Publicity Stunt? - You Decide: With all the negative talk about him do you think T.O.'s intentions are pure? Maybe the motive doesn't matter if the outcome is good. Just thought it might get some discussion.
posted by skydivemom to football at 07:03 PM - 53 comments
Just more proof that TO is the man and misunderstood. WWTOD
posted by charlatan at 07:41 PM on September 09
Just because he might have questionable behavior in a sports atmosphere, it doesn't mean he's not a charitable person.
posted by jasonspaceman at 10:23 PM on September 09
You may not like the guy's antics most of the time, but we don't truly know what he's like off the field. He may very well be genuine...who are we to judge?
posted by supersly26 at 10:41 PM on September 09
Thought he didn't have any money to feed his family?
posted by dbt302 at 10:42 PM on September 09
I am one of those guys that think that T.O. is all for T.O.. This is a nice gesture on this part though...Warrick was the guy that touched home with me, I hope all of the other players that can, help out...
posted by dabigoneinkc at 11:01 PM on September 09
Is it just a publicity stunt? If some seriously needy people get additional help, no, it can't be just that. Is it the best way he and his agent could think of to help out and draw attention to himself at the same time? I'd give that a yes.
posted by semantic at 01:48 AM on September 10
The only ones that misacted the whole situation was the media. Dispite T.O.'s true feelings, the media are the ones that overreacted and blew this thing on the front page everywhere. I believe the only business the fan and athlete have together, should be what is televised on FOX sunday afternoon.
posted by jkudlacik at 02:53 AM on September 10
To be honest, you should check TO's website to see what he does for the Alzheimers fund. All people have their down side, TO happens to have a bad attitude almost childish.However hes never been in the news for drug dealing/smoking weed/spousal abuse/rape, like some NFL players.He happens to be a "well publicized baby". When it comes to him giving, hes at the top of the list. TO was raised by his grandmother(who suffers from alzheimers)(meaning his parents were not around)that has an affect on some people. This is not a stunt. There are people that need help. And he is helping.How a person can be judged negatively for that is beyond me. Im sure you'll find some TO hater that can spin this into something negative. I went to high school with larry webster in MD. He got a ring coming of the bench for the ravens the year they won it.These are not 3k rings. These rings(some championship/superbowl) are worth between 15-20k (just from a jewelry aspect)which is far above the 5k warrick dunn is saying each player should donate. Im sure the people affected would be grateful.
posted by Web_Spiner at 03:11 AM on September 10
My first thought is that T.O. makes enough cash that he doesnT have to auction off his Super Bowl ring to be charitable. But see, that wouldn't draw enough attention to himself. He needs the ego booster.
posted by Richie Bee at 03:59 AM on September 10
Buzz this one by ya! Does T.O. ever do anything not intended to draw attention to himself. Most children get over this in grammar school. T.O. is an overgrown brat.
posted by Richie Bee at 04:37 AM on September 10
I believe this is not a stunt. I think his heart is in the right place. Not much different from what other athletes are doing. Now on Monday when he and McNab "kiss and Make up" on national TV--that will be a stunt! Just wait and see!
posted by daddisamm at 04:43 AM on September 10
If you think about it, what TO is doing aint much different than this!"> Its all going to the same cause!
posted by daddisamm at 05:00 AM on September 10
WWTOD I purchased one of those bracelets. It gives me strength through hard times.
posted by dyams at 06:56 AM on September 10
The first I'd read about this was that he wasn't going to accept the ring anyway so by auctioning it off he can avoid the "not accepting" it part and look generous in the process. Now that sounds pretty cynical and I don't know where I read that, but there's the publicity stunt angle.
posted by gspm at 09:29 AM on September 10
Thinking that I know him (which I nor anyone else does) he might not care about the NFC championship ring because he did not help them win it. He helped get them to the playoffs and caught some passes in the Super Bowl, but if I remember correctly it was the team minus TO that actually won the NFC. I could easily see him not giving a crap about that ring anyway.
