Michael Irvin said he has no problem with Terrell Owens, only Owens’ decision not to show up for his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction next month.
Irvin again criticized Owens for choosing to do his own thing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on the day of the Hall induction ceremony. Further, Irvin agrees with the Hall of Fame declining to acknowledge Owens individually during the enshrinement.
We can’t spend this moment for all these other guys talking about the guy that is not here, the Hall of Fame receiver said Saturday at the National Fantasy Football Convention, via Todd Archer of ESPN. You cannot do that and take that away. He’s doing his own thing wherever he’s doing his own thing, and God bless him. And when they mention the class, they’ll mention him, but why should you steal those other guys’ moment because of the decision of this one? I think it’s the right move. They’re not saying he’s not going to have a bust in the room. They’re not saying he’s not getting his jacket. They’re saying, ‘We’re honoring his wish. He doesn’t want to be here with us, we’re going to mention him as little as possible.’ I think it’s the right move.
Mullen’s departure hurt, but the quarterback has bonded with the new staff, attending family events at Breiner’s house and making plans to hit the golf links with his 33-year-old position coach. We’ve hit it off, Breiner says.
The Vikings hosted the 14-2 Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, January 17, in front of 64,060 at the Metrodome. Minnesota ran out to a 17-7 lead midway through the second quarter. But a slew of uncharacteristic mistakes started plaguing the Vikings.
Randy Moss dropped a touchdown pass with a little more than three minutes to go in the half, resulting in a field goal rather than a touchdown. Then Cunningham was stripped by Chuck Smith deep in Vikings territory with a minute to go in the half—Minnesota’s first lost fumble in more than 11 games—which led to a next-play touchdown by Terance Mathis to make the the score 20-14. In the second half it was more of the same: dropped interceptions, stalled drives, untimely runs out of bounds and mounting injuries. And yet, in Vikings lore, the game is often defined by just one play: Gary Anderson’s missed 39-yard field with 2:10 left in the fourth quarter and the Vikings up seven. It was Anderson’s first miss of the year, having completed just the second perfect regular-season for a kicker in NFL history.