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Eric Wood calls Toronto series 'a joke ... I hope we don't renew it'

By Tim Graham

WoodMugBuffalo Bills players have soft-stepped around the issue of playing in Toronto.

They dutifully refer to the series as a home away from home. Here and there, players would bemoan the atmosphere not being as energetic as Ralph Wilson Stadium but not take their comments much deeper.

Bills center Eric Wood didn't hold back his feelings on his weekly segment with "Norton in the Morning" on 97 Rock.

"I think that Toronto series has turned into pretty much a joke," Wood said in an interview with DJ Jickster and Chris Klein. "I think they started it hoping that we'd have a lot of fan support in Toronto. We have none.

"I mean, it's a crucial third down for them in the first quarter, and they're running just regular snap count, where I don't care if we have a half-filled Ralph Wilson Stadium, they don't do that."

The Seattle Seahawks drummed the Bills 50-17 in the Rogers Centre on Sunday. The Bills are 1-4 in their Toronto games.

Tickets have been a tough sell, with rows and rows of empty seats. Of the fans who do attend, a healthy percentage wears the opposing team's jerseys. Another noticeable segment wears jerseys from players not involved in the game such as Tom Brady or Troy Polamalu.

"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," Wood said. "We have no home-field advantage allowed. We travel, too. I just think it's a joke.

"And it's a bad atmosphere for football. I mean, nobody wants to play there. 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.

"I don't think it's turned out the way we wanted, and I hope we don't renew it. That sucked."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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