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Rock Climbing

Posted in Sports with tags , , , on August 9, 2009 by mccoolio

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We’ve been doing a lot of climbing lately. Indoor climbing that is. My first experience with it was when Christopher, Kellye’s cousin in the Navy, would come in on leave and we’d want to do something cool while he was in. We’ve done all kinds of things : pull up contests, push up contests, roller skating, movies, sushi-eating, sushi-making, wing-eating, gun shows (mostly mine) bowling, shooting. Anyway, he suggested rock climbing. So, I found a place out at Cool Springs: Classic Rock Gym (now The Crag) We went and it was really cool. We’ve gone back to that place several times over the years as has our youth group from church. The same owners of CRG opened a new place on Murphy Road, Climb Nashville. Our former youth minister Sean Judge took us out to that place. It’s way bigger than CRG with way higher  walls.

Jordan never really liked climbing all that much.Wow, has that changed! All of a sudden, a few months ago, he wanted to  go climbing at CN. So, that’s turned into Jordan getting a year membership and going usually at least twice a week. I got a 10 visit deal, which I’ve just about used up already.

A little about climbing: There are levels of difficulty on climbing walls. The walls are covered with thousands of different sizes and shapes of grabs and holds, some huge, some little bitty. The walls also are all different configurations: some are 40 feet tall, others only about 15. Some are straight up, some lean in, some lean backwards, some have huge ledges, some have small ledges. Some have a combination of all these features. All the thousands of grabs and holds have little pieces of different colored pieces of plastic attached to the side of them. At the base of the wall, one of each different colored piece will have a number written on it. The number scale goes from 5.6 to 5.14. This scale represents level of difficulty. 5.6 is the easiest, with big holds that your fingers wrap easily around, sticking out from the wall 6 or 7 inches, spaced just right where you can just go right up like a ladder, a climb that a little child could zoom right up. 5. 14 is the most difficult, with little bitty pieces of plastic sticking out, sometimes as small as 1/4 of an inch for you to try to grab with your fingertips or try to scrunge the tippy tip of your climbing shoe onto, hopefully that when you put your weight onto it, your precarious grip on it won’t slip off. On these routes, the spacing of the holds are sometimes insanely far apart, devilishly created to only allow a master climber with monster fingertip strength and awesome technique to even have a chance to complete.

When you’re standing at the base of a wall,  you  select the route of your choosing, according to your skill, and aspirations. If you want to climb, say, a 5.6 level climb, you just exclusively use the grabs that have the colored tape on them that is associated with the 5.6 written on it at the base of the climb. Usually white tape is the 5.6 but not always, or so Ive been told. Anyway, to complete the 5.6 all the way to the top, you just grab and put your feet on the holds with the white tape on them, using none of the other grabs with different colors on them. This becomes more important as you try more difficult climbs. For instance, if you’re halfway up,  say, a 5.9 climb, and you’re stuck and can’t seem to make that next grab to the hold with the 5.9 color on it, there might be a different color hold right there that you can easily grab to further your climb. But if you want to successfully complete your 5.9 trek to the top, you can’t grab or put your feet on any other color.

Climbing is very safe. You’ve got a harness on your waist that a safety rope attaches to. That rope goes to the ceiling, wraps twice around 2 steel bars, comes down and goes through a belay device  clipped to your belay buddy’s harness. Every single climbing station has a rope there for this. As you begin your climb up the wall, your belayer pulls the slack you’ve created in the rope out with one hand , then pulls the same slack up with his other hand,  brings the rope down into a brake position, both hands slide up the rope again as you continue to climb, and the belayer continues to pull your slack out, all the time watching you as you climb, ready at an instant to pull his braking hand down in case you miss a hold and fall, and stop you instantly from falling. A 105 lb girl can pretty easily hold a 275 lb fella up in the air safely, through the leverage gain accessed by the double loop on the steel bars at the top of the wall.

