Before Mark Cuban decided that Steve Ballmer is his new public enemy No. 1, there was this to an ESPN reporter he's never been that keen on over a report that Cuban was frantically driving around Dallas (later corrected to driving around Houston) and trying to get DeAndre Jordan's address from members of Jordan's family:
“@mcuban: @Chris_Broussard that's is the dumbest s--- Ive ever heard. If you had any ethics u would msg me and I will give u his address”
I think Old Cubes is back.
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The San Antonio Spurs, on the other hand, are zen as hell. They retired Bruce Bowen’s number 12 for services rendered, but as it was LaMarcus Aldridge’s number in Portland, the question naturally arose, and Bowen said he was fine with having it un-retired if it would make Aldridge find greater peace.
Gregg Popovich was unavailable for “I’m on vacation, it’s mid-afternoon on a very sunny day, I’m half-faced on a fine Barolo while reading ‘Ring Of Steel,’ and I don’t give the contents of a massive sneeze about jersey numbers.”
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FIFA has banned former graft-eater and current snitch-for-hire Chuck Blazer for life. They said it was for corruption. What they meant was “for blowing our racket.” We know this because one of the biggest of the indicted, Jeffrey Webb, still has his gig.
And we also know it because FIFA.
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MLS, the men’s pro soccer league for those of you who are both soccer- and acronym-averse, is sending floats to be part of the U.S. Women’s National Team’s ticker tape parade in New York Friday, which is so very MLS.
Then again, so is this: Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen, who is kind of Old Cubes himself, has been stumping for the better part of a year for a NWSL (women’s pro league) franchise for SLC (and, coincidentally him). If MLS is on solid financial footing (and it hasn’t been, though it talks a good game and never hesitates to do onerous labor deals with the players toward that end), it might be the best chance for a women’s pro league to actually survive on more than the lunacies of the late Dan Borislow, who helped destroy the last women’s league by being comprehensively unbearable.
And by that, I mean a level that Hansen has never come close to approaching -– although we chaos-o-philes live in hope.
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Bill Murray, Noted Communist, courtesy Don Doxsie of the Quad City Times, covering the John Deere Classic Pro-Am:
“Murray, wearing a floppy hat and a blue and gold paisley shirt that was perpetually untucked, began bantering with the masses before he took his first swing. He asked if any fans saw his beloved Cubs sweep St. Louis in a double-header Tuesday. One woman behind the ropes said she was a Cardinals fan.
“’Satan’s messengers on Earth,’ was the way Murray described the Cardinals. ‘And then it turns out your team is cheaters, too,’ he added.”
And later in the story:
“A boy with a Cardinals hat asked for an autograph. Murray signed, then noticed the red cap. ‘Are you a Cardinals fan? Get out of here. Rotten kid.’”
For the record, Murray is not a Communist because of his behavior toward the Cardinals, or even his faux-curt dismissal of the child. Far from it. It is the “perpetually untucked paisley shirt,” which was a favorite wardrobe affectation of Leon Trotsky until he got the big haircut in 1940.
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And finally, LeBron James signed a two-year, $46.9M deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers . . . and DeAndre Jordan still kicked his ass in negotiations.