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Fan Blog: Why I am Devoted To T.O.

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  1. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    Teresa España of Fresno, Calif., weighs in on Terrell Owens. Is Teresa the next Matt Mosley? Let us know. VOTE HERE!
    WHY I AM DEVOTED TO T.O.
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    I have an unpleasant confession to make -- I’m hopelessly devoted to Terrell Owens, the athlete and man. This is not an admission I share easily in the company of strangers.

    Outside the refuge of a friendly football stadium, most folks express horror and bewilderment when a middle-aged, well-educated professional announces her admiration for a man the world loves to hate. How did it come to this?

    During his 1996 rookie season, I was at Candlestick Park for an exhibition game when Owens made an extraordinary backward, leaping catch in the 49ers endzone. That was all it took. His exquisite body intelligence and instinct for the dramatic made me an instant member of the T.O. fan club. It was a big club back then.

    But each subsequent year it has become more difficult to justify my admiration for America’s most loathed superstar. Think you’ve faced some challenges recently? Try explaining to your family, friends and curious co-workers why you’ve abandoned the team of your childhood -- the 49ers -- to hitch a ride on the T.O. Love Train with stops in Philly and now Dallas.

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    Following his infamous touchdown celebrations at Texas Stadium (revelry on the star) and Seattle (Sharpie in sock), Owens’ every move and utterance has been interpreted in a thousand negative ways. Believe me, I do not embrace all his actions. I do not excuse every narcissistic display or controversial outburst. But, here’s the thing. I do defend T.O.’s freedom to be messy, wrong, and complicated because he is much more than that too.

    In addition to his exceptional athletic talents and work ethic, T.O. has the courage to speak with candor and, dare I say, intelligence about racial and economic relations within the NFL. He dares to make genuine and often unpopular comments in an otherwise controlled, scripted football universe that is more commonly known for its aw-shucks, American pie conservatism. In my mind, there is room for both the outrageous and more traditional personalities in the league.

    Call my crazy, but I can appreciate an athlete who scores a touchdown and hands the ball to the ref as well as a receiver who performs an extravagant, often humorous end zone celebration. I watch football to be entertained, not to be schooled in good manners and officially sanctioned end zone etiquette.

    I understand that many fans are uneasy with the self-absorbed attitude of numerous celebrity athletes. I really do. Maybe one day we can all sit around a tailgate and discuss the paradoxical roles we assume in crafting the altars at which we worship the superstar athlete, while also punishing him for enjoying that place of prominence a little too much. Until then, we’ll have to respectfully agree to disagree about proper megastar conduct when we’re not too busy enjoying the athletic brilliance on the football field.
  2. austintodallas

    austintodallas Consider Yourself Sucked

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    Interesting perspective.
  3. Clove

    Clove Shrinkage

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    Can you say "stalker"?
  4. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    I think Winicki has a new stalking interest. :p: ;)
  5. baj1dallas

    baj1dallas New Member

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    bah. I'm not impressed by his work ethic. And certainly not by his well prepared TD celebrations. To me it's not about right and wrong like she thinks, but about the team. And Eldorado is clearly not a "team player".
  6. SA_Gunslinger

    SA_Gunslinger Official CZ Ea-girls hater

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    as much as i loved emmitt smith, i never rooted for the cardinals.

    team over player, IMO.
  7. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    This female does look a bit odd.
  8. noshame

    noshame Who wouldn't follow me? Zone Supporter

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    Jeez, Mike Tyson would have loved a chin like that.....:D
  9. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    It's an older lady.

    They will not look like young vixens.
  10. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    It's extremely well-written even if you don't agree w/the premise. Very easy to read. I liked this the most...

    Call my crazy, but I can appreciate an athlete who scores a touchdown and hands the ball to the ref as well as a receiver who performs an extravagant, often humorous end zone celebration. I watch football to be entertained, not to be schooled in good manners and officially sanctioned end zone etiquette.
  11. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    Yep...

    I'd be hard-pressed to believe that the majority of the guys on here are "studs" in the truest sense of the word.

    Honestly, it takes some guts to put your your work and your pic out there for public criticism. For that alone, I respect her and the other fans blogging on there.
  12. Sportsbabe

    Sportsbabe Well-Known Member

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    Funny (I refuse to start another TO thread):

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/9606498

    I've read reports where people want to compare Owens to former Parcells player Lawrence Taylor and how Parcells had two sets of rules: one for L.T. and the other for the rest of the team. We can say what we want about Taylor and his own book and his demons, but he was besieged by a drug addiction as opposed to Owens, who is addicted to himself.
  13. DallasEast

    DallasEast Cowboys 24/7/365 Zone Supporter

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    Nicolette Sheridan sure does take ugly photos.
  14. DallasEast

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    Does Kurt Warner know that his wife is in love with Owens? :eek:
  15. percyhoward

    percyhoward Research Tool

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    I can appreciate one too, as long as the extravagant displays of "humor" don't outnumber the touchdowns.
  16. WV Cowboy

    WV Cowboy Waitin' on the 6th

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    I have a few observations of Owens that have made me kinda root for him too.

    I don't idolize any Cowboy, or any man for that matter, but as much of a knucklehead as he has been sometimes, I think he gets a raw deal too. Even if he brought some of it on, it is still not right.

    I see him as highly competitive, extremely confident in his athletic ability, but very insecure at the same time.

    I hope his time in Dallas goes well and when he leaves or retires, we are sorry to see him go.
  17. Charles

    Charles Benched

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    Hey you stole my post DE

    How is it going in the Big Easy?

    This Charles changed to Qcard then back to Charles from DMN good oL days:)
  18. royhitshard

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    :signmast:
  19. DallasEast

    DallasEast Cowboys 24/7/365 Zone Supporter

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    Sorry about that. She just looked so familiar, you know. ;)

    Try about 250 miles north/northwest of N.O. I've visited there often, but never lived in Orleans.

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