thing about sports, you never know what you are going to see. The bad
thing about sports, you never know what you are going to see. This past
week has seen the best and worst (and most outrageous) that the
athletics world has to offer.
The Pirate Football team had the weekend off, and it looks like Terrell
Owens will have the rest of the season off. The Eagles wide receiver
has been suspended for four games and will be inactive for the rest of
the season. The reason; an interview in which Owens criticized the
organization for being classless, and criticized his quarterback for
poor play because of injuries. Owens apologized Tuesday afternoon, but
it's too little too late. The egomaniacle Owens finally got pushed back
by a team that is tired of him causing strife among his teammates.
Football is the ultimate team sport, and any division between players
is never good. There will always be disputes in this emotional game,
but Owens constant badgering of teammates over the years (it happened
repeatedly in San Francisco as well) has worn thin and I applaud the
Eagles for finally saying enough is enough. His talent is not worth the
distraction is personality brings.
ECU women's basketball coach Sharon Baldwin-Tenor had a distraction of
a different kind. The 37 year old coach gave birth to a baby girl last
week and was back on the court coaching three days later. Baldwin-Tenor
went through the same scenario two years ago when she gave birth to her
son Luke during the season. But now she is back leading the dual life
that is admirable, especially since her Lady Pirates are on the rise.
Then there is the Panther cheerleaders (actually they are now
ex-Topcats). I am sure you have all spent countless hours surfing the
web trying to find out more information about the two intoxicated women
who were involved in several "altercations" at a Tampa night club
Sunday morning. This distraction over shadowed the Panthers stellar
performance on the field Sunday afternoon. It was reminiscent of Super
Bowl XXXVIII when Carolina played in one of the best championship games
ever, but all the post game talk was of Janet Jackson and her wardrobe
Only in sports will you find distractions like these; the good, the bad
and the outrageous. That's what makes sports so great. Sometimes the
best/worst parts aren't what happens between the lines. But they
wouldn't be worth talking about if we didn't have the games.