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November 17, 2009 11:06 AM

Are Owens, Iverson washed-up or cursed?

iverson2.jpgTwo future Hall of Famers in their respective sports are seemingly having a difficult time realizing their best playing days are behind them, and they'll most likely never win a championship.

For the past few seasons, both Terrell Owens, 35, and Allen Iverson, 34, have been talking loud off the playing surface but not doing much when on it.

After polarizing the Dallas Cowboys' locker room for a couple years, Owens was released and signed with the Buffalo Bills in March. Similarly, Iverson dismantled the team chemistry on the Detroit Pistons during his brief stint there last season and then joined the Memphis Grizzlies in September.

On Sunday, a frustrated Owens finally blew up on the sidelines about his mediocre role in the Bills' struggling offense. The very next day, a disgruntled Iverson and the Griz parted ways clearly because the 10-time NBA All-Star was unwilling to come off the bench.

to2.jpgThere are a multitude of similarities -- from age to attitude -- in the plights of the two professional superstars, but one that mysteriously sticks out is both were once beloved athletes in the city of Philadelphia where the alleged Curse of Billy Penn existed for many years.   

T.O. guided the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl in '05 but lost. Similarly, A.I. led the Philadelphia 76ers to the 2001 NBA Finals and lost.

The Curse of Billy Penn supposedly ended in Philly on Oct. 29, 2008, when the Phillies won the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays. However, maybe the hex lives on within the fading playing careers of both Owens and Iverson.

(Associated Press photos)    

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