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T.O. says he's in a "no-win situation"

Bills receiver Terrell Owens continues to bemoan his new reality.

And, for a change, we agree with him as to its existence, even if we disagree with him as to its cause.

“I think over the years that’s always gotten me in trouble and created
some sort of division in the locker room with guys on the team,” Owens
said Wednesday of the risk that things he says will be taken out of context.  “I try to do the right thing now.  And
even when I try to do the right thing, it’s not the right thing.  I’m in
a situation where I’m in a no-win situation.

“I just try to do the best I can do without offending someone.”

He should have added the word “directly.” 

Again, he thinks that it’s enough to simply not say something critical or inflammatory about his quarterback or coaching staff.  But because of his high profile (something on which he has capitalized with a burgeoning TV career), keeping his mouth shut isn’t enough. 

When it comes to the question of whether he’s frustrated, he can’t just repeat catch phrases like, “I’m just running the plays that are called.”  If he wants people to believe that he’s not frustrated, he needs to affirmatively say that he’s not frustrated — and he needs to be persuasive.

(Hey, T.O. has said he wants to act.  He should consider it advance training for his post-football career.)

Though there are folks who would suggest that Owens might be lying if he were to say with a smile on his face that he’s not frustrated (we know no one who would be so cynical), this falls within the band of permissible prevarication in matters of football.  Honesty, at times, needs to take a back seat to a team’s greater goals.  Given Owens’ stature and history, the media will want to know what he thinks, and the media will be looking for signs of acrimony or controversy because that kind of stuff generates interest.

So, yes, Owens needs to do more than keep his mouth shut.  He needs to open his mouth and say things that will get the reporters to believe that there’s nothing they can get from Owens that anyone would really want to read.

Is it fair?  Hell if I know.  But it’s the reality.  Owens can either adapt to the reality, or he can continue to complain that he’d prefer a different reality.

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41 Responses to “T.O. says he's in a "no-win situation"”
  1. lithiumfx26 says: Sep 30, 2009 9:57 PM

    Here we go again. Have fun with this one Buffalo.

  2. JoeSchmoe says: Sep 30, 2009 9:59 PM

    T.O. is T.O. He’s never going to change. We’ve heard this high road crap before and then out comes the tears… the suicide attempts… the diva. It’ll all be back soon enough.
    But riddle me this Florio: Why would he come out and say he’s not frustrated. Even sane people would be frustrated right now in Buffalo. The following statement doesn’t even work for a non-diva.
    “If he wants people to believe that he’s not frustrated, he needs to affirmatively say that he’s not frustrated — and he needs to be persuasive.”
    I couldn’t hide the frustration, much less expect T.O. to do it.

  3. transmogrification says: Sep 30, 2009 10:00 PM

    Wrong, he’s in a 5-win situation.

  4. bearsrule says: Sep 30, 2009 10:09 PM

    I’ve had it wrong all this time. I finally see the light…he’s a victim.

  5. bills9951 says: Sep 30, 2009 10:10 PM

    lithiumfx26: your a loser and just mad your team aint got TO. if we had a decent QB then TO and no injuries were all we needed to win the superbowl

  6. WhySoSerious says: Sep 30, 2009 10:11 PM

    Florio, you love you some T.O. dont ya. Youre obsession is unhealthy. You know T.O. is right and you just wont admit it will you. Even Trent Dilfer and Trey Wingo who hate T.O. as much as you do agreed with him. You, much like the reporters that instigated this are just the same. Reaching for stories, because you have no other choice.

  7. realityonetwo says: Sep 30, 2009 10:11 PM

    If he still had his skills he’d be catching passes no matter where he played. He’s lost it, pure and simple.

  8. JimmySmith says: Sep 30, 2009 10:13 PM

    file this under actions have consequences.
    You can’t act like an a$$hole your whole career and then wake up one day and say its not all your fault.

  9. SgtSigma says: Sep 30, 2009 10:15 PM

    did anyone in Buffalo really believe this week would never come?

  10. Twiz says: Sep 30, 2009 10:16 PM

    ***OLD NEWS***
    Damn, you are getting slow in your old age…..this was reported YESTERDAY!

  11. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Sep 30, 2009 10:18 PM

    It’s true. Media loves this guy, mostly for all the wrong reasons but they love him.

  12. Old Manny of the Mountains says: Sep 30, 2009 10:19 PM

    Unfortunately Buffalo is in a no-win situation too. But thats their own fault. This is just the tip of the iceberg.. So, where will T.O. play next year?

  13. twinkletoes says: Sep 30, 2009 10:20 PM

    Permissible PREVARICATION? Wow, way to go with incorporating SAT words into these articles! However, I believe that’s above most of your readers’ pay grade. Sad but true.
    Don’t cry T.O., next season you can play with the Raiders on another 1 year contract. When Al Davis moves the team after the lease expires, the team will be much closer to your current hometown of L.A.
    Two birds, one stone.

  14. Snowman2008 says: Sep 30, 2009 10:28 PM

    This is only going to get worse. Heck, we’re only 3 games into the regular season and he’s already a negative quote machine.
    Attention starved and working on an acting career huh? Fat chance he’s going to change and become a team player.
    In the NFL he’s different. When he moves to Hollywood he’ll be surrounded by people just like him. Get ready to be ordinary TO.

