Watch out world -- for a brief minute on Sunday morning, Terrell Owens appeared to become self-aware, somehow comprehending that the perception of him is "not good."
It only lasted a brief second, but it was surprisingly gorgeous, during the first part of Michael Irvin's NFL Network conversation with TO.
"I really can't tell you how it makes me feel, but I understand why people didn't come knocking on my door." Owens said to Irvin. "It's because of the perception of who I am as a person."
The smart route here, by the way, would involve saying something like "It's okay that I'm misunderstood, but I should have done a better job of making my image blah-blah-blah." The Terrell Owens route, though, somehow involves undermining his deal with the Bengals.
[That perception] is not good, and that's why I was on the street," Owens responded to Irvin's 'and that perception is?' "That's why basically -- the contract I have right now, it's basically like I'm playing for free. So I have to be careful what I do, because it's the 'perception' of who I am -- the media portrayal of who I am."
This is 100 percent LOL-worthy -- if Owens gets a bad rap in the media (and he does), he has it coming and has never done anything to warrant any other reputation.
But maybe Irvin and Owens were just slugging the Bananas-flavored Kool-Aid before the interview. After all, how else would you explain what Michael Irvin said after the interview?
"ABSOLUTELY they don't appreciate the wide receiver play in the National Football League like they should," he shouted.
This line of thinking also tied in with the interview -- Irvin and Owens anonymously tag-teamed Jeff Garcia (Irvin said that he "got his money but won't go and say 'I need this guy that really helped me get my money'") and Tom Brady (who hasn't gotten really, really angry about his team trading Randy Moss, and that's clearly just wrong of him) for reasons relating to not being a wideout.
Mercifully, the rest of the NFL Network crew stepped in to let Irvin know that wide receiver isn't as important as he thinks it is. It's worth noting, though, that Irvin had a good point hiding somewhere in the high-volumed analysis -- wide receivers don't get the love that other positions do, particularly in relation to the Hall of Fame.
But that's a problem better fought without using TO as an argument.