posted by Turbo at 10:01 AM on September 10
I believe SEMANTIC, stated this earlier. It's the best way HE and his AGENT, could bring attention to himself. I'm thinking, see I'm not a bad guy after all, how about a new contract?
posted by volfire at 03:42 PM on September 10
Well I personally can't stand the guy, but seeing as how my cousins live in New Orleans and now have nothing, I will give him the benefit of the doubt, this time.
posted by tina at 11:48 PM on September 10
If you think about it. Its a lose lose situation for him.If he does nothing, he's a greedy bastard with to much money. If he does something that will help these people that have lost everything, he's doing it for attention. Again, if anyone is related to someone with Alzheimers disease, you should check terrellowens.com for his link about the disease and the foundation he donates to. His grandmother suffers from the disease. TO has donated to many charitys well before this BS with Mcnabb. He's guilty of being a big baby sometimes, big deal. He has no drug arrests/no domestic violence/no rape claims, like many NFL players(some in the hall of fame). I havnt seen any big storys about TO and this ring. I think the only attention its getting is from us. WAIT!!! just think, if this FPP didnt exist,TO would just be auctioning the ring to help those people with no attention to himself what so ever. Are we MORE guilty by giving him the "attention" that we're not even sure he is seeking? Some people are just pure haters.I mean really think about these phrases. "I dont like the way TO helps the victims of Katrina" "He's not doing it the way "i" think he should". If some of you haters put as much effort in helping those in need as you do hating TO, the crisis would be over by now. lets end this thread with this Compare what TO is doing for the victims to what "YOU" are doing for the victims...pretty sad huh? Start a "i hate TO" thread,bash him to death. Talk about his Momma for all i care. But never judge someone for helping people in need. Skydivemom, nice thread. It caused some people to think, and it caused some to show their "true colors"
posted by Web_Spiner at 03:06 AM on September 11
So he is auctioning a ring he didn't pay for to raise money. Why not dip into his own pocketss to show that he was actually sacrificing? I don't think was a publicity stunt, but it still rings hollow (get it? rings.). It is like music stars who put on a benefit concert for some horrible event but don't put up any money. They get all the press for "giving" when in fact it was the people who attended who sacfriced thei hard-earned dollar for The Cause. It doesn't make the musician a bad person, it just means they don't deserve more credit than others who sacrificed as well. I hope TOs auction goes/went well. And I hope it helps. Certainly better than the government's debit card plan. Oh, and TO's mamma's wears army boots. I gave money to the Red Cross and took a whole bunch of items to the aid drive that was held on the grounds of the state capitol. I was all out of championship rings. So, Mr. Holier Than Thou, did I show my true colors? Or do I have to fawn over an asshole too? I wish people would stop bringing up how TO was raised by his grandmother. It makes her look bad. Can we get a moritorium on TO threads, please. At least until he suits up and plays.
posted by scully at 06:36 AM on September 11
So he is auctioning a ring he didn't pay for to raise money. Why not dip into his own pocketss to show that he was actually sacrificing? Any reason to help the hurricane victims is a good reason. I'll bet some Iggles fan will pay a lot of money for that ring.
posted by rcade at 09:45 AM on September 11
Right on "TERRAPIN". A lot of us have donated money or clothes for the hurricane victims in silence and are happy with our doings. If all these pro athletes who are paid millions would all chip in they could be a tremendous help. But then again they have to feed there families.
posted by Richie Bee at 10:30 AM on September 11
I think it is a good idea for famous people to donate publicly. It draws more attention to the need, and it might encourage others to do so. I mean if TO the posterboy for selfishness is being generous, then everyone better be!
posted by bperk at 10:34 AM on September 11
Wake up! I am frankly amazed at all you sheep out there. Blindless...wanting/needing to be lead by that waste of DNA! Owens HAS NEVER done anything without drawing attention to himself...much like a spider does a fly...after it catches it! So...he has some flunky create a website to make OTHERS give to charities. Wow! What a humanitarian! Give me a break! Now watch closely my little sheep. Owen's is selling the "Eagles" ring...not his. This is just another slap at the organization. Like...I don't need your ring...I'll go with some other team that will pay for my classless moves, uncontrolled mouth and limited abilities...yes limited. Just like Own's intentions. Limited..at bringing attention to himself. JHardrock
posted by hardrock2005 at 10:44 AM on September 11
Listen mate, it's not easy being a blindless sheep, I can tell you.
