“What does pouting get you?”I used to hate hearing those words as a 10-year-old. The inflection of the words, the tone of the voice, the penetrating glare that accompanied the phrase. When I heard those words I knew I was in trouble.”Hmm … ” my mother would hum, still glaring through me, if I wouldn’t give her an answer quickly enough.”Nothing,” I would mutter under my breath, barely audible enough to constitute a response.But the lesson was learned — at the age of 10 — that whining wasn’t going to get me anything. Let me just repeat that. At the age of 10.Yet some have yet to grasp this concept. Unlike my mother, they just don’t seem to understand that this type of behavior is not to be tolerated, let alone condoned and awarded.Of course, I’m not a professional athlete earning seven figures a year to run routes and catch passes. So perhaps I’m the one who is wrong in thinking that whining won’t get you anything, though I don’t think so.In case you couldn’t tell whom I’m discussing, I’m talking about the man who doesn’t even need a name to announce himself, just his initials: Mr. T.O. himself, Terrell Owens.For some reason, Owens doesn’t seem to believe he needs to worry about what people think of him, no matter what he does.”People hated on Jesus. They threw stones at him and tried to kill him,” Owens said earlier this summer. “I don’t have to worry about what people think of me.”Admittedly, this is a good philosophy for a sports star, though the Jesus comparison may be a bit overboard. Athletes are put under more scrutiny than anyone else for no other reason than that they are athletes. The spotlight shines bright on these people and it takes a thick skin to be able to handle all the doubts, criticisms and complaints.However, Owens continually reaches for this light. He yearns for it. He lives for it. Some of you may recall a column I wrote last year after Owens’ Super Bowl performance. In that column I praised the perpetually discontent receiver for his gutsy play and the help he gave his team in its quest for a Super Bowl victory.I stand by what I wrote. Owens’ performance was gutsy, but as far as the help it gave his team in their quest, I’m questioning whether or not that was true. Looking back, I was naíve to believe that anything Owens has done has been for the good of his team. It’s all about him. Even the Super Bowl performance was for him — it earned him the spotlight. At least that time he deserved it.Since then, Owens has done nothing but call out for attention. His shot at Donovan McNabb following the season? A cry for attention.His fall camp holdout, where the greedy T.O. looked for money and appeared on nearly every sports talk show ESPN produces? A cure for his limelight withdrawal. Owens’ weeklong hiatus from camp, working out in his driveway and even his latest move where he says he’s willing to talk to quarterback Donovan McNabb (something he previously refused to do)? Nothing more than calculated media stunts.But perhaps the most disappointing part of this whole fiasco is that all of these stunts have gotten exactly what they didn’t deserve: attention.After T.O.’s dismissal from fall camp, cameras followed him to the airport and asked him where he was going. When he decided to hold an impromptu workout in his driveway, every TV outlet in Philadelphia showed up. The footage was found on sports news highlights across the nation.And now he’s willing to talk to McNabb. The man makes one quote saying he’s going to talk to the man throwing him the ball, and it’s a headline on Sportscenter. Why exactly are we congratulating his decision to do the right thing, grow up and handle the situation like a man by writing a story about it?We shouldn’t be.Terrell Owens is the best receiver in the league, hands down. But just because he’s a stellar athlete doesn’t give him the right to act like an infant and demand all the toys. The man needs to grow up.But more importantly, those of us in the media need to stop giving this arrogant individual the coverage and attention he so desperately yearns for. If you cut off the gratification, the behavior will stop.After all, if I can learn at the age of 10, so can a grown up T.O.
Associated PressAside from fans of Wisconsin men’s basketball, expectations for the 2010-11 Badgers were once again tempered.Wisconsin, which various media outlets picked to finish outside the conference’s top four, finished with a 25-9 overall record, including a 13-5 Big Ten mark to finish in third place. After a disappointingly early exit from the conference tournament, the Badgers rebounded with Bo Ryan’s fourth Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAAs.Wisconsin returned three starters from last year, but preseason talk mainly surrounded the Badgers’ backcourt. Starting seniors Jason Bohannon and Trevon Hughes graduated the year before, which left junior Jordan Taylor and freshman Josh Gasser to take the reins of the offense.Gasser began his college career with a stunning performance, scoring 21 points on 5-for-8 shooting in a season-opening 99-55 victory against Prairie View A&M. It was the second-highest scoring debut in Badger history, and prompted Ryan to anoint the guard as the third freshman to ever start for him in his UW coaching career. Wisconsin then dispatched North Dakota, 85-53, before falling in its first true road test against UNLV, 68-65.Leuer and Taylor continued to lead the way for the Badgers all season. Both finished within the conference’s top five scorers, earning first team All-Big Ten accolades along the way. Taylor was also named second team All-American, while Leuer was given an honorable mention by the Associated Press.Leuer led the team in points (18.3), shooting percentage (.470) and rebounds (7.2). Taylor led the nation with a 3.83 assist-to-turnover ratio and recorded 18.1 points and 4.7 assists per game. His performance during the season eventually led him to being included as a Bob Cousy Award finalist, despite being initially left off the ballot.On Dec. 1, Wisconsin trounced North Carolina State, 87-48, to help the Big Ten win its second consecutive Big Ten/ACC Challenge. In a season fraught with road-woes, Wisconsin then managed to claim a 69-64 win on the road against in-state rival Marquette Dec. 11. In front of a raucous Bradley Center crowd, the Badgers overcame their poor shooting performance from the perimeter by grabbing 15 offensive rebounds. Gasser foiled a late-game comeback by the Golden Eagles when he knocked the ball loose out of Dwight