T O(h, no!)

You’ve got to hand it to the National Football League.  For a league whose official business on the field is conducted during a 5-month window, it is amazing that the NFL can continue to dominate the headlines even in its “offseason”.

Today’s news that Terrell Owens has signed with the Buffalo Bills unsurprisingly supercedes any developments from March Madness, the World Baseball Classic, or the dog days of the NBA & NHL regular seasons.

Terrell Owens

Terrell Owens

It was just days ago that T.O. said goodbye to the Dallas Cowboys for good.  And nobody saw Buffalo as a landing spot for the mercurial wide receiver. 

Vic Carucci of NFL.com calls it a major risk for the Bills, while acknowledging their need to create interest (and ticket sales) for the once-proud franchise which has not been to the playoffs since 1999.

Pete Prisco of cbssports.com sees little risk and major upside in the wake of the transaction.

And Tim Graham of espn.com says risk or no, let’s applaud the Bills for not sticking with the status quo.

Me?  I’m fascinated to see what happens.  T.O. is a time bomb and he will certainly go off eventually.  But a one-year deal puts all the pressure on him to perform for his next contract. 

Plus, I have my own selfish reasons to applaud this move.  I really need Bills’ receiver Lee Evans to finally put up some fantasy football numbers for me.  If Owens’ signing frees up the veteran from the University of Wisconsin to finally escape the constant attention that defenses have been showing him over the years, then bully for me.

Yes, even in March, the thoughts of a sports fan focus on the NFL.  And with only 7 weeks until the NFL Draft, any reduction in press or fan attention is sure to be temporary.

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~ by acm213 on March 7, 2009.

One Response to “T O(h, no!)”

  1. This should create some excitement for Bill$ fan$ and give them a reason to want to go to games next season.

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