Thursday, September 6, 2012
Behind The Scoreboard
T.O. and more
Greetings, all of you football fans from East to West. Here’s hoping that you had a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend and spent a little time in viewing the first games of the new season.
First a big thank you to Danny Duke for his more than kind words about this column. We here at The South Reporter remain committed and excited about the kind of news we strive to bring to you each week. Danny is the brother of Linda Jones (affectionately called Mrs. “J” by me and she pens the “Close to Nowhere” column each week). Danny, do you have any tips on selecting a viable NFL team?
This last week I decided that I was going to pick a favorite before the season started. I looked at the records from 2009 and 2010 and narrowed my choices to the Detroit Lions and the St. Louis Rams. These two had two of the worst records in 2009. Since I couldn’t have two (well, I could but that could prove to be a bit awkward, right?), how to separate one from the other? So, I decided to do it as they do at midfield – the old coin toss. Detroit, congrats, you won! However, I am not going to extend to you as much patience as I have in the past.
I have a team, but again T.O. (Terrell Owens) does not. T.O.’s comeback try was snatched away before his rocket actually got off the launching pad. Owens had been footloose and fancy-free since the 2010 season. He was supposedly nursing a knee injury for 2011. He had earned a one-year contract with the Seattle SeaHawks after impressing the team’s hierarchy in workouts in early August.
T.O., who has turned 38, was at one time a valuable commodity in the pro ranks. He caught for five teams in a 10-year career. At the time he went inactive, he was number two in total receiving yards with 15,934; he also ranks at the same position in touchdown catches with a 153 tally. The controversial player has always maintained that some pro team would find him a slot.
T.O.’s problems and mine won’t even add up to a small ant hill when they are compared to the ones surrounding Penn State’s return to the gridiron wars aftermath to the scandal which rocked the university and the entire college town. And it has not subsided.
There has been so much written, said and reported about the incident that now anything seems a bit redundant. But the weighty sanctions meted out by the NCAA (and university), are enough to shake the most astute. When a program, with the highest of profiles such as Penn State has enjoyed, has to forfeit over a dozen and a half championships, that has to leave a gaping hole in the old trophy case.
Yours truly has not completely digested this entire punishment phase, so there won’t be any pros or cons for the type of justice.
The new head coach (Bill O’Brien) for the Nittany Lions (the first in almost five decades) and a different cadre of student-athletes seem dedicated to rejuvenating the program. They have a mountainous task before them.
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