This will be my first post at "Lion in Oil," my proverbial popping of sports blog cherries. I'll spare our readers any meaningful biographical detail or background, unless of course, you are a 22-30 year-old female and a cut a unique resemblance to Scarlett Johansson. But I get the feeling most of our "vast" readership will physically, emotionally and mentally identify more with the Kich. On to my post.
On Monday, Bill Parcells retired from coaching the Dallas Cowboys, and, if we are to believe, the National Football League as well. While many football fans, Cowboy die-hards or not, anxiously awaited the inevitable off-season chess match between Parcells and Dallas Cowboys wide-receiver Terrell Owens, I'm surprised it happened so quickly. I am not surprised, however, by Owens' thoughtless and classless statements a day later.
In an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Owens candidly expressed his stupidity. Discussing his displeasure with the outcome of the Cowboy's seasons, Owen's said, “I am just hoping his retirement brings promise to what the team has to offer. This past year was a big letdown. On paper we were as good as anybody we played against every week. The end result didn’t show that. Our play was not indicative of what we could have done. What we should have done. Hopefully, the owner will hire a coach to take the team to the next level.”
Owens continued, “Coming into this season and this situation, I wanted to be positive,” Owens said. “When I talked to him for the first time we left an impression on each other. I still think he is a great guy. But he is like my grandmother. You love the person, but they are stuck in their old-school ways. You can’t move them from their way of thought.”
While there is no doubt that Owens is one of the NFL's finest receivers, he is the embodiment of the modern-day athlete: selfish, narcisstic and deranged. While we see more of this behavior in the National Basketball Association and the destruction it can cause, Terrell Owens effectively ran one of the greatest coaches in NFL history out of town. While Terrell can boast of a 25-million dollar contract and numerous professional accolades, I've got one question:
How many rings does he have?
Last time I checked, two less than Parcells.
Here's to Owens receiving the Mark McGwire treatment when his time comes for consideration into the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. And here's to Parcells receving his rightful induction as a first balloter, if and when he chooses to retire.