Bills kicker loves great indoors
By LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media
If no one were to show up to watch the Buffalo Bills play their Dec. 7 game against the Miami Dolphins at the Rogers Centre, punter Brian Moorman still thinks coming here is a great idea.
"A roof for a December home game? As a kicker, you have to like that," Moorman said yesterday at a downtown Toronto event to push VIP ticket packages to eight of the National Football League team's games here during the next five years.
"You are talking to a guy who plays at Ralph Wilson Stadium in some bad winter conditions.
"I remember once against Arizona when I put my helmet down after a play and it started blowing across the field. So, yeah, I'm for playing indoors at that time of year."
The Bills begin their Toronto dates on Aug. 14 with an exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Promoters claim more than 180,000 ticket requests were handled since February when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the Bills were coming north for the next few years.
Moorman said the Bills themselves are getting pumped about playing in Toronto. Some players made the trip here last year to donate football equipment to a North York high school, while others, such as himself, have been doing promotional work.
"We can't ignore that 20% of our fan base for a Sunday home game comes from Canada," Moorman said. "This isn't about hurting the CFL, which I think is a unique league, it's just a smart move by a small-market (NFL) team to give us an opportunity to reach more of our fans."
Moorman, who was born near Wichita, Kan., has seen the CFL only on TV, but is pals with Hamilton Tiger-Cats' import kicker Nick Setta.
"The Rogers Centre looks very good and I'm sure it won't take much to give us a hometown feel," Moorman said. "The Dolphins will definitely feel like the visitors."