The 2004 season in which Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens teamed up to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl since 1980 was one of the greatest seasons my maligned city has seen in decades. Terrell Owns was a huge part of that and was beloved for it … before his real lunacy started to shine through. Well it’s been three years and T.O.’s crazy is back. Again. With his most recent comments on how Donovan was jealous of T.O.’s limelight and how Terrell was happy to “share it,” Owens is writing some revisionist history. Terrell has it right when he says Philadelphia was in love with him when he was wearing Eagles green during 2004. It was amazing. However, the argument of which guy had a bigger impact on the other’s play isn’t worth having and something Owens continually brings up. They both clearly stepped up each other’s game. The Linc chanting, “Teee Ohhh, Teee Ohhh, T. O.” was a beautiful thing. I get excited now just thinking about how awesome that team was. But Terrell gets it wrong when he says the rift was due to Donovan’s feelings and antics. He cites Donovan being jealous where as most Philadelphians will tell you that it was McNabb who went about business as usual. Donovan wasn’t the one who suggested he’d rather have another team’s receiver to throw balls to, Donovan wasn’t the one who whined and complained his way out of town. Terrell Owens’ most recent rant is quasi delusional. Not only that, but the entire crew of ESPN’s NFL Game Day show agrees with me. Whoa. Tom Jackson points out the fact that T.O. is 1-3 against the Eagles since joining the Cowboys. Talk after you win. Mike Ditka calls Terrell’s antics childish and expresses Owens’ need to let it go. Chris Carter wins the sound bite war by saying T.O. has to realize that “we’re not going to love him as much as he loves himself.” Even T.O.’s homeboy, Keyshawn Johnson, tries to bite his lip and pleads with Owens to leave all this revisionist history alone and lead your team to a Super Bowl. He points out that Donovan was winning and going to Pro Bowls before Terrell got there, McNabb played in the 2004 conference playoffs without a receiver and did just fine, and when the focus shifted back to Owens in the Super Bowl, they lost. Keyshawn gets it right. We know T.O. is an incredible football player, but his revisionist history is childish. Donovan McNabb wasn’t jealous of Terrell Owens. It was the other way around. And holy shit!, everyone seems to be in agreement about it for once. Also, Fuck Dallas. Warning: the audio in the video is slightly off. But you get the gist of it.
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