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Mon Jul 28 12:45pm EDT

T.O. makes toast out of Pacman, sort of

For those of you who aren't yet ready for thrilling, high-stakes results from preseason football, we bring you something even more meaningless: results from training camp football.

Terrell Owens found himself lined-up across from Pacman Jones Sunday, with the crowd taking notice, and Pacman waving his arms in the air to up the hype. Third-string quarterback Richard Bartel was in to throw the pass, but sensing the enormity of the moment, Tony Romo stepped in to handle the job himself.

So what happened?

Owens made a double move to break past the player who wants to be formerly known as “Pacman.” Tony Romo’s long pass hit Owens in stride for what would have been a touchdown.

Owens spiked the ball when he crossed the goal line. As he jogged back toward the huddle, Owens waved his arms in the air, drawing an even louder response and chants of “T-O!, T-O!”

OH! You got served, Pacman. That's Owens, celebrating that very play, to your right. But Pac was quick to point out that the ongoing Owens vs. Jones showdown isn't always so one-sided.

“I love to compete. Today, he had his day,” Jones said. “Yesterday, I had my day. We’ll see how it goes. One thing about it, we’re going to compete every day.”

“It’s all about competition and we know going into practice, there’s going to be some battles,” Owens said. “So it’s all in fun, and we’re just trying to come out here and practice and get each other better.”

I'll say this, too: You can take any corner in the league, and if he's one-on-one against Terrell Owens, and T.O. has time to execute a double-move ... I don't care who that corner is, he's losing that battle. This is why things like "safety help" and "quarterback pressure" have to exist. It's just not humanly possible to cover a guy like T.O. by yourself for more than a couple of seconds.

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