Phil Matier and Andrew Ross buried the second lead in their Raiders-and-Oakland-Have-30-Days-To-Make-Plan story in The Chronicle, and while we don’t like questioning such august typists, here it is anyway.
“Mayor Libby Schaaf has said she would be willing to use public money to help pay for ‘infrastructure’ on and around a stadium site. That sounds negligible, but it might not be: Some officials say it could total $240 million to $300 million.
“My concern is that it could wind up being a shell game that will blow up the minute the public sees the details,” said one official on the Coliseum Authority.
Uhh, ALL stadium deals are shell games. It just depends on the shell, and who’s wearing it.
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Stephen Curry’s absence had a good deal to do with Golden State’s 104-98 loss at Indiana Sunday, but that should have come as no surprise to Warrior fans, who know off the tops of their flattened heads that the Warriors are 17-41 in Curry-less games since his rookie year.
In other words, they are 209-180 with him, making him the first Warrior of any extended substance to have a winning career record since Rick Barry. The jersey retirement is on its way . . . as long as it isn’t those brutal slate sleeved ones.
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In the meantime, the Sharks are now sitting in 10th place after Minnesota’s 2-1 win over Dallas Sunday night, and the train is leaving the station. Seems like the only thing left for the franchise to do is to play Joe Pavelski’s F-bomb-enriched speech between periods of the Arizona win on the scoreboard at every home game.
And in the dressing room, too. Unexpurgated. Where it needs hearing most.
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B.J. Upton has decided he will be known as Melvin Upton, Jr., from now on. We will refrain from mockery until we know the reason. But it better be good if he’s choosing Melvin.
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Now we know why Kevin Durant had his moment of doubt and fear before the All-Star Game. His foot was doing the talking -– and one of the things it was saying is, “Unless Russell Westbrook can be cloned fully grown, the Warriors have one less nightmare to worry about come April.”
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Nebraska coach Tim Miles has decided after watching his team stink out the home arena Sunday by losing to Iowa, 74-46, that he would forbid it from doing the same to the locker room. He told reporters after the game he is barring his players from their lavish inner sanctum until further notice.
How lavish? Big screen televisions, a pool table and a smoothie bar, among other accoutrements.
“There will be chains on the doors locking it from the outside,’’ Miles was quoted by the Omaha World-Herald as saying, “until further notice.
“You never want to throw your players under the bus,’’ Miles said, “but that was beyond disappointing. That’s not what we represent . . . We quit easily today, and that’s a great disappointment.”
Well, at least under the bus would provide shelter and some privacy.
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And finally, I don’t know what award Idris Elba won last night, but he so deserved it, whatever it was. Even if it was Miss Agricultural Manitoba. Idris Elba should win everything.