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All the climbing places I’ve been to and heard about are very, very, very safety conscious. You can’t belay unless you prove you can, or are a known regular. If you want to learn to safely belay  it costs about $5 or so extra but well worth it. When you are deemed safe to belay you get a red paper bracelet to wear or hang on your harness.

I’m at about the 5.8- 5.9 level right now. That’s decent, especially for my weight, which is 238. I’m almost always the heaviest person at the gym. Rock climbing is definitely a sport that gives a huge advantage to lightness, especially lightness and strength. Not necessarily big muscle strength but wiry strength. If you combine lightness,wiry strength,  good technique, and experience, then you get someone that’s capable of doing the high levels climbs.

Climb Nashville has special prices on Monday and Saturday evenings for students.

Come climb with us. It’s a blast!!!

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SQUATTING AND DOING PULLUPS

Posted in Sports with tags , , , on June 1, 2009 by mccoolio

Man, do I love doing legs and back.

I’ve been working out now for about 31 years. Whoa. That sounds  a long time, actually putting it out there on paper like that. That’s quite a while.

A few reasons I’ve always loved doing legs ; First of all, my good friend Preston Browning  let me borrow his copy of Herschel Walker’s autobiography. In it I read where  Herschel in his early teens starting doing 500 push ups, 500 sit ups, and wind sprints every day. I was pretty impressed with that. So I started doing a modified version of that, lets say a bit fewer per day than that. But because of that I fell in love with running sprints and the way my legs felt after running a ton of sprints.  I was also  influenced a lot by Arnold Schwarzenegger who, because his legs were really lacking early in his career, he really emphasized doing his legs to improve that weakness and he talked a lot about them in his books which I devoured like candy. Another influence was when I started working out at World Class gym. I was working out with and around a lot of power lifters, where doing legs wasn’t an afterthought. Those guys  really helped me improve my squat numbers. When I started  there, my squat max was a measly, pitiful 275. After about 2 years I was nearing the 500 lb mark . How? Some technique changes ; bar further down my back to change my center of gravity to keep me from leaning forward so much because I have a long abdomen, just a little dip (not a bounce) at the bottom to help transition momentum from down to up, some good examples and peer-pressure; 500-600 lb squats were not uncommon, no STEROIDS, and a lot of hard work.

The World Class Gym era was also when I really started doing pretty well with wide-grip pull ups. At the time  we had a workout group of about 4 of us, and everybody else was around 185 lbs and real strong. I was about 225 and moderately  strong. We always did shoulders and back on Thursdays, shoulders first. By the time we got around to pull ups, my arms were already about shot. I was getting about 4-5 pull ups the first set and the other guys were knocking out 10-20 reps per set. Needless to say, I was getting ragged out pretty hard about that. So, I started doing pull ups a second time a week at work during my break. That helped tremendously. I was able within a short time to get close to 10 my first set which pretty much shut em up.

The best I’ve ever done with pull ups is 19 full, wide grip reps at 225. That was during a pull up contest we had at our gym once. I did 19 the 1st set, 18 the second, and 17 the third. I came in second in the contest. My boy  Mark Smith beat me by one rep. I think he was weighing around 170-175 lbs.  I trained really hard for about 6 weeks leading up to the contest where I was doing pull ups twice a week. Day one, I would go for  reps, about 70-80 total. Then for the second workout that week, I would hang weight on and do about 40-50 reps weighted. The thing was, Mark never trained at all for the contest. He worked out regularly, but he didn’t even do pull ups. If he had trained like I had, he probably would have done about 75 the first set.

Pull ups and squats are a lot like push ups. Somebody will say; yeah, I can do 75 push ups. But then when you see them do them,  a lot of times they’re doing half reps, not touching at the bottom and not locking out at the top. The difference between doing a half rep or even a 3/4 rep and a full one can be huge in any exercise. That extra inch or two to actually touch your chin to the bar at the top of a pull up vs coming up shy of it is the place of least leverage, as is the bottom of a pull up. So achieving those points takes a lot of extra strength and effort, resulting in fewer reps. In squats, that extra 2 or 3 inches to achieve parallel is monstrous. It takes WAY more to do a legit parallel squat with say 405 lbs than a  half rep with 405.

