I was disappointed, albeit, not at all surprised to see Skip Bayless remain true to form as he failed to substantiate his negative remarks about Terrell Owens on ESPN’s First & Ten.
"Sounding right" was very much the heart of his argument.
Actual substantiation was (as is often the case when members of the media attempt to defame Owens’ character) completely absent from the television segment.
Lets analyze Bayless’ analysis, shall we?
“Are we seriously going to entertain the notion of adding ‘Team Obliterator’ back to a place that he once obliterated when Jeff Garcia was the quarterback? And who was the head coach, Mariucci? Turned on him. Who was the coordinator? Turned on him. It was a disaster the last time.”
Couldn’t Bayless have at least waited until the second sentence before exposing his complete and utter bias on the subject?
You see, Bayless refers to Terrell Owens as “Team Obliterator” despite the fact that the word “obliteration” would be highly subjective when pertaining to professional football.
Despite the fact that contrary to popular opinion, Owens’ reputation as a “disruptive force” has never, and I mean never been substantiated by anyone, anywhere, at anytime.
It just "sounds right", which is all the masses have ever needed.
We can ignore what his actual teammates have had to say about his character.
“I know u are! And I’m ready to Vouch for…and let everyone kno how GREAT of a teammate u were in Buffalo!”
Yeah, let’s ignore that completely.
Skip Bayless must be more qualified to comment. He later went on to use his cerebral expertise to dictate exactly how the 49ers should go about giving themselves the best opportunity to win the Super Bowl.
“So you’re telling me you want ‘Team Obliterator’ in place of him (Braylon Edwards)? No, you’re going to go to battle with what you got, with Vernon Davis, and Crabtree, and Ginn, and just what you’ve got because it’s working.”
Again, Bayless has mastered the art of "sounding right".
After all, the 49ers are 12-3, are they not?
So whatever it is they’re doing, I’m sure they have nothing to worry about whatsoever.
I’m sure playing in a garbage division had nothing to do with any of those wins.
I’m sure playing with Frank Gore in the backfield has nothing to do with sustaining their offense.
And I’m sure playing with the No. 1 scoring defense in the NFL has nothing to do with winning games.
Maybe just maybe Skip, their passing offense could stand to improve?
The San Francisco 49ers are ranked 29th in the league passing for goodness sake. Yes, 29th.
How many teams ranked 29th in passing offense have won Super Bowls?
When the team's second most productive wide receiver has put up fewer than 250 yards all season, yes, it’s safe to say that the San Francisco 49ers are in desperate need of production at the wide receiver position.
Their style of football may win games in the NFC West; but does anyone in their right mind believe that Alex Smith is going to march through the Louisiana Superdome and Lambeau field to knock off the last two defending Super Bowl champions?
Allow me to pause and laugh for 81 seconds.
I’m sure that Kyle Williams, Brett Swain, and potential practice-squad promotees will have all of the postseason experience needed to lead this 49ers team to the Promised Land.
We all know that Owens would be willing to play for peanuts on a one-year contract.
Yet still, Bayless insists on “going to battle with what you got”.
So San Francisco, I implore you, neglect your 29th ranked passing offense and take Skip’s advice.
Allow Terrell Owens, who we all know is hungry to compete and eager to prove himself, to just sit at home and contribute absolutely nothing to your football team.
I’m sure practice-squad talent is all you’ll need to defeat the last two Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks on their home turf. I’m sure Kyle Williams is all you’ll need to slice through Pittsburgh’s defense in Super Bowl XLVI.
Send Alex Smith into a postseason duel with a squirt gun as his pistol.
Then catch up with me in the offseason to tell me how proud you are of your decision.
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