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"They respect you if you write. The dumber the world gets, the more the words matter." -Dan Jenkins

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Used Up

ESPN.com's poll question yesterday was "What was the biggest off-field sports story of 2005?" MLB and steroids was the winner (49%), with the T.O. saga coming in second (38%). Far behind were the other three choices - NHL solves labor impasse (8%), Sheryl Swoopes comes out (3%), and NBA implements dress code (2%).

The steroid issue was indeed the biggest sports story of the year, with 12 players testing positive for the juice and Congress introducing legislation to beef up the amount of testing and penalties for positive tests. But Terrell Owens getting 30 percent more of the vote than the NHL lockout? For the love of Drew Rosenhaus, T.O. is a one-man media circus. The NHL is an entire league!

Of course, T.O. himself is the reason T.O. was such a big story. He won't be quiet and he won't go away. And even though he hasn't played in a month and a half now, he's still flapping his gums. He's now apparently given an interview to GQ in which he says he felt "used" by the Eagles.

Owens feels used? Boo-frickin'-hoo. This is the nature of the employer-employee relationship. The employer pays the employee and then uses him, all the way from Taco Bell making money off the guy working the drive-thru to, yes, the Eagles signing you to take them to a Super Bowl.

Did the Eagles use you? Of course they did! In fact, they used you so much that you led the team in receptions despite missing the last two games of the season. That is what you wanted, right? Weren't you the guy who complained that you weren't getting enough balls thrown your way in San Fran? Well, welcome to Philly - we put you in the lineup and we used you and your talent to get us to the Super Bowl.

Thanks for a great year. Now shut up and go away. Isn't it ironic how, despite your feelings, the Eagles haven't used you since October?


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