Category: Terrell Owens

Boy Does It Suck To Be A Pariah


 
 
 

Boy  Does It  Suck To  Be A  Pariah  …………..

 

 

 

 

Consider  this   fact  that   as  of  last   season  the  Dallas  Cowboys   were   considered  the  team  to beat  upon  the  start  of  the regular  season  .   As  the  season   unfolded  we  saw  the  team  at time   show  some   brilliance.    But  all  too  more  often than  not  it  was   inconsistency  and    if  nothing  else a  great   deal of    bickering  and   backbiting  amongst    the  players   and    staff. 

 

 

Owens'  children's  book  Little T Learns  To Share  ..........
Owens' children's book written as a guide for young kids in self esteem, sharing and the respect of one's peers. Improbable as it may seem when one considers Owens' demeanor towards others especially former teammates. ............ picture appears courtesy of Corbis/ Alejandro Pena .........................

 

 

 

 

In  the  midst  of this  all    had   the   ring  master   (owner)  Jerry  Jones   orchestrating  the  show.  What   was    meant  to  be  a     professionally   ran  NFL   franchise   suddenly  began  to   look  like  a  PT  Barnum   circus  show.   And  to  great  effect    the  show  itself   had  its  own  cast  of  clown    characters.   From   Jones   , himself  on  down  to  assistant   coach  and  offensive   coordinator  Jason Garrett  ,  head  coach    Wade  Phillips.    And  less  we forget   that    the   cast  of  players  that   ranged    from  Adam ‘Pacman’  Jones,  to  Terrell Owens  ,  to   Roy  Williams , to  Patrick Crayton , to  Marion Barber III  ,    to  Tony  Romo   the   alleged   franchise   quarterback  that’d  lead  the  team  to  the  promised  land.    There   was   more chance   of  that  happening    had   Moses’   body  been   found   exhumed    and   him   being   placed   in  a  Cowboys’  uniform.   But  alas    more  than  a  decade  later  and   none  the   wiser    the  Dallas   Cowboys   have  yet   to  win  a  playoff   game.

 

 

Romo and  Owens  on the  training  field  not  quite  the  cordial   display  one  would  expect  between the  two  former  close   teammates.    picture  appears  courtesy of  ap/photo/  Martin   Westwood  ..............
Romo and Owens on the training field not quite the cordial display one could come to expect of the two allegedly close former teammates. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Martin Westwood ..............

 

 

 

 

Well  the   debacle   that   was  the  Cowboys’  season  had  led   to  more   strife  than   seen  in  an   episode   of  a   daytime  soap   opera.   With  the  on  and  off   the   field    shenanigans    that   went   on.  Someone   had  to  be   apportioned  the   blame   for  what   had   transpired.    The    thing     being  asked   was   who’d  be   cast   in  the   role   of  the  villain   when  it  was  all  said  and    done.   Surely  not   the   glamour    quarterback  with  the  hot   girlfriend   and  her acting and singing   alleged   talent ?    Or   was it   to  be   the  broken   down   alcoholic   cornerback   whose  run-ins  with   the  law   were  about   as  frequent   as   Lindsay Lohan’s   visits to   rehab. 

 

 

 

Cowboys'  wide  receiver   Terrell  Owens (81)  celebrates  a  touchdown  during   an  NFL  game against the  Green Bay Packers   by appearing  attempting  to  consume  some  popcorns  on the  sidelines .    picture  appears courtesy  of  getty  images /Matt  Salmons  ..............
Cowboys' wide receiver Terrell Owens (81) celebrates a touchdown during an NFL game against the Green Bay Packers. Owens can be seen here attempting to consume a bucket of popcorn as a way of amusing the fans in attendance. picture appears courtesy of getty images /Matt Salmons ...............

 

  

It  seem  that  if  there  was  to  be  someone  that    would  be   apportioned  the  blame  as to  the  team’s   failures.  Then  it’d would    have  to  be  the  mercurial    and  often   outspoken   but   yet  talented veteran   wide  receiver  known  as  Terrell  Owens.   He’s   carried   so  much   baggage  with  him  along   his professional    career    enough   that   would  do  Louis  Vuitton  proud were  he  alive  today.  I’m  surprised  that  Owens  himself   isn’t  a   paid  spokesman   for   the  company.   But  then   again  we  were  once   reminded  that   there     were   twenty   five  million   reasons  why  Owens  wanted  to   remain  a  Dallas  Cowboys’  player.

 

 

A somber  looking   Terrell  Owens   looks  on  having   answered  questions  concerning  the  team's   regular  season   performance .  The  press conference  was  held  at the  team's   training  facility  in  Irvine  Tx.,   picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photos/   Tom  Penders ..................
A somber looking Owens looks on having answered question on the team's regular season performances. The press conference was held at the team's training facilty in Irvine, Tx. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Matt Salmons .......................

