As you might
remember, every Friday night the Ewing family barged into our homes
with the latest toils from South Fork. In 1979, some 80 million people
worldwide tuned in to the hit series Dallas
to find out "Who Shot J.R.?" In season two, oil
giant J.R. Ewing was shot in the chest by an unknown intruder and left
This sounds an awful lot like the current soap opera going on in, well,
Dallas. This time it’s every night and millions of people are tuning in
to hear what Terrell Owens did or didn’t do at Dallas Cowboys training
J.R. was bigger than life. The millionaire, who thought the world
should stop and start when he said so.
T.O. thinks he’s bigger than the game of football, his team, his
teammates and certainly his coach.
J.R. Ewing pushed people beyond their limits until they broke down, and
then when he soaked all he could from them, he moved on.
Owens ruined what could have been a good thing in San Francisco. He
even questioned the sexual orientation of quarterback Jeff Garcia. T.O.
then moved on to the Philadelphia Eagles and helped them to the Super
Bowl. He was splendid on the big stage, as you would imagine, playing
injured and shining like a star. The following season, however, he
caused utter chaos during training camp, called out QB Donovan McNabb
as a wuss, divided the locker room and was eventually suspended for the
season by Head Coach Andy Reid.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wanted Terrell Owens and signed him.
Head Coach Bill Parcells did not want him at all. T.O. left the second
practice of training camp with a sore hamstring. He missed 14 straight
practices and returned only to re-injure the hammy. Meanwhile, Parcells
has to answer questions daily from reporters wanting to know what’s
By the way, I won the office pool for guessing how long before Owens
received his first fine or suspension. J.R. Ewing was shot at the end
of season two, we may not have to wait that long for someone to take a
shot at T.O. The real question will be...Who pulled the trigger?
The suspect list is a long one. Bill Parcells? A Cowboys teammate? His
agent Drew Rosenhaus? Or maybe someone else.
The TV world learned that J.R.’s sister-in-law Kristen shot him in the
chest, as revenge.
On October 8, 2006, T.O., watch out!! When you and the Cowboys travel
to Philadelphia, those extra shots in the chest may be coming from some
of your old Eagles teammates, as revenge of course.