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Willis McGahee doesn’t like Buffalo, and the feeling is mutual
Posted by on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 2:22 pm

Willis McGahee, newly traded from the Bills to the Ravens, is telling Buffalo how he really feels about it:

“Coming from Miami, I was used to partying, going out, just having something to do every night. Restaurants, whatever. Going to Buffalo, it was like hitting a brick wall. Like, ‘Damn!’ Can’t go out, can’t do nothing. There’s an Applebee’s, a TGI Friday’s, and they just got a Dave & Busters. They got that, and I’m like, ‘What the?’ And, you know, the women …

“You see, when I was in college that’s what I used to thrive off of,” the 25-year-old says. “The better you do, the more fame you get. So you know, it was like, I was used to that. And then you get to Buffalo and no matter how you do, it’s the same. It’s no big city. You know what I did every day? I came home and played video games.”

Says Bfloblog: “In actuality, Willis just wasn’t right for Buffalo. You see, we happen to be a town full of hard-working people, who can’t understand why someone wouldn’t train in the offseason because he’s having a temper-tantrum over what team drafted him. Actually, the Bills were the team that took the chance on him, and paid him gobs of money to rehab for an entire additional season, then watch him jake it the rest of his time here. No, that definitely isn’t right for Buffalo. … I’m proud Willis McGahee didn’t like Buffalo, because we sure as Hell don’t need attitudes like that here.”




21 Comments on “Willis McGahee doesn’t like Buffalo, and the feeling is mutual”

  1. David K. Says:

    Wow, what a complete ass…

  2. anonymous Says:

    Why is he an ass? Unlike most employees, professional athletes (at least initially) have very little say in the city where they end up — after all, they are “drafted.” Willis didn’t say he was ungrateful to the organization for drafting him; he said Buffalo was a boring city. He’s right — Buffalo is a boring city, and it has the feel of one giant cold strip mall. And what makes you think that people in Buffalo work harder than people in any other city in the United States? It is a tired myth that people in Buffalo (or in Pittsburgh, Detroit, etc.,) work any harder than people anywhere else.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    sounds a lot like becky and south bend. how ironic.

  4. marty west Says:

    I hope he blows his knee out again.

    The birds got Takeo Spikes…he must have hated Buffalo too.

  5. goldengriff Says:

    I grew up in Florida and I hated Buffalo when I first lived there, but there is a lot to like about Buffalo. to say that it is one boring strip mall shows no familiarity with the city whatsoever. orchard park- where the stadium is- is indeed a boring stripmall. but buffalo itself has many beatiful and original parts- from the elmwood stip (devoid of large corporate anything) to allentown- where you can find fetish shops next to used bookstores (hardly a stripmall). as far as nightlife- chippewa has dozens of bars and clubs that stay open til 4am where you arent paying 19 bucks for a drink. The restaurants there arent trendy, but the food is like chicago and new york mixed. the ethnic neighborhoods and their culture are still in tact.

    As far as pride goes, its not a tired myth that the rust belt citizens take pride in their work. its not about working 18 hour days in i-banking and complaining how you hate your job- (no matter how “hard” that is. its taking pride in a solid day’s honest work and giving your best to that.

    that said i no longer live in buffalo and never plan to again. just know a place before you knock it. peace.

  6. Richie Rich Says:

    buffalo blows… mcgahee is right. Lets call a spade a freakin’ shovel. As for him not working hard thats on him, but to think that a millionaire 23 year old african american would thrive in that environment is ridiculous. Its a free market and he is leaving. Have you noticed NBA’s going to Boston or Miami/Phoenix… thats right, thats why the celtics stink

  7. Wobbly H Says:

    That’s gotta be a record

  8. Anonymous Says:

    “Its a free market and he is leaving. Have you noticed NBA’s going to Boston or Miami/Phoenix… thats right, thats why the celtics stink”

    Yeah, Phoenix is such a natural magnet for young African-Americans. Now I understand why the Celtics suck now (with a team full of African-Americans, mind you).

  9. David K. Says:

    Well i think his attitude was poor in general, but this comment bothered me more than complaining about Buffallo

    And, you know, the women …

    On top of that, um you expect me to have sympathy for a multi-millionaire athlete? He’s rich, why live in Buffallo? Its not like there aren’t any other cities in New York or anything…

  10. Brett Says:

    You know, for a guy who’s career was almost destroyed in the Fiesta Bowl, he’s got a pretty big mouth.

    Get some class and simply move on. Unfortunately, it’s something a lot of pro athlete’s don’t have these days.

  11. Mike's brother Matt Says:

    It’s simple. McGahee wanted the crowd of drolling morons following him around, harassing him, and treating him as if he was the most important person on earth. Of course, the lack of this behavior by Bills fans is why most sane players like playing in Buffalo, as they can go out without needing bodyguards. But then again, most other millionarie athletes have actually produced in their pro careers, as oppossed to getting a first round pick based on thinking he’ll get healthy, and then, you know, not doing so. You’re just a brat who is still bitter over not being the number one draft pick because your knee blew apart in the Orange Bowl. But rather than show some gratitude and appreciation for the team willing to take a chance on you, you slag them continuously. What, would you have rather dropped to the third round, where it’s now obvious is where you belonged? Screw you, and hope you like grinding it out for a coach who hates offense.

