Those of us at the table looked around in disbelief. I nearly choked on my bagel.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Harvard kid who failed in two previous stop? That Ryan Fitzpatrick?
Now who's laughing?
The Bills, thanks to their dominating victory over the Washington Redskins here at the Rodgers Center in their annual trek north of the border, are 5-2 and in first place in the AFC East.
Fitzpatrick is a big reason why. You look at him, the funky release, the dumpy body and a resume that until the second half of last season looked more like he should be playing up in Canada on permanent basis, and you wonder how he gets it done.
The Bills have now scored 20 or more points in each of their first seven games, which is something that not even the Jim Kelly-led Bills offenses did. Fitzpatrick didn't have to put up huge numbers against the Redskins, not with his defense playing so well and Fred Jackson running wild, but he did throw two touchdown passes.
Did the Bills rush to give him that $59 million contact last week? I thought they could have waited, but after watching this team play for the first time I think they did the right thing.
Go ahead and laugh, Chan. You were right.