Make it official, Buffalo. The T.O. show has officially begun in Orchard Park.
In a tweet posted Tuesday, Terrell Owens wrote, "sittin here trippin about residents @ 1 DEER RUN wn't rent 2 me b/c they said they dn't want any drama n their neighborhood!! LOL!!! Wow!!"
The words caught the eyes of the Buffalo media, ESPN, and tweeters across the country.
Wednesday, the press huddled around T.O. after the Bills practiced outside at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The first few questions were right on target, asking T.O. how his progression in learning the Bills' offense has come along.
The conversation then diverted away from the field. A member of the media asked T.O. about his quests for a house.
His response (at 1:44 of the video) seemed to initially avoid the the comment left on his Twitter home page, but the media in Buffalo persisted T.O. talk about the tweet.
"Anywhere I go, there's always a little added extra attention," Owens joked.
ESPN picked up video from Buffalo television station WKBW-TV and aired T.O.'s comments under the title, "T.O. Goes House Hunting."
"This is SO FUNNY!!!" Owens Twittered Wednesday night. "All the networks r so thirsty 4 sumthin 2 talk about it & i've interrupted their programs talkin about my househunting."
Although T.O. started the chain of inquiries by writing the tweet Tuesday, the media needs to focus on what Owens is doing on the field. Understandably, OTAs aren't the most exciting football stories, but Owens is bringing play-making ability to a Bills team that has been lackluster this decade.
T.O., combined with WR Lee Evans, will be a lethal one-two combination to defenses this year. The media should also be considering how Buffalo can actually win a game within the division this year, having lost all six contests in 2008.
Owens' good humor about the situation shows he understands it's only a one-year deal.
"I wanna find sumthin i'm comfortable with even if i hv 2 go thru 6 more real estate agents!!... Anyways, i'm happy & excited about being n B-Lo! it's jus sad that people still think the way they do n 2009!!"
The fans are happy to have you, too, T.O. Just keep the laughs coming once the season starts. Bills fans don't want to see a grown man cry over media inquiries. They just want their team to make it to the playoffs.