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From prime time to online: ESPN3 to cover Terrell Owens’ IFL debut

There was a time when the presence of Terrell Owens in a football game qualified as must-see TV. Things have changed quite a bit since then, as illustrated by the news that T.O.’s debut for the Allen (Texas) Wranglers of the Indoor Football League will be covered live online courtesy of ESPN3, the Worldwide Leader in Sports’ online streaming service. How the mighty have fallen.

Owens will make his big Indoor Football League splash on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. when the Wranglers take on the Wichita Wild, and if you know anything about the IFL, you undoubtedly are aware that indoor football rivalries don’t come more intense than the one that exists between these two squads.

Further, imagine what kind of over-the-top, me-first, look-at-me hijinks Owens might have in store for those watching, free of the restraints imposed upon him by the No Fun League. Maybe he’ll break out the old Sharpie routine if he scores a touchdown. Although given his current dire financial straits, he might have to borrow a marker from someone in the stands to pull it off.

So, if by chance you have run out of walls in your house which require supervision due to the paint that is drying on them, you can catch all the action here. It’s sad in a way to see what has become of one of the all-time wide receiver greats in NFL history. We’re talking about online streaming here. Then again, this is the IFL and this is likely the most significant exposure the league has ever received. And they owe it all to Terrell Owens.

[ESPN Media Zone]