|Reality check: For crying out loud T.O., just play some football|
|Written by Ashley Schrader, Daily Vidette Sports Columnist|
|Wednesday, 26 August 2009 19:49|
Whenever I find myself dying of boredom, I instinctively pick up the television remote and begin the channel surfing.
As unproductive as it seems, I actually learn quite a lot about myself. Besides learning that I have a minor obsession over the food channel, I discovered that a certain VH1 show drives me absolutely insane: "The T.O. Show."
I have never been a fan of Terrell Owens. Actually, I really despise him, but seriously…he has his own reality show? I guess he hasn’t gotten enough of the media’s attention.
Sure, the show depicts T.O. in a positive light, but what kind of football player lets the cameras enter his entire life outside the playing field? Mr. Owens does.
To be honest though, the ridiculous show is just the frosting on my "T.O. dislike cake." Apparently, the record-holding receiver will not be playing in the Bills vs. Steelers preseason game this Saturday.
Not a surprise I suppose, since he already missed two previous preseason games due to a sprained toe injury acquired early in August.
I fully understand the implications of a toe injury, especially for the high impact position of a wide receiver, but it’s the way T.O. handles it that gets me.
According to the Associated Press, he worked out with the team on Tuesday’s practice, the first time since Aug. 9. He didn’t appear to be suffering from any discomfort or limping. Yet after only 10 minutes of drills, he made his exit to the sidelines where he stood and watched the rest of his teammates practice. Owens left practice nearly 12 minutes early and refused to talk to any press.
Instances like that put T.O.’s second place all-time receiving touchdowns, six Pro Bowl appearances and 14,222 career receiving yards to shame. I don’t care what accomplishments he has. Until he starts acting like he is interested in football or even his teammates, I refuse to give him the benefit of the doubt.
As if T.O.’s ego couldn’t grow any larger, he has frequently been compared to the great Jerry Rice. For those who live under a rock, Rice is widely regarded as the greatest wide receiver of all-time, and he happens to be the hero of a certain slacker. Coincidentally, T.O. is rumored to be trailing Rice in the all-time greatest wide receiver race. Yet there is a distinct difference between the two: one could care less about the preseason, while the other cared a great deal about it.
So, who is the real star? Let me give you a hint: it’s definitely not the player with the name that starts with a "T"and ends with an "O."
I suppose the way T.O. dismisses the impact of the preseason could be regarded as unimportant but as far as I’m concerned, it’s just another strike against him.
The point is simply, the preseason is a primer for the real season. And as far as I can tell, T.O. can’t be a "saving grace" for Buffalo football fans until he can recover from his toe injury and positively contribute to the team.
His overly dramatic attitude does nothing but put more pressure on a team that already desperately needs a winning season. And past experiences say that T.O. will refuse to deflate his big head and instead will create a whole new set of distractions and problems for a team that doesn’t need any in the first place.
So will T.O. play in the Bills’ preseason finale game against Detroit on Sep. 3, or will his month long toe injury still require some nursing?
Whatever the outcome, I know for certain that I will no longer waste any more of my valuable television time on Mr. Owens’ horrible reality show, or even allow myself to be interested in any of his ridiculous future shenanigans.