Aaron Gershfield Responds To Sal Paolantonio’s Article on T.O.

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This week, I read Sal Paolantonio’s article on ESPN, arguing that Terrell Owens is an overrated player. Now usually, I can agree with Sal Paolantonio’s views and arguments since I kind of always thought that he was pretty open-minded and not so biased, but this article was a simple article on how he thought T.O. is an old jackass.

The article is titled, “Selfishness, drops, playoff disappearing acts make T.O. overrated.” The words “selfishness,” “drops,” and “playoff disappearing acts” do not sum up T.O.’s career or the caliber of the kind of player he is. Sure those words might fit him, but there is no way T.O. can be even considered an overrated player. He might be a total jerk, and someone that can drops too many passes on occasion, but he’s always an impact player. He’s still that someone that can determine the outcome of the game. And you can’t find that in every receiver. I think that’s why I disagree with Sal Paolantonio on this. You can find the stats here— these numbers will show you just how productive T.O. is. If you can afford it, wouldn’t you want someone in your team that hasn’t fumbled the ball in the last three seasons and that has scored over 30 touchdowns? Sure, Owens has gone on ignoring coaches, insulting teammates, and failed to “produce” in the playoffs in his most recent runs, but he’s one of the guys that’ll better a team’s chances.

Take the recent years in Dallas for instance. The Cowboys haven’t had a deep threat or even an offensive impact player, not until Owens came. For the first two years T.O. has been in Dallas, they’ve always made it to the playoffs. Unfortunately, all of those losses can be solely blamed on Tony Romo. Plus, Owens is a changed man. Paolantonio’s article simply serves as a critique on the T.O. during his years as an Eagle.

Does this video capture the selfish T.O. that Paolantonio writes about?


Aaron Gershfield Ranks His Top 5 WRs of 2007

After reading the ESPN article on Nate Clement’s top ranked wide receivers in today’s game, I decided to write my own list of best wide receivers in the NFL. But rather doing an all-time list, I’ll stay current. The list you will read below is in a PARTICULAR order as each of these wide receivers are not only based stats, but also certain and unique characteristics that simply seperate them from the rest.

5. T.J. Houshmandzadeh

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T.J. Houshmandzadeh makes the list and not his whiny wideout partner, Ocho Cinco, simply because he is consistent. Houshmandzadeh scores when he’s supposed to score, and he makes the catches when he’s supposed to make the catches. With 112 receptions, 1,143 receiving yards, and 12 touchdowns, Houshmandzadeh proved that he was Cincy’s top receiver in the year 2007.

4. Braylon Edwards

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Braylon Edwards came out of nowhere in the year 2007. His stats were impressive, making him a pleasant surprise for most fantasy owners, and he proved that he can be a superstar. Also along with his stats, Edwards is blessed with natural assets. At 6’3 and 200 lbs, Edwards can be a tough and physical receiver. Yet, he also has the speed and agility unlike most receivers his size. I wouldn’t be surprised if he becomes the next real deal, a receiver that can not play the role as possession receiver, but also deep threat.

3. Reggie Wayne

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Ever since last year, everyone that watched the Colts saw that Wayne had become Peyton Manning’s favorite target as Marvin Harrison was constantly double-teamed. But the year 2007 was something special for Wayne. He not only became the leader in receiving yards, with 1,510 yards, he proved that he can be the go-to guy as Harrison was sidelined the majority of the season. It’s kind of scary to know and see how capable Wayne can be in replacing Marvin Harrison. Plus overall, Wayne is a beast. I remember reading an article somewhere that talked about how the guy constantly practiced running his routes and how he developed his sure-catching hands by practicing catching bricks.

2. Randy Moss

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Even though I hate him for breaking Jerry Rice’s record of most touchdown passes within a season (Moss with 23), I still have to put Moss on the list. He’s got the height, the hands, and the speed. He is probably the NFL’s best deep threat as he has all those attributes. But what keeps him from being the number receiver in my list is because he’s a one-trick pony. He’s not versatile in the sense that he can’t make plays in the middle, he doesn’t run his routes well, and he’s only an outside man.

1. Terrell Owens

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Terrell Owens is my number once receiver because he simply has it all. He’s got the hands (sometimes) as he can be a leader in receiving touchdowns– just like in 2001, 2002, and 2006, and he’s got the size to get the more than necessary YAC (yards after catch) as he can break tackles and plow through opponents. And best of all, Owen can be a possession receiver and a deep threat– making him a more versatile weapon. In my opinion, I think if Owens had a quarterback like Tom Brady, he would’ve beaten Jerry Rice’s record way before Randy Moss.