Greetings from hell

It was an eventful weekend at PFT headquarters.  Among several other developments I won’t bore you with here (in part because one of them served as the official annual reminder of my eventual demise), I learned that I’m the devil.

Yes, according to Terrell Owens, I am Satan.

In fairness, Owens didn’t single me out specifically.  He used a broad brush, calling the entire website Satan.  But since it’s my website, I’ll gladly wear the hooves.

It’s unclear why T.O. is upset.  The Friday item from MDS regarding T.O.’s recent Bruce-Willis-at-the-end-of-The-Sixth-Sense-style realization that it’s over didn’t take any shots at Owens, other than to point out the obvious fact that he continues to deal with a reputation for being a bad teammate. Which is hardly breaking news.

And my follow-up regarding Owens’ current eligibility for the Hall of Fame in 2016 points out that he’ll inevitably make it.  But I also mentioned that the way he conducted himself could slow him down by a year or two.  (Many of you disagreed with me, amazingly finding Owens unworthy of Canton.  He definitely should be there.)

A day later, Owens took to Twitter with this inspiring message:  “I have the victory in the name of Jesus.  Satan (@ProFootballTalk) is under my feet.  I am not moved by adverse circumstances.”

It was humorous, but also typical or T.O. and thus, ultimately, a little sad.  The man who perfected the art of externalizing blame still continues to do so.

Never is anything his fault, except when he sees the potential benefit of swallowing a small chunk of his pride and admitting he has made mistakes as part of a last-ditch effort to continue his career.

Somehow, the media has poisoned every NFL General Manager into thinking that Owens is unfit for employment.  Yes, his absence from an NFL roster at a time when there are nearly 2,900 available spots have nothing to do with Owens’ age or his declining skills or his attitude or his history.  He has been involuntarily exiled for two full seasons and counting because of all the things that demons like us have written and said about him.

My knee-jerk response came on Twitter, with a link to one of my favorite TV scenes of all time.  Peter King of SI.com was intrigued by T.O.’s allegation, possibly since King has to deal with me on Sundays during football season.  (He now knows not to accept any apples I may offer him.)  So Peter asked for a more detailed response, which he published today.

“I realize Terrell is frustrated about the fact that no one is interested in giving him a roster spot,” I told King.  “If my willingness to point that out or to analyze the possible reasons for it or to mention some of the many ill-advised things he has done throughout his career for which he since has expressed remorse makes me the devil, then give me my pitchfork and feel free to play ring toss on either or both of my horns.”

Actually, I should have said this:  “Like my boy tells me:  ‘If it looks like a devil and smells like a devil, by golly, it is a devil.'”

So, yes, in the mind of Terrell Owens, I am the devil.  Which means that this is hell.

Welcome.  And don’t worry, it’ll only feel like an eternity.

40 responses to “Greetings from hell

  1. The best way to deal with delusional fools like TO is not to respond to their silly accusations.
    Unless you were trying to egg him on on purpose, in w hich case, carry on!

  2. I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints…so pass me a cauldron and a pitchfork…think I’ll hang around and work on my scortch for a while.

    The thing that’s maddening about T.O. is HE IS ONE OF US!!! He’s a devil if there ever was one. But, he’s gone all sanctimonious on the rest of us and now thinks he can pass judgement. If you don’t want to be seen as a colorful, disruptive, obnoxious guy when you’re out of the game, you shouldn’t have been a colorful, disruptive, obnoxious guy when you played the game, Terrell.

    Come join the rest of us in Hell, Terrell. Yes it’s hot. But it’s a dry heat.

  3. While I didn’t read the post by MDS to which you’re referring you must realize that he, and to a lesser extent Gantt, write some pretty caustic, biased pieces on this site from time to time. I’m sure to a certain extent it’s on purpose to generate clicks but at times it’s a bit much.
    You on the other hand can pull it off without coming across as mean spirited because you are an intelligent person and a pretty good writer. I don’t mind you insulting my team because you do it in a witty manner that usually makes me laugh. Some others here have such hatred towards and bias against certain teams that they are unable to mask it and it comes through very clearly in their writing.
    I’m just being honest. Not talking trash or anything like that. PFT is my favorite website but sometimes I wish that a couple of you could be a little more balanced in your writing. I doubt that this will even make it past the censors but I hope that it does because I’m just trying to offer constructive criticism.

  4. I would be proud to be called Satan by the likes of Terrell Owens, Ray Lewis, and/or Tim Tebow.

  5. The guy has not played in the NFL for two years. There is no need for you to write an article on PFT as to why he has no job. The topic has been exhausted. You are not the devil but kicking someone while they’re down has an element of evil to it. He does not need you or anyone else pointing out his past. He is human and I believe very few people would like to see their past brought up time and time again when they are trying to move forward. Especially in a public forum.

  6. Oh, Florio, you so crazy! There’s no way in that place that you’re the devil. I divorced her five years ago and you look nothing like her.

  7. The knee, the who, and the true number2. The Holy Trinity of Professional Football.
    #God Bless the Snyder

  8. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says:
    Jun 10, 2013 11:25 AM
    Oakland?
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    What a moron you are? Really, a lobotomized monkey could do better than that Einstein.

  9. racerx1225 says: Jun 10, 2013 12:46 PM

    What a moron you are? Really, a lobotomized monkey could do better than that Einstein.
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    Sorry, the lobotomized monkey is too busy interviewing to be the Raiders’ coach to make jokes.

  10. TO never got it and never will. He’s always playing the victim and never admitted what a jerk he was/is. That said, it’s a bit unfair that media members vote on the Hall of Fame. Many of them hold grudges and refuse to vote for players who gave them a hard time during the player’s playing days. That’s just petty BS and should have their ability to vote taken away.

  11. Every writer/reporter/producer in media should thank their personal God for Terrell Owens.

    His presence made the game that much more interesting, fun, and original. He was never short on material and never, ever boring.

  12. The media should get a lot of credit for player selection or avoidance of selection. If the media reports it, it must be true!? Or some truth but which truth? Its personal with the media, they want to know what makes people tick and eventually tick them off. I would prefer if the NFL was all business. I don’t need to know that TO was a disruption. I am not a GM or coach. I am a fan and I just want more games because the more time to speculate is wasted time. The NFL is a cash cow and just talking about it (pft) is another way to cash in without producing.

  13. I know this will only fuel his fire, but every time I read comments and see something from locigalvoicesays I literally feel my blood pressure rise. How is this idiot allowed to post here?

  14. T.O. had great ability and could have been an all-time great, but like so many others, lets his ego get in the way and make an ass of himself. I thought he was comical and amazing to watch, and I didn’t join the haters, until he came to Dallas.

    After about the 5 time of watching him drop a 3rd and long that hit him square in the hands. Camera zooms in on him and he has this big grin on his face, like ‘Oops, haha, sorry guys’, I lost all respect. Now, I enjoy the mockery he makes of himself.

    Good on ya, Florio! Make him go all ‘Amy’s Bakery’ style on twitter!

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