CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 25: Terrell Owens #81 of the Buffalo Bills warms up before a game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on October 25, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
About eight weeks into the 2009 NFL season, and it seems that Dallas has forgotten about Terrell Owens altogether; like a bitter, jilted lover though, Owens can't seem to keep his mind off the team who parted ways with him in February, via a Jerry Jones tablecloth doodle.
It could be that Jerry broke his heart ("You said we'd be together forever!"); it could be that he misses Tony Romo; it could just be that there's not much to do in Buffalo but look up old associates online and talk about that time you played in Dallas to anyone who will listen. (Well, that and eat delicious chicken wings.)
Whatever the case, Owens can't seem to shake Dallas's memory. (Sounds like a good country song, huh?)
First was the wholly unnecessary, monumentally childish tweet in which he suggested that the Cowboys had a "T.R. problem" as opposed to a "T.O. problem." This was in the wake of the mistake-riddled Giants' game; since then Romo has guided Dallas to a 4-2 mark as the leader of the second-best offense in the league.
But Owens was right; the Dallas Cowboys certainly don't have a T.O. problem. In fact, outside of fantasy owners who wasted a high pick on the 36 year-old, absolutely no one has had a T.O. problem of late, especially opposing defenses.
Which brings us to Owens' not-so-commendable goal-setting. Owens said, per Pro Football Talk yesterday, "I've been looking at my stats compared to Roy E. Williams' stats over there in Dallas, and my goal is to have better stats then him at the end of the season."
As one could probably guess, this isn't exactly a lofty goal at this point. Playing in five games this year, Williams has 12 catches for 230 yards and a touchdown; Owens, in seven games, has 18 catches for 242 yards and one touchdown. Perhaps Owens, in his advanced age, is bowing to the inevitable erosion of skills--basically, being realistic. He's certainly not throwing down any sort of noticeable gauntlet.
If he wanted to do that, he'd set his goals with a bit more bravado, go after the numbers of, say, Miles Austin.
And that would just be crazy.