Monday, March 20, 2006
Now "the football reptile from hell" is a Cowboy ... and a bad rapper. Give a listen at his now silver-and-blue website, and you'll find he's "back with a vengeance." For a far-ranging discussion, see Daniel Rubin's Blinq blog. But Early Word has the lyrics (below) and a couple of followups.
First, astute fan/music critic Dan DeLuca raised a good point: "Impressed at how quickly he got this thing recorded. How'd he know he was going to get 10 mil?" Yes, is it evidence of tampering? Dallas was not allowed to talk with Owens before his release Tuesday, yet by Thursday word had leaked via a Dallas radio station that Owens had already agreed to a deal with Big D. During the season, the Eagles filed, then dropped, tampering charges against Dallas owner Jerry Jones for commenting he wished he had a receiver like T.O. Don't be surprised if the Eagles don't revive those allegations. Could the timing of the rap's recording be evidence? After all, Dallas might have saved millions by trading for T.O. under his Eagles deal. So why no trade? Big factor, of course: T.O.'s agent Drew Rosenhaus wouldn't get a dime without a new deal. Another possibility: The Eagles wanted a third-round pick, says CBS.
Second, wasn't almost everybody wrong that T.O. would never recoup his money?
Third, here's a poll, asking your take on the whole T.O. episode:
(well, as close as Early Word can make out)
I'm gonna make it hard for you dudes tryin' to stop my show,
Look, it's hard for you dudes tryin' to stop my bro,
Ask Philly was it hard trying to stop T.O.
He's the main reason that the fans would come fo'
When he took their hit and he bounced right back
Got a brand new deal and the pockets is fat,
Like Boost Mobil, baby, asking, "Where you at?"
Now you could tell 'em in Dallas with your cowboy hat
Go Big Blue, gonna do what you do
Go on and see if the crazy fans don't love you
Like Ray Charles, you gonna make you do what you do
Still best in the game and they know it was is true
Will take the team to the top, where it used to be.
I don't see another choke in Big D
You gonna set a few records, be back in the Pro Bowl,
One week after, win in the Super Bowl.
I'm baack and I'm better than ever
I'm back and I'm gettin this cheddar
I'm baack, this time I'm a cowboy
I'm back and I got em sayin, "Wow boy!"
Owens himself sings:
I am back with a vengeance, I'm back on a mission
got the recipe broth', so I'm back in the kitchen
Tryin' to take me out of the game, People say, "intermission"
Got the whole world's undivided attention
It's a brand new year, got a brand new team
I'm a Cowboy now, no more black and green
and to the haters who said I wouldn't get my money
I'm laughin' in your face, ha ha that's funny
When it comes to this game, I'm the best on the field
Some said I's gonna sign just a one-year deal
But I got what I wanted, upfront 10 mil
Change the rules of the game, so now how you feel?
See when I work my magic, when I get that rock,
I dominate like Shaq when he's down on the block
and it's a promise be my best season by far,
gonna get my Eagle (ego?) on and meet me at the star.
(repeat refrain twice more)