Tuesday, March 21, 2006

PO'd About T.O.


DallasCowboys.com

"A lot of football success is in the mind. You must believe you are the best and then make sure that you are." Bill Shankly

What is it with Philadelphia sports fans? They didn't appreciate a good thing when they had it. Now they're in a lather because the object of their scorn--Terrell Owens--is thumbing his nose right back at them.

I say, You Go, T.O.! No matter how lame your PR plays, you were hired to play football for the Phila Eagles and that's what you did -- better than virtually anybody else on the team.

C'mon, somebody, anybody, get in my face and tell me who lost heart and guts and that Super Bowl ... and who brought us thisclose to winning it, when by all medical and human standards he shouldn't even have been able to play.

To those who bitch and moan about T.O.'s lack of "team spirit" or "sportsmanship" I say, Grow Up! These aren't school children who need guidance and life lessons. They're professional athletes, big tough bruisers paid huge amounts of dough to knock down other big tough bruisers for our entertainment.

Would we like them to be role models for our kids? Of course. But let's face it, that ship sailed long ago on a sea of steroids, criminal charges, sex, drugs, rock 'n roll ... and slick negotiations for millions of dollars.

Top professional athletes aren't Rhodes scholars or diplomats -- nor should we expect them to be. They're ordinary guys with extraordinary talent who work hard and play hard and give their fans hundreds of pounds of flesh in every game.

That's exactly what Terrell Owens did for Philly. He has a big mouth, but a far bigger talent. And what would you rather see in the news after a game? Pundits dissing T.O. for "attitude" -- or recaps of another and another and another Eagles win?

The Eagles crashed and burned without T.O. the second half of last season and don't anybody dare be naive enough to think it happened because of him. I'm more disgusted with Andy Reid and the rest of the Eagles suits for letting hubris get in the way of business. And it turns out in the end that the NFL Players Association sides with me.

Those in charge of the Eagles franchise need to get a grip and remember the fans -- not just for our moral support, but for the amount of money we shell out to support our team.


Eagles fans have gotten too comfortable ragging on the Cowboys. I have a feeling we'll be in for a rude awakending when Dallas, with T.O.'s help, starts ragging back on us bigtime.

As far as I'm concerned, T.O. is having the last laugh on his own web site. Funny or not, it's incredibly savvy marketing. Take a look at TerrellOwens.com and hear him say,

"It's been 3 long months. I've matured. I'm always hungry, I want to get better and better. That's what I take pride in doing. I play to win a game. I'm different. I'm a play maker. I'm a game changer. And when I score a touchdown I want to bring 'em to their feet..."

That kind of attitude isn't a bad thing to pass on to our kids -- not to mention to the Philadelphia Eagles.





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Blogger Philg67 said...

Dear Sally,

Are you a user of a illegal narcotic to stand up for TO's inexcusable behavior?? Seriously, let's take a look at what is WRONG with TO:

1) He went back on his word: He knowingly signed a contract that even the player's union told him NOT to sign. I guess when he was growing up no one told him how a REAL man sticks to his promises.

2) He fired his 1st agent, and hired Drew to re-negotiate his contract after ONE year of play. Um, yeah he did go above and beyond the call of duty, but he should have waited till the end of the 2nd or the middle of his third year to renegotiate his contract.

Take a look at how Akers/Westbrook handled the renegotiating of their contracts.

The point is: TO was inpatient and got VERY BAD advice from his agent. And his moaning about "not being able to feed my family on what I'm getting paid" struck a VERY RAW NERVE with me (especially at a time when I just begging to get a normal paycheck after being laid off for 4 months/working for the welfare dept. for 7 before getting transfered to another agency to earn a "livealbe" wage).

3) His childlike behavior: When things didn't go his way...what did he do...resort to the behavior of a 4 year old. He whined/pouted/showed off, etc. When I was a kid and I behaved like that, I promptly got a well-deserved smack on the ass to "adjust" my attitude.

And the last time I checked, TO was 32 years old, not 4

4) Respect, or lack of it: For TO to diss McNabb and the rest of his teammates/coaches in public goes against EVERYTHING that I (and other kids) learned playing HS football. We were taught to at the very least RESPECT the QB and not to bad mouth him outside the lockerroom to others, and to show our coaches respect.

