Today in Philly Sports History: The TO Driveway Press Conference, 2005

Today in Philly Sports History: The TO Driveway Press Conference, 2005

The really amazing thing to me about the Terrell Owens era in Philadelphia was that all told, it only really lasted for 22 games--21 regular-season appearances and an ill-fated Super Bowl. That's really not many--barely a couple more than current wideout DeSean Jackson has already played in, and infinitely less than the likes of Greg Lewis, Todd Pinkston, Hank Baskett and even Freddie Mitchell eventually would. But damned if TO didn't make the most of his season-and-a-half in Philly, even making sure his off-season foibles were just as memorable as his play on the field.

One of the most infamous such occasions came on August 10th, 2005, the same day when Eagles coach Andy Reid suspended the wide receiver for a week after the two got into a shouting match at the Birds' training camp. Confronting the media circus outside his New Jersey home, Owens answered a series of questions the only way an insane, egomaniacal wide receiver knows how: Shritless and doing sit-ups.

The driveway press conference was perhaps the definitively surreal moment of the TO era in Philadelphia, as he answered questions about Reid suspending him with vague aphorisms, winking barbs, and several "No Comment"s--presaging an even more controversial conference Owens would hold that November. As for why he refused to interrupt his workout regiment to field the questions, Owens explained, "Hey, if I AM going to get back on the field, I gotta make sure I'm in shape." And when asked if the conference would set the record for "No Comment"s, he responded "Yeah it might be," before realizing the obvious joke and adding, "No comment."

Things would only get worse from there, as the fight with Hugh Douglas, the Rosenhaus conference, and the public panning of McNabb and the rest of the team would all spend the end of Owens's time in Philadelphia. Hopefully, about a half-decade detached from the incident, Philly fans can now at least look at the driveway conference and laugh at what a strange, awkward and unlikely-to-be-repeated moment the whole thing was in the history of Philly sports, if not all the NFL.

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Flyers roster cuts: Prospects Egor Zamula, Wyatte Wylie sent back to junior teams

Flyers roster cuts: Prospects Egor Zamula, Wyatte Wylie sent back to junior teams

The Flyers made a round of cuts Wednesday following their first two preseason games.

The team returned prospects Egor Zamula, Wyatte Wylie, Mason Millman and Egor Serdyuk to their junior clubs.

Zamula is a rising prospect that looks like a promising undrafted discovery by the Flyers. The 6-foot-3, 172-pound defenseman is a smooth skater with developing skills. The 19-year-old drew the praise of general manager Chuck Fletcher during rookie camp and was impressive in Monday night's preseason opener.

"I really like [Zamula]," Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said after the game. "I have seen him in practice, I see that there's a young kid there that's got good mobility and can make good plays with the puck. Tonight, against an NHL opponent, I really liked his poise and his demeanor on the ice. 

"I thought stick-wise and mobility-wise, he did a lot of good things on the ice that as a coach, you're looking and you say, 'This guy's got a chance here.' There's no doubt in my mind that this young man's got a chance to play at some point."

He'll be a prospect to keep an eye on this season with the WHL's Calgary Hitmen.

Wylie, a 19-year-old defenseman, is a notable move given the Flyers have yet to sign him to an entry-level contract. During this summer's development camp, Wylie was unsure if he would return to the WHL's Everett Silvertips for his fourth and final junior season. There was a possibility the 2018 fifth-round pick could earn his ELC and join AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley.

Instead, he'll head back to the Silvertips and shoot for his contract throughout the season.

The Flyers also released camp invites Maxim Golod, Ben McCartney, Sean Comrie and Mika Cyr from their amateur tryouts.

The team's roster is at 54 players.


Andy Andreoff
Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Connor Bunnaman
Greg Carey
Sean Couturier
Kyle Criscuolo
Joel Farabee
Gerry Fitzgerald
Morgan Frost
Kurtis Gabriel
Claude Giroux
Kevin Hayes
David Kase
Travis Konecny
Pascal Laberge
Scott Laughton
Oskar Lindblom
Cal O'Reilly
Nolan Patrick
Tyler Pitlick
Michael Raffl
Isaac Ratcliffe
German Rubtsov
Chris Stewart
Matthew Strome
Maksim Sushko
Carsen Twarynski
James van Riemsdyk
Jakub Voracek
Mikhail Vorobyev


Chris Bigras
Justin Braun
T.J. Brennan
Josh Couturier
David Drake
Mark Friedman
Shayne Gostisbehere
Robert Hagg
Robert Michel
Samuel Morin
Philippe Myers
Matt Niskanen
Nate Prosser
Ivan Provorov
Travis Sanheim
Andy Welinski
Reece Willcox
Tyler Wotherspoon


Jean-Francois Berube
Brian Elliott
Carter Hart
Alex Lyon
Felix Sandstrom
Kirill Ustimenko

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