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Jon & Kate Plus 8 …… TO And An NFL Franchise ….. Spare Me The Drama Please …………….!

Well the NFL season has started and last night the reigning Superbowl champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers started things off – by defeating the Tennessee Titans in overtime 13-10. Now that our appetites have been wetted. What else can we expect not just from the weekend’s plethora of games but also the season itself , as it begins to unfold ?

Now in all honesty as an avid New England Patriots’ fan . I for one am looking forward to seeing the resumption of Tom Brady’s career within the NFL. Far more so than the stop start, will he or won’t and now that he’s finally here…..the return of Brett Favre. And as much as it has been regaled upon by those irreverent idiots within ESPN. Their wanderlust and reverential man crush for Favre has bordered on being odious to say the very least. But when that’s allegedly only horse in town that they’re prepared to ride. You can well understand the incessant round the clock coverage that the Favre saga has been given. Journalistic values went straight out the window the ESPN network to begin with.

Now comes one of the more interesting stories that may well be played out this upcoming season. And stop me if you’ve either seen or heard this all before. A self absorbed scene stealing , press chasing NFL star , in the guise of Terrell Owens, seeks to resurrect his career with the Buffalo Bills. Having been cast aside by the Dallas Cowboys. Owens chafed and chomped at the fact, that he felt, he’d been mistreated and lied to by the Cowboys’ organization. His relationships with his former teammates cooled mightily. Albeit, that there was actually no childish name calling. But Owens felt it necessary to berate his former teammate and at onetime closest pal, Tony Romo.

Buffalo   Bills'  wide  receiver   Terrell  Owens   makes a  catch  during  practice  at  the  Ralph  Wilson   Stadium  in Orchard  Park,  N.Y.   The  team has  a  had  something  of a  turbulent   week  having   fired  offensive  coordinator  Turk  Schonert  .      picture  appears courtesy  of  ap/photo/David  Duprey   ..........................
Buffalo Bills' wide receiver Terrell Owens makes a catch during practice at the Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. The team has a had something of a turbulent week having fired offensive coordinator Turk Schonert . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/David Duprey ..........................

Now with the tide settled , or at least one would hope so. It’s now time for Owens to step up to the plate and prove that he’s still one of the elite players within the NFL. But even more so that of a teammate and not seemingly interested in continuing his narcissistic behavior. He’s probably seen his mantel as the league’s best wide receiver now be assumed by the Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald. Though few around the league would feel that the title bestowed upon Fitzgerald isn’t justified. Hell , you’d be hard pressed to find a knowledgeable NFL fan say otherwise.

For Owens and the Bills this is the season where if nothing else, they’ve got to improve on last year’s debacle. In the AFC East the team finished with a unenviable 7-9 record seated afoot of the AFC East. All the while looking up at the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and the New York Jets.

Bills'  quarterback  Trent  Edwards   in  full  stride  as  he  scrambles  out  of  the   pocket  ast the  Cleveland  Browns  in  a   game  played  at   Ralp  Wilson  Stadium  ,  Orchard  Park,  N.Y.    The  Browns   would   go  on  to  defeat   Buffalo   29-27  on the  day.    picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo  /  Don  Heupel  ...............................
Bills' quarterback Trent Edwards in full stride as he scrambles out of the pocket ast the Cleveland Browns in a game played at Ralp Wilson Stadium , Orchard Park, N.Y. The Browns would go on to defeat Buffalo 29-27 on the day. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo / Don Heupel ...............................

And though much of the team’s troubles lay in the fact that its defense as well as its offense left a great deal to be desired. It most certainly hurt that the team’s quarterback, Trent Edwards couldn’t get through an entire regular NFL season. Edwards is to tissue paper , what ice is very much like when placed in the midst of heat. They both tend to just break down within a specific environment. If you sneeze on tissue paper it’s liable to tear. You place ice in the midst of heat , it no doubt melts. Place Trent Edwards on an NFL football field and you’re unlikely to see him last the whole season. To put it succinctly , he’s as soft as they come physically. Immensely talented he’s not able to withstand the rigors of a sixteen game regular season schedule.

Courtesy of The Buffalo News and AP:

Bills overshadowing T.O. in disruption department.

By John Wawrow

So much for everyone assuming Terrell Owens would be the one causing all the disruptions after the prolific and headline-grabbing receiver signed with the Buffalo Bills this offseason.

It turns out this once-proud franchise didn’t need any help. In the week leading up to their season-opener at New England on Monday, the Bills have proven capable of creating distractions all on their own.

The turbulent stretch came this past week when the Bills fired offensive coordinator Turk Schonert and released starting left tackle, Langston Walker: two stunning moves that – as unfathomable as it sounds – managed to push T.O. out of the spotlight.

“It’s crazy,” receiver Lee Evans said.

Happy 50th anniversary, Bills. So much for the plaudits Buffalo earned a mere month ago when Bruce Smith and team owner Ralph Wilson were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And long forgotten is the buzz Owens generated among a hopeful fan-base at the start of training camp in late July.

“You can say the T.O. buzz has worn off,” Evans said, noting that Owens did miss the final four weeks of the preseason nursing a sprained toe that’s now healed. “It has overshadowed him. But it’s bigger than 81. He’ll certainly do some things throughout the season to get it back. And hopefully it ends with a ‘W,’ because that’s all that really matters.”

