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Friday, February 24, 2006
How You Could Golf With Stars, Maybe Even T.O.! Next weekend, Michael Irvin hosts a celebrity golf outing in South Florida, and among the name-enhanced will be Eagles exile Terrell Owens. Irvin and T.O. have a special relationship, you'll recall. The final verbal straws in the wideout's stormy stint with Philly came when an ESPN interviewer asked if Owens agreed with Irvin that the Birds would be unbeaten if Brett Favre were QB. Owens said yes -- dnnntt! -- wrong answer (and then blasted the front office class for lacking class). Now, Early Word understands it's possible to bid online to get in this tournament, perhaps putting yourself in proximity to T.O.! He's confirmed to be there, but not confirmed to play (or even just demonstrate sit-ups), says Tera Jenkins, an ex-West Chester University prof with Irvin's foundation. But just imagine. What if you had a chance to meet him and pose questions? (Like Letterman did, left.) About not getting tired in the Super Bowl. About recent putdowns by "Chunky Soup" McNabb. About that classic moment when a reporter asked agent Drew Rosenhaus what he'd done for T.O. other than costing him millions and getting him kicked off the team. About future employers -- his celebrity-workout-show deal, as well as a football team -- since he could be cut or traded by then. Here's how maybe, possibly, you could make something happen. (1) There's an online chance, though ibidusa.com, to place your bid (minimum $2,400) to have a foursome in the tournament. Only one group space up for grabs. The other 35 are sold out. (2) Next Friday night, people can bid at a silent auction to play with one of the not-yet-taken celebs. (Don't count on quartetting up with a mega-illuminary like Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders, Michael Vick, Steve Young and Bernie Mac.) Who's left, Jenkins didn't know. Maybe T.O.? Probably no. But if you're seriously interested in this golf gig anyway, call Jenkins to verify all this at 954-966-6300, Ext. 1295. Oh, and be sure to share any photos and stories with your Early Word pals.