Nice to have you back at the Corner Store my people. This topic seems to be becoming a broken record in the world of sports.
I was listening to The Triple Threat, a sports talk radio show on Houston’s 610 am,
and the Houston Chronicle’s long time writer John McClain was being asked about former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens being left off of the 1st ballot Hall of Fame inductee list for 2016.
McClain is one of the voters and he was unapologetic about why he felt Owens should have been left off of the ballot. He acknowledged the fact that T.O., as Owens has been dubbed, has the stats that will eventually get him into Canton, but he brought up the fact that Owens was let go by several teams because he just wasn’t a good teammate.
T O had several altercations with teammates that went public and that’s what caused him to be branded a locker room cancer. It seems as though the sports writers used this fact as the main reason to let Owens sit this year out.
McClain sat up on his high horse that sat upon a soap box and passed all kinds of judgement on Terrell and said adamantly that just because Owens had the numbers that he shouldn’t be an automatic first ballot guy. He even tried to downplay Owens accomplishments by saying that the game is designed to give WRs big numbers, especially this generations receivers.
No matter how much Sean Pendergast and Ted Johnson pointed out that Owens was top 6 in one major stat category and top 3 in two others that didn’t deter “the general” from putting Terrell in his place. McClain felt that Colts great Marvin Harrison was more deserving of the induction even though his career numbers don’t stack higher than TO’s for the most part. And furthermore Harrison played the majority of his career catching accurate and well timed wobbly passes from a prime Peyton Manning.
So as good as he was he should have mind blowing numbers. Owens played with Jeff Garcia, Donovan McNabb, and Tony Romo for the better part of his career.
The part that really made my face frown up was when McClain was asked about Brett Favre being a 1st ballot HOF inductee he(McClain) didn’t hesitate to acknowledge that it took the voters an extremely short amount of time to vote in the affirmative.
Don’t get me wrong, Favre is a well deserving inductee because of what he accommoplished on the field. He retired with Multiple MVPs, a Superbowl, and leading the alltime list in several categories. Peyton Manning has surpassed him in the yardage and touchdown categories. Favre was football’s ironman. Speaking of ironmen, as a side note, Owens played in a Superbowl with a broken leg. And he had a good game.
The problem I have is that McClain just seems to completely ignore Favre’s off the field short comings. He holds judgement on the Mississippi native. He doesn’t bring up how Favre was considered a surly teammate in the late stage of his Packers tenure. He doesn’t bring up the sexting incident. Favre’s addiction never came up. His honory refusal to groom Aaron Rogers wasn’t mentioned. How he held his team hostage while he contemplated retirement year after year wasn’t a point of contention.
Favre ranks 2nd behind Manning in the aforementioned categories, and he played in the same era as Owens, but the rules don’t apply to him when it comes to passing/receiving numbers being inflated in today’s era that is “designed” to make those numbers blow up.
The QB should be judged by the same standards as the WR in that sense. A WR can’t rack up passing yardage without a QB throwing it to them, unless it’s a designed flee flicker or wild cat play. A QB can’t pad his passing stats without someone with the skills to catch the pass.
So McClain’s justification makes absolutely no objectionable sense. It just seems personal to me. Two of the best to ever do it at their respective positions, two with questionable non football related reputations, but one is no doubt a 1st ballot HOFer and the other will get in, but has to wait until the sports writers feel like he’s served his sentence.
Furthermore, I’d love to hire a private detective to investigate the saintly sports writers that are the standard bearers of morality for the NFL HOF. Let’s see what skeletons they have hanging up in their closets.
They sensationalized T O’s antics so that they could sell a story. He kept them relevant. They couldn’t wait to shove a mic in his face and ask him about his and his QBs relationship. Looking for a sound bite so that they could rush back to the editor with the scoop. Now they want to punish him for what they provoked. True Owens played a major role in his own soiled reputation, but his media member collaborators denied him like Peter did a certain biblical character when it came time to place blame at the moment of truth. Oh the hypocrisy.
T O will get in, so I ain’t trippin’ on that. I just can’t let the weak explanation by an influential veteran reporter go unchecked.