Chad Ochcinco Johnson says, “Maybe he’s(Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis) trying to do this to show Mike Brown I don’t think I can coincide with Chad, but dammit I can’t coincide with him either and if he really feels that way when I see him I’m going to whoop his ass.”
ESPN.com Mike and Mike Justin Tuck, “Two things: One, yes we will take that personally and two he [LeSean McCoy] might want to watch some film before he starts talking about a defensive end of Osi’s quality. I don’t know where he would say something of that nature because honestly I think Osi’s stats back up the fact that he is a pretty good NFL football player.”
SI.com With the lockout not resolved fans of fantasy football are struggling to find their favorite magazine just in case the season starts on time. Some magazines are gone for good and others all but gone.
WDAE TAMPA talk to QB Josh Freeman on the Bucs and his receiving core, “I’ve been talking things over, talking about different situations, running all the route variations and I mean the guys are looking really good. Mike [Williams] came back and he just looks like a complete animal.”
Josh Freeman, Mike Williams, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were a vastly improved team last season. Looks like we should not expect this your aggressive team to recede.
Terrell Owens Deserves to be a First Ballot HOF Inductee
by Cris Benson The Fantasy Football Informer
Those things he would say to start your skin crawling, ‘Get your popcorn ready’ and, ‘I love me some me’.
The endzone celebrations that angered us such as signing the football then handing the ball to a fan after a TD reception, and shrinking the marketing budget at sharpie with all the free press they had received. Grabbing pom poms from the dancers, mocking Rey Lewis after TD catch with the Philadelphia Eagles, or even that weird mime thing he did last year.
If you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan you will never forget when he jumped inside the star at center field not once but twice. However on the second attempt being slammed by George Teague and creating the excessive celebration rules the NFL now has in place.
I have to admit when comes to the game of football I am not a fan of players like Terrell Owens. Owens is a cancer in the locker room and creates more drama then touchdowns. Just ask Donavan McNabb.
But when I learned of his possible career ending injury (torn ACL) I was surprised
how many fans and writers jumped on the “T.O. will never make it in the HOF’ bandwagon!
It shocked me that fans still perceive the HOF as a place only the best moral player should enter?
Guess what? Pat Tillman is not in the HOF and that is the defining moral character. So are many others who played in the NFL and gave up a football career to serve their country.
The Hall honors those men with their own special place in the HOF so that boys and fathers can walk through and know what those special players sacrificed for our country.
But none of those special players meet the criteria of what an NFL Hall of Famer is. However Terrell Owens has.
Like it or not Owens is a NFL Hall of Famer regardless of his abuse of his fellow teammates, his crying episodes with the press, or his lack of respect for the game of football itself. Owens is still a Hall of Fame football player.
Consider this Owens has 1,078 receptions he is 5th overall in NFL history. Owens has 15,934 yards 2nd all time behind Jerry Rice, and Owens and Randy Moss are tied 2nd with a career 153 TD’s.
Now if you’re saying, ‘T.O. played for 15 years of course he would have those numbers’ ok consider this. Owens has averaged 72.8 yards a game and ranks 10th all time on the average yards a game list.
His numbers are impressive and deserve the respect he has never shown to the game of football.
If you are like me and dread that day in Canton Ohio when they put on his yellow sports jacket, then just remember this. The Hall of Fame is not about what is fair. The Hall of Fame is about what you did statistically during your time playing the game of pro football. At least that is what it should be.
And if Lynn Swann who in my opinion is no more deserving of the HOF then Owens is allowed in for his Super Bowl victories and acrobatic catches. Then why not allow Owens who deserves to be inducted based on his career numbers which reflect the second best WR in NFL history. Regardless of Owens circus act.
So when that day comes let’s hope Owens matures and we all do not have to hear about getting our popcorn ready but rather hear the sounds of humility and thank you. Since that is the right thing to do for the players, the fans, and the game.
It is also what honors those men like Don Steinbrunner, Bob Kalsu, and Pat Tillman and many more in Canton Ohio who are not recognized for TD’s and yardage but rather sacrifice, patriotism, and duty.
