I was watching NFL Live on ESPN today (I know, the first rule of BTB is we never watch ESPN) when I noticed something peculiar.
John Clayton was doing his segment on injuries around the league. I'm sure you all know how this goes visually, Clayton starts talking about a player, they show a picture of the player, followed by a slow motion highlight cut-up as Clayton gives details about the injury. First they showed Bob Sanders flying around the field making tackles. Next it was Joseph Addai ripping through defenses.
Clayton then began to talk about Tony Romo's back, and naturally, Romo's video montage is of all three of his interceptions against Pittsburgh. After that it was back to Jeff Garcia avoiding the rush and throwing touchdowns to his receivers. It was at this moment when I decided that they really are out to get us. I've tried to supress my conspiracy theories, but what else can this be? They've resorted to going subliminal on us.
The more I thought about it I realized that ESPN has gone as far as creating two entire statistics to more effectively defame Terrell Owens. Who the hell ever kept official stats on drops before T.O. struggled so bad in 2006? And when did we start counting targets? I know, after T.O. complained about ball distribution.
I am trapped in a van eight hours a day, so turning off the radio is not an option. After a great win over New York, I have listened all week, hoping to hear some praise for our defense. I thought someone would at least give some props to our third string running back, or at least DeMarcus Ware. Instead....they are pathetically trying to string out last week's drama for another news cycle.
They want something to happen so bad. They are salivating, but there is nothing there. Sorry ESPN, THERE ARE NO WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. I think Michelle Tafoya put it best Wednesday on the Tirico and Van Pelt show. When questioned via e-mail, why they just don't ignore Terrell Owens and let him live, she answered, "We like Villains."