When it comes to sports journalistic integrity, no one does it like Ed Werder. In another ESPN hit piece on Terrell Owens designed to bring ratings to the network and nothing else, Werder has once again trashed Terrell Owens when the actual story was three Dallas Cowboys receivers spoke with an assistant coach about Tony Romo’s propensity to throw to Jason Witten no matter what the situation is.
Once again Werder’s story is based on what a nameless player says about Owens. This has started me to wonder what is it about Terrell Owens that makes grown men who play football in the NFL scared to come out in the open and talk about him. I always thought NFL players were the epitome of courage, not cowardice. In sports you always hear about players putting the team first. Is ratting out a player on your team behind his back the new way to build team unity?
I actually like the fact that Terrell Owens says what’s on his mind. Sure at times he comes across as juvenile and a bit insincere, but at least you know when you are reading an article about the team he is on he wont be “a player said” in any interview. That is very appealing to me. I, like many others am old school when it comes to my football, I appreciate guys who are fiery and want to do everything in their ability to win like Owens. Of course there is the double standard of when Owens does it. When Owens does it he is selfish, when other players do the same thing they are fiery and determined.
Take two weeks ago for instance, Owens criticized the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff in an interview with Deion Sanders saying they weren’t doing enough to get him the ball. In the next game against the 49ers they did more to get him the ball and he ends up having one of the biggest days in the history of the Cowboys as a receiver. What you heard before the game was Owens is selfish, Owens is at it again, Owens is a prima donna. What I didn’t hear after the game was Owens was right. He was the main offensive weapon used to beat the 49ers.
In Werder’s article he actually does quote a player who isn’t afraid to use his name in Brady James. Brady James a Cowboys team captain said that between the two players there is no dislike. Of course writing an article about the team captain saying there is no dislike between the two players isn’t entertaining or controversial enough. Werder and the ESPN crew of Owens haters would rather dwell on what a cowardly unnamed source said than to give credence to what one of the teams captains has said on the record.
This for me has made ESPN unwatchable when it comes to the NFL. I have watched shows like NFL Countdown and NFL Live since their inception. I remember watching Steve Berman and Tom Jackson when they were the only two guys at the desk on Sunday mornings. What ESPN is doing with the NFL is turning it into Entertainment Tonight. It should’ve been over for me when they hired Rush Limbaugh. Honestly, I did stop watching the show while he was on there, but as soon as they canned him I went right back.
Now the Sunday morning show seems to be like nothing more than a total bitter-fest. What happened to Tom Jackson? Why wasn’t Tom Jackson the guy he is now when Limbaugh was on the show with him? If ever there was a time to be sullen and standoffish, it should’ve been when he had to share the desk with Rush. Jackson seems like a bitter old man who never wants to hear again he didn’t win a Super Bowl. As for Keyshawn Johnson, we are talking hater extraordinaire. His dire hate-fest for Terrell Owens became tired after his second show. Could anyone ever forget the hit piece he did on supposed friend Chad Johnson last year? I surely will not.
When it comes to Owens, Werder is the ring leader. Without his unnamed sources none of his colleagues would be able to tender the hate with as much venom as they do. I wish that Werder would report to us why the player who responds anonymously about Owens does so anonymously. That is something I would really like to know. I think everyone would like to know why a teammate thinks it’s a good thing to stab another teammate in the back.