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Drew Rosenhaus is undoubtedly one heck of a football agent. His clients swear by him, most management types dislike him and the public knows him by name and face -- all good things in the agenting business.

But how much money would it take for you to sit there on television in interview after interview doing the Terrell Owens Shuffle? Could you find a place to store your pride for however long it takes Owens to repeatedly commit PR suicide day after day? Is there a point at which you might say, "That's it. I'm going to take a shower and get on with my life"?

The enablers are a big reason an athlete such as Owens does what he does. The enablers fool guys like Rafael Palmeiro into believing they can lie to the public and get away with it.

Would Owens hold a goofy workout in his driveway if no one -- no fans, no media, nobody trying to ingratiate themselves into his wallet -- showed up?

This isn't a justification for any athlete who continually casts himself in the worst possible light, but there are people who should make it their job to tell T.O. to shut up and do his job.

The problem is, these barnacles usually don't speak up. They have too much to lose. Rosenhaus can live without Owens, but what does that tell his other clients?

The bottom line is this: When a superstar loses the support of just about every apologist in the nation, as Owens has, you've got to wonder who's giving him advice. And contrary to popular belief, nodding your head does not constitute advice.

This Week's List
If it wasn't already obvious, the telecast of the PGA Championship this weekend drove the point home: No single athlete has ever had more power over his sport, from the advertisers to the media coverage to the competition itself, than Tiger Woods.

Existential question: Does an announcer really have to say, "There's a good look at Tiger" when Tiger's the only golfer they show us?

A man who will forever be revered as an enduring inspiration to bad headline writers everywhere: Davis Love III.

Not to go all Jim Huber on you, but... : There's something endearing about watching long-shot guys attempt to make an NFL roster by being absolute maniacs on special teams.

You wouldn't catch Tiger doing this or anything else that might be interpreted as a plea for help from a golf god other than himself: The most contrived golf moment of the weekend -- and there are always many contenders -- had to be Phil Mickelson's tapping the Nicklaus plaque for good luck on the 18th hole at Baltusrol.

And in case you missed it: After receiving his trophy, Mickelson said, "I touched his plaque there on 18 for good karma."

• An attorney involved in a court dispute over a proposed sign-and-trade deal of Joe Johnson to the Hawks compared Johnson to Larry Bird.

Turned on ESPN The Network on Monday morning to see the Virginia Tech football field, causing me to go all Allen Iverson, asking myself: We talkin' about practice?

With technology today, anything's possible: The way some of the golfers in the PGA Championship managed to be seen sinking a putt and then teeing off on the next hole within seconds, I thought maybe the X Games had added golf.



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