Adam Silver has revealed himself as a modern-day John O’Sullivan, a newspaper editor (and who doesn’t hate those guys?), who decided America should be able to grab whatever it can get and used the helpful phrase “manifest destiny” to explain it.
Anyway, Silver was quoted by Owen Gibson of The Guardian about the NBA’s planned expansion to Europe by saying, and this by the way is why the rest of the world hates our living guts: “I know that as much growth as we’ve seen, we have a long way to go before we can sustain four franchises in Europe. On the other hand, I believe it’s our manifest destiny to expand.”
Ick. Unless, of course, he’s willing to move the New York Knicks to Chisinau to put them out of our misery. Chisinau is in Moldova. Moldova is east of Romania. Romania is in southeastern Europe. Southeastern Europe is what Russia has stolen before and would like to take again. Russia can have the Knicks.
Besides, Mikhail Prokhorov drove the Nets from Brooklyn into the sea. Fair is feh, after all.
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Yes, yes, I know technology is always changing, but this is spectacular. Tomas Romero, a writer for the Spanish sports daily, who apparently was part of a group conducting a séance to gain guidance from former (and dead) Real Madrid player Juanito via a Ouija board before the team’s second leg Copa Del Rey match against Atletico Madrid. It worked great, except for the fact that the two sides tied and Atletico advanced by virtue of winning the first leg. Just goes to show you can’t trust dead people the way you used to.
More immediately, though, séances are the new Twitter. I don’t like talking to living people, but if I can get some IT training, I’ll do my best with the members of the feathered choir. I mean, they’re largely better anyway.
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And speaking of dead subjects, I really am Jim Tomsula’d and Jack Del Rio’d out, especially when it comes to “do you think he will . . . ?” matters. In other words, don’t ask me what I think about either of them until they actually do something more taxing than picking out a home to rent (Del Rio) or new office furniture (Tomsula).
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I will however say this one thing. Player endorsements for either man are meaningless, as they are either delivered for reasons of job security to tell us how they are good at what they used to do. We know that. The question is what they’re going to do now.
And as for Tomsula’s nice-guy thing, football hates nice guys. It eats them whole and spits out the bones. Football likes fear-psychos, manipulators and snake-oil salesmen, top to bottom. That’s one of the reasons football is creepy, except when the games happen, at which time they remain America’s mainline of choice.
Hey, can’t fight the culture unless you’re ready to leave.
[RELATED: Kaepernick excited Tomsula is 49ers coach]
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Wilt Chamberlain was traded from the San Francisco Warriors to the Philadelphia 76ers this day 50 years ago. Jerry West was against it, but Joe Lacob insisted.
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If you live on, near or can commit voter fraud in Bainbridge Island, WA, remember the name Douglas Schulze. He’s the city manager, and he introduced this, courtesy WITI:
“By the authority vested in me as City Manager of the City of Bainbridge Island, Kitsap County, Washington, by the Revised Code of Washington and the Bainbridge Island Municipal Code, it is hereby ordered as follows:
“Section 1. All executive branch departments and divisions of the local government shall authorize employees to celebrate Blue Friday on each Friday prior to any games of the Seattle Seahawks by wearing Seahawks jerseys, logo gear, team colors and gathering at lunch or breaks for tailgating type foods and non-alcoholic beverages.
“Section 2. On Sunday, January 18, 2015, the Seattle Seahawks opponent in the NFC Championship game will be the Green Bay Packers, a.k.a. Cheeseheads. Fans of the Green Bay Packers are frequently seen wearing obnoxious wedge-shaped foam hats painted yellow.
“Section 3. Due to the relationship between the Green Bay Packers, their fans, and cheese, the possession of and/or consumption of cheese or cheese flavored products shall be banned in Bainbridge Island City Hall on Friday, January 16, 2015.”
Here’s hoping every pizza parlor in town class-action sues the city into bankruptcy.
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Jim Harbaugh has sent out 11 tweets since becoming the Governor of Michigan, and an average of 1.636 exclamation points per tweet, which of course got everyone still addicted to the Old Khaki Avenger recommitted. But his latest one Thursday is an old favorite and lacks the bite of the original Tweetin’ Harbs:
“Attacking this day with Enthusiasm Unknown to Mankind.”
That’s @CoachJim4UM in case you want to keep tabs on his exclamation average. And no, he didn’t drop the line and dot after the last tweet, so he’s clearly not attacking the day with his full ability. Very sloppy there, Sluggo. That kind of sloth isn’t going to get you any closer to Mark D’Antonio, let alone Urban Meyer.
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And finally, Del Rio won his press conference, and he hasn’t even held it yet, if you know what we mean, and we think you do.
Watch Senior Insider Ray Ratto Friday at 1 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet California when the Raiders introduce Jack Del Rio as their next head coach.