Not everything we hold valuable is measurable but the Hall of Fame is.
ESPN.com Chris Mortensen is reporting via twitter that the NFL Players and formerly NFLPA are for the first time since the lockout began committing to 4 straight days of negotiations.
Both sides are currently meeting in Minnesota and it appears that both are committed to making significant progress this week before the July 4th Holiday weekend.
However their are multiple reports that the financial details of the CBA stalled last week in negotiations. As league revenues are expected to rise, yet the percentage players NFL players receive will recede.
SportsBusinessDaily.com is reporting that the NFL is shopping an 8 game package to the networks. This was reported by ESPN.com last week and is not a shocker. However who will out bid for the 8 game early season package and will CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, and satellite tv provider Direct TV have a say in this situation?
ESPN.com Chris Mortensen is reporting that TO had surgery recently within the last
Dr James Andrews performed the surgery but the cause of the of the injury remains unknown. Dr Andrews performed surgery on Owens December 20th after Owens 2010 season ended in week 14 after a torn meniscus.
What is know is the injury was to repair a torn ACL but why are we finding out about this injury now?
A source told ESPN the injury occurred during the taping of Terrell Owens VH1 show and another source said the injury was during a personal workout.
Whatever the case the injury is poor timing for Owens since it appears the NFL lockout could be settled soon.
Owens played WR for the Cincinnati Bengals last season and intended to return to the NFL for a 16th season.
Owens could not be reached for comment by ESPN however his agent Drew Rosenhaus denied reports of the injury many weeks ago.
Most likely a torn ACL injury would sideline Owens for the 2011 season as rehab is expected to be six months.
“Someone asked me whether I was optimistic. I think we’re both optimistic when we have the right people in the room. We know we’re talking about the right issues and that we’re working hard to get it done.” DeMaurice Smith
"The players and owners were here over the last two days. De and I were here for the entire meetings also. And it’s complicated and it’s complex, but we’re working hard and we understand the fans’ frustration. But I think both of us feel strongly that we’re going to continue to work hard at it.” Roger Goodell
June 23rd, 2011NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the following statements after Thursday’s meeting.
NFL.com is reporting that the NFL players believe that the “all revenue” model is repairing the financial trust of the NFL players with the NFL owners.
"The simpler the formula, the less trust is needed," said a second player source. "Trust becomes an issue when an expense is subjectively categorized one way or another by either party. The more the formula focuses strictly on revenue, the easier it is to come up with a number." From NFL.com.
ESPN 101 in St.Louis Brian Stull and Howard Balzer St Louis Rams LB David Vobora was given a 4 games suspension for a failed drug test that was due to a supplement made by a Florida company.
The problem with the suspension was that the Florida company that made the supplement was not listing an ingredient which triggered a positive banned substance. Thus Vobora was penalized with the 4 game suspension.
Vobora followed his agents advice and sent the supplement to a lab for analysis. The lab discovered that the supplement matched Vobora’s positive urinalyses.
What makes this even more disturbing is when Vobora called the NFL hotline for confirmation that the supplement met the standards of the NFL drug policy he had been given not one but two confirmations the supplement passed the drug policy.
BEARREPORT Len Pasquarelli share some details of the owners meeting yesterday as well as some details on the new CBA framework. NFL labor committee and NFL players meet today in Boston in face to face talks. But there is serious speculation that a July 15th date is the target for NFL free agency starting.
SI.com Don Banks reports on the confusion of an ESPN report “TV package of Thursday night games beginning in 2012”that Roger Goodell refuted. Also there are not a lot of details on what the new CBA framework is going to be when finished. All that optimism may need to be placed on hold.
SI.com as the Chicago meetings rap up the NFL owners share some details with the press on the the financial details.
Let’s just say this it was not as bad as most may think but the deal recedes past negotiations.
The owners will no longer receive the $1billion off the top however the share players receive in revenue is reduced approaching 50% of what was received last decade. Now once again add the 1 billion the owners took off the top last decade and 50% is a much larger revenue amount. Especially with the new TV deal on the horizon in 2014.