  15. HarrisonHits says: Sep 30, 2009 10:32 PM

    “and just mad your team aint got TO”
    Sorry Bills fan, no one is “mad” that they don’t have a cancerous herpes sore growing in the locker room of their team. But after having such a wretched and pathetically bad team the last few years, I can understand your grasping at any straw you can.
    Have fun battling the Fins for bottom of the afc east.

  16. pats suck, blow and cheat* says: Sep 30, 2009 10:38 PM

    He’s not all bad – his tweets @ HGHarrison were hilarious.

  17. PackerHaiku says: Sep 30, 2009 10:42 PM

    T.O. and Brett Favre
    Soap op’ras in uniform
    “Old and the Restless”
    http://FavreHaiku.com

  18. Slow Joe says: Sep 30, 2009 10:45 PM

    @transmogrification: LOL

  19. Vick's failed drug test says: Sep 30, 2009 10:49 PM

    Sometimes you get what you paid for, and Eldorado is getting exactly what he deserves, and the Bills are getting what they paid for.

  20. IWanttoPunchFloriointheFace says: Sep 30, 2009 10:51 PM

    Here’s T.O. – always looking for attention and then crying when he gets it…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irXOoiJy318

  21. drbob1117 says: Sep 30, 2009 10:54 PM

    All T.O. has to do is go to one of those schools where they teach you how to talk to the media by using cliche after cliche and telling them nothing. I think Andrea Kramer used to have one. Or he could just ask that ‘Crash’ guy from the movie ‘Bull Durham’. He had them down word for word. Even though I’m an Eagles fan, I’ll give you one anyway TO.. “Trent Edwards is a fine young QB…he gives 100% every time out….. When we threw that pick with 2 minutes left in the fourth quarter, hey, stuff happens.. you win as team , you lose as a team… And these Bills fans are the best fans in the world!” See, that’s wasn’t so hard !

  22. Florio-is-a-tool says: Sep 30, 2009 11:01 PM

    Golden talent with a tin head. He’s made his money and he’s famous but he’s got no respect and he’s a loser – kind of like Mike Freeman.

  23. entelechy3 says: Sep 30, 2009 11:12 PM

    Part of me thinks the Bills signed him HOPING this would happen. Granted, that would be far more clever than they’ve ever shown they could be, but still.
    I mean, I’ve been a Bills fan for over two decades, I know just how incompetent they are–they very well may have signed TO thinking that it was actually a good idea, football-wise, to sign a 35-year-old prima donna with diminishing skills and a reality show. They’re more than dumb enough to have thought that.
    Or, maybe they realized they’re in the NFL’s backwater, and the only way they’re ever going to get mentioned in the national press is either to win a LOT of games or have a soap opera in the locker room. They knew they wouldn’t be winning anything, so they brought in the clown to make the headlines. And boom: Buffalo Bills on SportsCenter every other night, and are now just sitting back and waiting for that No. 1 pick in next year’s draft.
    You know what? On second though, nevermind. They’re nowhere near clever enough to come up with anything like that.

  24. DcNinerFan says: Sep 30, 2009 11:19 PM

    Boo friggety hoo. Poor baby Owens.

  25. redsquare says: Sep 30, 2009 11:23 PM

    “Sports journalists” are showing themselves as the asses they are by continually baiting him. Who else gets asked these kinds of stupid questions week in and week out? If “sports journalists” were actually journalists, they’d be following stories, rather than trying to create them (like Fox News “journalists”).

  26. scotty_poacher says: Sep 30, 2009 11:27 PM

    Anyone who defends this jackass is a jackass, his mouth running, throwing teammates under the bus has finally put him in a lose lose situation. I just do not understand how his agent has allowed him run his mouth for years, and now Buffalo is his last stop.

  27. FumbleNuts says: Sep 30, 2009 11:31 PM

    Prove these guys wrong Terrell Owens?
    Make your play on the “field” do the TALKING!!!!

  28. Atlanta Love says: Oct 1, 2009 2:23 AM

    Another worthless story. The only people that like these stories(Burress, Vick) are caucasians with nothing better to do. I never understood how an athlete’s personal life had ANYTHING to with ANYONE else beside that person. Unless it directly affects your family, who cares what they do? It didn’t affect me when Buress shot himself. It ddidn’t affect me when Vick went to prison. And it doesn’t affect me to here TO speak his mind like men should.

  29. MULEHEAD says: Oct 1, 2009 2:35 AM

    Florio,
    You are still a bigger (donkey) than T.O. could ever be! How about that!

  30. MULEHEAD says: Oct 1, 2009 2:38 AM

    Florio-is-a-tool says: September 30, 2009 11:01 PM “Golden talent with a tin head. He’s made his money and he’s famous but he’s got no respect and he’s a loser – kind of like Mike Freeman.”
    Both Florio and Freeman are pathetic! End of story!

  31. tv says: Oct 1, 2009 7:42 AM

    He put himself in his “bad situation” because he is a di@khead!

