Bills Notebook: Kelly hopes T.O. gets loud

Terrell Owens (Scout)

Owens dogs it on TV show, Jim Kelly has strong words about Owens and more inside...

--Terrell Owens got a taste of his own medicine during airing of ABC's "The Superstars" on June 23 when a teammate blasted him this time. And it was a supermodel no less.

Joanna Krupa let loose on Owens with profanity filled comments (had to bring a smile to Jeff Garcia, Donovan McNabb and Tony Romo) after Owens continuously goofed up in various competitions on the show. Krupa and Owens were the first team eliminated.

Owens, looking disinterested, struggled distance running, bike riding, kayaking and running an obstacle course. He lost the chain on his bike, tipped over several times and lost his paddle kayaking, and got his foot tangled in cargo netting during an obstacle course run, much to the dismay of Krupa.

"I don't want a teammate like that," Krupa yelled. "Calls himself an athlete? What does he get a million dollars for?" She refused to shake Owens' hand at the end. "So cocky? For what? You got in the NFL?"

Said Owens as the two walked away for the cameras: "I feel really bad for your boyfriend."

--At least one Bills fan doesn't care if Owens becomes a locker room disturbance. Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly applauded the move to sign the controversial receiver during an interview with SIRIUS NFL Radio.

Asked who has to make the biggest adjustment, the fans to T.O. or T.O. to playing in a small-market, cold-weather city, Kelly said: "Well, I don't know. I guess it's a little premature to answer that one but T.O. for sure - when it starts to get really cold. But you know what? People talk about how he loves to talk and everything. People say he might be a disturbance in the locker room. You know what I say? I hope he is. We haven't had anything in the locker room. When you walk into a locker room on Monday and you don't know whether your team won or lost, something's got to change."

--The Bills have now sold out their first four regular-season games and continue on pace to hit the 55,000-mark in season ticket sales. The team has sold 53,000 season tickets with a solid two months to go. Last year, Buffalo sold 56,011 season tickets, second most in club history. The record is 57,132 in 1992, the height of the Bills' run to four consecutive Super Bowls.

What makes the current ticket sales numbers impressive and mystifying is that the Bills haven't made the playoffs in nine consecutive years, the economy is in the tank and there was a public outcry over retaining unpopular coach Dick Jauron. Having one fewer game to purchase (the Bills play one regular-season game in Toronto) helped the overall ticket cost.

--SS Donte Whitner is due back in a Cleveland courtroom on July 31 to resolve his disorderly conduct case. A plea deal may be in the works. Whitner is accused of pushing his way past police officers and refusing to leave the scene outside a nightclub in April.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I've always been impressed with Trent. From the very first day he was here, I thought he had command of the huddle, I thought he had a presence on the field and he's just matured. He's into his third year and he knows a lot more about the league and how it functions and how people play and what it takes to succeed. He's worked awfully hard the whole offseason process and he'll continue to work. I'm really happy with Trent and how he's committed himself." - Coach Dick Jauron on quarterback Trent Edwards, who enters his third season as the team's entrenched starter.

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