A big thank-you to Terrell Owens for apologizing to me during his poorly-handled press conference Tuesday. Of course, I think he apologized to just about everyone, so I don’t feel that special.
Terrell has done some truly twisted things, but all the Sharpies, pom-poms and "ambassador" take-downs combined don’t compare to the real honey — putting your career in Drew "Next Question" Rosenhaus’ slimy hands.
Owens isn’t going back to Philadelphia. He isn’t going to get his $800,000 (four weeks) of paychecks and might have to give back $1.8 million of signing bonus. But he will find another team — Atlanta, Oakland, maybe even Minnesota — willing to overlook all those problems for all those touchdowns.
But even in the most ugly of stories, real heroes emerge. Like James McDevitt, who delivered a pizza to Owens’ home Monday night and left the $5 tip he was given on the doorstep of Owens’ mansion. If I’m the Eagles, I’m trotting out McDevitt at a news conference and announcing that Owens’ $200,000 game check for this week will be given to McDevitt’s favorite charity.
A LITTLE PERSPECTIVE
Arizona had a great win Saturday against UCLA, but let’s hold on a smidge before calling the Cats a sleeping giant in the Pac-10.
Reach that first bowl game in a decade, then get back to me.
• Having said that, the ASUUCLA game Saturday has taken a different spin. Instead of a fourth shot at a ranked team, the Devils can hang a "so what" on the Wildcats’ landmark win. And with the ASU-Arizona game looming, that’s more important than Insight Bowl talk.
• After an 0-3 start, the Knicks begin a six-game Western road trip in Portland tonight. If they don’t win there, 0-9 is a distinct possibility. What are the chances both Larry Brown and Stephon Marbury come back alive?
• Congratulations to Neil Rackers on his well-deserved, four-year contract extension. Only in Arizona does the kicker have a more solid future than the quarterback or head coach.
• I got a lot of e-mails and phone calls from Heat fans for frowning on their offseason moves. Well, here we are one week into the season and Gary Payton is mad at Stan Van Gundy, Antoine Walker and Jayson Williams are screaming at each other and oh, by the way, Shaq is up on blocks for at least a month.
• For the third time in five games, the Suns tip off at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Phoenix is the only team in the NBA that plays the National Anthem before and after games.
• If the Colts can beat Pittsburgh in three weeks, the NFL’s only perfect team, the 1972 Miami Dolphins, can officially begin to worry.
• Don’t tell me Indy’s win in New England was meaningless. If the Pats had won, we’d all be muttering "same old Colts" and pointing to their soft schedule as a mirage for a 7-0 record.