You’ve probably heard about the #FitzMagic phenomenon by now, but are you following Major Ryan Fitzpatrick’s dispatches from the front lines of the NFL circa 1862?
Months before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers backup-turned-temporary (but also maybe not temporary) starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick led his team to a 2-0 start, throwing for eight touchdowns and running for a ninth, some kind of crystal-ball Twitter sage created @MajorRyanFitz.
Capitalizing on Fitzpatrick’s 19th century-ish beard, the account turns the QB into a Civil War-era military officer who is fond of writing letters to his “dearest Liza.”
The account’s first tweet came all the way back on July 31, when Major Ryan Fitzpatrick announced the news that head coach Dirk Koetter would be naming him starter for week one against the Saints while Jameis Winston served out his suspension thusly:
"My Dearest Liza, I received favorable news from General Koetter last week. I have been promoted to lead the men in a battle to New Orleans. We have begun preparations. We have training skirmishes planned through the month. I will write more soon.
“Lovingly Yours, Ryan”
Now the 35-year-old Fitzpatrick’s unexpected success and postgame locker room jokes have made him one of the biggest stories in the NFL, and Major Ryan Fitzpatrick is quickly picking up followers, totaling more than 3,700 of them by this morning.
Whoever created this account had a good gimmick to begin with, but now they’ve got Twitter gold. (Okay, fine, so they ripped off the Captain Andrew Luck parody account, but you tell us, who has a more Civil War-esque beard?).
Here’s Major Fitzpatrick’s reaction to beating Philadelphia on Sunday.
Dearest Liza,Again we were victorious in this glorious Sunday against our feathered taloned enemy aggressors, this time from the Pennsylvania territory. General Koetter has promised us all fried eagle and hardtack biscuits for supper.Love like Wilkes Booth loves acting,Ryan pic.twitter.com/7LrQoYypFB— Major Ryan Fitzpatrick (@MajorRyanFitz) September 16, 2018
And the Bucs' win a week earlier against the Saints.
Dear Liza,We faced a tough regiment from Louisiana and it was a back and forth battle. The Good Lord blessed me with marvelous sidearm strength today. I look forward to some marrow stew and hot cornbread as we prepare for Pennsylvania next week.Enduring love, Ryan pic.twitter.com/d0NSvZo3FJ— Major Ryan Fitzpatrick (@MajorRyanFitz) September 9, 2018
And a few more good ones going back to preseason.
My Dear Liza, This evening we battle the jungle beast aggressors from Michigan. As you can see in this photograph, I do not fear these untamed animals. Please tell Mother I am taking my vitamin tonic elixir daily. Love till the moon is proven to not be cheese, Ryan pic.twitter.com/bH1nw2B0Hb— Major Ryan Fitzpatrick (@MajorRyanFitz) August 24, 2018
Dearest Liza,The regiment received quite the scare this week when Pvt. Smith was wounded in a skirmish practice. We feared the worst but quick attention saved his leg from certain amputation. God was watching over, and he will be back in the near future. Love unending,Ryan pic.twitter.com/2Bn18Fbcxe— Major Ryan Fitzpatrick (@MajorRyanFitz) August 23, 2018
My Dear Liza, My sidearm was weary tonight, but thank the Good Lord Lieutenant Winston took over and led the men in a most impressive fashion. He taught the men what it was to “Eat A W.” We still are confused about what we saw, but it was, quite tasty. My Endless Love, Ryan pic.twitter.com/HCB2Ip3RlJ— Major Ryan Fitzpatrick (@MajorRyanFitz) August 19, 2018