Sunday, September 25, 2005

T.O. tones down 'Thriller' dance

Did you notice ....

Down four as the third quarter began, Eagles QB Donovan McNabb hit wide receiver Terrell Owens for three straight completions to give the Eagles their first lead. Owens went into traffic to for gains of 10, 5 and 4 yards, the last for a TD on a high pass over the middle from McNabb.

It was Owens' third touchdown of the season, but his first with a celebration. After the score, Owens did a low-key version of the "Michael Jackson Thriller" move McNabb unnveiled during a Monday Night Football victory over the Minnesota Vikings last year.

Owens' mild re-enactment, with a modest pelvic thrust followed by a half-hearted foot shake, may have been in deference to the toughness McNabb displayed on the first drive of the second half. McNabb opened the drive with three straight incompletions, but a roughing the passer penalty kept the drive alive and McNabb also ran 5 yards for another first down before being inadvertantly hit by Owens on the way down.

Makes you wonder, though, how gleefully Owens might have imitated his recent nemesis, McNabb, had McNabb not been battling through injuries led the Eagles back from a 10-6 deficit.

Owens simply placed the ball on the ground after his first two touchdown catches this season, after feuding with McNabb and Eagles management over his desire for a renegotiation of the seven-year, $49 million contract he signed before joining the Eagles last season.

But the Raiders game featured a nationally touted match-up with Oakland receiver Randy Moss, whom Owens mocked by wearing a "gold-teeth" mouth guard after scoring in that same Monday Night game last season. Also last season, Owens drew plenty of comments after an over-the-top impression of Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis following a TD grab against the Ravens. Clearly, Owens' imitations aren't always meant to flatter.


At 12:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think Owens was mocking McNabb. But, I think you've had too much to drink.

At 7:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes he's obviously drunk, just like reid, who must've been high on something to keep sending akers out there.

Reid is a great personnel coach but he has got to be one of the worst in game coaches in the league.

At 8:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

he was mocking moss, not owens.

At 8:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I study people's body language and physical attributes. When a guy is that overweight it shows me nervousness and lack of internal control, relying on food as a comfort/pacifier. His body language stiffens as pressure builds and that is why it all makes sense when people accuse him of not making adjustments. He's just too nervous and sticks with the initial plan as that is a comfort zone also even if it means losing. Notice how he continously clears his throat during press conferences ? A sure sign he misses his teddy bear. Still like the guy but don't see them winning a super bowl.

At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, I agree. Reid has some personal issues but so did Hitchcock (Flyer's coach). The difference is Hitchcock understands and studies people and their motivations. I saw an interview w/Hitch and he said he lost 150 pounds because he knew the player's wouldn't respect a guy that couldn't control his weight.

At 8:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good insight, couldn't agree more. Hitch is the best coach Philly has and will be considered one of the best of all time after the Flyer's win the Stanley Cup this year, Go Flyers !

At 12:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Philly sports scribe are always trying to get even with TO. They are insulted that he wont speak to them and are trying to create controversy when there is none.

At 1:19 PM, Blogger justthewayiseeit said...

Listen. T.O. is the real deal. So what if maybe he clowns around a little too much. He delivers. I don't like the way he's dealing with McNabb, but McNabb is handling it all with pure class.

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At 5:13 PM, Anonymous Sigmund said...

You have to be kidding me.

You're now going to analyze T.O.'s endzone dances, hoping to glean some subtext fromt he way he moves his hips?

Do you get paid for this?


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