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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

T.O. = Totally Offended!

How does one turn quite possibly the best story in sports last year into a movie you want to forget? Recipe:

  1. Play a great season of football.
  2. Break your leg a couple weeks prior to the playoffs.
  3. Make a statement that you will be back for the Super Bowl
  4. Make it back to the SuperBowl and play out of your mind.
  5. Become a hero to a city that loves that kind of story.

How does one ruin that?

  1. Bad mouth your QB after Super Bowl loss.
  2. Get a new agent.
  3. Begin a public campaign to smear yourself.
  4. Hold out of mini camps.
  5. threaten to hold out the season unless a new contract is done.

Maybe it is just me, but after one year of a contract where, with signing bonus, you made over $9 million would you want to re-up? Did you win the Super Bowl? No. Even though you played amazingly after returning from a broken leg - you did not win. You are in the second year of your contract and it is a lot less cash than last year and the next year - welcome to the NFL salary cap and the magic of capology.

The town you play in would have followed you off a cliff, but you changed all that and what is the real cost? Hold out and the season is lost - you are not as young as you used to be so this would be a lost year of earnings and the contract still holds. You could have made endorsements out the wazzoo, but now showing your true colors, no one wants to follow you off the cliff anymore and you have lost your endorsement appeal, plus why have someone endorse a product if they are not playing. Do what you say and say what you do!

The team that signed you will not flinch, they are businessmen and have proven over the years they can handle salary cap football and will not sacrifice the future of the franchise for one person. They brought you in to win a Super Bowl - that did not happen so what leg do you have to stand on? (no pun intended). So will he really hold out? I can't believe that he will - the money, the spotlight, the thrill of being on ESPN with a TD catch - can he hold out from that? We will find out in September - maybe sooner, but I guess he does not want to sweat in training camp this summer. We are watching T.O., what is your next move?


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