Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wood says Toronto Series is a 'joke' and it 'sucked'


We all knew Buffalo Bills players were not fans of the five-year Toronto Series that saw them play one "home" game a season at Toronto's Rogers Centre.

Last season, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and safety George Wilson were extremely critical of the atmosphere and lack of home-field advantage, and receiver Stevie Johnson echoed those sentiments last week.

This week, one Bills player verbally laid the wood on the up-north campaign following their blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Buffalo is 1-4 in Toronto. (photo: Matt Britt, Flickr)

"I think that Toronto series has turned into pretty much a joke," Bills offensive lineman Eric Wood told 97 Rock radio, according to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News. "I think they started it hoping that we'd have a lot of fan support in Toronto. We have none."

"... You're making a team from out west travel, and then you give them the comfort of a dome, and you don't make them play in our stadium. We have no home-field advantage allowed. We travel, too. I just think it's a joke.

Wood added that "it's a bad atmosphere for football."

"... nobody wants to play there," he continued. "I guess for opposing teams it beats the hell out of going in somebody else's stadium and dealing with a bunch of crowd noise."

Before the season, the the NFL approved a five-year extension for the series, but the Bills have yet to finalize an agreement.

"I hope we don't renew it," Wood said. "That sucked."

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