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well  that  day  is  no  longer  here   as   Owens  was  cut   by  the  team  no  doubt  at  the  behest of  the  ring  master   himself   ,  Jerry   Jones.  Ought  we  to be  surprised  by  the  decision ?   Hell    no  !    Considering   what   has  transpired   in  Owens’   previous    places   of   professional   domicile.  One   ought  to  be  surprised  that  he  lasted   this  long  in   Dallas.   Now  the  question  one  could   ask   is   what   path   his    career  should now   take  ?    His   resumption    as a  kids’  novelist  or  to once  the   again  beat  the   well   worn   path   as   a   nomadic   wanderer   in the NFL ?   Someone   surely has  to  be  interested   in the player    and   the  undoubted   skills  that  he   brings.   But  the   caveat  here   has  to  be   buyer  beware .

 

 

 

Excess  baggage  courtesy  of  Terrell  Owens  .......cartoon  appears  courtesy  of  Frank  Galasso  ...............
Excess baggage Terrell Owens ......... cartoon appears courtesy of Frank Galasso @ copyrighted property .......

 

 

 

So   at  this   juncture    do  take   a  stab  at   answering  the   question   where   will   Owens   end  up   or  quite   possibly   in  what   professional   field   might  he  end up  in once  and   for  all.

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And The Survey Says …………..


 
And    The  Survey Says  ………………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well  once  again   it’d  appear  that   the  Philadelphia  Eagles  and   their  Pro Bowl  quarterback  Donovan McNabb  may   be  coming to  an  impasse.  With  McNabb  seeking  an  extension  to  his  contract , the  player  has  also   made  it   clear  that   he’d  also   like  to  see  what   direction  that    they’re  apparently   going  in.    In  particular   when  it  comes  to   strengthening   the  roster.  

 

 

Eagles' Pro Bowl  quarterback  Donovan  McNabb ..........     picture   appears  courtesy of ap/photo/Matt  Dorsey .............
Eagles' Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Matt Dorsey ...............

 

 

For  the  last   two   years   the   team  has   been   underserved   in  terms  of  its   receiving   corps  and  the   lack  of   a  real   running  game.  Owner   Jeffey  Lurie  and   General  Manager  Joe  Banner   haven’t  exactly   been forthcoming   when  it  comes  to  putting  a  competitive  team  on  the  field  of  play. Looking     primarily at   McNabb  and   Brian  Westbrook   this   team   lives  and   dies   by  the   performance    of  their   aging   veterans.  And  but   for  their   defense   it   has  to  be  said   that   there   isn’t   much  to  this   team  athletically   or   competitively.

 

 

 

 

Coach  Andy  Reid  has  been  through   his  own  torrent  of   emotions  with  the  Eagles   on   and   off  the  field. And  the  toll  that  it  has   taken  on  him   emotionally   could  well  be  leading   him   to  make  a  decision    that   has  been   long  overdue.    If  nothing   else   this  last   season  he  was  able  to  perhaps  pull  of   his  best   coaching   accomplishment   in  years.    Making  lemonade  out   of  let’s   just   say  sour  lemons   was  quite  astonishing  when  one   considers  the  season  that   the  team  had.   

 

 

 

Philadelphia Eagles' coach  Andy  Reid (left), cornerback Asante'  Samuel   and team owner   Jeffrey  Lurie  pictured  after  the  player's  acquisition  from   the  New  England Patriots  in  2008.   picture  courtesy  of  ap/photo/ Matt  Rourke ..............
Philadelphia Eagles' coach Andy Reid (left), cornerback Asante' Samuel and team owner Jeffrey Luria. The player along with the coach and team owner are seen here at the press conference to publicize Samuel's acquisition by the Eagles from the New England Patriots . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Matt Roarke ................................

 

 

 

They’d  been  left   for  dead   for   sure   and  managed   to   come  back   from  the  abyss  to  make  it  all  the  way   to  the  NFC  championship  game.  There  they’d   fall  to   the  unlikely  Arizona  Cardinals.   The   game   itself   basically  sealed  the  Eagles’  fate   for  the   season  and  any   postseason  ambitions  that  they  had.  If nothing  else   it  proves   that   the  franchise   was  capable  of  facing   adversity  head  on.   But  when  it came  to  that  final   push  it  was  clearly   beyond   them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philadelphia   Eagles’  fans  are   loyal   to  a  fault.   But   at the  end  of  the  day  there’s  only   so  much  that  they  can  bare.    And  it  can’t   have   escaped  anyone’s  notice  that   went  things   aren’t   going   right   for  the   franchise   they   the   fans   tend  to  let   their   emotions  run  away  with  them.   And  in  doing   so  they   tend to  go  overboard   when  it  comes  to  voicing     either   approval or   disapproval  as   to   where  the  franchise  is  going  or  what  it  is  that  they’ve   achieved. 

