Posted on: March 5, 2009 1:12 pm

Looks like once again T.O. is on the 'g.o.'

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I'm pretty sure the gods of sports disapprove of my March Madness bracket projections because everyday I plan to post them, the sports world gives me something better to talk about. Can you really blame me, sports gods, for thinking Maryland will make it?!

Nevertheless, today's distraction is T.O. I use the word distraction because it's a word both us bloggers and T.O. are used to hearing in sentences with his name in it. And it looks as thought the walking, talking, neverending sports story is at it again. Although no official announcement has been made, it appears T.O. is done in Dallas.

While I would never want Owens on my team (I don't care how good he is or is not, he seems to do more harm than good wherever he goes), I actually disagree with Dallas' move here, from a logical perspective. If you're going to cut T.O. at this point, there's only two real reasons why you would cut him; one, you need some cap room to go shopping this offseason and, two, you want the on and off fields distractions gone.

Considering Chris Canty just left for the Giants, I'm guessing it's the former. But this year, as far as T.O. goes, Owens was on relatively good behavior. Or maybe Adam 'Pacman' Jones just overshadowed his shenanigans. Either way, I think ridding themselves of the Jones drama was enough for one offseason. Combine this with the fact that there seems to be a glass cieling when it comes to Dallas and advancing at all in the playoffs, and suddenly the move doesn't make sense. When you're struggling as much as you are to get to the super bowl why would you let go of anyone with any legitimate talent, especially if you're willing to hold on to the coach who has so far failed miserably to get them over that hump.

So the question is now, where will T.O. go? And that, is a very good question indeed. Everywhere he goes, he seems to taint the franchise he plays for, which is why I don't see him returning to either of his former teams. He won't be in Dallas next year, and now I just ruled out an Eagles return. The Giants just took Canty so I don't seem them dropping the dough for Owens and the Redskins just gave six figures to Albert Haynesworth, so I think it's safe to say T.O. will not be in the NFC East, either. Could we see a Parcells-Owens reunion in Miami? Unlikely. Perhaps Al Davis and his struggling Raiders would be willing to take a chance on him, if they could afford him. Wherever he goes, it's going to have to be someone he can overlook a laundry list of negatives in exchange for the sometimes forgotten talent Owens possesses. And with a growing history of tainted franchises, the number of teams willing to do just that is dwindling, and dwindling fast.


Posted on: February 25, 2009 3:37 pm

Blue and White 88 no more


The once quintessential triple-threat in the NFL is now officially disbanded. While Edgerrin James left Indianapolis a couple years ago, we still had the pleasure of watching the tandem of Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison. Now, even that, however, is history.

The Colts, stuck between a rock and a hard place, were for all intents and purposes forced to release Harrison Tuesday. Comprised of several former first round picks that have not disappointed the eternal bending of the salary cap finally snapped, and as any logic would follow, the veteran got the boot.

On Tuesday, when they announced the release. The press conference turned into a tribute of sorts to the career Harrison had with the blue and white. A tribute where the same men releasing him were at times choked up with emotion. Such a scene made a shocking story mix with a pinch of bizarre. Watching the likes of an NFL owner red-eyed over his own decision was kind of like seeing a boyfriend crying over his ex-girlfriend (no offense, Marvin) when he initiated the break up. Hopefully they'll skip the awkward "not returning each other's calls" phase.

But as wierd as yesterdays events were, they should be remembered moer for their significance. With the era of trades and free agency that we're in. It's rare that we see such a vivacious anchor on a team. A superstar that rarely complains about money, never has off-field issues, and year-in-and-year-out wears the same jersey. Only a handful comes to mind in recent history: Brett Favre, Mike Alstott, Donovan McNabb, Ray Lewis, Zach Thomas, Emmitt Smith, Steve Young.

What do all of these guys have in common? When they left a team, it made headlines. Not because they were stars (I mean, sure, there's that) but because they were icons; icons for a franchise not just on a local level, but on a national level. They went beyond the Rock Cartwright's (if you don't get the reference, you're only furthering my point), they represented their team on a national level. It doesn't take much a fan to know who Marvin Harrison is, and to picture him in the Colts' blue and white I guess is what I'm trying to say.

So what does this mean for Harrison? Will he retire? Will he go and learn the ins and outs of the free agency market? My guess is that he's not done. Guys like Harrison feel that they always have more in the tank than they tend to show. Unfortunately however, chances are his days on SportsCenter are past him.

If there was a person you could most closely compare him to, it might be Jerry Rice (another one of those home-team-favorite-superstars). A future hall of fame receiver who felt that his career with his primary team was cut short, and that he had more to offer the league. So he goes to Oakland and plays there for a few years. When his short shelf life in Oakland ran out, he tried Denver. But when he was told he'd be the number three wide receiver, he opted to hold onto his pride and retire.

If I had to bet, I would say that that is what will happen with Harrison. Play another three or four seasons with another team, someone looking for a veteran who not only can still play, but can mentor their young receiving corps., and then ultimately retire.

It'll be strange next season, if Harrison plays, that is, to see him in anything but that painfully tame royal blue and ivory white jersey. But if we learned anything from las toffseason with the Favre fiasco, it's that these things have to happen at some point. And for Marvelous Marv, that time was now.

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