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Monday, October 5, 2009
When are hard Bills questions appropriate?



Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham


There's something about Terrell Owens that brings out the defenders and apologists.

Last week, reporters were excoriated for asking Owens, who happens to be a football player, football questions after a football game. People recoiled, claiming we were badgering him and asking loaded questions.

The nerve! For shame!

But why do I have a feeling Buffalo Bills fans and Owens supporters alike don't have any problem that a 90-year-old man -- a beloved Hall of Famer! -- was asked hard questions after Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Land Shark Stadium.

Buffalo News columnist Jerry Sullivan printed this exchange with Bills owner Ralph Wilson outside the visitors' locker room. Here it is, with the corresponding Owens quotes from last week's news conference in parenthetical notation.

It started when Wilson was asked what he thought of the performance, not unlike the first questions Owens faced during last week's news conference after losing to the New Orleans Saints.

Wilson: "You saw the game, just like I did. What do you want me to say? What do you say?"

(Owens on why the offense didn't execute last week: "We lost the game. What do you think?" And on if the Saints defense took him out of the game: "What do you think?")

Reporter: That this performance is unacceptable, like you said after the loss to the Dolphins last year in Toronto.

Wilson: "No comment."

(Owens several times in response to different questions: "I’m just going with the plays that are called.")

Reporter: But you're never lacking for comment.

Wilson: "I am today."

(Owens on the what's wrong with the offense: "Didn't execute.")

Reporter: Should Dick Jauron be worried about his job?

Wilson: "I'm worried about my job."

(Owens on Trent Edwards' decisions: "I don’t want to answer that because whatever I say you guys are turn it into however you want to say it.")

A member of the Bills' public relations staff then ushered Wilson away.

Shame, shame on the media for attacking a man when he's down.