IRVING, Texas -- A new tactic for Terrell Owens: Instead of
talking, he wrote a note.
Even Owens apparently knows the Dallas Cowboys' game Sunday
against New England, a pair of 5-0 teams and multiple Super Bowl
winners, doesn't need any extra hype.
In place of the usually talkative receiver, reporters found at
Owens' locker Wednesday a nearly poster-sized, typewritten note:
"Due to the magnitude of this week's game and high volume of
questions for the Original 81 about the other 81. I will be taking
all questions immediately following Sunday's game.
"Sincerely, (followed by Owens' signature)
"p.s. Getcha Popcorn Ready."
The "other 81" was an obvious reference to Moss, the
controversial five-time Pro Bowl receiver who after two difficult
years in Oakland is flourishing in his first season with the
Owens' postscript referred to his "get your popcorn ready"
comment made when he signed with the Cowboys in the summer of 2006
-- before he caught an NFL-high 13 TDs in his Dallas debut. Owens
has 21 catches for 387 yards and three TDs this season.
"I think he's pretty focused. We don't want to give them any
bulletin-board material," tight end Jason Witten said. "There's
enough said. We all know what the challenge is. ... He's staying
focused. He's anxious, excited about the challenge."
Moss is tied for the NFL lead with seven touchdown catches and
has a league-high 551 yards (on 34 catches), even after being
sidelined much of training camp with a hamstring injury -- similar
to Owens' first camp with the Cowboys last year.
While Owens wasn't in the locker room, he was at practice, an
unusual Wednesday workout with players in shorts without pads or
During the open locker room period, several of Owens' teammates
stopped and read the note, then walked away smiling.
"It was funny reading it," Chris Canty said. "That's T.O.
being T.O. You've got to love that guy."
Plus, they saw bigger messages in Owens' short statement.
"He's going to show it on the field. ... The talk is over. Now
it's all about getting prepared and trying to get a win," DeMarcus
"Anytime it's a big game, you [reporters] get on that guy
pretty good and look for a sound byte," Marcus Spears said. "He's
taking a different road. he's letting 5-0 speak for him right
When reporters crowded around Romo, whose
locker is in a different area of the room, they asked him about
"I think it's interesting," Romo initially responded. "What
After being told, Romo quipped, "I may do that, too."