Today is a seasonable mild day in beautiful Gilbertsville, PA. There are leaves falling and a calm breeze. As I sit on my patio, I hear the birds chirping, and the wind howl occasionally. It is almost an eerie feeling. The kids are in school and the streets and backyards are empty. So, I thought to myself, timing is everything. A few weeks ago, at this time, kids were running in their yards, playing on their swing sets, and horse playing as youngsters do. Today, nothing!
So, you may ask, what does this have to do with football…everything! When the Eagles acquired Terrell Eldorado Owens, they loved him. They chanted, T.O., T.O., T.O., T.O., T.O., T.O.!!! Everyone in Philly was going crazy over this guy. Then he got the boot, and he signed with the Cowboys. He clashed with Parcells…but under Wade Phillips, he has really become a vocal leader on his team. He has even taken the younger receivers under his wing and has spent extra time showing them the ropes. He has become a model teammate in Dallas…so, why the change in Terrell?
Timing…that’s the change! Terrell was in a situation in Philadelphia where he felt that McNabb dissed him. WIP (local sports radio) and the Hugh Douglass situation was the final straw that broke the camels back! He was done, and there was no way out…except enter Jerry Jones. Mr. Jones likes to take chances, he likes to gamble, and he likes the guy who has been knocked down. Why? Because he was once knocked down himself (read his book). He likes to see how people get back up again, so he took a chance on Terrell. And Terrell has flourished in Dallas, because he knew that once Jerry takes a chance on you…it’s your last chance.
So once Terrell knew his back was up against the wall…he changed his ways! He now knows that his best chance to win a Super Bowl is to be a good teammate and play by the rules. This is his last chance, a chance he does not want to waste like he did with the Eagles. Terrell has matured…had this occurred earlier, he would already have his ring with Philadelphia…timing is everything!