports news that morning had come from another Rust Belt town, when LeBron James announced he was returning to play basketball in Cleveland. That declaration had lifted the spirits of some Buffalonians—“I very much identify with Cleveland,” Cinelli said of the town that lost its NFL franchise to relocation in the ’90s, only to get another one after fans raised hell. “To have a native son make a conscious decision to return there is awesome”—and depressed others. “We were the new Pittsburgh, until LeBron went back to Cleveland,” said Michael Culmo, the lead singer of a cover band that had joined the boycott. On a large screen behind the bar, ESPN was broadcasting a tweet from the Cleveland Browns’ jet-setting rookie, Johnny Manziel, referring to James as “my guy.”
“Who the fuck is Johnny Manziel?” Reed asked. “LeBron ain’t your guy! You’re not ‘Johnny Football.’ You’re ‘Johnny Rookie Bitch.’ ” Reed said he didn’t think a blue-collar town like Buffalo, which he thought wears an even truer shade of denim than Cleveland, would stand for Manziel’s antics. “They’d boo that motherfucker outta here,” he said. “The fans would put him in his place.”
Ok that’s kind of funny. You’re not Johnny Football, you’re Johnny Rookie Bitch. Such an awesome burn. Hey Johnny what can you do? Guy is a Hall of Famer who earned his right to say what he wants when he wants. All you can do is laugh it off, maybe get a t-shirt printed up that says Johnny Rookie Bitch and wear it for an Instagram picture with Bon Jovi. Really own the situation. That’s what I would do. Haters make you famous, just gotta keep the blockers on.