posted by squealy at 11:06 AM on September 11
I swear some of you "TO haters" need a woman. He doesnt have to auction shit. You dont realize how much your belly aching is just as bad as his. The ring is the teams?The ring has his number and name clown.He is on the team. Why would someone wanting a "moratorium" on TO threads read (and post)on one? Makes you wonder. I gave money to the Red Cross and took a whole bunch of items to the aid drive that was held on the grounds of the state capitol. I was all out of championship rings. So, Mr. Holier Than Thou, did I show my true colors? Right on "TERRAPIN". A lot of us have donated money or clothes for the hurricane victims in silence Unreal, "in silence". Are you 2 seeking attention for the things you've done? Why mention it? Now should we question your motives for giving? Why donate things? Why not buy all new things? Hear how that sounds? Its foolish to question anything people do that will help others. Like i said, some people's hate is down right sickening.This guy could give a kidney to a cancer patient and some of you people would say he's doing it to get on web MD's website. Cant wait to hear the crying if this guy wins a superbowl.He's doing something to help the victims of katrina, ask them how much they give a fuck where the money comes from. I could see some of you begging some of the less fortunate down on the golf coast to turn the money away that comes from this ring. Just because TO torches the secondary of your favorite team. The way you guys talk makes me think that you're exactly the type of fans like the guy who ran on the court in detroit,and got dropped by jermaine O'neal. Theres more to life than to cry about someone being a crybaby. Limited abilities? Theres your proof. Lets see, you're a niners,cowboys,or ravens fan. The best receiver in the NFL has limited abilities. Poor fellow, your team will get better. Whats next a thread calling TO the "N" word because he gave 100k to the Alzheimers foundation?
posted by Web_Spiner at 02:00 PM on September 11
I guess I'll would be the only person to think this but...I really didn't take it as a publicity stunt as much as his dislike for the Phil. Eagles.What really meant more to him???Sort of like on "Willy Wonka..." when the lady had to decide between her case of Wonka bars or her husband.
posted by Roeboecop at 03:18 PM on September 11
Theres more to life than to cry about someone being a crybaby. What about crying about someone crying about someone being a crybaby?
posted by rcade at 03:39 PM on September 11
I think Terill Owins is a ninny for donating hundrit gees to the 1 Forgets Whar 1 l1v3D foundation() '' !%^&!!
posted by yerfatma at 04:46 PM on September 11
If this was somebody else- say Bret Favre, Shaq, MJ, anybody-people would say this was v very nice thing to be doing. He is raising money for a good cause---petiod. That is all that really matters
posted by daddisamm at 07:47 PM on September 11
It's too bad some clowns live in a cartoon world. Grow up and tell me truthfully you think Owens does anything for anybody else. Kidney...give me a freaking break moron. You MUST have a short memory? Or were you at the movies? The only way you could have missed Owen's "classy" performance crying about his "shortchanged" contract. Bringing in the media while he showed all his class. Yep...sure is tough trying just to feed a family on a few paltry multi-million per year nowadays. You are exactly the reason/type of fan why Pro Football has a bad name. They say water seeks it own level clown. And to answer your stupid statement...I follow Brett Farve and the Packers. Proud of it too. Farve IS a class act. Unlike Owens who couldn't even spell the word. Or are you going to drone on how Farve got "addicted" to painkillers because his body is so busted up. You would do that. So would Owens. Ever watch any fucking sports program clownboy? Tune in anyday and listen in each show who does nothing but praise Farve. That's a class act you clown. My life does not revolve around being a fan. I played the game... Trust me...I can spot a waterboy from the way he talks. You son...are a waterboy. Like I said...water seeks its own level clown.
