The Dynamic-Iggle-Duo We may just have doubled our hero quotient with helmeted he-men Terrell Owens and Donovan McNabb. These Eagles are ready, like Thelma and Louise, to flee those demons of pigskin past; like Batman and Robin, to team up and give some POW! BAM! ZAP! to dastardly football foes.
>> A Can-Do Duo Could it be?
September 18, 2004
When it comes to sports, this isn't a Hallmark Moment kind of town. How can it be, when we keep receiving sympathy cards about our championship dreams?
But that's changing this football season.
We sensed it when the first pass to Terrell Owens from Donovan McNabb ended in an Eagles touchdown in the preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens.
It's a dang love-in!
Remember those commercials where the couple are running toward each other in a field of tall grass, with "Happy Together" by the Turtles playing in the background, and when they meet they twirl around, grinning ear-to-ear? That's what it seems like between Donovan and T.O.
Who can remember the last time a star tandem has borne such immediate fruit in Philly?
McNabb and Owens is a gridiron marriage someone upstairs has deemed sanctified. And the congregation is ready to party.
Now before anyone says, "Hold on, Jack, we've played just one regular-season game, against the smallish-looking Giants, no less," I ask: Would any of our pre-T.O. Eagles have caught three TD passes against New York on Sunday? Unlikely.
We're usually allowed only one hero per sport.
Allen Iverson, basketball superman that he is, has not had, and probably never will have, a proper partner in crime. OK, that may be a bad choice of words, but you know what I mean.
The Phillies and the Flyers? They may have a couple of worrisome guys, but a fear-inducing pair? Naw.
It's a shame, really. McNabb had been the Eagles' lone caped crusader for five years, rolling around these dark, championship-starved streets just able to hold his own against a doubting public, hoping all the gadgets in his utility belt work every Sunday, and barely stemming the bum's rush from the Limbaughs of the world.
I am not saying T.O. is McNabb's Robin, exactly. But someone has to be the sidekick in this dynamic duo, and McNabb was here first. Kudos to Birds owner Jeffrey Lurie for finally giving him that Batcave-improvement loan he could never seem to qualify for previously.
We know Owens can be a problem child at times. His tantrums got him the boot from San Francisco, and his refusal to play in Baltimore has probably made an arch-foe out of former friend Ray Lewis, the Ravens' star linebacker.
But T.O. understands one thing.
He can't save the day all alone, and McNabb has the keys to the Batmobile.
If you don't see these two in a Batmobile, then why not Thelma and Louise's T-bird?
We've been running from our own demons in a vintage ride, too! Since the '81 Super Bowl, man! This car probably has only enough miles left in it for one more trip down that road to the Super Bowl. With T.O.'s help, we just might escape this conference-championship curse, and not drive straight off a cliff for the fourth consecutive time.
We have to give credit to coach Andy Reid. His resistance to giving McNabb a megastar receiver made him seem like a playa-hater, but now it looks as if, in the words of Public Enemy (which had one of the greatest duos ever), the Eagles might have "Too Much Posse" with this recent addition. T.O. is already "Cold Lampin' " like Flavor Flav in the end zone, and like Chuck D., McNabb's confident that "Brothers Are Gonna Work It Out."
All the doubters of our peerless pair point to Monday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings as the first real test. The opponents have their own terrifying twosome in receiver Randy Moss and quarterback Daunte Culpepper.
At least McNabb will have someone to tag him out in this cage match, and he has a much better chance of emerging victorious than at any other time in his career.
So sure, it may be wishful thinking to declare all of the Eagles' problems over because of two guys, but rapper Rob Base may be right on this one: It takes two to make a thing go right, and it just might take these two to make it outta sight! <<
- Eric -