Just ask the Eagles: Pro injuries aren't all they're cracked up to be

August 31, 2005|By PETER SCHMUCK

I HAVE TO admit, I'm still a little skeptical about Terrell Owens and his supposed groin injury.

Seems to me that his groin only seems to hurt when the Eagles need an excuse to keep him out of the spotlight. He didn't show up in Baltimore for the Aug. 20 exhibition game against the Ravens because of it, but he looked just fine catching a 64-yard touchdown pass against the Cincinnati Bengals a week later.

So, where was he on Sunday when the Eagles held their annual charity carnival? Nursing that groin injury, of course.

He probably won't play against the Jets in the Eagles' final preseason game tomorrow night, but a lot of marquee players sit out the final exhibition to reduce the possibility of an injury this close to the regular-season openers.

I guess it would be pretty cynical to believe that professional sports teams would exaggerate or phony up injuries for public relations purposes.

In an unrelated development, struggling Orioles outfielder Sammy Sosa was placed on the disabled list over the weekend with a toe lesion.

If you were going to put on the richest event in golf, wouldn't you schedule it so the best golfers in the world were available to participate?

The winning golfer in this year's HSBC World Match Play Championship will take home $1.78 million, but the highest-rated player who can fit it into his calendar is Retief Goosen, ranked No. 5 in the world.

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III and Masters runner-up Chris DiMarco all declined invitations to the tournament, which will be held Sept. 15-18 in Wentworth, England, because it conflicts with the Presidents Cup.

I'm confused. Is there some kind of rule in Maryland that every major pro and college sports season has to be preceded by some embarrassing incident involving a well-known athlete?

Maryland basketball star Chris McCray was charged with resisting arrest and two other misdemeanor counts early Sunday morning in College Park. Last year, there was a similar offseason incident in Maine involving Nik Caner-Medley.

Guess it wasn't such a good idea to pass out all those "What Would Sidney Do?" bracelets.

Don't know about you, but I can only hope that Miguel Tejada reconsiders his newly stated intention to end baseball's longest consecutive games streak. The guy only needs to play 1,746 more games without a day off to break Cal Ripken's record.

It can't be easy to be new Sun columnist Rick Maese, who had to move here all the way from Orlando, Fla., and get up to speed on a whole new sports town. I don't know where he's going to find the time to get a date for the prom.

OK, that's a cheap shot, but Rick is one of the youngest columnists in the country, and he figures to bring a fresh perspective to the Baltimore sports scene. As long as I get the World Series and he takes the X Games, we're going to get along just fine.

There are some drawbacks to being so young in this business ... and as soon as I figure out what they are, I'll stop resenting Rick so much.

This is absolutely true. My 17-year-old daughter saw Rick's picture in the paper yesterday and asked me if The Sun had hired "that kid from Malcolm in the Middle."

Non-sports news bulletin: 63-year-old Art Garfunkel was arrested this week near Woodstock, N.Y., and charged with possession of marijuana - his second such arrest in the same area in the past two years.

My take: Though I'm sure Orioles executive vice president Jim Beattie was a huge Simon and Garfunkel fan, I'm guessing it'll be at least four or five days before he has any official comment on the situation.

Concern is building among old-school hockey fans that new rules aimed at creating a more wide-open style of play may lead to a kinder, gentler form of NHL hockey. This also is very troubling to those of us who view cheap-shot checking and fighting as the only redeeming qualities of the sport.

Headline in The Sun I'm sure I've read somewhere before: "Cubs' Wood will have season-ending operation."

Bonus Rick Maese joke: Rick is so young that Mary-Kate and Ashley are waiting for him to become legal.

Bill Veeck would have been proud.

The Potomac Nationals spiced up Thursday's game at Pfitzner Stadium with an unusual promotion, picking the "Hairiest Back at the Ballpark" and awarding the lucky fan - 47-year-old Army Master Sgt. Jim Coffey - a $2,500 course of laser hair-removal treatment.

Editor's note: Because of The Sun's ethics policy, Ray Frager was not eligible to participate.

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