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Who in the sports world most needs to shut his yap: Drew Rosenhaus
By Times staff writers
Published November 20, 2005
WHO NEEDS AN AGENT PROVOCATEUR?
He has been called a scum bag, a moron and, well, particular parts of the anatomy. He's selfish, insincere and self-aggrandizing. He represents everything that is wrong with sports today.
Not Terrell Owens.
You know you've reached a new low when you out-T.O. T.O. at his own curbside news conference. Drew Rosenhaus' rants following Owens' mea culpa Nov. 9 destroyed any sympathy that might have remained for the Philadelphia Eagles wideout.
T.O.'s statements rang insincere, coming on the heels of his suspension and after he repeatedly refused to apologize. But Rosenhaus obliterated any trace of goodwill when he yelled into cameras and blamed the Eagles and the media for creating his client's problems.
Rosenhaus, who represents more than 80 players, including many Pro Bowlers,fancies himself a player's advocate. But what did his grandstanding do for Owens besides cost him his job?
Rosenhaus routinely raids other agents' client lists. He has made holdouts a regular training-camp activity. But nothing turned the stomachs of fellow agents and prospective clients as much as his display in front of Owens' home.
Mark Lepselter, who represents Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber, among others, called Rosenhaus' act "the most pathetic show I've ever seen in all my years in the business."
Granted, Joe Gibbs was out of line in complaining so vigorously about the officiating in the Redskins' 36-35 loss to the Bucs last weekend. But at least the Hall of Fame coach had the sense to apologize after realizing he'd made a mistake.
Rosenhaus? He blew Owens' only chance to do the same.
- FRANK PASTOR
Who in the sports world most needs to shut his yap: Joe GibbsALL COMPLAINING ASIDE - OKAY, COACH?
True story: Last week, a Bosnian soccer referee hit a player and knocked him out when the player disagreed with a call.
Joe Gibbs? Are you listening?
If it takes a KO to quiet the cantankerous coach, I'll take it. Gibbs' yap was running full force after the Bucs' victory over his Redskins last weekend. He said that Mike Alstott should have been ruled down on his two-point conversion run, that the Redskins were not offside when they blocked an extra-point try, that Joey Galloway was out of bounds on a reception, that a Bucs interception should have been nullified for illegal contact.
Coach, how about your team's three turnovers, a failure to run out the clock in the final minutes and poor third-down defense? The officials' fault, too?
Is it really so difficult to say: "The better team won today. No, I will not blame the officiating for our loss. The officials are human and the calls will even out."
I have an idea. If Gibbs keeps complaining about officiating mistakes, then referees can submit tapes of his coaching blunders to the league office for review each week. That should inspire some blessed, long-overdue silence.
- JOHN STRICKHOUSER
Are there too many college bowl games?
Pastor (Yes) - 498
Tomlin (No) - 157
Pastor - 2,174
Tomlin - 1,229
Frank Pastor becomes the first to win three series with a resounding win over Jim Tomlin. John Strickhouser takes a shot at Pastor next, starting today.