Owens Still Has Bridges to Burn

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Byline: Dan Daly, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The way he carries on, you have to wonder if Terrell Owens isn't Jerry Lewis' secret love child - never mind this lady in the news.

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The Cowboys, in case you've been living in a bunker somewhere, tired of Owens' act and cut him the other day. For those hoping he'd be banished to the CFL... well, almost His new team, the Bills, has a home game in Toronto next season.

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Hey, maybe T.O. will write a children's book about his Buffalo experiences, a sequel to his Pulitzer Prize-winning Little T Learns to Share. He could call it Little T Learns to Shovel Snow.

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The fans up there must be thrilled. After 41 years of searching, the Bills have finally found a replacement for Elbert Golden Wheels Dubenion.

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Asked if his club had any interest in Owens, 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan said, We don't close any doors.

Earth to Scot: The last time T.O. was a 49er, he didn't just burn bridges, he torched the Golden Gate. What, you want to see the Bay Bridge go up in flames, too?

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Just think: In the last eight months, we've seen a guy with 527 homers (Manny Ramirez) and a guy with 139 touchdown catches (Owens) - both still quite productive - get dumped by their clubs.

Meanwhile, Brian Scalabrine continues to find gainful employment in the NBA.

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Wildest Story of the Week (as reported by SportsBusiness Journal): New Dolphins owner Stephen Ross wants to bring former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue into theorganization as his vice chairman.

Wouldn't that be a little like Frank Sinatra coming out of retirement to sing backup vocals for Tiny Tim?

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Not really, you say?

Well, then maybe it would be like Baryshnikov appearing on Dancing with the Stars - with Warren Sapp as his partner.

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Then again, it might be like Lou Holtz taking a group of former Notre Damers over to Tokyo to play Japan's national football team.

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Whoops, my mistake. Lou is actually doing that.

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First Sammy Baugh, now George McAfee. Boy, it's been a tough few months in the Departed Football Legends Department.

McAfee, who helped the Chicago Bears win three championships in the '40s, might have been the greatest back of the NFL's early years. Hunk Anderson, a longtime player and coach, certainly thought so. I played with George Gipp [at Notre Dame], and I saw plenty of [Red] Grange, he said, but McAfee is better than any of them.

In 1941, his best season, McAfee scored a touchdown five different ways - rushing, receiving, returning a punt, returning a kickoff and running back an interception - in just 11 games, no less. He even threw for a TD. He also picked off six passes and did some punting. He had speed, he had moves, he was a fierce, feared blocker, according to one contemporary. He had it all.

Funny thing about George: Lots of players get sick to their stomach before games; he'd get sick afterward. It used to make me so darn mad, he once said, because all the guys would go out together and have a big meal and have a good time, and I wouldn't even think of eating anything until maybe midnight.

His statistics aren't as glossy as they might have been because he lost almost three seasons to World War II. …