This past weekend was a busy one for Buffalo-area sports. The Sabres lost a crucial game to Ottawa in its push for a playoff spot. Niagara University advanced to within one game of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, while UB secured a share of its first division title in hoops.
But you didn’t really hear much about that.
Why? Because in perhaps their biggest non-draft move ever, the Buffalo Bills signed wide receiver to a one-year, $6.5 million contract.
What? The Bills? Owens? Really?
Yes. Perhaps the most well-known face and name in pro football is set to play at least one season in Buffalo.
Regardless of what you think about Owens’ (rotten) personality, the move makes sense for the Bills for a bunch of reasons.
First of all, people are talking about the Bills in March. Usually an afterthought by the time they are eliminated by the playoffs in late November, this move renewed interest in the Bills and got them talked about on ESPN, Sports Illustrated and anywhere else sports is discussed. It put Buffalo football back on the mpa, at least for a while.
In that while, the NFL will probably schedule more night games for the Bills to allow the nation to see whether Owens will cause the still fairly young team to implode.
If it doesn’t, Owens could serve as a leader by example and offer a second threat opposite Lee Evans to open up the Bills offense, which has stunk for years now. Throwing to them, while handing off to Marshawn Lynch (if they signed Owens, I guess the Bills would have to forgive Lynch for his gun/weed escapade), could give the Bills an extra couple wins easy.
Of course, this is Owens, the quarterback killer who turned the most mild-mannered thrower in the game (Donovan McNabb) into Grumpy Dwarf and threw San Francisco teammate Jeff Garcia under the truck convoy by implying to the media that Garcia was gay.
But still, the move is too intriguing not to like at least in part. At the very least, it gives WNY football fans some hope once again. Whether that hope is gone by midseason 2009 is another story, but for now it’s pretty cool.
Here is a YouTube video on which Hitler laments the T.O. signing. Absolutely hilarious, especially the part about the Dolphins (note the woman’s reaction to that).