There’s something hardly any little man will admit. That they have a huge advantage as far as pullups are concerned. I won’t get into it but I promise you that you’ll see very few big boys on the pull up bar at your local gym doing doing very many reps.

I have had a couple of notable pull up contest victories, among those a good friend that’s in a very elite Special Forces group whom I laid the smack down on a couple of times, winning a McDonald’s meal, and some O’Charley’s chicken wings as a result, sending him back to save the world a beaten and poorer man.

I always said if a person could only do one or two exercises, wide-grip pull ups and squats would be the best two. Wide grips work the back, biceps, forearms and hand grip primarily and shoulders and low back secondarily. Squats work the quads, glutes, low back and calves primarily and secondarily just about everything else!  Plus you get the advantage of working the two biggest muscle groups in the entire body. Just think how much muscle is in your quads and back. You could put 50 biceps in one monstrous quad. (only about 3-4 biceps in my friend Max’s quads) And what muscle group do you see most people putting so much time into? Tsk, tsk,. Biceps. In addition, as anyone who’s done legs hard, heavy, and fairly rapidly, working legs stresses every body system: muscular, circulatory, breathing,etc. The same can be said for back. After doing a good set of pull-ups, the pulse is pounding and breathing rapid.

Then there’s the endorphin rush. It’s the gym-rats equivalent of the runner’s high; after doing about 6 good, hard sets of squats, then heading to the leg press for about 4-5  heavy sets (don’t ever skip doing heavy leg presses, you can’t come close with any other exercise to using the kind of weight you can use on the leg press),  getting up between sets, waddling around with just about all the blood in your body rushing to engorge those giant slabs of muscle thirsty for oxygen and nutrition, then topping it off with several sets of  hammies and calves. Wow. The second I  wake the next morning I know I ‘ve worked legs. That feeling is still there!

Right now I’m getting these numbers: this morning I got 11 the first set at 239 body weight on pull ups, then 9,8,8 which isn’t great  but I’m going to get down under 230 and that will help the reps go up. I got 405 for 6 reps the other day on squats which is decent considering I don’t have a regular leg partner which is big for me. Legs are just too hard to do and it’s so easy to slough off if you don’t have a good partner to be accountable to.

DOG KILLIN’ VS PEOPLE KILLIN’

Posted in Sports with tags , , , on May 25, 2009 by mccoolio

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I heard a guy on a radio sports talk show make the point the other day that the Micheal Vick case has gotten way more publicity than the 3  ex UT players who were convicted of manslaughter while drinking and driving, Leonard Little, Donte Stallworth, and Dwayne Goodrich. I’ve included a brief account of each incident below.You know, he’s absolutely right. Living in Nashville, where the Vols are covered heavily, and being very interested in the stories, I noticed that there wasn’t that much at the time on any of the three  stories. But we know how much media attention the Vick case got. Good grief. Probably 1000-1 more coverage. At least.

Why? There are several possible reasons.Vick was definitely more widely known, more nationally recognized. Although the other three  played in big cities, most notably Goodrich who played for America’s team, the Cowboys at the time of his incident. Vick was definitely more famous and  he was the higher paid of the group.

But I don’t think any of the above  are the reasons for the constant  media obsession, and the villianization of Vick.

I believe it’s because he killed and hurt dogs  instead of people. It’s more politically incorrect to do what Vick did than what the other three did. That’s the state of the Union right now.

