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Dumb Enough to Work


What's that old expression -- If a pass is dropped in Buffalo, and nobody is there to see it, did it hit the ground?

Buffalo is one of the strangest places Terrell Owens could have gone. Both literally, and in the context of the NFL. (note: I once lost my camera in Buffalo. Called from a rest stop outside New York City and spoke with a barkeep at the restaurant who promised that they found it and he'd mail it to me. I never got it. I've hated the city ever since). Everyone in America thought Owens would either end up in the bastion of dysfunction run by Al Davis, or a place like New England where the leadership and hierarchy in the locker room are never in question.

I guess he landed somewhere in between. For Buffalo it makes perfect sense. The team finished last in its division in 2008 and could use a dynamic upgrade to their offense that finished 23rd in the league in points, 25th in yards per game and 22nd in passing yards per game.

And that dropped pass... yeah, people will know it hit the ground now. 2009 will shine more focus on the city of Buffalo than any year since Jim Kelly retired. Signing T.O. immediately moves running back Marshawn Lynch's legal issues to page two. In a division with the mighty Patriots, the Jets sharing the biggest media market in the country and the Dolphins, who oh-by-the-way won the division last year, the Bills matter again. They are relevant.

And that's all you can ask for as an NFL market.

As for T.O., the move makes very little sense. As mentioned, they were the last-place team in a tough division. Their best player is in legal trouble. Their quarterback is young and unproven. Oh, and it's freezing cold in Buffalo, so if you were going to move to an obscure team that probably won't contend this season, why not someplace a little nicer?

Maybe Buffalo was the only place that would give him more money than he would have made with Dallas this season. Heck, maybe Buffalo was the only team who would sign him at all.

At the very least, now that this long national nightmare is over, we can all get back to what we normally do this time in the off season... wondering when Brett Favre is announcing his return. (I hear Buffalo has some receivers now!)

By Dan Levy  |  March 8, 2009; 8:41 AM ET  | Category:  Buffalo Bills , Dallas Cowboys , Dan Levy Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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