I [try to] stay clear of the online outrage mob – too depressing. But when the Insulter in Chief tweets out a midnight insult missive at a sports mega-star who just bankrolled a school for disadvantaged kids, the timing could not be more rotten.
I won’t punch my monitor or scream at the sky when he tweets garbage. I do wonder when this president will stop acting like a potty-mouthed 4th grader, and cease stepping on rakes at midnight and, maybe, maybe act like an adult?
Remember when the NBA considered sports gambling to be a petulance, a virus? You should remember. It was 4 months ago. NBA was of several “friends of the court” in MURPH V NCAA that filed amicus briefs opposing legalized gambling. 4 months ago the NBA was running from the virus. Now, it’s mainlining it.
The NBA acted quickly and teamed up with MGM Grand on a multi-year deal. Although the deal is with MGM, the NBA is now frankly in the betting business. When some schmuck in an MGM Grand property puts down $20 on the Cavs to win the 2018/19 part of it goes to the NBA.
Remember when Adam Silver was roasting that pig? Now he’s marrying it.
REMEMBER WHEN JIM TRESSEL was fired over emails related to him hiding knowledge about…memorabilia?
Yeah, good times…
Urban Meyer has presented himself as super clean and above it all. Until his longtime assistant’s ex-wife alleged Meyer knew about domestic abuse it seemed to fit.
Maybe the halo has slipped a little. Maybe it was an urban myth…
You’re at a party and someone says something like: “Barry Bonds” wasn’t juiced – he said he wasn’t and I believe him”. You want to say “what?” and then stop yourself because you know the conversation won’t end with Barry Bonds, he likely thinks that the Pete Rose and the Patriots never cheated, and OJ is innocent. Just smile and walk away.
So what innocent but unpopular sports opinions do you own?
I’LL GET IT STARTED…
Connie Mack should have worn a uniform. There – I said…. wanna fight?
Whoever threw paint on a Lakers Mural is an attention-seeking jerk. I suspect it was a Kobe fan or maybe it was just a jerk who thought he would get his “work” on TV wanted to bask in his 15 seconds of fame. Low-talent to no-talent people would rather ruin someone’s work or ruin someone’s day rather than do something positive.
The Lakers Muralist didn’t repair his mural after the vandalism, he covered it up. I often feel like doing that when I post an illustration with a solid idea and sold art and wait for the “wows” to come rolling in. Sometimes that never happens. Oh well. Keep on plugging…
Joe Simpson the Atlanta Braves play-by-play dude and a former major leaguer went full get-off-my-lawn yesterday, complaining on air that the Dodgers had taken BP in… clutch your pearls and grab a seat… T-shirts and sweats. I know, pretty serious stuff – right? Well, no it’s not but that didn’t stop Simpson from slamming the Dodger millennials as unprofessional. Along with Simpson’s silly “tradition” argument he claimed fans come to watch players and ‘wouldn’t know who they were’ without uniforms. I definitely have trouble distinguishing Justin Turner from Yasiel Puig so, point well taken Joe.
Simpson had a full throated supporter in Atlanta radio guy Chuck Kelly (tweet below). Kelly stepped on his own rake and slammed it into his face by proclaiming that people complaining about Simpson’s ‘get-off-my -lawn rant, “never wore the uniform”. Oh – ok guy. News Flash bro, the people you’re complaining about – wear a Dodgers uniform right now, so maybe sit this one out?
I guess Simpson thinks we should go back to the good old days when men were manly men – when Mickey Mantle and Billy Martin could drink themselves into a stupor and show up for a game the next day still drunk but hey, they’d be dressed in suits and ties and looking professional.
RON MANFRED INHABITS the office of commissioner of baseball. He runs baseball perhaps not with the dictatorial sense of Goodall but he has the capacity and frankly the responsibility to promote the game and the players who play it.
How much trouble would it be for Baseball to promote Mike Trout – its best player and an all around good guy? Apparently its too much trouble for Commissioner Manfred who demurred to Trout, suggesting Trout should promote himself. Wait… wut?
That’s like PGA deciding in the 2000’s it doesn’t need to promote or highlight Tiger Woods because, hey “he’ll do that himself”. No – the PGA rode that pony until Tiger wrapped his car around a tree. Even then it helped Tiger rehab his image.
Major League Baseball is not served well by a man who won’t promote its best player. After all what is his job other than to collect a huge salary, enforce rules and promote the game?