 

 

 

Philadelphia  Eagles'  GM  Joe  Banner .   Of  late   Banner  has been  under  pressure   to  improve  the  roster  of   the  franchise.   And  his  veteran   quarterback  McNabb has  let  it be known  that  he's  not  yet  prepared to  sign a new  contract  until  he's  seen   what   improvements  are  made  by  the  organization.    picture appears   courtesy  of  ap/photo/  David Hirschfield ................
Eagles' GM Joe Banner of late has been under a great deal of pressure to improve the team's roster. Team quarterback Donovan McNabb has let it be known that he's not yet prepared to sign a new contract as of yet until he's seen the improvements that'll be made by the organization. Under no illusions Banner knows that it's now or never for the franchise as a whole. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ David Hirschfield ......................

 

 

 

It   has  to  be  said  that  when   it was  announced    that   McNabb   had  been  drafted  by  the  franchise.   His   arrival    was  accepted  with  all  the  fervor   of   a  group  who’d  thought   that   they’d   been   betrayed   by  an  ownership  and  management  who  clearly  didn’t   know what  the  hell  it was  that  they  were  doing.  McNabb  through   the  ensuing    years   has  proven to  the  fans   that   he  could   lead   the  franchise.  Albeit   that   his   leadership   skills   have   come  into   question  repeatedly  over   the    years.   In-fighting   and   very  little  real   communication   or  leadership   has  all  but   led   this   franchise  to  implode.     Self   indulgent    behavior   and   no  one  is   prepared  to   held   accountable  for  their   actions.   And   one   could   see  that   in  Andy   Reid ,  here   was  a  coach   who’d   all  but  lost   the   team  when  it  really  mattered.  Confidence   in them  may   well   have   been  the   real   issue.

 

 

 

 

If  the  quarterback’s   demands  aren’t   met   then   it   has  to  be  said  the    team  has   to   move   in a  completely  new   direction  altogether.    Contract  extension  or   not  this   team   has   progressively    either  made it  to  the   top  of  the  mountain.   But   then  all   too   quickly  fallen  off   the  summit    inexplicably  without   a  reason  as  to   its   shortcomings.    It   were  as  if   it’s    half    expected  to  be  that   way,  season  in,  season   out    for  the  franchise.   Mediocrity  and    the   contrivance  that   as  long   as  they   defeat  the   Dallas   Cowboys  and  the New York  Giants during  the   regular   season   that  is  enough   for  the  team   in  terms  of  success.

 

 

 

 

Reid   and  McNabb  congratulate  one  another  on  the  sidelines   during  an  NFL  game .
Reid and McNabb congratulate one anotjher on the sidelines during an NFL game . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ David Embley .......................

 

 

 

If   we’re   going  to   question  the   actions   as  to   what    McNabb  is  after then  we’ve  also   got  to  look  at   whether    or  not  what  he’s   trying  to   achieve  is  actually  worthwhile.    In  the  past   he’s   made  this   type  of   request   before .   He    got   his   wish    when  the   team  made  the   trade   for  the  often   troubled,  talented  and   mercurial  Terrell  Owens.   Not   quite   a  match  made   in  heaven.    But   it  proved   profitable  in  the   fact that   it  took  them  to  the  Promised Land   by  way  of a    Superbowl  appearance.   However   in   the    aftermath  of  the    loss  to  the  New  England  Patriots .     It   soured   the   relationship   between  the  two   players   and   we   were  left   wondering    who  of   the    two   may   well  have  been  the  more   immature  ?    Name  calling  and   other   such   child  like   tendencies  and   it   has  to  be  said   watching  the  events  that’ve   unfolded   in  Philadelphia    has  been   akin   to  watching   a    daytime   soap  opera.  Only   in   this   case   there’s   no sex   ,  murder   or   hint  of    the  questioning   of  a  cast member’s   sexuality.   There   may   well   have   been  Owens   questioning   McNabb’s   intestinal   fortitude    at  the   end  of  the   game  itself  .  But   that   was  then   and  this   is   now.    And   it’d  appear    that   it’s   the  player   who’s   now   questioning  the   resolve  of   the  franchise   and  its  overall   ambition.  

 

 

 

 

 

And   should   the  unthinkable   happen   and  they   seek  a   parting  of  the  ways.   Then   I’d   like  to  think   that    both  parties  will    have  thought   this   out    thoroughly .    It’s   not as  if    McNabb   can’t   survive   without    Philadelphia.  The   question   is   however  can   the  Philadelphia   Eagles    survive   without  Donovan  McNabb  ?.    Because  if  anything   the   fans   before  McNabb   didn’t  really    have   all  that   much  to   really   cheer about   as  to  their    fortunes.    Now   in  the  wake  of  what   could   be  a   monumental   mistake.   I   doubt   that  they’re   going   to   like    the   view   of   someone   else   helming  this   team.     McNabb   may   well  be   testing  that  resolve  or   he   may   well    be   looking  to    maneuver   his  way   out   of  Philly.    But  in  reality    should    push    come  to   shove  ,   someone  if  not   both   parties   will  be   looking   to   profit   from  this   all.      The  question  is   who   at  this  present    moment  in  time   has  the  upper   hand   in  this   all  ?