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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.

It’s A Dirty Business Is This Business We Call Sports …………And Then Some ……


Well it certainly goes without saying that the bloodlust and bloodletting that’s known to take  place within the boardroom is no different from that within the field of sports.We’ve seen it already happen within the  NBA this  season. Albeit  that  the season there  is  over a much  longer season.  However  the season that is  built around the NFL is one seventeen  weeks  give or take. And then you have the postseason itself where the  success there is very  much  predicated on the  immediate  results.  For the likes of fallen coaches Eric Mangini,Romeo Crennel  and Rod Marinelli  they’ll never come  to know what it is to equate  success  in the postseason. Well at least  not this season anyway ! 
 
Laverneus  Coles  of the  New York Jets  adresses the press after the  announcement  of the recent firing of  Jets' coach  Eric  Mangini ......
Lavernues Coles of the New York Jets addresses members of the press who convened at the Jets' facility to question players as to the recent firing of the coach Eric Mangini ..............

Lavernues Coles of  the New York Jets addresses members  of  the convened press  to answer questions as to the firing  of  the team’s coach  Eric  Mangini. picture appears courtesy of  ap/photo/Rich Schultz …………….

 

Each of the above mentioned  individuals  were  placed  under the scrutiny  of  expectful wishes.  And  they failed miserably  though  in some respects much  of it  was not  of their own making. But  at the  end of the  day  it is  the coach  who  has to take blame  for the  lack  of success  on the field of play.  With the firing of all three coaches by  their  respective franchises the New York Jets,Cleveland Brown and Detroit Lions. All three  men became casualties of the merry-go-round we’ve come to know as the coaching  carousel. Albeit that it’s not expected that either if any of the three will ever find themselves back  as a candidate for a mangerial position  within the NFL.  Crennel’s own  boss GM Phil Savage  also found  himself  out  of  a position  when he  too was let  go by Browns’ owner Randy Lerner. The axe does tend to swing  both ways then ?

 

Romeo Crennel the now former coach of the Cleveland Browns looks up  at the scoreboard during  the  game  between  Cleveland and the  Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns would go on to lose  the  game 31-0  and  post a 4-12 record  for  the season.
Romeo Crennel the now defunct coach of the Cleveland Browns looks up at the scoreboard during the game between the Browns and Steelers.......

Romeo Crennel the now former coach of the Cleveland Browns looks up at the scoreboard in a  game played between the Browns and  Pittsburgh Steelers. Crennel’s team would go on to lose  the game 31-0 and post a 4-12 record for the regular season. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Tony  Dejak …..

 

But as much as we see with each passing season  coaches let go because of  the undue pressure that’s placed upon them to succeed. What  does that  tell us  about  the state of  the game itself whereby a single mistake by a player or official  may well be all that it  takes  to sink the career  of a coach ? However it can also be said  that a coach  should be  able to instill   into those whom he  leads  what it is  that is expected of them. And that he  ought  to be able  to communicate  with them effectively. If the players themselves aren’t willing  to buy into what it is that the coach is  srtiving  to  achieve. Then how  will they go about  achieving  the success that they all strive for ? If those teams aren’t prepared on the day to meet  an opponent  then the  result endured is all too appropriate. Seventy percent of the game may well be physical but the remaining  thirty percent being said to be psychological, is  just as important, if  not more  so.

 

Lions' GM Martin Mayhew foreground  and  Team  President Tom Lewand  make the  announcement  that  coach Rod Marinelli had been terminated effectively  immediately ............
Lions' GM Martin Mayhew foreground and Team President Tom Lewand formerly having made the announcement that coach Rod Marinelli had been fired take questions from the convened press at the team's Allen Pk, Michigan team facility...............

Martin Mayhew,foreground, is the General Manager of the Detroit Lions. Seated alongside Mayhew at the convened press conference is  team President  Tom  Lewand. The announcement  being made  was that the franchise’s coach Rod  Marinelli as well as  several  members of  his coaching staff wouldn’t be  returning  next season. picture appears courtesy of  ap/photo/Paul Sancya ………………..

