Sunday, August 14, 2005

A letter from T.O.'s dot com

Did you see this?

It comes from, however he did not sign it. Who writes this stuff? Maybe it is third-person Terrell.

Terrell Owens would like to publically thank his fans for their continued, and unwavering support.

Despite all the negative publicity, the fans have remained objective, and optimistic. This positive reinforcement has inspired Terrell to work as hard as he can to improve on last years standout season. He plans to catch more balls than he ever has, and believes his on-the-field heroics will far outweigh any off-field criticism thrown his way. Through his actions, Terrell has continued to defy the negative speculation that has surrounded him, and he has proven himself to be a professional.

Despite all the rumors and innuendo Terrell has shown up to work on time, and from the moment he arrived he has given his all, picking up right where he left off in the Super Bowl. Unfortunately for Terrell, this gung-ho approach led to the aggravation of a nagging groin injury. Realizing that this could have been perceived as a negotiating ploy, Terrell has done everything possible to accelerate his rehab.

Regrettably, recent events have unfolded in a way that may paint a negative picture of Terrell. This situation has mushroomed far beyond what should be considered adequate coverage, and Terrell has become the media’s favorite whipping boy. While this is discouraging, Terrell knows this is part of the business. To the fans he simply says that this was an isolated incident that was not premeditated. Terrell in no way wishes to be a disruption to the ultimate goal of winning the Super Bowl. In fact Terrell has gone out of his way to diffuse the tension by keeping to himself in all non-practice related affairs. During practice and work related situations he has been and will be attentive and responsive; Terrell only asks what every other worker in America asks for, respect and dignity.

Terrell will return to camp and continue to display the work ethic, and on-the-field dedication that has made him one of the world’s most elite athletes. For you the fan, and your continued support in the most difficult of times, Terrell plans to reward you with a season for the ages. Where small men succumb, great men overcome!

Last but not least Terrell would like to extend his appreciation for the continued support from all the members on Message Board.

How can anyone say that T.O. has become the media's favorite whipping boy? It was T.O. that put on the circus show from his home. It was T.O. that agreed to appear on every ESPN show last week. It is T.O. that should admit he is playing to the press for attention because being a good soldier in camp wasn't working toward the ultimate goal of more money.

If Owens planned to do everything in this note, there wouldn't an issue. But the bottomline still seems to be the bottomline for T.O. and as long as that is the case, there will be controversy.

Wednesday should be interesting.

McKie farewell

Now that Aaron McKie has been let go by the Sixers, can you name the only two players on the roster today that were on the 2001 NBA Finals team?

Sure, we all get Allen Iverson, but who was the other?

A look at the Sixers discussion boards reveals that fans appreciate McKie and will miss the former Temple product.

From Sixerguy on the Sixers discussion board: "8 is all I can say. damm, really is sad, he was part of the face of the Sixers, been through ups and downs, shared time...this is a sad day."

From DC44rules: "It's sad in a way, but that contract had to go. He was a valuable member of the team for many years so I'll always hold him in high regard. He was and still is a true pro. I'm sure he will be in new york soon."

From sixerdave: "I don't think this is a sad day. When they traded Snow, it was the right move for the team longterm. This is the right move for the team longterm.

Just as I will miss Snow, I will miss McKie as well. Each had to be let go of based on the length of their contracts, the high $$$ they were getting paid, and their deteriorating quality of play since their injuries.

I will always remember these two guys, and I will always think positively of Snow and McKie. But this is a different era. I'm ready for the future."

One thing for certain, McKie has earned the respect of Sixers fans.