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Chapter 12: "He throws teammates under the bus!"

I hate the expression "under the bus;" an expression rarely used until it was popularized to refer to what Terrell Owens allegedly does to people (the wikipedia section for the expression even states that it was popularized by the sports media in 2004...and we all know who they were saying it about 99% of the time).

But let's not focus on the expression itself, but rather the claim that Owens "throws teammates under the bus,"

At each stop along the way, the word "teammate" has been pluralized. He throws "teammateS" under the bus, they say.

"In San Francisco, he threw teammateS under the bus." Who did he throw under the bus? They can only name one person--Jeff Garcia (wrong, and we'll get to that in a minute).

"In Philadelphia, he threw teammateS under the bus." Again, they can only name one person--Donovan McNabb.

"In Dallas, he threw teammateS under the bus." This time, some will try to argue that he threw Tony Romo and Jason Witten under the bus. This is false, and we'll get to that after addressing San Francisco and Philadelphia.

Pardon me, but Owens has thrown "A TEAMMATE" under the bus...once. And that's it. And he wasn't the only one who did it.

So people think Owens threw Jeff Garcia under the bus...when? Nothing in 1999, 2000, 2001, or 2002. In 2003, numerous people insisted he threw Garcia under the bus when he praised the play of Tim Rattay after the Vikings game, but when asked if he thought it was time for a quarterback change, Owens's response was simply, "That's not my decision to make, but Rat (Rattay) came in and did a good job when he was in there"
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/scores103/103271/20030928NFL--MINNESOTA-0nr.htm

But the implications? Well, whatever conclusions you want to draw from it, I'm sure I could draw the same from Jeff Garcia's response of "we can't let the sickness spread in the locker room."

Owens never said anything negative about Garcia during the 2003 season.

The first actual shots Owens fired at Garcia came on his website's message board after the season had ended and the two were no longer teammates.

Now, Owens DID "throw Donovan McNabb under the bus," but not without some help. You see, the comment that started the whole thing with McNabb in the press was "I wasn't the guy who got tired in the Super Bowl." The quote was NOT "Donovan McNabb got tired in the Super Bowl"...so how did we know it was McNabb?

I'll tell you why we knew, and this part somehow was lost in all the utter chaos that followed.

We knew whom he was referring to because just days earlier, Eagles players Hank Fraley and Freddie Mitchell made it known to the world that McNabb had been "nearly vomiting" inside the huddle on the final drive. Mitchell mentioned that it "wasn't the first time he'd done that."

Wait, WHAT'S THIS? You mean to tell me two other Eagles players threw McNabb under the bus before Owens did?

Off with their heads!

Of course, aside from this, players are never publicly critical of teammates or coaches or management...EVER.

49ers fullback Fred Beasley didn't talk about all the things he hates about Kevan Barlow's personality when their feud became publicized in the San Francisco press. And he also didn't blast the team's receivers in 2004, saying they cared more about jewelry than football.
http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-124050460.html

Lions cornerback Dre Bly didn't say that Joey Harrington was responsible for Steve Mariucci getting fired, and that had Jeff Garcia been healthy, Mariucci would still have his job. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2240566

Redskins running back Clinton Portis didn't sarcastically refer to head coach Jim Zorn as a "genius" on the radio...and go into the coaches "not knowing what they want" and confusing the players.
http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2008/12/09/clinton-portis-calls-jim-zorn-genius-couldnt-be-more-sarcast/

OK, so they did. And as you obviously know, all of them got lambasted JUST AS MUCH as Terrell Owens...right?



Come up with a new metaphor, idiots

But I digress. Let's finish off this section by talking a little about the Tony Romo and Jason Witten thing. QUICK: Go get me a quote from Terrell Owens where he says something bad about Tony Romo or Jason Witten.

Where are you? Why haven't you gotten me the quote yet?

I'll tell you why: Because it doesn't exist. Owens never said anything bad to the press about Romo or Witten. There is no quote from Owens in the infamous Ed Werder article...well, not until we get to the end where he gives a summary of Owens's time in Dallas and uses weeks-old quotes to describe non-sequitur matters just to fill in some space (and probably to give people the impression that Owens has an actual "presence" in Werder's work, as opposed to being entirely absent from it because he had been "next question"-ing him for weeks.

Oh, and here's an interesting article from back in the day:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/features/2000/young/si_flashback_053193/

Lobbying for playing time behind someone's back, you say? A certain someone saying a quarterback isn't throwing to him enough? Can't you just see Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick dropping all other sports news and throwing it out to 19 different talking heads?

2 Comments
by Jordan Taber
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by Chris @ 05 Jun 2010 09:01 pm


Should throw this site under the bus...
by James @ 05 Jun 2010 11:35 pm
Should give you some better insults...
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