Remembering Terrell Owens’ heroic Super Bowl performance after his return from a broken leg

Owens had a Hall of Fame performance on that Sunday in 2005. The Eagles didn’t get the win, but he also showed leadership during that game. When the Eagles were down 10, Owens told Donovan McNabb to relax.

“In a situation like that, there is no reason to panic,” Owens said, per ESPN’s John Clayton. “When you start to panic, you’re not in rhythm. Our offense is based on timing. I just wanted to be in the light because if I can do that, that’s a positive for Donovan. He was out there trying to make things happen.”

The Patriots had no timeouts, but again, Brady’s on the other side.

That move leaves Ball returning to a Lakers team that has lost three straight and is playing some of its worst defense of the season, surrendering an average of 129.3 points since the trade. The Lakers return to the practice court Wednesday night, and Ball expects to return in the team’s first game after the All-Star break on Friday against Dallas (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). The Lakers (23-34) are hoping their prized rookie point guard will turn things around for them once again.

Kobe Bryant told ESPN’s Jalen Rose that it takes a special kind of player to want to play for the Lakers franchise, and that if he has to persuade anyone to uphold the Lakers’ standard, that player should go someplace else.

“It’s gonna be really fun to have him out there pushing the basketball and putting guys in different spots and giving confidence to other guys,” Ingram said. “It’s just gonna make our offense even better.”

Both provide special elements.

Both receivers were asked what it would mean in their first season with their new teams to win it all? Both were asked what will be their roles in Super Bowl 52? Frequent targets? Or more decoy, clearing stuff? Both were asked how they expected this Super Bowl and their personal experiences to unfold?

These different guys with similar impacts at completely different times in completely different settings gave the exact same answer.

Meanwhile, the first-place Washington Capitals couldn’t resist the services of Shattenkirk, a power-play maven. Washington had to give St. Louis forwards Zach Sanford and Brad Malone, plus a first-round pick and conditional draft picks in the process. While most agree that Shattenkirk performed just fine for the Capitals, the truth is they couldn’t get over their playoff hump. Washington coach Barry Trotz clearly had buyer’s remorse, telling reporters earlier this year: “I think everybody thought of him as a 1-2 [top-pairing defenseman], and he really wasn’t. He was a little lower.” (Trotz later apologized to Shattenkirk for those comments.)

Neither Hanzal nor Shattenkirk is with the team he was paired with at last year’s deadline. Both the Wild and Capitals are doing just fine. I can almost assure you both teams look wistfully at the picks they gave up.49ers_111

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