Owens an incurable disease

TED WYMAN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:09 PM ET

It was Remembrance Day yesterday and yet much of the sports world remained focused on an athlete we'd all like to forget.

Without catching a single pass, scoring a highlight-reel touchdown or even setting foot on a football field, Terrell Owens managed to make headlines every day this week.

In fact, if it hadn't been for a couple of cheerleaders showing their own unique brand of team spirit in a Florida bathroom, the sordid Owens story would have dominated the NFL every day this week.

Owens is an inoperable cancer. Even when the Eagles did the right thing and surgically removed him from the team, he continued to appear on TV screens, sports pages and Internet sites, serving as a massive distraction to a struggling team and sharing his warm personality with the world.

He made apologies that rang hollow to everyone with ears and his every word reminded sports fans why they hated him in the first place.

Through it all, in offices all around the United States, NFL general managers who don't work for the Eagles or San Francisco 49ers are making plans to sign T.O. next season.

They are sure their teams can both win and live with him. Things are going to be different this time, they are saying.

Of course, that's what the Eagles thought. They have to take a lot of the blame in this whole mess.

After all, they signed Owens. They even helped him get out of a deal with Baltimore that he didn't like. They knew they were getting a petulant prima-donna who wouldn't get along with his quarterback even if his name was Marino, Montana or Manning, not to mention McNabb.

But common sense was pushed aside and the Eagles were willing to welcome a fast-growing tumour into their midst because they had dreams of a Super Bowl.

Someone else will do the same.

Just don't come crying to the sports fans of the world when your team is on its deathbed.

BLUENOTES: It became obvious to us after Week 4 of the CFL season that Jim Daley was the wrong man to be Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach. He cost the team a game with his refusal to remove a struggling quarterback in a close contest, he made strange decisions on the field and he all but handed out a licence to lose by declaring it a rebuilding year. The Bombers did the right thing when they fired him, nice guy or not. Now they need to make a splash with their next hire and that means, the interview with Joe Paopao is a waste of time and money. The only splash he should be making is in the pool at the retirement community ... Three things the Bombers must do if they seriously want to win the Grey Cup next year: acquire Casey Printers, sign the top free agent linebacker and a few of his friends, sign the top free agent defensive back and a few of his friends. It won't be easy or cheap but anything less will mean another year of futility ... We'll put our money on Steve Burrato becoming the next coach of the Bombers ... Brendan Taman got a reprieve as Bombers GM, but if the first thing he does is re-sign Wade Miller, he should be the next one out the door ... It says here, if the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were 10-8 instead of 5-13, Charles Roberts would have been the West nominee for Most Outstanding Player.

CLASS ACT: Last week we wrote about Teemu Selanne's fine start to the NHL season because we believe the Finnish Flash is as popular as ever in Winnipeg. After his recent comments regarding the city, the city's fans and its chances of getting an NHL team in the future, they might have to put up a statue in his honour at Portage and Main ... Heard Pamela Anderson has been named grand marshall of the Grey Cup parade in Vancouver. Insiders say she earned the honour because she comes with two of her own man-made floats ... On the day it was reported that two cheerleaders were busted for having sex in a bathroom, the Carolina Panthers had to shut down their website because it was overloaded with traffic. Gee, I wonder what everyone was looking for? Strangely enough, the Minnesota Vikings had the same problem because people assumed any story about public sex must pertain to them ... Great news: the Indianapolis Colts are halfway to shutting up those insipid 1972 Miami Dolphins. So far, no toast for you boys ... Finally, ex-Goldeye Pete Rose Jr., pleaded guilty to distributing a steroid alternative to players throughout the minor leagues. But not to worry, his dad says Junior is really a good guy. Of course, that's akin to getting a ringing endorsement from O.J. Simpson.


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