Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Brotherly love...T.O. and Donovan

Not that you needed another reason to watch Monday Night Football and the Eagles vs. Falcons, but you have to be curious how Terrell Owens is going to patch up the feud with Donovan McNabb.

Owens, in an interview with ESPN's Michael Irvin that will air in its entirety on Sunday's NFL Countdown, said that he will speak to McNabb and we will see it on our screens.

Here are a few scenarios that would make interesting television:

1) In the opening of the ABC broadcast, have a flirtatious T.O. come out in nothing but a towel and a smile and make nice with No. 5.

2) When the offense is introduced on the field, have and Owens and McNabb come out together, holding hands as they run through their teammates.

3) We've seen this before, but have Donovan hit T.O. with a 60-yard bomb for a touchdown on the first offensive play and then celebrate with a nice Tango in the end zone.

4) Walking the sidelines, have the two come together, and within earshot of the microphones, tell each other, "I love you, man."

Send me your scenario.

Below is the story from Inquirer Eagles beat reporter Bob Brookover:

Terrell Owens broke his silence yesterday and presented an olive branch to teammate Donovan McNabb in the process.

During an interview with ESPN's Michael Irvin, the Eagles wide receiver said he had been talking to his teammates and he planned to mend fences with his quarterback soon. Owens and McNabb have not spoken since the start of training camp on Aug. 1.

"It's not that I hate Donovan," Owens told ESPN. "I love Donovan. I don't hate him at all. I was disappointed in a few things. I have the right to do that. Everyone speaks out of emotion. Everybody speaks out of frustration. Everybody's done it. That means I'm human. If you want me to go in and say I was wrong, maybe I was. Maybe I wasn't."

The dispute between Owens and McNabb was born when the wide receiver hired agent Drew Rosenhaus in an attempt to get the Eagles to rework the seven-year contract he signed before the start of last season. Owens wanted more support from his quarterback in his contract dispute.

Owens said he planned to speak with McNabb before Monday night's season opener against the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome.

"I will," he said. "You guys will see. It's not going to be a yearlong thing. Leading up to this Monday night game, things will get worked out."

Owens said the ABC cameras should pick up the wide receiver chatting with his quarterback in the season opener.

"The camera is going to be on me," Owens told ESPN. "Believe that.

"I didn't turn a deaf ear to any of my teammates. If they wanted to talk to me, I talked to them. There wasn't any situation where a player came to me and I didn't talk to them. That's not true."

The receiver admitted he wasn't talking to McNabb or defensive end Hugh Douglas. The three reportedly got into a dispute early in training camp at Lehigh University. Douglas was among the Eagles' final cuts last week, so he is no longer around.

Though Owens planned to talk to McNabb again, he said both he and the Eagles could succeed without communication between the two offensive stars, citing his performance against the Cincinnati Bengals in his only preseason game. Owens had five catches for 131 yards and a touchdown.

"Did you see the first preseason game?" Owens said. "Then there you have it. But I will say, because God is in me, I will talk to Donovan. At some particular point, the spirit will move me to talk to him, because that's just how I am."

Owens has not spoken to the Philadelphia media since his appearances outside his Moorestown home after he was sent away from training camp following a dispute with coach Andy Reid last month.


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