Here’s accounts of each guy’s exploits from different sources:

Vick was identified in April 2007 as “the key figure” of an extensive unlawful interstate dogfighting ring operating over a period of five years, leading to massive negative publicity and separate federal and state felony charges and convictions under plea agreements, as well as payment of approximately $1 million for care and rehabilitation of some of the dogs. He has been suspended from play by the NFL since August 2007. In December 2007, he was sentenced to serve a 23 month federal prison term; 3 years of prison time in Virginia on other charges was suspended upon condition of good behavior. With loss of his substantial NFL and product endorsement income, Vick filed for Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy protection in July 2008, with liabilities of $20.5 million and assets of $16 million. His bankruptcy case has yet to be resolved.

Vick was released from prison on May 20, 2009. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said he will consider lifting his suspension, though Falcons owner Arthur Blank has said he does not want Vick to return to his team. Vick has reportedly exercised while in prison and anticipates a return to the NFL.

Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Dwayne Goodrich was recently sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison and fined $20,000 for a hit-and-run accident that killed two men in January of this year.

Goodrich, the MVP in University of Tennessee’s 1998 national championship victory, testified during the trial that he didn’t see the predawn accident scene because a sport utility vehicle in front of him blocked his view. He said he slammed on the brakes when he came upon a stalled vehicle in the road and was forced to swerve to the left, hitting Wood and Matthews and injuring another man.

He said he originally believed, or hoped, he hit debris and left the scene. He surrendered to law officers hours later after he contacted his mother and his attorney.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth was charged  with killing a pedestrian last month while driving drunk after a night out at a swank South Beach nightspot.

An arrest warrant charging Stallworth, 28, with DUI manslaughter was filed in the March 14 accident that killed 59-year-old Mario Reyes. If convicted, Stallworth would face up to 15 years in prison.

Stallworth’s blood-alcohol level after the crash was .126, well above Florida’s legal limit of .08, according to results of a blood test. Stallworth will also be charged with DUI, which carries a possible six-month sentence plus fines and community service for first offenders.

After leaving a birthday party drunk in 1998, Leonard Little crashed into and killed Susan Gutweiler in St. Louis, MO. When tested, his blood alcohol level measured 0.19 percent, a level that exceeds the statutory level of intoxication of 0.08 in the state of Missouri. Little received 90 days in jail, four years probation and 1000 hours of community service.

Six years later, in 2004, Little was again arrested for drunk driving and speeding. The probable cause statement filed by police said Little had bloodshot and watery eyes, smelled of alcohol and failed three sobriety tests. Because of Little’s 1999 guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter in his drunken-driving crash case, prosecutors charged him as a persistent offender. This made it a felony case. Little was acquitted of driving while intoxicated, but was convicted only of the misdemeanor speeding charge.

Titans Don’t Get No Respect

Posted in Sports on January 9, 2009 by mccoolio

cortlandWhy is it that all year long the Titan’s don’t get any respect? Every big game they’ve played this year most of the “experts” have picked against them. A couple of weeks ago against the Steelers in our home town paper The Tennessean, all four beat writers picked against the Titans. I”m sure too, that the players gave it to them good after the big win. But they all picked the Titans for tomorrow’s game! During the 10-0 run just about every week someone was predicting the T boys to fall.

Our boys are amazingly a 3 point favorite in the game tommorow against the Ravens, and Las Vegas has the Titans as the favorite to be the AFC representative to go to the Super Bowl. But the national media has been focusing on the Ravens all week. Why  is that?

I believe it’s because the Titans just aren’t sexy enough.

Big Albert is kind of laid back, not just bristling with personality. Lyndale isn’t exactly a pretty boy, kind of overweight, definitely not a media magnet . Chris Johnson is a nice guy, real cool looking with his dreads and mouthful of gold, but he’s pretty shy and soft-spoken.Other than that, we have Kerry Collins, who acts like he’d just as soon be hunting, and then we have all the “good” guys: Thorton, Hope, Bulluck, and others. In other words, we’re kind of a boring bunch who don’t do nothing BUT WIN BIG GAMES!!!!!!!!!!!