Did I think my HS QB was weak at times...sure, but, I didn't badmouth him to the entire school. Did I think my HS coaches called the wrong plays...YES....but I didn't run to the school newspaper and say "Coach grandizio is a idiot"


Face it, TO is the posterboy of what's wrong in sports today. A so-called "man" who did not learn in his early years to respect others, instead, he was spoiled rotten and was taught to believe everything is about "HIM".

2:34 PM  
Blogger Philg67 said...

Dear Sally,

Are you a user of a illegal narcotic to stand up for TO's inexcusable behavior?? Seriously, let's take a look at what is WRONG with TO:

1) He went back on his word: He knowingly signed a contract that even the player's union told him NOT to sign. I guess when he was growing up no one told him how a REAL man sticks to his promises.

2) He fired his 1st agent, and hired Drew to re-negotiate his contract after ONE year of play. Um, yeah he did go above and beyond the call of duty, but he should have waited till the end of the 2nd or the middle of his third year to renegotiate his contract.

Take a look at how Akers/Westbrook handled the renegotiating of their contracts.

The point is: TO was inpatient and got VERY BAD advice from his agent. And his moaning about "not being able to feed my family on what I'm getting paid" struck a VERY RAW NERVE with me (especially at a time when I just begging to get a normal paycheck after being laid off for 4 months/working for the welfare dept. for 7 before getting transfered to another agency to earn a "livealbe" wage).

3) His childlike behavior: When things didn't go his way...what did he do...resort to the behavior of a 4 year old. He whined/pouted/showed off, etc. When I was a kid and I behaved like that, I promptly got a well-deserved smack on the ass to "adjust" my attitude.

And the last time I checked, TO was 32 years old, not 4

4) Respect, or lack of it: For TO to diss McNabb and the rest of his teammates/coaches in public goes against EVERYTHING that I (and other kids) learned playing HS football. We were taught to at the very least RESPECT the QB and not to bad mouth him outside the lockerroom to others, and to show our coaches respect.

Did I think my HS QB was weak at times...sure, but, I didn't badmouth him to the entire school. Did I think my HS coaches called the wrong plays...YES....but I didn't run to the school newspaper and say "Coach grandizio is a idiot"


Face it, TO is the posterboy of what's wrong in sports today. A so-called "man" who did not learn in his early years to respect others, instead, he was spoiled rotten and was taught to believe everything is about "HIM".

2:34 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

I'm an Eagles fan and season ticket holder. I'm also a manager at a major corporation. If two of my best team members had a fight like TO/McNabb, we would find a way to make peace and keep them both around. We would incent them to work together or make it painful for both of them if they couldn't. TO should be in Philly and McNabb should be tougher...

4:17 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

A couple of other points:

1.) Regarding his "word" - people ask for contracts to be renogiated all of the time. He outplayed his contract and the Eagles should have had a plan to deal with that.

2.) Jevon Kearse is underperforming for his level of play and was paid more than TO. Guess who Kearse's agent is. Yup Rosenhaus. Think Drew didn't whisper to TO, "Kearse makes more than you".

3.) TO behavior was very poor. But he wasn't the one throwing up in the Super Bowl.

In conclusion the Eagles are a poorer team on the field now. Lets see McNabb rely on the motley crew of recievers he has now. Think back to the Championship games where they lined up the likes of Trash (a number one reciever - NOT!) and Na Brown. Yuck.

5:08 PM  
Blogger Rienzi said...

I find it hilarious that people can find ways to support Owens when he followed the SAME EXACT script he used on his exit from the 49ers.
The idea that he was a.)underpaid, b.) just telling the truth, c.)the hardest working athlete on the team, etc. are all frauds he perpetrated on people who fell for it a second time.
The reason the situation couldn't be "worked out" with McNabb is because Owens was never interested in "working it out". Of course there was plenty the Eagles & McNabb did wrong, but people who want to ignore the fact that this was identical repeat of San Fran have been completely snookered by this guy...

9:43 AM  
Blogger Rienzi said...

I find it hilarious that people can find ways to support Owens when he followed the SAME EXACT script he used on his exit from the 49ers.
The idea that he was a.)underpaid, b.) just telling the truth, c.)the hardest working athlete on the team, etc. are all frauds he perpetrated on people who fell for it a second time.
The reason the situation couldn't be "worked out" with McNabb is because Owens was never interested in "working it out". Of course there was plenty the Eagles & McNabb did wrong, but people who want to ignore the fact that this was identical repeat of San Fran have been completely snookered by this guy...

9:44 AM  

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