Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

09 Oct 2006

McNabb, T.O. Love to Text

DJ Gallo's latest documents the secret text message exchanges between Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens (why didn't I hear about this on PFT?), and follows with a shockingly-allowed-onto-Page-2 Peter King reference.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 09 Oct 2006

18 comments, Last at 12 Oct 2006, 1:28pm by Mshray


by Wanker79 (not verified) :: Mon, 10/09/2006 - 4:02pm

I haven't read a word of the article yet, but that may be the greatest picture of TO I've ever seen.

by Wanker79 (not verified) :: Mon, 10/09/2006 - 4:06pm

Terrell Owens "accidentally" shoves 30 painkiller pills down Drew Bledsoe's throat


by sippican (not verified) :: Mon, 10/09/2006 - 6:11pm

I've never found football players to be all that interesting off the field, in general. Many of them are pleasant people, but that's about it. It's kinda funny to see microphones in front of them all the time, as they are unlikely to say much of anything worth the parsing. It's either "110% effort" and "nobody gave us a chance" locker room banalities, or prancing around and attention whoring and Arrest Announcements. There never seems to be much else.

I immediately grant an exception to this rule for Clinton Portis, of course. Santana Moss offers you his protection.

All that said, Terrell Owens might be among the least fascinating football personages I can think of. He literally never says anything interesting. He's a shameless self promoter, and that's it. I'd pick ten straight Marvin Harrisons or Reggie Waynes or hell, Troy Browns over him.

Owens seems constitutionally incapable of participating in a team sport. It's pathetic to see him still behaving brashly even as his skills diminish.

He's the second best receiver on his team now. He's not going to ever do anything but get worse, in every way.

by Wanker79 (not verified) :: Mon, 10/09/2006 - 6:19pm

Re: 3

And nothing could make me happier.

by PatsFan (not verified) :: Mon, 10/09/2006 - 6:25pm

There never seems to be much else.

Well, Brady did reveal his bizarre milkshake-spitting, tire-stealing, filling-car-with-packing-peanuts, "fighting like teenage girls" life with Matt Cassel in his post-game press conference yesterday :-) :-)

by PatsFan (not verified) :: Mon, 10/09/2006 - 6:28pm

Oh, loved the zing at both Saban and Belichick ("Don't tell people you're part of my coaching tree"/"Please try to stay away from my wife").

by TomC (not verified) :: Mon, 10/09/2006 - 6:31pm

Where was the PK reference?

by jebmak (not verified) :: Mon, 10/09/2006 - 6:42pm

"The Steelers have to be very concerned about Ben Roethlisberger. In three games this season he has seven interceptions and zero touchdowns. Even worse, he has a very noticeable "deer in the headlights" look. And I think the "deer in the headlights" analogy works especially well for Roethlisberger because he looks confused and also because he's been hit by a car."

Wow, that totally reminds me of Deep Thoughts. I chuckled my way through the rest of the article.

by Phil (not verified) :: Mon, 10/09/2006 - 7:01pm

Are you refering to the "8 thing I think I think"? He does that every week on his Page 2 articles. Unless I missed something?

by Noble (not verified) :: Mon, 10/09/2006 - 9:00pm

I don't really read Peter King's MLB bits, but I think this is what the PK reference is:

Eight Things I Thought I Thought While Blaming A-Rod for the Jets' Blowout Loss …

It comes from this:

l. A-Rod's playoff history: 4 for his last 41.

by KJ (not verified) :: Mon, 10/09/2006 - 9:02pm

I haven't even read the rest of the article, but that text message conversation was by far the funniest thing DJ Gallo has ever done.

by MdM (not verified) :: Mon, 10/09/2006 - 9:06pm

Word on the text message thing. I never laugh out loud! Ah. thanks for that!

Terry Bradshaw was a fairly interesting football player personality I think. I think that football really encourages a drone-like, military, nail that sticks up gets beaten down type of mentality. Not exactly encouraging of Fun things...

by lk6 (not verified) :: Mon, 10/09/2006 - 10:30pm

"Reggie Bush takes the house, er … takes it to the house in Saints win"


by Basilicus (not verified) :: Tue, 10/10/2006 - 12:16am

Best of his articles I've read yet.

by The Jason (not verified) :: Tue, 10/10/2006 - 1:59am

Bradhsaw is a jerk.

by Zac (not verified) :: Tue, 10/10/2006 - 12:54pm

This may have been the first time that Gallo referenced something Peter King actually said, but last week's was "Twelve Things I Thought I Thought While Learning Tom Brady's Body as a Second Language... ", which sounds like a Peter King reference as well.

by David (not verified) :: Tue, 10/10/2006 - 3:39pm

Gallo's "X Things I Thought I Thought While..." has always been a PK reference. He went through a long chain of columns last season where the "while" was always about coffee - "staging a sit-in at Starbucks," etc.

by Mshray (not verified) :: Thu, 10/12/2006 - 1:28pm

Agree with all of you guys, but my favorite line was
"Struggling Steelers so confused they're not even sure where Jerome Bettis is from anymore".