I think if Vince were still at the helm, he’s sexy enough.Young, cocky, fast, athletic, recent  Natinal Championship Hero. Before his……..demotion;  Rookie of the Year, captain of many comebacks, bringing the Titans to the playoffs on his pure presence alone, he was on every cover, every show, the talk, not only of the town but of the nation. If he was in Kerry Collins shoes right now, the Titans would be the media darling. But he’s not and they’re not.

The Ravens may beat the Titans tommorow, and the Steelers or Chargers may beat them in the AFC Championship but you what, I  DON’T THINK SO.

I think Big Albert is gonna feed heavy tomorrow, Flacco’s going to be looking straight up at the Nashville sky a lot,some body’s going to knock Ray Lewis right out of Eddie George’s nightmares, and we’re going to be back at LP Field next Sunday playing whoever, probably Pittsburgh , where it’s easier to beat a team the second time, and it’s going to be worse this time.

So Steeler fans, just stay home and watch it on TV, and if you do pay crazy money to come to our house and visit, leave your puke-yellow too-too towels in the back of your car.

Terrell Owens; Superman or Looneyman?

Posted in Sports with tags , , , on December 18, 2008 by mccoolio

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You’ve got to hand it to ole Terrell.He’s had a heck of a ride during his NFL career.Haven’t checked but he has to rank up pretty high among the top guys of all time:

Year Team G GS Rec Yards AVG LG TD
1996 SF 16 10 35 520 14.9 46t 4
1997 SF 16 15 60 936 15.6 56t 8
1998 SF 16 10 67 1,097 16.4 79t 14
1999 SF 14 14 60 754 12.6 36 4
2000 SF 14 13 97 1,451 15.0 69t 13
2001 SF 16 16 93 1,412 15.4 60t 16
2002 SF 14 14 100 1,300 13.0 76t 13
2003 SF 15 15 80 1,102 13.8 75t 9
2004 PHI 14 14 77 1,200 15.6 59t 14
2005 PHI 7 7 47 763 16.2 91t 6
2006 DAL 16 15 85 1,180 13.9 56t 13
2007 DAL 15 15 81 1,355 16.7 52t 15
2008 DAL 12 12 52 816 15.7 75t 8
Tot. N/A 185 170 934 13,886 14.9 91t 137

NFL records and career notables

  • Has 139 total touchdowns (137 receiving), 13,401 receiving yards, 901 receptions, and 183 rushing yards
  • Averaged one touchdown per game in 2001, 2004, and 2007
  • Has had eight 1,000 yard seasons, including five consecutive (2000–2004)
  • Holds NFL record 20 receptions in a single game against the Bears
  • Reached 100 catches in only 14 games in 2002
  • Led League in receiving touchdowns in 2001, 2002, and 2006
  • Second all-time in receiving touchdowns behind Jerry Rice

But wow. There’s more. Terrell is probably in the top 3 in NFL history for his utterly hilarious, creative TD celebrations: I guess  my top 3 are as follows: APTOPIX Packers Cowboys Football

1) Chronicled below, when he caught a TD for the 49ers while at Dallas and ran all the way to midfield and celebrated on the Cowboy star. This incident clearly illustrates that either TO has about the biggest cahonies around or the smallest brain. The really funny part is the next time he scores, he takes off again to celebrate on the star but out of nowhere comes Cowoy safety George Teague and KO’s TO and knocks him sprawling.Hilarious.

2) After scoring a TD, to grabs a box of popcorn and tosses all the contents into his helmet opening, like he’s eating it.

3) After another TD , he grabs some pom poms from a cheerleader and starts cheerleading. This and similar incidents convince me that having TO as a buddy would be a real hoot.

