NFL has own version of Family Feud

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Host: All right, let's play the Family Feud. On the board are the top five rivalries in the NFL.


Host: Mr. Smith.

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Smith: Kris Jenkins and Warren Sapp.


Host: Wow, number two. All right Mr. Jones, the number one answer is on the board. Can you name it?

Jones: Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens.


Host; Wow, that's the number one answer. You can pass or play and name the other three.

Jones: And miss all this fun? I'll play.

And so it goes as this edition of NFL Kindergarten Rivalries continues.

The latest rivals to hit the scoreboard are Jenkins and Sapp. Jenkins was injured early last season and watched not only the Panthers begin the season 1-7 but lose to the Oakland Raiders and Sapp on their own field.

Jenkins said he became so despondent that he increased his drinking to drown his miseries.

"I hate him. Everybody says I'm supposed to be polite when I talk to you all, but I hate him," Jenkins said. " He talks too much, he doesn't make sense, he's fat, he's sloppy, he acts like he's the best thing since sliced bread. He's ugly, he stinks, his mouth stinks, his breath stinks, and basically his soul stinks, too.

"Not too many people have personalities like that and survive in life. I don't know how he does it."

Okay, Kris, so how do you really feel about Sapp?

McNabb is trying to defuse the best rivalry between himself and Owens, the Eagles loud and arrogant wide receiver, a virtual contrast to McNabb.

It was Owens back in April who said, "I wasn't the guy who got tired in the Super Bowl," basically targeting McNabb as the target of his jabs as he cowardly omitted any names.

T.O. is currently in a holdout situation, refusing to come to camp unless the Eagles renegotiate his contract and pay him more than the seven-year, $49 million deal he signed just last March that included a $10 million signing bonus.

Owens, doing his best Latrell Sprewell imitation, said he needed the money because he "had a family to feed." I guess McDonald's just raised hamburgers from 89 cents to $5,000 each.

(Is that a "Will catch passes for food" sign Owens is holding outside the stadium? Nah.)

McNabb was upset at Owens' comments and lashed back.

"Just keep my name out of your mouth," McNabb said. "Don't try to throw names or guys under the bus to better yourself. You never heard me say any names in any situation. You never heard me talk about any given players. I'm the guy trying to be professional and be a man about things."

This past Thursday, McNabb tried to downplay the situation and said he expected Owens to be back in camp after the two chatted on the telephone.

"We talked. Things are great," McNabb said with a hint of sarcasm.

While these personal rivalries make for interesting stories to sell newspapers or getting viewers to tune in SportsCenter, it only perpetuates the fans' opinion of the spoiled, selfish professional athlete.

I, myself, believe pro athletes as well as TV and movie stars live in their own little world that makes them think that the real world can't survive without them and the game will end once their careers end. I think they are a turn off, especially to the older generation. They are nothing more than spoiled brats.

And if you don't agree with me, that's your right. But I'm going to tell my mom and I not going to let you come over and watch the game or buy any fund-raiser candy bars off your kids or ….

Jim Walker is sports editor of The Ironton Tribune.