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Thursday, September 28, 2006

The truth about Terrell Owens

I'd like to make up an interesting little tale to tell you about Terrell Owens but there's no way to top the truth as it continues to unfold.

Sadly, the man and his publicist have issues, and they're being played out on a national scale. It's a shame that God gave Owens so much athletic ability but negelected to give him the character to handle it. I'd much rather be poor with character than I would be rich with none. Easy for me to say, right?

Football fans tend to overlook the deficiencies of athletes who play for their team, which allows Owens to move from city to city and still maintain a following. If the NFL were run as it should be run, guys like Terrell Owens would have been out of a job long before this pill-popping fiasco.


Blogger Roy Lang III said...

I'll tell you a little story about Terrell Owens. He didn't know who his father was until he was 11 years old. In fact, his father lived across the street from him (his mother had an affair with the guy, but never told her son) for the first 11 years of his life.
Somehow he found out through someone in the neighborhood.
I'm not making excuses for Owens, but if his PR antics are the worst things he does in life, given his background, I think we can all handle it.
No arrests, no drugs, just a soap opera. We all have issues, many are far worse than T.O.'s.

5:51 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Watson said...

That's a sad, sad story but it does not excuse his antics. Plenty of people grew up without fathers and don't act like jackasses. It does sound like he has a drug problem, but it's guys like him who have turned people like me off to the NFL. I talk to people every day who don't watch NFL games any more. And don't use the argument about their ratings being so great. All that does is show how degenerate America is becoming.

8:06 PM  
Blogger Joel Anderson said...

To me, Jimmy, his antics are just that, antics.

I don't think his or the subsequent - and enduring - popularity of the NFL in any way is an example of "how degenerate America is becoming."

More than anything, T.O. shows how forgetful America has been, is now, and is becoming. I mean, are the football players any worse today than they were, say, 30 years ago?

Before you answer that, remember the questionable on- and off-field antics of old-school guys like Dick Butkus, Duane Thomas, Conrad Dobler, Jack Tatum, Paul Hornung and Sam Huff. Did the NFL's popularity suffer under the weight of these guys?

Far as I know, T.O. has only suited up, played hard, played well, done a few crazy touchdown dances, asked for a raise after a great year and not gotten along with a few of his bosses and co-workers.

For the most part, that makes us all jackasses at some point or another.

8:30 PM  
Blogger Roy Lang III said...

Amen Joel.

2:53 PM  

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