 

As to the travails  of  those coaches  who escaped the axe,guillotine or whatever rudimentary instrument one  might like to imagine being  swung above their head. Is it  fair  to believe  that they’re lucky  to survive  this most gruesome of rituals, given the evidence that come next season they too will  be  under even more  scrutiny not just from their owners and fans  alike ? If  anything  the quartet  of  NFL coaches  who’ve  succumbed  to the perfunctory  ritual of being  shown the door this season  are  the  one who ought to be  thought of as being  lucky. Granted expectations were  heaped upon their  shoulders  and  albeit that  they  failed. But who amongst us would  want  to be placed in that sort  of  a situation from the outset ? And less I’m not  mistaken unless  you’re Jesus Christ  himself  you’re indeed  being  asked  to perform  a miracle. And last I looked the coaches within the NFL  aren’t being viewed as the Messiah but yet the situation for which they of their own volition choose to be  placed within  are looked  upon as deities when they  succeed.  But  are either viewed  as oafs or buffoons  when they  falter. 

 

Cowboys' coach Wade Phillips  wraps up  his  press conference  with media  at the  Cowboys' Irving facility  in  Texas.
Cowboys' coach Wade Phillips wraps up his press conference with the convened press at the team's facility in Irving , Texas. .................

Wade Phillips  wraps up his  press conference with the members of  the press at the  team’s  facility in Irving, Texas.  Phillips and his much heralded team failed to make  the playoffs this  year having posted a 9-7 record this season.  They sufferered  a humiliating  season ending  loss  to their divisional rivals  the  Philadelphia Eagles 44-6. Thereby  depriving  themselves  of a postseason  berth  in the playoffs. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Tony Gutierrez ….. 

 

We know  that they’re highly paid individuals and they come  at a premium.  But are they infact any different from a titan of  industry  who’s asked  to lead a multi-billion dollar conglomerate ?  By their decisions  made  on and  in some cases off the  field can lead tothe success that’s envisioned by the hierarchy  of a franchise  as  well  as that of the  fans  themselves. And be that as it may one can only summize  that the coaches  who  aspire be amongst the professional  ranks  of the NFL have not  only belief in their own abilities. But also in that of the people who hire them to undertake such a demonstrative task. Failure at any price isn’t an option but  what ought to matter are the strategies  and the acceptable  risks that are part of that endeavor. So much of  what’s  predicated as  success  within the NFL nowadays isn’t just  about the  results on the field.  But it also has  a lot  to  do with the business  side of  the issue off  the field.  A languishing  and  less than what’s  deemed successful franchise  can  cost a team and  its  owners tens of  millions  of  dollars  each year in revenues. And the  bottom line at the end  of  the day may well be  all that matters  to a number  of  owners  no matter what  their  own wealth constitutes.  Though many  of them will  have  you know  that  certainly isn’t always  the case. But  when  have you  ever  known a wealthy individual not to want just a bit more money lining their pockets or bank accounts looking considerably  fatter ?

 

Herm Edwards of  the Kansas City Chiefs strolls  the sidelines  his  teams succumbs to another loss  this time at the  hands of the Cincinnati Bengals......
Herm Edwards of the Kansas City Chiefs strolls the sidelines as he has to endure, suffer and succumb to the Cincinnati Bengals in 16-6 loss on Sunday in the team's final regular season game............

 Herm Edwards of  the  Kansas City Chiefs  strolls the sidelines  having to endure  his team’s  16-6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in his team’s final regular season game. The  game played in Cincinnati ensured that the Chiefs ended  the season with a  2-14 regular season record. picture  appears  courtesy of  ap/photo/Al Behrman ………………

 

 

I won’t begrudge those who  make the  decisions to fire an individual  if  they  fail to offer  a succinct reason as  to  why they  ought  not to be. I  do know that there are also some  who were  more deserving  of  the  fate than  others.  But  I’d also  preface  this  with a caveat.  Becareful  of  what you  wish  for  as  you aspire on down the  road  to find the person who you deem fit  enough  to lead your  franchise up  from the depths which  they now find themselves within.  Because at the  end of  the  day it’s  not only  the  fans who  you may also  be  answerable to but also  to  your  own lust  for  untold  wealth and the greed  therein  that  goes along  with it.  But also  your own  conscience  whatever persona, form  or  guise it  may well take.  Afterall  this may well may be  a business  first  but  in large part it is  nothing more than a rudimentary form or entertainment for  us all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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