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T.O. Tears

I know this is not a football blog, but I just had to post about the T.O. press conference. In the past, I have never had too much to say nice about the man. The future doesn't look to bright, either. For right now, though, after watching his tearful discourse with the media following the Cowboys playoff loss to the Giants, I honestly feel sorry for the guy.

Let me explain.

For those of you who did not see it, here's the video from YouTube. I have a feeling this may not remain posted for all that long, though...



Now, after listening to Mike & Mike, I understand that a lot of people out there have the opinion that T.O. was shedding crocodile tears. I do not believe this. I believe that what was shown that evening in front of all those media members was real emotion. Unfortunately for Mr. Owens, I believe it to be a symptom of his increasing mental illness. Aside from the "suicide attempt" that he claims wasn't, T.O. shows a lot of symptoms of depression, or possibly bipolar disorder.

There may also be some delusional thinking on the part of T.O. A few minutes later in the press conference, Owens was asked a question to the effect of "What is it about this quarterback or this tema that makes you get emotional like you did a few minutes ago?" Owens went on to explain that he is always emotional about his quarterbacks, that he has always had their backs! All over the country, fans we're sitting, mouth agape, looking at each other and asking if they'd heard him right. Donovan McNabb threw-up right on his plasma TV. Jeff Garcia fell out of his chair. Even Drew Bledsoe did a spit-take!

I hope that Mr. Owens has found Jesus the way he seems to. I hope that he continues to play hard and be quiet like he did this season. I even hope for his continued success (though I could deal with it better if he played for someone other than Dallas.) But I mostly hope that he gets himself some help. I'd I fear that, once the team he's on isn't 13-3 and isn't in the playoffs, that he'll probably shed fewer tears and be less sentimental about whoever his QB is at the time.

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