Perhaps this is too much information, but I hadn't climbed out of bed when I checked my cell phone and saw a text message from a c0-worker about Howard Simon taking off on a rant and ripping me on WGR. And then I shrugged my shoulders and went about my business for the morning.
I'm not sure how people expected me to respond, but it wasn't as if I raced to the radio, turned up the volume and became enraged like, as I found out later, so many venomous people did on Twitter. In fact, I still haven't listened to what he said. I've been told he said, "Screw you, Bucky." It didn't offend me. I didn't really care. More than anything, it made me laugh.
Understand, I didn't laugh because I was laughing at him. I laughed because I thought it was funny. I would imagine it sounded funny on the radio. I have no problem with Howard criticizing me. I have no problem with Howard, period. I've known him for a long time. I respect him, his work and his position. I'm also aware that people have different opinions in our business. We're paid to share them.
Criticism comes with the territory.
You might find this shocking, but Howard was hardly the first person to say "screw you" to me. My family and friends have said much worse during debates over sports, life, politics, religion, etc. For all the insults people have wanted to hurl toward Jerry Sullivan and/or me, we've said them to each other more times than we can count.
Don't worry, The Buffalo News has you covered there, too.
If you're looking for me to respond to Simon, here you go:
"Thanks for reading, Howard. Have a nice day."