Interesting piece on the Terrell Owens contract dispute from ESPN. The part which irked me was the hold nothing against T.O. line. Here is my take: Terrell Owens can ask for more money all he wants, but the way he is handling things is horrible. He publicly "throws Donovan under the bus" and is threatening sitting out until he gets his cash. Granted Terrell signed a bad contract, but whose fault is that? There are better ways to handle wanting more cash or security. I'm willing to bet that if T.O. and Drew Rosenhaus had gone to the team behind closed doors they may have been able to get next year's salary gauranteed. Instead of doing that, Rosenhaus goes on SportsCenter and T.O. goes on some horrible talk show and gets all emotional about his family.
There is no good solution to the Terrell issue. The Eagles shouldn't give him any more money and Terrell won't miss the Monday night opener against Mike Vick. His ego would be crushed. I think T.O. should eventually cave and realize that he isn't going to get any more money. Drew Rosenhaus can go take a long walk off a short pier.
What are your thoughts on the T.O. issue?
Link: ESPN.com - NFL - Kreidler: No going across the middle.
Nope, Owens is just another unhappy rich guy, underappreciated in his thinking, now represented by noted bulldog Drew Rosenhaus and angling for extra layers of the good life. Of course, he has a go-nowhere situation – he has already been publicly rebuffed by the guy writing the checks – and eventually, he'll have to decide to report to camp with the Eagles or quit the sport. The contract holds all the cards.
But hold nothing against T.O. for this particular bout of mini-greed. He's an athlete trying to get his, and he's hardly the first high-profile player to attempt either to get more money or get to the team he wants or get the coach fired or whatever. Owens is a fair representative of the current state of things, for better and (a whole bunch of the time) for worse.
What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?
In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.
Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."
It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.
And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.
"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?
The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.
Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.
If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.
"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."
That makes one of us.
The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.
Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.
He later made the announcement on Twitter.
Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.
Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.
"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."
Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.