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Much T.O. About Nothing
Iím tired of Terrell Owens, and he hasnít even played in a preseason game yet. While normally a distraction only to his team, heís now become one to me and my enjoyment of getting ready for the football season. The problem is, this isnít even really his fault. No, Iím putting this blame squarely on the media. This might be the biggest non-story Iíve seen in quite some time. Itís ratio of importance versus coverage is so disproportionate, itís enough to make me change the channel and find out that thereís more going on in the world other than sports, something I typically shy away from.

ESPN recently had the audacity to ask whether T.O.ís preseason was more controversial this year or last year. You mean the one where Owens ripped into Andy Reid, was suspended by the team, started a feud with Donovan McNabb and took his shirt off to do sit-ups when news vans showed up outside his mansion? Call me crazy, but Iím picking last yearís as slightly more controversial.

Listen, I know Owens is switching offensive schemes, and the quarterback/receiver relationship is largely based on timing, but itís mid-August, so everyone needs to just calm down. Now is the time to rest an injury, such as a hamstring, that could easily linger into the season. I say he still has plenty of time to prepare for the season.

Now I know Owens has obviously brought this excessive attention upon himself, being the sportís biggest malcontent and all, but this scrutiny of his every move is more over the top than ďTalladega Nights.Ē

I get that the media view the Parcells/Owens relationship as a ticking time bomb, and they might even be right. So why not just wait for some actual fireworks to erupt? As everyone assumes, itís bound to happen. After all, when Owens joined the Cowboys in March, he had a portending message for fans. "Hey, get your popcorn ready. Because it's going to be a show." Wake me when it starts.

Posted by Dalton at 8/17/2006 7:45:00 PM
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Leinart Finally Signs
Cardinals running back Edgerrin James had the line of the day regarding the end of Leinart's 15-day holdout: "He's cool. I only deal with cool people."

Leinart is raking in the cool millions -- $50.8 million over six years, including $14 million guaranteed -- and soon the pressure will be on him to perform. This season, Arizona hopes that Leinart will watch Kurt Warner lead the team to the postseason for just the second time since 1988. But next season, the onus will be on Leinart to take the team to the next level.

He has already seemingly passed John Navarre on the depth chart, and is just one Kurt Warner injury (and there have been plenty of those over the past few seasons) away from the field. It's easy to be anointed as the savior of the franchise when all you have to do is sign autographs and hold a clipboard. Things will be very different for Leinart if Warner goes down and he is thrust onto the field.

Will Leinart be able to take his lumps, a la Eli Manning, but remain on the fast track to success? Or will he be another highly successful college quarterback who earns a high salary in the NFL only to underperform? We might get our first answers this Saturday, as Leinart is expected to play in the Cardinals' preseason game at New England. But the real answers will come down the road. The Cardinals hope far down the road, as in 2007.

The story goes that Leinart received a call from his agent reporting the $50.8 million deal while the QB was watching Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Making $50.8 million while watching a summer blockbuster? Now that's cool.

Posted by Ted Rossman at 8/16/2006 3:55:00 PM

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Suggs Fails Physical
I have to say I'm glad to hear it. With the Jets needing a running back, I'm eager to see something interesting happen. If Thomas Jones gets moved, then we get to see Cedric Benson carry the load. If Michael Turner were to go, he could be a star. Chris Brown? Then we get to see LenDale White move up to the second or third round. But Lee Suggs? When I read the news, I thought: "What a waste."

Posted by Chris Liss at 8/15/2006 12:39:00 PM
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