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May 2, 2014

Marc Cuban Warned Of A Slippery Slope
NBA Dallas Mavericks owner, Marc Cuban thinks that the league would be a better place without Donald Sterling but forcing him out of ownership of the LA Clippers because of racist remarks allegedly made by him could create a slippery slope. “Cuban was concerned about an arbitrary line being set for forcing people out of the league because of controversial beliefs that could be considered offensive. “In this country, people are allowed to be morons,” Cuban said. “They’re allowed to be stupid. They’re allowed to think idiotic thoughts. “Within an organization like the NBA, we try to do what’s in the best interest of the league, and that’s why we have a commissioner and a constitution, and I think Adam will be smart and deal with Donald with the full extent available. But, again, if you’re saying a blanket, ‘Let’s kick him out’ — I don’t want to go that far because it’s not about Donald, it’s not about his position, it’s about his mess — and what are we going to make a decision on? Cuban added that it was “damn scary” to ponder the thought of attempting to remove somebody from the NBA because of his personal beliefs. “In no uncertain terms am I supporting what Donald Sterling said, or his position,” Cuban said. “He’s obviously racist, he’s obviously bigoted. And in this day and age when you’re in the public eye, you’ve got to be damn careful — if that’s your position, and that’s unfortunately where you’re at, you better be damn careful what you say, even in the privacy of your own home. “But regardless of your background, regardless of the history they have, if we’re taking something somebody said in their home and we’re trying to turn it into something that leads to you being forced to divest property in any way, shape or form, that’s not the United States of America. I don’t want to be part of that.”
Bryce Harper The Sports Curmudgeon commented about my Bryce Harper piece, “Keep your eye on the “Bryce Harper matter”. This guy is going to be one of the most polarizing figures in sports. He is going to become a “Love him or Hate him” guy VERY soon. (Well, after he gets back from the DL) There is no question he is an incredible talent; there is also not much of a question that he is not the best teammate in the world. The problem will be that people will try to argue that his lack of hustle or lack of putting team over self somehow diminished from his talent. In reality he is “Both of the Above”. And that is what is going to make him polarizing.” Robinson Cano and Yasiel Puig, of the Dodgers own multi-year, multi-million dollar contracts along with headshaking egos. So Harper isn’t alone here.
“Bardware” Bob McKenty reminded me of the time when Gil Hodges was managing the Mets, that he called time out, slowly walked out to left field and removed Cleon Jones from the game because of his unenthusiastic play. Jones never let that happen again.
Sticky Thoughts
Bob Molinaro (HamptonRoads.com) wrote, “So if I understand this right, Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda’s biggest transgression wasn’t that he used pine tar to get a better grip on the ball, but that he wasn’t smart enough to abide by one of baseball’s famous unwritten rules that allows you to cheat- but discreetly. Silly, but noted.
Also, if it hasn’t been established that pine tar helps a pitcher sink or curve the ball, maybe as some are saying now, the stuff shouldn’t be outlawed for pitchers. I mean, hitters get to use it on their hands, right?”
Upon Further Review
Norman Chad had some thoughts about instant replays, “Here’s a novel concept: Play the games, make the calls and move on. This worked really, really well for a really, really long time. These days, the overriding focus at the game is the officiating; if you’re watching the games for the officiating, you’re not watching the games anymore. In addition, the repeated delays interrupt the flow of the action and suck away all the drama and, to put it mildly, it goes against the natural order of things. Replay just upsets the balance of life, like a sabermetrician at a strip club. With replay, for all I know Brown v. Board of Education gets overturned rather than Plessy v. Ferguson. With replay, there’s no Columbus Day — upon further review, officials would’ve seen throngs of Native Americans greeting the Italian explorer and his three ships upon his “discovery” of the New World. With replay, God probably doesn’t create heaven and earth, the sea and all that’s in them in under a week; on the seventh day he wouldn’t have rested, he’d be warding off legal challenges and environmental impact studies about his placement of the Brazilian rainforest. It’s too late for me, but I want my children’s children to enjoy a replay-free American future.
The New Broom
The press is playing up a possible rift between “Garden Dolan” and the “Big Triangle,” but I think that this might be just wishful thinking on the part of the press. I understand why Jackson wants to clean house- Dolan spies would be gone. Information leaks are only useful to people who want to sow seeds of misinformation. They don’t help new systems.
The Sports Curmudgeon gave us some Machiavellian reasoning (I love this cryptic stuff), “Perhaps you should ponder the words of Niccolo Machiavelli from 500 years ago with regard to your possible new venture:“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones.”
Giants/Jets
The NFL released the new schedules and I don’t want to delay my GUESSES for the season’s records- Giants 8-8 Jets 7-9.
LPGA
Michelle Wie won her first LPGA title in Hawaii after 4 years on the tour and
countless media ink about her being the “next big thing.” So far this season she’s taken in $600K in winnings- not too bad, huh? Perhaps she’s settled into tour playing. The Sports Curmudgeon set this along, “Here is a comment from Greg Cote of the Miami Herald with regard to another young winner on the LPGA Tour:“Coral Springs’ Lexi Thompson, 19, last week became the second-youngest woman to win an LPGA major. When I was 19, I first tried to solve a Rubik’s Cube before stomping on it in frustration.”

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