  32. antneejay2 says: Oct 1, 2009 8:05 AM

    Karma

  33. Bill Cowher's Chin says: Oct 1, 2009 8:08 AM

    # Atlanta Love says: October 1, 2009 2:23 AM
    Another worthless story. The only people that like these stories(Burress, Vick) are caucasians with nothing better to do. I never understood how an athlete’s personal life had ANYTHING to with ANYONE else beside that person. Unless it directly affects your family, who cares what they do? It didn’t affect me when Buress shot himself. It ddidn’t affect me when Vick went to prison. And it doesn’t affect me to here TO speak his mind like men should.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    After reading this, can anyone explain why white people have a reputation for being racist? Clearly AtlantaLove isnt a white dude…… just sayin’
    To touch on your thoughts, the stories of what athletes say, or do, whther they go to jail or dont, has more relevance than your racism…

  34. jx4cmario1 says: Oct 1, 2009 9:08 AM

    Beastie Bills–
    People care what they say, or they wouldn’t watch it. I realize you wrote that at 2:00 am and were just getting home from downtown Buffalo pounding about 60 beers to drown your sorrows, but still…be intelligient.

  35. emulcifier says: Oct 1, 2009 9:27 AM

    If the other 8 billion people on the planet say “Edwards needs to throw it deep more”, its a “duh” statment. But if Owens says it, d-bags like ESPN and Florio act like it’s some act of grand treason.
    y-a-f’ing-w-n
    Actually, we’re d-bags for reading and commenting on his articles, cause we’re helping his bottom line and he gets to keep his job.

  36. stanjam says: Oct 1, 2009 9:53 AM

    TO, it isn’t a “no win” situation. Doesn’t your agent work with you on the right things to say? Well, someone should. Heck, I will do it if you like. I have been a NE fan forever, and I have the routine down. Plus I have a few acting classes under my belt. It is all in what you say, and how you say it. Let’s compare what you say to what Moss said when he was asked leading questions here in New England.
    You say “I just run the plays that are called” when asked if you think you should get the ball more. That leaves it open for people to think you DON’T like the plays that are called, and you want to say “Yes, I should be given the ball.” Now what did Moss say when asked the same thing? He said something like “I am here to do whatever the team needs me to do to win. Whether that is catching the ball, playing decoy, or blocking, it doesn’t matter. It is all about doing what we need to do to win.” Now that is a statement that gives the message that Moss is more interested in the team than he is himself. He is saying what you said, that he is playing the plays that are called, but he is also saying there is more to his game than catching balls, and it all helps the team. Notice the word “we” in the second sentence. This says again that it is all about team, and not about him.
    Here is another line from Pats players: “It is what it is.” This one should be used only with certain questions. If asked if you were playing hurt, you can throw this one out, answering without disclosing information. Follow that up with something like “We all have our job to do week to week, and each week it varies. All we can do is try to our job to the best of our ability. If we do that the rest should come.”
    Got it? I can be had as a personal PR machine for a very reasonable fee, just make me an offer. I am serious. I can have the world thinking you are all about team in a few weeks to a couple months. By the time the end of the season comes, teams will be lining up to get you because everyone will be saying that your time in Buffalo has turned you from a pariah into a team builder!

  37. SATAN567 says: Oct 1, 2009 10:13 AM

    “I just try to do the best I can do without offending someone.”
    This is a new quote to live my life by. Awesome.

  38. DcNinerFan says: Oct 1, 2009 10:46 AM

    Bill Cowher’s Chin says: October 1, 2009 8:08 AM
    “…After reading this, can anyone explain why white people have a reputation for being racist? Clearly AtlantaLove isnt a white dude…… just sayin'”
    _____________________________________
    Remember, Bill, according to Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Rev. Wright, Obama’s “Green Jobs Czar” and a whole slew of other “black” leaders, White people are the only racists on the planet, so OBVIOUSLY no black person can possibly be racist.
    Atlanta Love – By your logic, why are you commenting on any of this. It doesn’t affect you or your family or blah blah blah in your life. Think before you speak.

  39. Hovenaut says: Oct 1, 2009 11:48 AM

    My how times have changed. Used to be his biggest liability was his mouth, not his hands.
    Is it cold in Buffalo already?
    Seriously, can’t wait for the time to come when this guy is an afterthought. Then when he’s inducted into the HOF, he can praise himself and speak his mind, oh wait a minute.

  40. texasPHINSfan says: Oct 1, 2009 12:01 PM

    TO is right here though. the media is just baiting him with loaded questions now. he certainly has made his share of faux pas in the past that have gotten him to where he is now, but you have to give the guy credit here – he’s calling it correctly.
    no matter what he says he will lose. If he is honest and calls stuff out, he’ll be ostracized in the papers & by his peers. If he shuts up, he gets told he has to interview by the league.
    if he lies and makes stuff up since he can’t be honest, he’ll be called out too. it literally is a no-win situation for him. surprising it took him this long in his career to figure it out though.

  41. m2002m says: Oct 1, 2009 3:10 PM

    Of course he’s in a no win situation.
    He’s in Buffalo.
    Buffalo doesn’t win.

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