I am not an incredibly religious man, but today I am praying with all my might. Please God, no Terrell Owens with the New York Giants.
Of course, with Owens now free after being jettisoned by the Dallas Cowboys and the Giants possibly (probably?) needing to replace Plaxico Burress there is already T.O. to the Giants talk in the media.
My reaction? No-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o!!!! Everyone knows he is a locker room cancer, and every team he has ever played for has eventually regretted bringing him on board. His next team will learn the same lesson.
The Giants would be 100 times (1 million times?) better served to make peace with Burress and give him another opportunity than they would be rolling the dice on the cancer that is Owens. And by now you guys know I am on the 'let Plax go and move on' side of that debate.
The Sporting News already has the Giants on the short list of teams that might be interested in T.O. Their list is a joke, since it is topped by the Miami Dolphins, where Bill Parcells is boss. Tuna didn't want him in Dallas and won't go get him now.
I have to agree with Gary Myers of the NY Daily News, who sees T.O. and the Giants as an unlikely pair.
It is hard to envision Tom Coughlin being so desperate to replace Plaxico Burress that he will allow Owens into his locker room after he was three-for-three in bringing down the 49ers, Eagles and Cowboys.
Yahoo! Sports today offers a very telling look at how Owens goes about destroying locker rooms, particularly how he did it in Dallas.
Media reports out of Dallas over the course of last season read like an unchanging manual of self-destruction, complete with Owens allegedly showing an uncanny ability for chirping and bitching and stirring up other teammates.
A former Cowboys coach told Yahoo! Sports last month that he saw Owens do it with fellow wideouts Miles Austin and Patrick Crayton. Other media reports indicated Owens did the same with newly acquired wideout Roy Williams, too, all the while creating a familiar divide between his recruits and some of the familiar targets: the quarterback, the head coach, the wide receivers coach, the offensive coordinator and others. Like his situations in San Francisco and Philadelphia, it wasn’t just Owens having his own problems. It was T.O. convincing other players they should have a problem, too.
Besides, you can also argue that Owens, now 35, is no longer the playmaker he thinks he is. The Fifth Down makes that case.
Personally, whatever argument the Giants use is fine. As long as T.O. is not a New York Giant for the 2009 season.