As a football fan, I like most am looking forward to the matchup this Sunday in Philly between the Cowboys and Eagles. The game itself between two solid NFC teams should end up as one of the best games of the weekend. The problem that I am already having as we still have about 72 hours to go till kickoff, is the overhype that has become the media circus that surrounds us with constant drama between Terrell Owens and Donovan McNabb. Their latest exchange is the most classic case of 7th grade gossip that I have ever seen, and here it is going on between two grown men that are making millions to play a game. That is the most amazing part of this whole fiasco, that these two mega NFL superstars for some odd reason seem to have it so in for each other, that they can’t miss a moment to take a shot when the other isn’t looking.
If you missed the drama on Wednesday, it went something like this:
– In Philly Donovan fires off that he sent a text message (ugh, what ever happened to making a phone call?!) to Terrell the day after the whole hospital incident to “let him know that I was thinking about him and praying for him.” Donovan went on to say in the message to T.O. that “if he needed anything, to call.” McNabb, the next Dr.Phil? Maybe next time he’ll just send flowers.
– T.O. gets on the mic later on in Dallas and says that he never got the message, and while not calling his former QB a flat out liar, he totally made it out like the text message reportedly sent by Donovan was totally made up. When asked if McNabb may have sent the message to an old number, T.O. stated “If he wanted my number, he could’ve gotten it.”
– Back in the city on unbrotherly love, at least this week between these two, McNabb mocks T.O. for his whole “10-8” routine (an Owens slogan made up for reps during a workout. The 10-8 is the date of the game with the Eagles that Owens has been focused on since joining Dallas). McNabb jokes with reporters “I got my eight in just a few minutes ago, I did eight push-ups, eight curls.”
– Owens continues a 20-minute session with the media in Dallas, taking a shot at the condition that McNabb was in a season ago: “He’s gotten himself into a lot better shape this year,” T.O. stated. “I think you can tell that by the way he’s running around. I wouldn’t say he was out of shape, but I think everybody notices that he has slimmed down a little.” Gee T.O., why don’t you just come out and call him a pig while your at it.
The exchange went on, and the two got in some more shots that was about as immature as junior high valley girls the day before the big school danec. Cameras will be focused on these two all day Sunday, from the moment they enter the stadium, till well after the postgame to see if they can kiss and make-up. The latest back and forth is so absurd, that one has to wonder if this entire thing is scripted, like a pro wrestling interview where one guy calls out another.
Leave it to T.O. to get in the last shot just to hype the game up a bit more, as if it needed it: “I’m pretty sure it will be the most-watched game throughout the course of the year, besides the Super Bowl. To the city, it’s almost like a playoff game.”
And when you really break it down, I don’t think that Owens or McNabb, despite their claims, would want it any other way.