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Following Terrell Owens' unprecedented touchdown celebration Monday night, Page 2 has learned that several writing-instrument companies have contacted the NFL about a multi-million dollar partnership that would replace the term "end zone" with "pen zone.""I've heard it called the 'No Fun League,' but I've never heard anything about it being the 'No Pen League,' " Owens said. "What's more fan-friendly than a real-time autograph?"
Under the terms of the proposal, the NFL's uniform guidelines would require all skill-position players to stick "something to write with" down at least one sock. League officials were unavailable to comment whether the deal would cover pens exclusively, or also include pencils, highlighters or crayons.Several players expressed frustration with Owens' sense of sportsmanship, to which the 49ers receiver responded: "The Fun Bunch, the Ickey Shuffle, the Dirty Bird, the Bob 'n' Weave -- all celebrations of what? Winning ... damn straight. And my 'Sign o' Trouble' -- that's what I'm calling it -- is the next great tradition of touchdown-celebration excellence." Not to be outdone by the man who burned him for the touchdown, Seahawks defensive back Shawn Springs has said that he will stuff a Microsoft PocketPC in his pants, then wirelessly "tap out a quick note" to team owner Paul Allen upon returning his next interception for a touchdown. Other receivers around the league have taken notice: