Buffalo Bills' Wood calls playing games in Toronto 'a joke'
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, December 20, 2012 8:21AM EST
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Centre Eric Wood considers the Buffalo Bills' annual games in Toronto to be "a joke," believing the team gives away its home-field edge by playing under a dome and in front of ambivalent crowds.
Wood first expressed his frustrations during his weekly show on Buffalo's WGRF-Radio on Monday, a day after a 50-17 loss to Seattle in Toronto. He stuck by his criticism Wednesday, saying he won't retract what he said.
Wood added he understands how playing games in Canada's financial capital and largest city benefits a small-market team such as the Bills. He enjoys travelling to Toronto and taking advantage of what the city has to offer culturally.
What's not enjoyable, Wood says, is playing there.
Buffalo is 1-4 in regular-season games at Toronto since the series began in 2008.