This existed on Amazon.com. It may not by the time you read this. Never mind the rest of it –- the idea that Trent Richardson has an autographed ball on the market that is more ($17,689,523,34) than $3 million more than his $13M signing bonus and almost $14M more than his contract with the Raiders is . . . well, downright kinky.
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In a break with tradition, Don Cherry (of the Coach’s Corner Cherrys) is stumping for an American –- a Florida-born American, at that -– to get something good.
In this case, to make the American League All-Star team, to wit: “Did you see the catch Josh Donaldson made today? That's why he deserves to be at All Star weekend. Cast your 35 votes.”
Yes, Josh Donaldson the Toronto Blue Jay.
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The Tennessee Titans have changed the name of their stadium for the third time in 16 years, this time to Nissan Stadium. It is described as an exclusive 20-year partnership, which of course it isn’t, given that the previous names (Adelphia and LP, for Louisiana Pacific) had deals of similar lengths.
Of course, it isn’t a record. That is held by the Giants, who turned over their sign thrice in six years, from Pacific Bell Park in 2000 to SBC Park in 2004 to AT&T in 2006. That’s AT&T, not to be confused with AT&T Stadium (Dallas), or AT&T Center (San Antonio) or AT&T Field (Chattanooga) or Jones AT&T Stadium (Lubbock).
The Jones is for Clifford B. and Audrey Jones, local Texas Tech fans, but someone will buy off the heirs soon enough.
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The NHL’s Board of Governors officially approved the 3-on-3 overtime format, which blows, and a limited form of coach’s challenges, which stinks even more because it robs us of moments like the legendary Joel Quenneville crotch-grab or any version.
But it also said it would look into expansion -– which, since the transistorized Gary Bettman already said it would cost successful applicants $500 million, means $30 million per existing team even after the league takes its cut for the company picnic and paying off the guy who is surgically attached to the Stanley Cup.
But don’t bet on Vegas necessarily. It’s still a one-industry town, and that industry doesn’t want its customers at rinkside. At least not until they put craps tables in front of every row.
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By the way, the NHL Awards show is an excellent reason never to put a team in Las Vegas. That is, unless Jonathan Pitre is part of the front office. Google him. It’ll be far more worthy your time than you trying to alphabetize your beers.
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Cleveland manager Terry Francona has never balked at sharing a personal matter (last week, he shared his story about peeing on himself when he was caught in the bathroom while outfielder Michael Bourn was being ejected), so the news that he has a serious fruit popsicle problem that reached such extremes that he needs to meditate in bed to avoid vomiting. He pounded down 17 at one sitting (“they’re healthy, and if one is good, 17 has to be good”), and at one point he said in explaining his problem, “They brought over nine boxes and there's six in each box. There's one box left. So I don't know what I'm going to do tonight.”
Get help from a professional, maybe? Or switch to Fudgsicles because they’re more filling? Or PediaLite to keep the nausea down? Or just fix Carlos Santana.
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And finally, Kevin Love’s decision to opt out of his Cleveland Cavaliers contract came as a surprise to nobody. We will still want to know, however, what owner LeBron James, general manager LeBron James and head coach LeBron James Standing On David Blatt’s Head Just To Let Him Know Where He Fits In The Organizational Table thinks.