Friday, March 06, 2009

Bring Back TO!

I find myself- probably the only person in America- agreeing with Kirk Bohls today. I’ve always had a soft spot for Terrell Owens- and if you have a strong locker room culture, and your quarterback is not emotionally needy, I would not hesitate to bring him in.

He plays hurt. He works hard. He wants the ball more than Keyshawn Johnson. He wants to win. He is a standup guy in the locker room after losses. And, yes, he's an egomaniac, one of dozens in that league.

How disruptive was Anquan Boldin, who aimed a sideline outburst toward Arizona's offensive coordinator during the playoffs? The Cardinals still made the Super Bowl. Has Randy Moss taken down the New England Patriots, the NFL's model franchise for this decade? Don't think so. With Moss on the roster, the Pats almost were perfect in 2007 and may have been the best team in the league at the end of the 2008 season before just missing the playoffs. And didn't Santonio Holmes talk before the Super Bowl about how he sold drugs in Belle Glade, Fla., as a teen? He's also been suspended twice by his coach since joining the Steelers. Oh, yeah, he was the Super Bowl MVP, too. This is the NFL, not Sunday school.
I’ve written about this before four years ago- "Quit Crying"- and I stand by it now. Maybe it was not a mistake to let him leave Philadelphia- but it catagorically hasn’t worked out to let him go.

People forget the key rule of pro-football: it is hard to win. TO helps you win; he is a touchdown machine. He hasn’t killed anyone, hurt anyone, took drugs. Calling people names is boorish behavior- but it is ultimately no big deal. You have to ask yourself how bad do you want it. I know in Section 204 we want it bad. Bad enough to take some barbs from a guy no one believes has a clue. Shut up and deal with it.