Celebrations for San Francisco

  • While playing the Atlanta Falcons on January 9, 1999, Owens caught a long touchdown pass and proceeded to mimic the “dirty bird“, the Falcons’ signature touchdown dance. However, Owens performed a slashing of the throat gesture at the end of the dance, which quickly silenced the crowd.
  • On September 24, 2000 in Dallas, Terrell Owens showed off his excitement after his two touchdown catches by running from the endzone to midfield and celebrating on the Dallas Cowboys‘ famous star logo. The second time Owens made a trip to the star, then Cowboys safety George Teague hit him during the celebration. Teague would be ejected for his actions, while Owens was suspended for a week by his head coach and was fined $24,000 which was equal to a week’s pay. The celebration and subsequent hit were named one of the ten most memorable moments in the history of Texas Stadium by ESPN in 2008.
  • During a Monday Night Football game against the Seattle Seahawks on October 14, 2002, Owens pulled a Sharpie marker out of his sock to sign the football he caught to score a touchdown, and then gave the ball to his financial adviser, who was in the stands. He was fined for this stunt.
  • On December 15, 2002, in a home game against the Green Bay Packers, Owens scored a touchdown and ran to a row of cheerleaders beyond the endzone. He reached out and asked to borrow two pompoms from a 49ers cheerleader, which he then playfully shook, doing his own brief spontaneous routine before dropping them to the ground.
  • On November 17, 2003, the 49ers hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers in a Monday night game, and Owens wore a wristband with the words “The Answer” emblazoned on it. Just over eight minutes into the game, he caught a 61-yard touchdown pass from Tim Rattay (who was starting at quarterback because Jeff Garcia was injured), and excitedly pointed to the wristband after reaching the end zone to draw attention to it. After the game (won by San Francisco 30-14), Owens was asked by a sideline reporter the significance of the slogan on the wristband, and he replied: “Because I am The Answer.” “The Answer” is the widely known nickname of NBA star guard Allen Iverson.

Celebrations for Philadelphia

  • The “Bird Dance”, “The Bird” or “Wing Flap” became T.O.’s trademark dance with the Eagles. During the 2004 season, the Birdheadz (The Original ‘Ol Head, Whey Cooler and DJ Holland) a local Philadelphia group came up with a song named “Flying with the Birdz, Do the Bird”. The Birdheadz first came up with it during the Eagles 2003 playoff run. T.O. did the “Bird Dance” frequently during the 2004 season after a big play or TD. After the Super Bowl in ’04, New England players did a version of the “Bird Dance” with their celebrations.
  • He imitated and mocked the trademark pre-game ritual dance of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis after scoring a touchdown while playing against the Ravens in the 2004 season.
  • After catching a touchdown from Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb during a game in Cleveland, Owens ran through the end zone and tore down a hand-made sign which read, “T.O. has B.O.“.
  • After scoring his 100th career touchdown in Philadelphia, he pulled a towel from his waist, folded it over his arm, and then placed the football in the palm of his hand, holding it over his shoulder and pretending to serve it up to the opposing team like a waiter would present a meal.
  • After scoring a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in 2004, Owens celebrated by doing six sit-ups in the end zone, one for each touchdown he had scored at that point in the 2004 season.