posted by hardrock2005 at 10:23 PM on September 11
WTF are you talking about? All I see here is your allegiance to a player you believe in. How is your blind love of Favre any different from a Philly fan who backs TO? Some people root for the laundry. Favre has been a shadow of his former self for a few years now, yet we're supposed to celebrate his every idiotic decision during his last couple of victory laps because he's a veteran. He's starting to smell like the corpse of Cal Ripken Jr. And no one cares a whit for your waterboy diving rod. Put it back in your too-tight shorts.
posted by yerfatma at 10:35 PM on September 11
posted by hardrock2005 at 10:56 PM on September 11
WHAT THE FUCK IS WITH ALL THE BITCHING??!! All that should matter is that there is aid to all those who are suffering. Sure I can't stand T.O, hey it might be a publicity stunt, but who cares? If it is a publicity stunt, he will get his in the end, lets focus on those in need instead of constant bickering.
posted by tina at 12:00 AM on September 12
Clowns, sheep, waterboys - this thread has it all, apart from a little civility.
posted by squealy at 05:32 AM on September 12
I can only laugh. Listen hardrock(his name says it all). It wasnt me man, i was not the one who kicked your little ass all over high school.I didnt cut you from the football team.I didnt take your 1 girlfriend.My man, trust me,dont put some much stock in this. Get your blood pressure down and relax. Do you even realize you said the word clown like 5 times?I can imagine you slobbering all over your keyboard,breaking out into a sweat. Get off the roids man.they're making you act out of character. And if your not on roids then i guess its just your character. Im sorry farve isnt as good as he use to be.he was the man in the past and now hes just old.your a fan of his. I wouldnt judge you for that. I know its not your fault your parents were in the KKK,but "dude" you need to get over it.I can see you now beating your kids because the packers lost a game. Seek help before i roll you for you're free lunch "ticket" you silly ass,confederate rebel flag tatoo having,3 teeth in the front missing,flannel shirt wearing,monster truck driving,chris rock hating,garaunted 2nd cousin of someone named billy jo bob,whole tivo memory programmed with "rastlin" and "blue collar tv" watching, spawn of hitler.(sorry just responding to being called waterboy and clown) Theres more to life than to cry about someone being a crybaby. What about crying about someone crying about someone being a crybaby? posted by rcade at 3:39 PM CST on September 11 Are you not some sort of admin person on this site? you should be discouraging this type of behavior rather than provoking it. This place is losing stock so fast you would think its going to break enrons record. Think about it, my impression of a spo fi thread. "my team rocks, your team sucks. George michael is gay,no you're a troll!!Oh yea, wanna meet somewhere and i'll kick your ass? No, i'll kick your ass redneck. Oh no you wont "niger". No john wayne didnt just call me a "kneeger". admin admin, he's calling me names. well you called him names first".blah blah blah and so on. Sigh. What happen to respectable debate and a respectable MEDIATOR. p.s anyone with any information regarding the origin of the following cliche please respond. Like I said...water seeks its own level clown. posted by hardrock2005 at 10:23 PM CST on September 11
posted by Web_Spiner at 07:31 AM on September 12
Amen brother...I might just have been hasty with you. Nice sense of humor. Some get so uptight. Besides...even Jackson is coming out of... retirement to lend a song. Maybe..just maybe this world isn't as fucked up as we all think... LOL
posted by hardrock2005 at 07:34 AM on September 12
Whenever two people take over an Internet discussion with an argument, it always seems like foreplay to me.
posted by rcade at 09:57 AM on September 12
Agreed. Seemed like they were just playing hard to get. At each others' throats, then the tight clench. Like a bad 80s movie.
posted by yerfatma at 10:51 AM on September 12
This place is losing stock so fast you would think its going to break enrons record. Think about it, my impression of a spo fi thread. "my team rocks, your team sucks. George michael is gay,no you're a troll!!Oh yea, wanna meet somewhere and i'll kick your ass? No, i'll kick your ass redneck. Oh no you wont "niger". No john wayne didnt just call me a "kneeger". admin admin, he's calling me names. well you called him names first".blah blah blah and so on. If you don't like it then leave!! I doubt anyone will miss ya
posted by jojomfd1 at 11:03 AM on September 12
No shit, whats with the amount of gay references on this site? Whenever two people take over an Internet discussion with an argument, it always seems like foreplay to me Whenever people sit around and watch people take over an internet discussion,then chime in,it always seems like some sort of wierd plea for a threesome to me. Some people see homo-eroticism in everything they look at. Might be a symptom. You could very well be coming down with being GAY!
