Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buffalo Bills be flying high at 3-0, but their impressive start to the 2011 NFL season is about to get bogged down by a pile of legal briefs.
Fitzpatrick's former Harvard classmates — Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss — insist they originally conceived of the idea of playing quarterback well and winning football games. They are demanding all of Fitzpatrick's NFL career earnings and have asked that "Winklevoss Twins (3-0)" be listed in first place in all AFC East standings.
"Fitzpatrick was one year behind us at Harvard," said Cameron Winklevoss. "I remember seeing him at a party after a game and told him he should be really good at go to the NFL and be good there. And I clearly remembering him responding, before turning and walking away, 'Oh. Uhh … yeah. Okay, buddy.' Tyler witnessed it, too. Fitzpatrick stole our idea!"
The Bills quarterback denied the accusations in a tersely-worded statements to the twins' attorney.
"If the Winklevii want to sit on my shoulders and call themselves tall, they have the right to give it a try – but there's no requirement that I enjoy sitting here listening to people lie," said Fitzpatrick. "They have part of my attention – the minimum amount. The rest of my attention is back at Ralph Wilson Stadium, where my colleagues and I are doing things that no one in this room, including and especially your clients, are intellectually, physically or creatively capable of doing."
But Tyler Winklevoss says the twins will not back down.
"Look, it was our idea, plain and simple," he said. "I totally would have been a good quarterback in the NFL who leads his team to wins, but I wasn't any good at football. All I needed was someone to execute my plan. Fitzgerald did it, but now he wants to cut us out of the whole thing. It's wrong."
As evidence of their football acumen, the Winklevoss Twins point to the fact that their fantasy team, which they co-manage in an 8-team league, is "in 3rd place right now."