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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

It’s a Thanksgiving Miracle!

Okay, the post title might be overstating my case somewhat, but the sport of football is better off today:

Terrell Owens’ season is effectively over after an arbitrator ruled Wednesday that the Philadelphia Eagles were justified in suspending him for four games.

Arbitrator Richard Bloch wrote that the Eagles clearly proved that the suspension was justified, and were within their right to pay their All-Pro receiver but not allow him to return “due to the nature of his conduct and its destructive and continuing threat to the team.”

Now, my stance isn’t just mindless anti-Owens hatred. I think that the sport is better when players know that they can be held accountable for their actions in the ways that hurt them most: their wallets and their stats. Owens will miss the spotlight and the dollars while the Eagles pay him the remainder of his salary (minus the four game suspension) and will, hopefully, have learned a lesson: he doesn’t get a perpetual free pass just because he runs good routes and has good hands.

Good.

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