Yesterday, we discussed the concept of tipping at McDonalds via the $112 Golden State Warriors’ breakfast run than resulted in a zero percent gratuity. Today, we’re on to Marshawn Lynch, who gets more than his share of grief for, well, being Marshawn Lynch mostly.
Seems Lynch gave a fellow mopping a floor at a McDonalds in Dallas (the Seahawks were playing the Cowboys) $500 after engaging him a conversation about his life and goals, including buying some high-powered shoes (make not mentioned) -– which alone is worth more than the tip.
TMZ Sports, which reported the story, quoted 17-year old beneficiary Terrance Downs and saying that Lynch told him, “If you’re serious about getting those shoes, here’s some money to help you get ’em. My job is to continue to see you grow.”
Extra points to Lynch for not being the one to tell the story for his own benefit.
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In other TMZ-based fast food news, another Seahawk, Ricardo Lockette, is worth looking at.
After being released from the hospital after neck surgery, Lockette saw of a group of homeless people as he was being taken home, had his driver swing into a Seattle McDonalds, bought 100 cheeseburgers and then went back to pass them out.
No word on tippage. Or, for that matter, whether it was just burgers or all the fixin’s.
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Brenda Perez, a professional soccer player in Spain (so you know she’s got skills) was disguised as a guy and sent to an amateur men’s game by the Spanish television show El Horminguero (The Anthill, with transmission help to us via Vice Sports UK).
The obvious result is that she schooled them all, beard and all. And the obvious lesson: The Anthill is always watching, as creepy as that seems.
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We still have no news for you on the NBA’s examination of Luke Walton’s head coaching record: He still has none, either according to the league or BasketballReference.com. Since the ethereal Walton just hit double digits in wins in Minnesota Thursday night, I would suggest he’s probably done enough to get noticed in someone’s record book for it.
And since the Warriors have already become a hot-take factory for “Can They Win 70 games?” I’d like to think this will be clarified before the season reaches that point (earliest possible date: March 21, oddly enough also in Minnesota). By then, I’ll bet someone notices what Walton has been doing.
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By the way, the Warriors needed to beat the Wolfies by 41 to become the team with the largest winning margin after 10 games in league history. They didn’t. The first crack in the armor has been revealed. Doom is just around the corner.
But by winning, the 82-0 meme (you idiots) remains in force. Next up -– teams that started 11-0 (Boston 1964-5; Portland 1990-1; Atlanta and Los Angeles Lakers, 1997-8), 12-0 (Seattle 1982-3), 14-0 (Boston 1957-8, Dallas 2002-3) and the granddaddy of ‘em all, 15-0 (Washington 1948-9, Houston 1993-4).
Oh, and only two of them, the ’97 Bulls and ’65 Celtics, won the title. If I were the Warriors, I’d throw a game and soon.
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Five years ago Thursday, Joe Lacob, Peter Guber and a cast of other investors were approved to buy the Warriors from Chris Cohan (henceforth to be known as the David Kahn of owners; ask an NBA fan what that means), but the three other meaningful anniversaries in his career came not 1,826 days ago, but 1,375 days ago (when he traded Monta Ellis and cleared the way for Currygasms across the land), 1,368 days ago (the Chris Mullin Night night), and 901 days ago (the day Vivek Ranadive was approved as the owner of the Sacramento Kings).
In other words, there are cakes worth ordering, and cakes worth rolling around in.
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And finally, here’s to Patrick Willis, who is nobody’s fool. After all, even if he did have a change of heart about playing, his feet probably didn’t.