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Owens for his part believes that he’s finally found his calling. And that’s to lead the Bills into the postseason and beyond. No doubt he’ll use this environment as a tool to brand himself as a marketable product. That being said , don’t waste your time in trying to buy anything that TO is trying to sell you. It’s bad enough that a cable outlet has seen fit to give him his very own self titled reality show. If anything he’s setting bar so low in terms of the show’s perceived intelligence . That even ‘Flavor Flav’ comes off looking like a Harvard graduate, not only terms of intelligence but also in terms of his persona. And that doesn’t necessarily mean that the bar was set all that high to begin with , with Flav’s own shot at reality stardom. Be a clown and the whole world may well end up liking you for one reason or another. And the same can be said of both individuals. Though in the case of Owens , he has a tendency of rubbing people up the wrong way. And then he looks to apportion the blame elsewhere.

And though much of the Bills’ success will be predicated upon the relationship and communicative skills between Owens and Edwards. One can’t help but feel the franchise is but seconds away from imploding , if things don’t prove to be successful between the two. Owens just wasn’t brought in to be the centerpiece of the Bills’ offense. But he was also brought in to be the fulcrum for it as well. And looking at the team’s roster . Other than Owens , Kawika Mitchell, Lee Evans , Josh Reed and Roscoe Parrish. You’d be hard pressed to suggest that this team is actually littered with players that can make a real difference as to this team’s aspirations this upcoming season.

Owens may well be coach Dick Jauron’s reclamation project. And one can surmise that Bills’ owner Ralph Wilson gave this all his blessing. But at this juncture I’m of the belief that should things head south . As no doubt , it always seems to do, when Terrell Owens is in the midst of it all. I’m inclined to believe that it won’t only be Owens who’ll be canceled-but also too , Dick Jauron. Starting afresh would be nothing new for either party. But I’d like to think that as of now we’ve all had enough of the drama and tantrums that tends to surround Terrell Owens and his traveling circus. What say you on the matter ?

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A Simple Twist Of Fate ………………

The game  last night between the San Diego Chargers  and Indianapolis Colts  was a game was played with such abandonment and passion . That it was hard to view and not wonder why there had to be a winner and a loser. In defeating the Colts  the Chargers’ season just  got unfashionably intriguing to say the very least.   


Darren Sproles  scores the winning touchdown against the Colts with  a 22yd run in the wildcard round of the playoffs ...............
Darren Sproles of the Chargers scores the winning touchdown against the Colts after a 22yd td run depriving the Colts of a playoff berth in the divisional rounds...........

Chargers’ running back Darren Sproles scores  the  winning touchdown after a 22yd run into the endzone depriving the Colts of  a berth in the divisional round of the playoffs. picture  appears courtesy of  getty images/ Harry How  ……………….. 



The unlikely hero in all  of  this  wasn’t  their Pro Bowl running  back LaDainian Tomlinson but  the soon to be unrestricted free agent Darren Sproles.  The player more than held  his own against the  Colts  and if anything  created  a reason why  he  may well be  one  of  the  most sought after  free agents  once the postseason reaches  its climax. Sproles would go on to garner over 328 all purpose yards  in the  game  against  Indianapolis. 



Sproles  gains some yardage  against  the  Colts.  The player would end up with some 328 all purpose yards in the  game  at  Qaulcomm Stadium , San Diego, Ca
Sproles gains some yardage in the game against the Colts. The player would gain in excess of 328 all purpose yards........................

Sproles gains some yardage against  the Colts . The  player would gain in excess  of some 328 all purpose yards during  the  game played at Qualcomm  Stadium in San Diego, Ca,. picture appears  courtesy of getty images/ Harry  How  ………………………..





Three time league MVP Peyton Manning  was his  usual  customary  efficient self  but  it was all to  no  avail against a  Chargers’  team  that  played  with such  voracity  and  passion. The  fans in Indianapolis had to be disheartened  seeing their team succumb to their  AFC rivals.  Phillip Rivers  for his part was  his counterpart’s  equal and led  his team with  resolve.



Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning gives his postgame interview after the team's loss 23-17 to the San Diego Chargers ...................
Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning gives his postgame interview to the convened press waiting in attendance ...................

Colts’ quarterback Peyton Manning gives his postgame interview  to the convened press after his teama’s loss 23-17 loss  in overtime to the  San Diego Chargers . picture appears  courtesy of getty images/ Stephen  Dunn …………………..



For coach Norv Turner  this  was a game  that may well  add some legitimacy to his  resume’  as  a coach.  Being in the shadows of more recognized  stalwarts  such as  Jimmy Johnson ,  Dave  Wannstedt and  others who  were  a part of  the  Dallas Cowboys’ success in the  nineties. That was  when the boys in  Big  D were  running rampant  across the  league  on their way  to two successive  Superbowls  under Johnson’s  guidance.  Wherein the  likes  of  Aikman, Irvin and Smith were  laying the  foundations  to their  Hall of Fame  careers. 



Phillip Rivers  of the Chargers  signals  a play  prior to the  snap against the  Colts ................
Phillip Rivers of the Chargers signals a call prior to the snap ............

Phillip Rivers of the Chargers signals a play call prior to the  snap against  the  Indianapolis Colts . picture appears  courtesy of  ap/getty images / Stephen Dunn …………




While one can’t  understate the  success  that  the  Chargers  saw this  season as  winners  of  a rather mediocre AFC  West division.   Having  waylaid the ambitions of  a Denver  Broncos’ team that was totally  outplayed in their  final regular season  game. The  San Diego Chargers  found their  way into the playoffs as  wildcard entrant.  The fact  that their  renewed rivalry would culminate  in  a heart pounding  defeat of the  Colts .  If there  was a team  viewed as  a dark horse within the  conference  it had to be  the  Indianapolis Colts.  Their nine game regular season ending win  streak  bore  this  out.  Having  ended  with  a record of 12-4 and  runners  up in the  AFC South to the Tennessee Titans.  The team were  playing  perhaps the best  of any of  the  AFC  teams with postseason aspirations.




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