I was able to catch some of Terrell Owens’ interview Sunday on the NFL Network, as usual T.O. is his compelling self in what I think was his best interview to date. He touched on the Randy Moss trade as well as his own trevails in Cincinnati which came as news to me. T.O. spoke of one thing specifically that raised my eyebrows.
1. Is there a systematic plan to “phase out” so-called “problem” receivers like Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco and Randy Moss? Was Barry Bonds blackballed from baseball? It’s obvious that the NFL wants to teach Owens a lesson, they just haven’t found a way yet. Within hours of the Randy Moss trade there was a smear campaign that had him in verbal confrontations with everyone from Bill Belichick to Tom Brady. The latter was supposedly leaked by a player in the Patriots locker room. Peter King spoke with “his source” and was told that “someone blatantly lied” to the CBS reporter that it was leaked to. As for Chad Johnson, he’s in his own private hell for all of the years that he’s had to wait on a pass from Carson Palmer.
2. How unscathed will Brett Favre emerge from “Textgate”? Favre issued a “tearful” apology to his teammates for being a distraction, if it’s anything like the last time we saw Mr. Wrangler sobbing I would reserve judgement. A possible suspension could sideline Favre for weeks and leave Minnesota fans sick. None more sick than John Madden who would love nothing more than to bring see his beloved Favre’s name cleared. As far as punishment from the NFL; I’ve heard that the League could be wrapping this up shortly. I get the feeling this may drag out until we seemingly forget about it.