By Josh Kramer
The three-headed quarterback controversy in Seattle is just a minor story compared to yesterday’s news. It appears the “TO Show” will have another season after all. This time in Seattle. Yes, the Seahawks have rolled the dice on the 38-year-old locker room killer that is Terrell Owens.
Owens last played in the NFL in 2010 with the Cincinnati Bengals. Despite putting up solid numbers in Cincinnati, a torn ACL, a riddled past, and old age made him unappealing to NFL teams. Not to mention Cincinnati went a pitiful 4 and 12 after making the playoffs the year before. After playing in the Indoor Fooball League, Owens is ready for one final hoorah in the NFL. The real question is why?
No, I am not asking why Owens is motivated to return to the NFL. Those reasons are obvious (money). I am asking why the Seattle Seahawks, a team coming off of a 7 and 9 season, a wild offseason that has included “Beast Mode” going into “DUI Mode,” and a major quarterback competition, is willing to put Owens on a roster with an inexperienced quarterback (all three competitors are fairly inexperienced in the NFL).
I am aware that Seattle finished 22nd in the NFL in passing yards during the 2011 season. So there is definite room for improvement. Also, do not forget that Seattle already brought in another troubled wide-receiver this off-season, in Braylon Edwards. The star power is definitely lacking at the position. But sometimes that is the best way to go with a young quarterback (See Andy Dalton and A.J. Green in Cincinnati). A chemistry can form that has lasting power. Pete Carroll was always a mastermind at managing big egos and star power while at USC. He still has not proven the ability to do this since coming to Seattle in 2010.
The way I see it, fans in Seattle should be praying for three things in terms of their wide receivers: Continued improvement from Doug Baldwin. A healthy Sidney Rice. Plus, Golden Tate finally living up to the hype he demonstrated in South Bend. Also they should wish for a fourth thing: A very low-key and subdued Owens (if that is possible).
There is a reason why the “T.O. Show” has already been cancelled by five NFL teams.
The lightning bolt strikes London
It was “Usanity” in London on Sunday. Usain Bolt put his money where his mouth was, and dominated the most popular event of the Olympic games. Many are saying that “Tebowing” is greater than “Bolting.” In all fairness though, Bolt’s athletic brilliance runs circles around the former Gator God and current New York Jets backup quarterback. There are no questions regarding the talent of the world’s fastest man.
Sunday’s singles gold medal match confirmed two things. Andy Murray is capable of winning the big one, and Roger Federer has a second kryptonite. No, that kryptonite is not Andy Murray. Sure Murray owns a 9 and 8 career record against the man who many refer to as the “GOAT.” Yet it is no secret that Federer has owned the “Great British Hope” at the grand slam tournaments. Federer’s first kryptonite is of course Rafael Nadal on the clay of Roland Garros. But who can actually defeat the “King of Clay” at Philippe Chatrier? The second kryptonite is Olympic singles competitions. Federer may have 17 Grand Slam titles, but he has only captured one medal as an Olympian in singles competition (won doubles gold in Beijing). That medal was of course a silver, and not a gold.
The Jackson Show
Things have not gone exactly to plan in Detroit this season. Many expected them to run away with the AL Central and be a heavy contender for the AL pennant. Luckily for the Tigers, they play in the AL Central and there is an expanded playoff format this year. Most of the attention nationally in regards to the baseball team out of Detroit focuses on Justin Verlander, Prince Fielder, and Miguel Cabrera. This makes sense, but there is a Jackson who is the straw that stirs the drink (thanks Reggie) in Detroit. He goes by the name of Austin Jackson. The Tigers center fielder has an outstanding glove and has figured things out at the plate too (.321 batting average .407 OBP heading into last night). Plus Detroit, after going 8 and 13 while Jackson was injured, has gone 32 and 18 since his return from the disabled list on June 9th. I will take those odds every day of the week.
Just some “Food for Thought.”
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