Monday, November 07, 2005

Manners DO Matter: So Long, T.O.

Ahh, shut up!

Terrell Owens isn't going to play another down for the Philadelphia Eagles this season, maybe not ever again, and I don't know whether that's what he wanted, but he sure seemed to act like it.

Terrell Owens isn't going to play another down for the Philadelphia Eagles this season, maybe not ever again, and this should be met with cheers, shouts of "Bravo!", and handstands from every fan who thinks high-priced, spoiled athletes are inmates running the sports asylum.

Terrell Owens isn't going to play another down for the Philadelphia Eagles this season, maybe not ever again, and even his own quarterback thinks that's a good thing, apparently. Certainly his coach feels that way. Andy Reid appears to be the one who made the decision to essentially fire Owens, who was suspended for yesterday's game at Washington and who is now going to be deactivated for the remainder of the season.

Donovan McNabb, the eagles' QB and the target of some of Owen's ire, admitted that maybe it "was for the best" that T.O. not suit up anymore in an Eagles uniform. He's talented and all, McNabb pretty much said, but at what cost? Was his talent worth the divisiveness, the fighting -- literally and figuratively -- and the distraction?

Terrell Owens isn't going to play another down for the Philadelphia Eagles this season, maybe not ever again, and that's what should happen more often when players engage in the kind of behavior Owens engaged in: dissing teammates publicly without provocation, physically fighting your own in the lockerroom, and complaining that the organization lacks class because it didn't put life on hold and make a spectacle over his 100th career touchdown.

The Eagles rid themselves of Terrell Owens, perhaps the game's most talented and explosive receiver (with apologies to Randy Moss), seemingly as casually as they would have released a practice squad placekicker. They did it because they are out for the greater good. They did it because the feelings and morale of 52 other players mean more than that of one. They did it because it was something that needed to be done, and I tip my hat to them.

Shame on you, Terrell Owens.

Thank you, Andy Reid.

You're welcome, Donovan McNabb.

1 comment:

pb said...

We should program what songs should be on T.O.'s iPod.

In fact, I'm compiling a list of them.

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http://www.pambanana.com/to/