Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Talk About It, Talk About It ...
Letterman Blitzes, Owens Dances
"I'm going to get to the bottom of this," David Letterman promised Eagles fans last night. And he sure tried. Despite his jovial demeanor, the CBS talk show host was as relentless as a CSI investigator scrounging for any ugly evidence. But Owens, who once said, "I wasn't the guy who got tired in the Super Bowl," danced more nimbly than he has after touchdowns this season.
D.L: "How did you not win the Super Bowl?"
T.O: "It's hard to win when you have turnovers and we had a few of those. ... We had to be error-free and we weren't that." (Quarterback Donovan McNabb threw three interceptions.)
D.L.: "Did you say the quarterback was sick, the quarterback had run out of gas?"
T.O: "No, that wasn't me."
D.L: "Did you hear that someone had said that?"
T.O.: "Yeah, I heard that."
Did McNabb throw up in the huddle? "No." Did he almost throw up in the huddle? "No." Has he ever thrown up in the huddle? "I'm quite sure he has."
D.L.: "At any time during the game did you doubt his leadership abilities?"
T.O.: "Not at all. I wish I had some headphones right now. " Then he got a laugh as he made a gesture putting on headphones to cover his ears, as he'd done during training camp to tune out reporters.
T.O. didn't talk to McNabb about the Super Bowl after the game, he said, and while there had been some "friction," they were on the same page now.
As to outperforming a contract, Letterman asked if T.O. had underperformed it would he have given money back? No, said T.O. If I was the owner, said D.L., I'd say, gee, I paid all that money because I expected a great season, so T.O. didn't outperform it. T.O. laughed and said, "That's why you're doing the late show."
Finally out in the street we saw T.O. caught a ball flung from a machine -- followed by the image of a car slamming into a figure in a No. 81 Eagles jersey. Then there was T.O.'s body lying in the street. But he got up and laughed. It was all a gag.
That was the closest Letterman got to getting T.O. to spill his guts.
See also Shannon Ryan's report from The Inquirer.