T.O. Sez: DeSean Should Stay Home

T.O. Sez: DeSean Should Stay Home

Even when he isn't suiting up
somewhere in the NFL, Terrell Owens can't seem to stay out of the
spotlight. Currently without a team and plenty of free time on his
hands, T.O. called into Mike Missanelli's show on 97.5 The Fanatic on
Tuesday, and in typical T.O. fashion, was unapologetic as he weighed in
on a number of issues related to the Birds... including DeSean Jackson.

The
former Eagles All Pro wide receiver, who knows a little something about
holdouts, was asked if he would be play Week 1 in DJac's situation, and
not surprisingly, T.O. would be adamantly opposed to playing this Sunday.

“Absolutely not. I would have to better myself and my family and my situation.”

Earlier in the interview, Owens explained why this is a bad deal for Jackson, which basically boils down to this:

“I
guarantee you if he goes out and gets hurt, God forbid, he’s not going
to get the contract that he probably would if he held out.”

While
Owens is rarely the voice of reason in any discussion, his thoughts
mirror what we have been saying about DeSean's contract situation for
months. Only one year remaining on his contract with a base salary of
$600K, holding out seemed to be in his best interests.

Instead, every day he steps on that football field, Jackson is gambling with his future earning potential.

Of
course, he didn't have much say in the matter either. A new league rule
stipulates DeSean would have lost a service year if he didn't report to
the team in August, which would have cost him his impending free agent
status, leaving the wide receiver few options. The Eagles also refuse to
negotiate with holdouts as a rule.

Ultimately, we believe there
is a good chance DJac gets his contract extension sometime this season,
provided he stays healthy. He's not a conventional receiver who is going
to catch 100 balls or be unstoppable on a weekly basis, but his ability
to run by defenders makes him one of the most explosive players in the
NFL, which changes the way defenses defend the Eagles' entire offense.

And historically, this front office simply doesn't let a lot of young, quality players get away.

It's
a tough situation though. Jackson has become a superstar, but is being
paid like a reserve on a contract he signed when he had zero leverage as
a rookie second round pick. Frankly, the front office should have
rectified this problem by now.

>>Terrell Owens on with Mike Missanelli

NHL Playoffs: Penguins beat Senators in 2OT of Game 7 to reach Stanley Cup Final

NHL Playoffs: Penguins beat Senators in 2OT of Game 7 to reach Stanley Cup Final

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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are heading back to the Stanley Cup Final.

Chris Kunitz beat Craig Anderson 5:09 into the second overtime to give the defending champions a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final Thursday night.

Kunitz scored twice, his first two of the playoffs. Justin Schultz added the other in his return from an upper-body injury, and Matt Murray stopped 28 shots on his 23rd birthday.

The Penguins are trying to become the first team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1998 to win back-to-back titles. They will host Western Conference champion Nashville in Game 1 on Monday night.

Mark Stone and Ryan Dzingel scored for Ottawa. The Senators rallied twice to tie it, with Dzingel making it 2-2 with 5:19 left in regulation.

Craig Anderson made 39 saves, but couldn't get a handle on Kunitz's shot from just outside the left circle. The Senators are 0-6 in Game 7s in franchise history.

The Senators forced a return trip to Pittsburgh -- where they lost 7-0 loss in Game 5 on Sunday -- by leaning heavily on Anderson in a 2-1 Game 6 victory, putting both teams at odds with history.

Ottawa came in 0-for-25 years in winner-take-all games, while the Penguins were 0-7 in Game 7s at home in series in which they also dropped Game 6.

Ottawa coach Guy Boucher told his resilient team to not get caught up in the big picture but instead focus on the small ones, a recipe that carried the Senators throughout a bumpy transition under their first-year head coach to the brink of the franchise's second Cup appearance.

The Penguins, trying to become the first defending champion to return to the finals since Detroit in 2009, came in confident they would advance if they could replicate their dominant Game 6, when they were undone only by Anderson's brilliance.

Pittsburgh has been nearly unflappable in the face of adversity under Mike Sullivan, going 12-2 in playoff games following a loss over the last two springs. He encouraged his team to "just play," code for fighting through Ottawa's neutral zone-clogging style and the bumping, grabbing and pulling that comes along with it.

A chance to play for their sport's ultimate prize on the line, the sheets of open ice the Penguins found so easily in Games 4-6 closed up. For most of the first 30 minutes, loose pucks hopped over sticks to spoil some scoring opportunities while Anderson and Murray gobbled up the rest.

Kunitz, relegated to the fourth line since returning from injury in the second round, picked up his first postseason goal in a calendar year when he completed a two-on-one with Conor Sheary -- a healthy scratch in Games 5 and 6 -- by slipping the puck by Anderson 9:55 into the second period.

The momentum lasted all of 20 seconds. Ottawa responded immediately with Stone -- who stretched his left skate to stay onside -- fired a wrist shot that handcuffed Murray.

Pittsburgh kept coming. Schultz, returning after missing four games with an upper-body injury, zipped a shot from the point through Kunitz's screen and into the net with 8:16 left in the third.

Once again, the Penguins could not hold the lead. Dzingel set up at the right post and banged home a rebound off Erik Karlsson's shot that hit the left post and caromed off Murray's back right to Dzingel's stick.

Notes
The home team is 21-20 in overtime Game 7s in NHL playoff history. ... Pittsburgh F Patric Hornqvist skated during warmups, but was held out of the lineup for a sixth straight game with an upper-body injury. ... Karlsson had 16 assists in the playoffs to set a team record. ... The Penguins are 10-7 in Game 7s. ... It was the fifth one-goal game of the series.

Howie Kendrick hit by pitch twice, removed from rehab start at Triple A

Howie Kendrick hit by pitch twice, removed from rehab start at Triple A

Howie Kendrick experienced a painful rehab start on Thursday night.

Rehabbing with Triple A Lehigh Valley, Kendrick was hit by a pitch twice before being removed after the sixth inning of the IronPigs' 8-4 loss to Indianapolis at Coca-Cola Park.

Both times Kendrick was plunked in the upper left arm, according to Tom Housenick of the Morning Call.

There was no update on if Kendrick was injured or taken out for precautionary reasons. Thursday marked Kendrick's second rehab start as he recovers from an oblique strain that has sidelined him since April 15.

The Phillies' leftfielder started at third base Thursday. At the beginning of his rehab assignment, Kendrick was expected to play four games and see time at third and first base, as well as in left field.

Kendrick made a throwing error at third on Thursday and finished 0 for 1 with a run scored. In his two games, he's 0 for 3 with two strikeouts.

Kendrick hit .333 with four doubles, a triple and five RBIs in 10 games with the Phillies prior to landing on the DL.

When he returns, he could see time at third base instead of left field if Maikel Franco continues to struggle (see story).