posted by Web_Spiner at 11:13 AM on September 12
If you don't like it then leave!! I doubt anyone will miss ya posted by jojomfd1 at 11:03 AM CST on September 12 See? Too funny. I bet you dont even realize how you just proved my point.Boy, you told me. your the man, and to think i actually agreed with you about something in the past.I must have been drunk that day. Man seriously, do you like me? Its like you roam the site trying to see what i've posted. Man, get a girlfriend. you're like some kind of posting stalker or something. Go away. Talk about the topic. Start another genius thread. Shew. And do yourself a favor you blithering idiot. Try to add atleast one thought to the actual topic of the thread as each of us did before we said anything else.Having jojomofo d as a member of spo fi just made the stock drop yet another half point.
posted by Web_Spiner at 11:27 AM on September 12
WHAT THE F--- IS WITH ALL THE BITCHING??!! All that should matter is that there is aid to all those who are suffering. Sure I can't stand T.O, hey it might be a publicity stunt, but who cares? If it is a publicity stunt, he will get his in the end, lets focus on those in need instead of constant bickering. posted by tina at 12:00 AM CST on September 12 Thanks Tina, for this. It says it all!----I have said this many times-it really doesnt matter who is giving as long as people are giving. These arguments about which athlete is better, is really stupid--- If you want to see a Publicity stunt-tune in to Monday night football and watch TO and McNab "kiss and Make up. We dont really need to talk about who is giving more to hurricane relief or who is more sincere in thier giving...Just be thankful that people are giving.
posted by daddisamm at 11:45 AM on September 12
Just shut up or talk sports. No more three paragraph diatribes on why you're cooler than all the other kids. And save the homophobia for your next men's room visit.
posted by yerfatma at 11:45 AM on September 12
Nothing like a little T.O. throwdown to bring the asshats out in everyone.
posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 01:07 PM on September 12
That wasn't for you daddisamm, you just beat me to the Post button.
posted by yerfatma at 01:10 PM on September 12
Well I kept seeing the "true colors" remarks, and it was irritating.
posted by tina at 01:44 PM on September 12
I really wasnt sure who it was meant for, so I did what I always do-I gave a reply!
posted by daddisamm at 01:58 PM on September 12
Well I kept seeing the "true colors" remarks, and it was irritating. Now I have a Cyndi Lauper song stuck in my head. Who said the thread couldn't get worse?
posted by yerfatma at 02:19 PM on September 12
Answer the siren's call, yerfatma. When I figure out how to post images, Web_Spiner's fears about the site's stock value will seem small by comparison.
posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:20 PM on September 12
Well I kept seeing the "true colors" remarks, and it was irritating. He tried to pull that sh*t the other day too
posted by jojomfd1 at 07:24 PM on September 12
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posted by yerfatma at 08:02 PM on September 12
Wow, I feel better already. Thanks yerfatma.
posted by The_Black_Hand at 08:13 AM on September 13
"My first thought is that T.O. makes enough cash that he doesnT have to auction off his Super Bowl ring to be charitable. But see, that wouldn't draw enough attention to himself. He needs the ego booster." posted by Richie Bee at 3:59 AM CST on September 10 Obviously you are a T.O. hater but I am willing to bet if Tom Brady wanted to auction off one of his superbowl rings no matter how much money he makes every one would call him a SAINT. But when T.O. does it, its an ego boost. he does not need any ego boost he knows he is the shit and so does every football fan and the media because if he wasn't no one would even talk about him at all. Kind of like the media does'nt talk about 75% of the league.
posted by dukealicious30 at 04:13 PM on September 13
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