  12. KevinP Says:

    Anonymous’ comments are great examples of how our schools have failed us…

    He’s right — Buffalo is a boring city, and it has the feel of one giant cold strip mall.

    Thanks for showing you have never been in the City of Buffalo itself. While our suburbs, as goldengriff noted, may have their share of strip malls, the City proper just doesn’t. Period. Try architectural gems fantastically preserved, including a Frank Lloyd Wright house. I can’t even begin to argue how backwards, wrong, and uninformed that comment is.

    And what makes you think that people in Buffalo work harder than people in any other city in the United States? It is a tired myth that people in Buffalo (or in Pittsburgh, Detroit, etc.,) work any harder than people anywhere else.

    My quote was: “You see, we happen to be a town full of hard-working people, who can’t understand why someone wouldn’t train in the offseason because he’s having a temper-tantrum over what team drafted him.”

    Funny, but I never did compare Buffalo to any other city there. Just noted the virtues of hard work found in Buffalo. I’ve always been tought not to speak ill of other cities, but just talk about the strengths of Buffalo, which is what I did.

    And of course someone said “it’s a free market, and he’s leaving.” Yeah, actually, the Bills traded him with McGahee having no say in his destination. Which kinda’ makes that the opposite of a free market.

  13. I Heart Buffalo Says:

    He really thinks there’s nothing to buffalo besides chain restaurants? If you haven’t gotten drunk at The Old Pink on Allen Street, you haven’t seen the real Buffalo.

  14. Bills Fan in NH Says:

    Amazing how somebody can come across as that much of a jerk in such a puff piece of promotional hype. I certainly understand Baltimore’s desire to make Willis out to be grown up and reformed, and maybe he’ll play well for them. I’m still glad to see him go; I’d much rather have a team of players to whom I wouldn’t be ashamed to introduce my kids.

  15. Richie Rich Says:

    Yes jacknut, Phoenix, Miami, LA… all places that young rich african americans want to be. If you notice what all three have in common…. they are warm… and Phoenix is a great place to live - warm, near Vegas, near LA.. its terrific. The only cold weather team that has done reasonably well other than Chicago in recent times thanks to Jordan is Detroit. (and Chicago is a major metropolitan area) - Buffalo, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, KC, they are also second tier, second class cities that given their druthers, no one that wasn’t born there, much less young rich african americans want to live in. Go to Chicago, go to Miami, go to LA, then go to ….. Buffalo. You tell me where you’d want to live.

  16. Richie Rich Says:

    and yes, I’ve been to buffalo. Its great in June after the 20 feet of snow have finally melted off. Everyone can party like rockstars until August. Then hunker down for the long winter.

  17. justin Says:

    I live in rochester,ny. and i love the bills. Buffalo and Rochester are both great cities. There is tons of things to do and see..and lots of culture to go along with it. The food is excellent..Things you can only get in rochester or buffalo. When theres snow there is just as much things you can do in the winter as you can in the summer too. We also have something called fall…nothing more beautiful than seeing the colors of fall in rochester. i am sure buffalo natives agree with there fall. I personally like having 4 seasons..it’s nice to have a change in the weather every few months you know. The same sunny weather every damn day would make me get bored.:)

  18. LT is better Says:

    McGahee is a moron who can’t even speak english! Best back in the league? He couldn’t even carry LT’s gym bag.

  19. Bob Says:

    I think it is funny that he hates Buffalo and he winds up in Baltimore. Not exactly LA either. And no I am not slamming Baltimore. I have been there many times and always say it reminds me of home, which is Buffalo. Mcgahee is the poster child for egotistical, selfish athletes. Here’s to hoping he blows out his knee in one of Baltimores world renowned dance clubs.

  20. marc Says:

    balitmore, please, i hope you get robbed on the beautiful streets of baltimore’s ghettos. i have lived in nyc, ft. lauderdale, and vegas and am now ending my successful career in accounting in an affluent neighborhood in the suburbs of buffalo. buffalo hands down beats any of the other cities from the character of the people to the wonderful restaurants and bars of downtown buffalo. It may seem hard to believe but I go out now, even more than i did in my previous two homes. I can go out to a bunch of packed bars and clubs on chippewa, elmwood, and main/ find a parking spot / and have more than my fair share of beers for under 30 bucks a night. Give buffalo a break, i love it here, and will live here the rest of my life.

  21. Jim Says:

    i agree with everything that Marc had to say. Although the weather is a little cold at times, thats what makes Buffalo so great. Where else can you get that crazy weather where it snows in october and is 60 out in Feb. The food is like none other in Buffalo, I have lived there my entire life and cannot find any food better than a Jims Steakout, Mighty Taco or Duffs chicken wings. As far as the night life, Chippewa and Thursday at the Square are always a great time and its all for a reasonable price. Plus whats not to like when the Buffalo Sabres are about to win the Cup. It doesnt get much better than that.


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