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March 7, 2009
Erie sight: T.O. lands in Buffalo

Terrell Owens is a Buffalo Bill. Get yo' popcorn and wings ready! I've gotta say, I thought Owens would land somewhere. But I never thought it would be Buffalo. I mean, Buffalo? Along with Green Bay and Jacksonville, it has to be the lowest-profile NFL town. And after watching its citizens tailgate for three hours before and after a game this year in a cold and steady rain, I would say they are just about the toughest, blue collar-est people in America. How will they accept a man who has left three locker rooms burning in his wake over the last five years? Is Buffalo big enough? Who's he going to hang with, Teppo Numminen?

In San Francisco, there will be no T.O. to drive a wedge into what is currently a united locker room. And even better for the 49ers, there's no T.O. in the NFC. He's been a 49er killer since he left town in 2004. To wit:

9/19/2005. Eagles v. 49ers. 5 rec., 143 yards, 2 tds
11/23/2008. Cowboys v. 49ers. 7 rec., 213 yards. 1 td.

Assuming Owens sticks with the Bills - and given his track record, that's a massive assumption - the next time the 49ers would face him would be 2012 in San Francisco when Owens is 39 or 40. Unless, of course, the two teams meet in the Super Bowl. And wouldn't that be a helluva story line?

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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