Celebrations for Dallas

  • After catching a touchdown against the Washington Redskins on November 5, 2006, Owens pretended to take a nap, using the football as a pillow. The Cowboys were penalized 15 yards for “excessive celebration”. Days before the game, Owens was reported to have a habit of falling asleep during team meetings.
  • On the Thanksgiving Day game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 23, 2006, Owens, after catching a pass for a touchdown, dropped the ball in an oversized Salvation Army Red Kettle, donating the ball to the Salvation Army. (Since 1997, the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game halftime show has traditionally started the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Christmas Campaign.) About the touchdown celebration, Owens was quoted as saying, “That was my donation. I hope it’s worth as much as the fine.”
  • On December 16, 2006, Owens first introduced his trademark “T.O.” symbol with his arms after scoring his second touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons. It has since become a frequent celebration after Owens scores.
  • On September 16, 2007, Owens mocked Bill Belichick after catching a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins, by hiding behind a field goal post and holding the football to his face in a video camera fashion, as if secretly spying and filming the game. The Cowboys were penalized 15 yards for “excessive celebration”.  On September 19, 2007, the league fined Owens $7,500 for the celebration. According to Owens, he was only fined because he used the ball as a prop.
  • On November 4, 2007 against his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, Owens flapped his wings, mimicking the dance he did while with the Eagles. This, coupled with Owens’ tumultuous stay with the Eagles and his current tenure with the Cowboys (an Eagles division rival), earned the boos of the crowd.  Prior to the game, Owens was quoted as saying, “There’s a lot of love in those boos.”
  • On November 29, 2007 against the Green Bay Packers Owens scores a touchdown and throws popcorn in his face.
  • On September 7, 2008, Owens celebrated his first touchdown of the 2008 NFL Season against the Cleveland Browns by preparing himself like an Olympic sprinter ready to explode out of the blocks. FOX Sports play by play man Joe Buck suggested the celebration may be homage to the Olympics and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. The Cowboys were penalized 15 yards for “excessive celebration”.

Next, I have to talk about Terrell’s legendary fitness. He is a guy that is obsessed with nutrition and fitness. Being someone that isn’t far from that category, I’ve always respected what he has to say about it. He has a book that he has written that is full of good advice and tips as far as could tell while perusing it at the bookstore.to-body

But then, I round out this story with one last aspect of Terrell’s resume. And it’s this part that will ultimately keep T baby from being mentioned with the greatest of all time: Controversy.

Following a subpar team season in 2003, Owens decided to leave the 49ers. Immediately after breaking off all ties to the 49ers, Owens appeared in an interview for Playboy magazine, where he created controversy after insinuating that Garcia was homosexual.

Controversy with Eagles

During his weekly Philadelphia sports radio show on WIP (AM) prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys, Owens stated if he could return to the 2004 off-season he would not have signed with the Eagles. After the Dallas game, in which the Eagles were badly beaten, Owens was seen by Philadelphia Daily News reporters wearing a Michael Irvin throwback football jersey on the way to the Eagles airplane flight. Irvin was a hall-of-fame wide receiver for the Cowboys during the ’90s when the Cowboys-Eagles rivalry was perhaps the most intense.

As a result, Owens’ appearance in the jersey was seen as provocative in the Philadelphia press and by many fans. According to sources and Andy Reid‘s post-game press conference, none of Owens’ teammates or coaches challenged him. The following Friday, on Owens’ radio show, he stated he did not care what the fans thought of him wearing the jersey and that he would wear what he chooses. It is well known that Owens and Irvin are good friends.

On November 3, 2005, Hugh Douglas, former Philadelphia Eagles Defensive End, acting as an ambassador for team management, started to have an argument with Owens in front of the team in the locker room before practice. Soon, this led to a short fight between the two.

That afternoon Owens made a number of controversial statements during an ESPN interview. In the interview, Owens voiced his frustrations of the Eagles not recognizing his 100th career TD. He referred to the Eagles as a classless organization for the way they behaved. The Eagles have since stated that the Club does not recognize individual achievements.

When asked whether or not he agreed with a comment made by ESPN analyst and good friend Michael Irvin, Owens agreed to the statement, saying that he thought the Eagles would be undefeated if Brett Favre were on the team instead of Donovan McNabb. Owens went on to expand on the point, calling Brett Favre a warrior. Many people took offense at this, since it appeared as though Owens was claiming that McNabb, who was playing with a sports hernia among other injuries, was not a warrior. This interview effectively ended Owens’ career in Philadelphia.

During his weekly news conference the following day, Eagles head coach Andy Reid said that Owens had been suspended for four games—starting with the 17-10 loss to the Washington Redskins on November 6—for conduct detrimental to the team. The four games represented the maximum amount of time that a player could be suspended without pay for such conduct under NFL rules. After Owens served his suspension, the Eagles deactivated him from their roster for the remainder of the season, so that they wouldn’t be forced to release him and let him sign on with another team.

