December 20, 2004

T.O. O.U.T.: Terrell Owens is out for the rest of the season and beginning of the playoffs with ankle damage and a broken leg. "If he [is] healing well, he could possibly be capable of running in five weeks. The Super Bowl is about seven weeks away." AP story. The Eagles clinched home field advantage for the playoffs.

posted by kirkaracha to football at 06:17 PM - 21 comments

So is Andy Reid breathing a sigh of relief or sweating not having him in the early playoff rounds? The NFC is so unbelievably weak the Eagles probably have nothing much to worry about, assuming he's back and healthy for the NFC Champpionship game.

posted by pivo at 07:30 PM on December 20, 2004

Note to self ... don't antagonize Roy Williams.

posted by Mike McD at 08:07 AM on December 21, 2004

What an absolute shame. I love watching Williams play but in retrospect I wish he had just wrapped up and tackled TO.

posted by Mike McD at 08:10 AM on December 21, 2004

I bloody hate TO, but it sucks he isn't going to be playing. Now when the Eagles lose they'll have yet another excuse.

posted by scully at 09:19 AM on December 21, 2004

My girlfriend and I have agreed on our hatred of TO from Day 1, half-jokingly using phrases like "someone needs to behead him with a helmet to helmet tackle. I'll happily pay the fine." So when I saw the highlight of him getting hurt while she was out shopping, I rushed to the phone. The fact that he's maybe done is very exciting to us. Now someone needs to get Ray Lewis and all will be right with the world. Yes, I'm evil. I know this.

posted by Bernreuther at 09:25 AM on December 21, 2004

Whats wrong with Ray Lewis? He plays the game like Butkus and Bednarik rolled into one, he does not do anything cheap on the field and it would have been extra nice to see him slobberknock Terrell Owens!

posted by Big Hitter at 09:43 AM on December 21, 2004

I must admit my first thought was that the Falcons have a better shot this year without TO playing.

posted by trox at 09:52 AM on December 21, 2004

Come on......even if you don't think he's that solid of a receiver in all aspects of the game, you have to admit that he makes electrifying plays far more often than the average receiver. Even if you think he's a dick, you have to admit that the caliber of the playoffs just drops a notch with him out.

posted by smithers at 10:25 AM on December 21, 2004

Even if you think he's a dick, you have to admit that the caliber of the playoffs just drops a notch with him out. True and True.

posted by trox at 10:26 AM on December 21, 2004

Whats wrong with Ray Lewis? Aside from the fact that he pled guilty to obstructing justice and was sentenced to probation, admitted that he told people in his entourage to lie after they were involved in the stabbing deaths of two men outside an Atlanta nightclub at 4 a.m., admitted giving a false statement to police after the murders, claimed to have not seen who committed the murders, and hid the white suit he wore that night so well it has never been found, nothing at all.

posted by rcade at 11:06 AM on December 21, 2004

Rcade making a judgemental comment about an athlete. WATFO?

posted by Mike McD at 11:09 AM on December 21, 2004

Brilliant summary, rcade. I can't feel the same way about TO as Lewis; sure, he's a gigantic self-absorbed prick, but... yeah, a different class. And it'll be a less exciting playoffs without him. With a little luck we'll never have a super bowl with Lewis again.

posted by tieguy at 11:15 AM on December 21, 2004

Poor Eagles. I feel so sorry for Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid. Don't you, really deep down, feel the same way?

posted by billsaysthis at 12:02 PM on December 21, 2004

No, deep down and all over I feel elated. Look, I feel bad for TO. Dick or not, I don't root for a guy to get injured. But the part where it hurts the Eagles chances... Well that I can feel happy about.

posted by 86 at 12:12 PM on December 21, 2004

What rcade said about Lewis. Even if I wasn't a Steelers fan I would sneer at that bastard every chance I got. He's icky to put it nicely. I have to admit, the playoffs will be somewhat tainted with TOs absence, but the game is bigger than any one player. I'd much rather they lose with TO in the lineup though because, as I said above, I am sick of the excuses the Eagles seem to have each and every year for not getting to the Super Bowl. The chokers ;)

posted by scully at 12:26 PM on December 21, 2004

Oh yeah, Jack Youngblood played with a broken fibula(#3 down on the list)...but maybe his ankle injury/break wasn't as bad as T.O.'s?

posted by chris2sy at 01:06 PM on December 21, 2004

I agree, TO is a pretty sensational player, and yes the play-offs might be lacking without him. But I'm not gonna lie, I literally jumped with joy when I heard TO would be out for the rest of the season. I think that even with all of his talent, it takes away from the experience of watching a football game when you have to watch some pompous egotistical jerk run around rubbing his success in the other team's face. team's face. I'm a Giants fan, but I hated Shockey for the same reason until he learned how to calm the hell own.

posted by PMAce at 02:19 PM on December 21, 2004

Although it does give the Eagles a built-in excuse for losing (Hear this, and mark it: the Eagles will not make it to the Super Bowl. Someone you'd scoff at right now is going to step up in the NFC. I don't know who, but I'm sure of it), and though he did actually manage to talk for about eight seconds late Sunday night about the team instead of just himself (8 seconds being about 5 past his previous best), I'm happy we don't have to see his showboating me-me-and-you-adoring-me ass doing his little dipsydances every time the game gets boring on the teevee. (Gawrsh. Cheering at the egregious and vaguely sickening injuries of someone who was playing a game for my benefit ... I almost feel like an Eagles fan myself now!)

posted by chicobangs at 04:17 PM on December 21, 2004

chico: While I agree that cheering for someone's injury is poor form, TO is not playing for your benefit. He is playing for $48 million bucks of his own benefit.

posted by tieguy at 04:40 PM on December 21, 2004

OT: Anyone else surprised Donovin Darius wasn't suspended for his clothesline? I thought I was watching NFL Classics.

posted by garfield at 05:04 PM on December 21, 2004

I think the Eagles had an unfair advantage over the rest of the leage. But now they don't- it's a fair ball game from now on w/T.O. out.

posted by pack_man at 12:54 AM on January 01, 2005

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