The T.O. Circus sets up shop at Fisher
Just think, today is the third day of training camp.
In the last few days, we’ve seen Bills fans crowd the campus of St. John Fisher to take a look at T.O. in action.
Terrell Owens has been the center of attention since the team arrived at campus Friday and Saturday’s opening of camp was all about the new guy in town.
They cheered his routine catches. They cheered the way he stretched. They roared when he hauled in a 65-yard bomb from Trent Edwards in the afternoon. They hollered, “Getcha popcorn ready.” They wore his No. 81 jersey. They carried boxes of his cereal.
When Owens responded to one fan’s exhortations with a big smile and a peace sign, the fan gushed, “That just made my day!”
With the Bills being the first team to open camp thanks to the fact they will be one of the first two teams in preseason action come August 9th, all eyes of the football world have been on Pittsford, New York. And Terrell has not disappointed the media, being his usual story-creating self.
And, of course, The T.O. Show makes its return to the airwaves tonight at 10 PM on VH1.
Pretty boring start to camp, huh?
It’s been a good ride for Bills fans to this point, and it doesn’t seem like things will be slowing down anytime soon. The incurable optimism around camp is infectious in Western New York. Things always look good for the Bills in August, but it doesn’t look the same once November rolls around.
Yahoo!’s Dan Wetzel is one of the many media-types who are keeping tabs on the situation in the Greater Rochester area. And as many are admitting, having T.O. out wide makes the Bills a different animal, and things are looking good in Buffalo.
Here in the honeymoon stage, TO is the x-factor that makes the Bills an x-factor in the AFC East. This will be his 14th season, yet teammates were marveling at his physical conditioning. If he hasn’t lost too much, he’ll be part of a suddenly balanced offense that couples with an improving defense to make for an intriguing club.
“He creates issues for defenses because he is a big, strong, productive receiver,” Jauron said. “So you don’t go into a game just saying, ‘We’ll just play our base defense and take whatever happens.’ That’s not how you play against receivers like that. It gives us more opportunities.”
Edwards was so juiced he was talking about playing into February, a stretch for a franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs since 1999. You can forgive his excitement; he knows what Owens has meant for other quarterbacks, at least for a season or three.
“He can get open and make passes by the quarterback a little bit easier,” Edwards said. “When he’s running well and coming out of breaks well, he’s tough to cover and that makes my job a lot easier.”
It’s good that the guys on the team are keeping it in perspective, that it’s good to have a football player of his caliber in the lineup. But will that last once things get rough?
The circus that the Bills’ star receiver is bringing to camp is definitely bringing lots of attention to camp. Fans are not containing their excitement. Now, if he brings enough wins to put the Bills in the postseason, who knows how surreal it might get at One Bills Drive.