And to think, T.O. could have missed meetings here instead

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The more I think about it, the more it bugs me. We could have had Terrell Owens and everything that comes with him - right down to the "exotic" popcorn he sells on his Web site - but the shortsighted Ravens flat-out blew it.

If they had persuaded him to accept the controversial trade that momentarily put him on their roster, he could have spent the past couple of years in Baltimore and, trust me, it would have been a lot more entertaining than anything else that was happening at either M&T; Bank Stadium or Oriole Park over that period.

I know, I know, there are a lot of people around here who think I need to get a life and stop writing about this guy, but I can't get enough of him. If being obsessed with T.O. is wrong, I don't want to be right.

You probably should have figured that something clinical was going on with me when I pulled my authentic Terrell Owens Eagles jersey out of mothballs and tried to use it to crash a couple of Eagles tailgate parties before the Ravens-Eagles preseason game at Empty Bank two weeks ago.

T.O. wore out his welcome in Philadelphia and now the only question seems to be how long it will take him to do the same in Dallas/Fort Worth, where coach Bill Parcells does not suffer fools gladly.

The Dallas Morning News reported in Sunday's editions that Owens was fined $9,500 for missing a meeting and an injury rehab session. Parcells refused to confirm that during a contentious media briefing yesterday, but friction appears to be inevitable between two of the NFL's most strong-willed personalities.

Parcells has all but ruled T.O. out of the starting lineup for the Cowboys' Sept. 10 opener at Jacksonville, because he has not seen enough of the flashy receiver during training camp. Owens, meanwhile, insists he will be ready to go and told reporters last week that the coaching staff has 10 years of videotape that show how he'll fit into the offense.

One thing is certain, these guys are just getting warmed up. If you thought T.O. and Donovan McNabb was a clash of great egos, you ain't seen nothing yet.

Of course, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, the producer of this soap opera, claims that everything is just great.

"From my standpoint, it's all good," Jones told the Associated Press. "Apart from him not being on the field and getting repetitions, has it in any way affected relationships on this team, teammates on this team, relationships between me and Bill, me and the coaching staff, Terrell and Bill, Terrell and the coaching staff? Zero impact there."

I'm just upset that we're going to miss out on all the fun again.

My critique of Friday night's Ravens telecast ruffled some feathers at Fox 45 and Rave-TV.

Fox 45 wasn't thrilled that I credited some faulty camera work to a Fox 45 crew, since the broadcast was conducted by a contract crew in Minnesota and overseen by Rave-TV. Rave-TV wasn't happy either, since I didn't point out that visiting crews do not get prime camera positions.

I suppose both are valid points, but that doesn't change the fact that the uneven broadcast was not up to the usual standards of Rave-TV, which earlier this summer won its ninth local Emmy Award for regular sports programming.

Couch-bouncing actor Tom Cruise wasn't out of work for long. He just signed a new movie development deal with an investment group headed by Redskins owner Dan Snyder.

Snyder, who recently bought a large interest in the Six Flags amusement park chain, is believed to be trying to corner the market on people his own size.

Major League Baseball has raised the price of the best World Series tickets to $250 apiece - an increase of about 35 percent. That may seem outrageous, but I suspect Orioles fans would be happy to pay that much to see a World Series game at Camden Yards.

Of course, ever since the Redskins charged $25 to park for a scrimmage at FedEx Field earlier this month, nothing surprises me.

"The Peter Schmuck Show" airs on WBAL (1090 AM) at noon on Saturdays.

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