December 19, 2008 12:24 AM
Billups provides needed T.O. from Owens saga
To be honest, I'm not sure what jumped out quicker on the television screen -- the player's diamond earrings or the bracelet on the reporter's right wrist.
It was bling at first sight. If you haven't already seen it, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens was featured in yet another one-on-one television interview, this time with ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.
By the time the mini-series ended, you heard Owens repeat some familiar refrains. 'I'm not a bad person' . . . 'I'm the villain' . . . 'I'm unfairly criticized' . . . 'People won't let go of the past.'
Let go. Please. Isn't there something else for ESPN to cover besides Terrell Owens and the Dallas Cowboys?
I don't mean to spew Hater-ade at ESPN the Planet, er, network -- especially since it probably has enough money to bail out the Big Three automakers. But we're tired of hearing about T.O.
To quote comedienne Wanda Sykes, I'm sick, sick, sick and tired, tired, tired of hearing about T.O. Make that really sick and so, so tired.
And that's why the visit to Hiawatha Davis Recreation Center on Wednesday felt extra fulfilling. Nothing brings us back to reality quicker than the smiling face of a child.
Nuggets guard Chauncey Billups purchased toys and grocery certificates that were given away at the rec center to families in the Park Hill neighborhood where he was raised.
Ray Billups, Chauncey's father, sat nearby, while his famous son interacted with nearly everyone at the rec center, young and old. He exchanged hugs, shook hands, posed for photos, signed autographs and sported a grin that let everyone know his heart beats for Denver.
"He didn't forget where he came from," Ray Billups said. "The way he was brought up just let me know it was always going to be right here (in Denver)."
One story is much better ratings draw than the other. But I'll gladly take Billups' heart over Owens' mouth any day of the week.