On November 8, Terrell Owens and his agent Drew Rosenhaus held a news conference at Owens’ Moorestown, New Jersey residence. Terrell apologized to the team (including Donovan McNabb) and the fans. After Owens read his statement, Rosenhaus answered questions from reporters. However, Rosenhaus answered many questions, such as “What have you done for T.O. besides get him suspended?” with a “next question.” He blamed the media for Owens’ current employment status. In his autobiography, “T.O.”, Owens did state that most of the apology was forced upon him and not sincere.

On the grounds that deactivation cannot be used as a means of punishment, the NFLPA and Owens appealed the Eagles punishment to an arbitrator. On November 23, 2005, Terrell Owens’ season was effectively ended after arbitrator Richard Bloch ruled that the Eagles were justified in suspending him for four games and that they did not have to activate him after the suspension (the Eagles would deactivate him game by game, with pay, for the final five games of the season, but that so long as he was paid, he was not technically suspended). The NFLPA subsequently said they would make sure Bloch never arbitrated with them again.

Desperate Housewives skit

On November 15, 2004, Owens, wearing a Philadelphia Eagles uniform, appeared with popular TV actress Nicollette Sheridan (of the ABC series Desperate Housewives) in an introductory skit which opened that evening’s Monday Night Football telecast, in which Owens and the Eagles played the Cowboys at Texas Stadium. Some observers condemned the skit as being sexually suggestive because of Sheridan removing a towel , and ABC later apologized for airing it. However, on March 14, 2005, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that the skit did not violate decency standards, because it contained no outright nudity or foul language.

Spitting incident

After the December 16, 2006 game against the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall claimed that Owens spat in his face after a play early in the game. Game officials and reporters were unaware of the incident and Owens was not asked about it until his post-game interview with the NFL Network, when he confirmed it. Owens said, “I got frustrated and I apologize for that. It was a situation where he kept hugging me and getting in my face. He had a lot of words, I didn’t. I just wanted to come and prove I’m not a guy to be schemed with.” Hall said that he lost all respect for Owens. The NFL fined Owens $35,000 for the incident. Within a week of the incident, Deion Sanders served as a mediator for Owens and Hall, and the two reportedly “made up.”

2006 Hydrocodone overdose

Some media outlets in Dallas reported on the morning of September 27, 2006 that Owens had tried to kill himself by intentionally ingesting an overdose of hydrocodone, a pain medication. A police report filed on the night of September 26 seemed to confirm the attempt, saying that Owens’ publicist, Kim Etheridge, found him unresponsive with an empty bottle of pain killers, pried two pills from his mouth, and called 9-1-1, after which an ambulance transported him four blocks from his Deep Ellum condo to the hospital.

According to the police report, Owens and Etheridge both said he was depressed, and Owens answered “yes” when asked whether he had intended to harm himself. Owens’ publicist, however, refuted the report, stating that Owens had suffered an allergic reaction to the medication combined with a dietary supplement. ESPN reported that about half the police report was blacked out, including the phrases “attempting suicide by prescription pain medication” and “a drug overdose.”

In one of the most  surreal, weird moments I have ever witnessed in pro sports, after the Cowboys lost last year and Romo had a bad game, Terrell got very emotional, got choked up, and started weeping, while repeating softly: that’s my quaterback man, that’s my quaterback.to-crying1

Then earlier this year, he started the sports shows buzzing with talk of how the Cowboys should get rid of him, that he’s a cancer, when he complained that he wasn’t getting the ball enough (which he wasn’t).

Now the latest, It appears that Terrell is starting to unravel, with strong rumors that he claimed Romo and Jason Whitten have been scratching up plays on the turf that don’t include him.

So, I guess my question is: Where is Terrell headed? To the Hall of Fame or  Looney Tune Land?

Most of the above info was taken from Wikipiedia. Except the stuff in bold which is me.