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Wednesday, November 30, 2005 

Woe for T.O.?

Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania is normally a reasonable guy. But why is he threatening to bring the Terrell Owens-Eagles dispute to the anti-trust committee? Is he that desperate for media attention, or just pandering to minority football fans? The NFL owners and players collectively bargained for binding arbitration, and in this case, the arbitrator decided against a player. Since Richard Block had a history of siding with players (such as in the Terry Glenn case against the Patriots a few years ago) it was widely expected that he would support Owens's position. But the Eagles made a strong case, and removed most of Owens's leverage by agreeing to pay him for the rest of the season. The last thing we need Congress to do is to launch an investigation of why teams have the right to bench players. What's next, Sen. Kennedy attacking the Celtics for benching Mark Blount? Too bad Congress wasn't as diligent before the Iraq war.

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