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.