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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.