A.C. Surf offers a healing purge with Terrell Owens Unappreciation Night
One of the great things about working in minor league baseball is that you often get paid to come out with wacky ideas that help drive fans into the ballpark.
Case in point: The St. Paul Saints poked fun at the Minnesota Vikings sex scandal last season by giving away replicas of the Vikings Love Boat to the first 2,000 fans this season at a game. This is the same team that has also given away funerals and a vasectomy.
Well, now the Atlantic City Surf will answer back with Terrell Owens Unappreciation Night on Aug. 31 at Bernie Robbins Stadium. The former Philadelphia Eagle is already under the skin of Cowboys coach Bill Parcells. And there are enough of us around here who want to expunge the spirit of T.O. forever -- from our skins, our minds and our hearts.
So on Aug. 31, the Surf will offer two upper box tickets to anyone who brings T.O. jerseys, T-shirts, books, trading cards, you name it. After the game, the Surf, under the direction of the Atlantic City Fire Department, will detonate all that is gathered. Also during the game there will be 81-cent hot dogs throughout the night in honor of the greatest hot dog to ever play in Philadelphia. There will also be $1 beer.
The idea was generated by Surf general manager Greg Lynch while he was watching T.O.'s interview with HBO's Bryant Gumbel. He called yours truly and the event was set in motion.
Already on board will be 610 WIP radio superstar and morning show host Angelo Cataldi, who will give away 40 suite tickets to the people who give him the best reason why they now hate T.O. Also attending on Aug. 31 will be none other than Pat Croce, the part-time pirate, part-time slot machine maestro and full-time Ocean City summer resident. What Croce might have up his tattooed sleeve is anybody's guess.
The night will also feature some unusual promotions. Could it be that Splash might actually beat T.O. around the bases? Will somebody be doing sit-ups the way T.O. did in his driveway last season when he was suspended from training camp?
Ah yes, we have come to bury T.O., not to praise him.
"The people need closure on this T.O. issue,'' Lynch said.
This runs akin to my liberal background, but there may even be a book burning of the ridiculous book T.O. co-authored with the son of his obnoxious agent -- whom we will not name -- that has now almost fallen off the shelves. You knew the book was headed for trouble when T.O. claimed he was misquoted in it.
The Unappreciation of T.O. happens on Aug. 31 when the Surf will face the Camden Riversharks at 6:35pm.
Already the reaction has been a tad overwhelming; people around here really do dislike this character called "T.O." Both Lynch and myself were invited to WIP's remote broadcast at Borgata where Cataldi himself proclaimed us both "crazy.''
It is amazing this fall from grace for T.O. after playing in the Super Bowl in 2005 and overcoming an injury many thought might damage his career forever.
We can't wait to see what others, WIP included, have planned for Oct. 8 when T.O. returns to Lincoln Financial Field to face his former teammates and Donovan McNabb. In fact, both the quarterbacks whom Owens bashed, McNabb and Jeff Garcia, will be in the stadium that day.
But right now we are counting the days until Aug. 31 when the Surf will provide perhaps the zaniest promotion in the nine-year history of the team.
And good riddance.
Chuck Betson's sports segment can be heard every Friday morning at 8:30am on the Hurley in the Morning show on WIBG 1020AM. Be