As the Dallas Cowboys failed to perform in their regular season finale against the New York Giants, future Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens took to Twitter to poke fun at the absurd notion that he (once the Cowboys’ most productive player) must be to blame for the team's shortcomings in 2011:
“@RealSkipBayless Let u tell it, I was the problem!! Wht's the excuse now???”
It must be the Ghost of Terrell Owens that is so disruptive, so vile, so cancerous, that the locker-room chemistry in Dallas suffers to this very day.
Despite becoming the most productive receiver in franchise history, it must have been T.O.’s fault that the Cowboys failed to execute in the first half of Sunday’s 31-14 loss to the New York Giants.
Sarcasm aside, ESPN’s Skip Bayless must have (I’m assuming) felt it necessary to respond to the valid point made earlier in the evening by taking to Twitter to post his unsubstantiated response:
“Someone please remind @terrellowens the Cowboys won division and playoff game w/o him 2 yrs ago. Who's he play for now, the Allen Wranglers?”
Must someone remind Bayless that Owens does not play for the Allen Wranglers?
Was his sly remark meant to be a slight to Owens, or just an insult to the IFL?
Classy as always.
Regardless, Skip continues to master the art of “sounding right” as the foundation to substantiate arguments he creates with himself.
Actually analyzing the context of what made the 2009 Cowboys different from the 2008 Cowboys? Apparently not at the top of Skip’s to-do list.
So I’ll do the research for him:
The Dallas Cowboys ranked 21st in rushing in 2008.
They ranked seventh in rushing in 2009.
The Dallas Cowboys ranked 20th in scoring defense in 2008.
They ranked second in scoring defense in 2009.
Now the difference in results?
A 9-7 team won two more games to become an 11-5 team; woohoo (yeah, I said it).
They “won a playoff game,” which was great; eight days before being beaten down by the Minnesota Vikings 34-3 on national television the following week.
I’m sure it was the Ghost of Terrell Owens that accounted for the Cowboys underwhelming rush support and defense in 2008.
Then after the Cowboys exorcised themselves of their productive touchdown-machine, their defense started to remember their playbooks again in 2009.
That makes total sense!
Skip Bayless should be commended really. “Sounding right” in favor of actual substantiation (as we all know) is the most effective way to prove your point.
The masses will believe you anyway seeing as they’re often too lazy to think for themselves as they foolishly put stock in the opinions of anyone sitting behind an ESPN counter.
Still Skip, that doesn’t open the door for you to attempt nonsensical trash talk.
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