Buycks’ hands and out of bounds with two seconds left. Buycks fumbled the ball and the possession arrow turned in Wisconsin’s favor.Troubles on the road prevented Wisconsin from building a strong entrance into the conference season, beginning 2-2 after losses to Illinois and in overtime versus Michigan State.But that preceded a 13-game stretch where Wisconsin won 11 contests. It began at the Kohl Center with revenge against No. 16 Illinois. Both teams shot poorly in the 76-66 UW win, but senior forward Keaton Nankivil hit three second-half 3-pointers to help topple the Illini.Keaton Nankivil finished the season with the team’s highest 3-point shooting percentage of .457 and had a team-high 42 blocks, both of which were considerable improvements from his junior season.UW then went on to shoot .490 and .554 from the floor against Indiana at home and Northwestern on the road. Gasser, who by this time had already lost and regained his starting 2-guard spot, produced the Big Ten’s first triple-double by a freshman since Michigan State’s Earvin Johnson in 1977, recording 12 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds.In a game that, in hindsight, presented a considerable amount of foreshadowing, Wisconsin lost for the first time in 18 days, falling to Penn State, 56-52, Jan. 29 in Happy Valley. The Badgers had defeated the Nittany Lions in 12 consecutive games spanning eight years, but on that late January night, that changed.Despite coming on the road, the loss still dampened the good vibes stemming from the Badgers’ late-December/early-January run. Yet, they weren’t gone for long as Wisconsin recovered three days later in Madison, as the Badgers topped then-No. 10 Purdue, 66-59. A four-game winning streak ensued, as Wisconsin proceeded to collect wins over Michigan State, Iowa (in overtime) and Ohio State.The latter victory may be the highlight of the season, as the Buckeyes entered Madison Feb. 12 with a perfect 24-0 record and the nation’s No. 1 ranking. Yet, a boisterous Kohl Center crowd gave the Badgers a tremendous lift and UW emerged victorious, 71-67. At one point in the second half, Wisconsin trailed by 15, but Taylor – as he did on more than one occasion this season – donned the proverbial Superman cape just in time to save the day. UW’s point guard scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half and made six of the seven shots he attempted after Wisconsin trailed by 15. All together, Taylor directly influenced 34 of Wisconsin’s 39 points by scoring or assisting.Next came a tough loss at Purdue four days later. But once again, Wisconsin began a four-game winning streak with victories over Penn State, Michigan, Northwestern and Indiana.The Badgers’ final regular season game came March 6 in Columbus, Ohio against the Buckeyes. Ohio State shot an NCAA-record 14-of-15 (.933) from 3-point range, while senior guard Jon Diebler was 7-of-8 from beyond the arc and scored 27 points. Wisconsin, meanwhile, shot only 25-for-60 (.417) from the floor and 9-for-24 (.375) from 3-point range. The result was a 93-65 rout in favor of OSU and a damaging blow to UW’s postseason outlook.Indeed, the damage inflicted by the Buckeyes carried over to the postseason. In their first game of the Big Ten Tournament, the third-seeded Badgers met Penn State for a third time. Wisconsin scored just 16 points in the first half and ultimately lost 36-33 in the lowest-scoring game in tournament history. The game was unmistakably ugly and Penn State certainly wasn’t much better. But without the victory, Wisconsin (.294 from the field and .095 from 3-point range) bore the brunt of the ensuing jokes, insults and criticisms.The Badgers earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament’s Southeast region and drew the No. 13 Belmont Bruins in the first round. Leuer and Taylor combined for 43 points and Wisconsin had little trouble with Belmont, advancing with a 72-58 victory.In the next round, Wisconsin had a much tougher time versus No. 5 seed Kansas State. Wildcats star Jacob Pullen won most of the highly touted point guard battle with the Badgers’ Taylor, scoring 38 points in 32 minutes of playing time. Yet it was UW that ultimately emerged victorious, as Taylor blocked Pullen’s game-tying 3-point attempt and the Badgers left with a 70-65 win.In the Sweet 16, Wisconsin faced the eighth-seeded Butler Bulldogs, the 2010 runner-up. The Bulldogs shed their perennial underdog label with a 61-54 victory that really wasn’t that interesting – until the final 10 minutes. Butler held a 47-27 lead with 10:38 remaining, but Wisconsin finally got its offense together to mount a furious comeback, resulting in the deficit closing to four points with 37 seconds remaining. Taylor was huge down the stretch, nailing two consecutive 3-pointers and making several crucial free throws. Yet the Badgers’ luck ultimately ran out. Butler, meanwhile, survived Florida in the Elite Eight and advanced to its second Final Four, facing Virginia Commonwealth University Saturday night.
The cadet national basketball team of B&H won the gold medal at the European Championship in Lithuania and impressed the entire nation. Congratulations started arriving from all sides, and Edin Džeko and Mirza Teletović were among the first ones who congratulated to golden boys.“In the hall in Kaunas I scored nine shots for three points once, and now I am 90 times happier than then. Bosnia and Herzegovina is the champion of Europe! These boys are a miracle. Thank you for making us so proud! Gold! I cannot believe it. This is fantastic. Congratulations to the profession, the Union and especially to the players,” wrote Teletović on his Twitter profile.B&H national team football player, Edin Džeko, also wrote on the social networks.“Champions of Europe! These boys are magnificent and the only thing I regret is that I will not have the opportunity to welcome these golden guys at the airport, but there will be opportunity to shake their hands! You conquered Europe, and in Kaunas, from where we went to the World Cup in Brazil, and congratulations on your spirit and desire! Now celebrate, you deserved it!” said Džeko in his message.The former captain of our national football team, Sergej Barbarez, watched the match with Lithuania in Kaunas as well, and he shared his feelings on Twitter. He mentioned the emotional finale and comments of Sabahudin Topalbećirević Baho and wrote that he actually made him cry. (Source: faktor.ba)
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