Nothing says devotion (and inadequate parenting) quite like a child begging to have a team to follow, and nothing says charming opportunism quite like a team taking him up on his offer.
Cade Pope, a 12-year old NFL fan from Louisiana, sent a letter to the owner of each of the NFL's 32 teams about two weeks ago, asking not for explanations about the Ray Rice machinations but help deciding which team he should devote his idle hours to with slavish obedience. One team responded (and the other 31 suck for not having done so) -– the Carolina Panthers.
Owner Jerry Richardson sent Pope a handwritten letter, according to KSLA12 Shreveport. “Cade, we would be honored if our Carolina Panthers became your team,” the letter stated. “We would make you proud by the classy way we represent you.” A replica Panthers helmet signed by star linebacker Luke Kuechly was attached.
The lad’s response: “If this is the only team that responds to me, I'm a Carolina Panthers fan.” In other words, nothing says American fandom quite like, “I’m open to better offers.”
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Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey understands math, but the written word still seems to baffle him. Upon receiving a Tweet from @chriswk14 asking the eternal question “does having a job in bball make you sick of watching it?” Morey responded with a wacky “No, it is like being a gynecologist, you don't get sick of it.”
Elegantly done, Dice. Very elegantly done.
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Because I am pretty well knackered from both our football teams hiring the same coach, Jim Jay TomDelsula, on the same day, we weren’t as engaged by a cruddy old outside world as we normally would be, but the general reaction from the nation at large was Who? (49ers) and Why? (Raiders). Which is fine. Pundits are wrong only as often as they fire off warning shots from their flapping bazoos, but this much is true.
If we have to do this again in two years because neither Jed York or Mark Davis can recognize quality coach flesh when they see it, someone is going to pay full retail for their under-informed miscalculations, or my name isn’t Mike Shanahan.
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Now to the Warriors, who are single-handedly killing the regular season by playing the same over and over again. You think we don’t see the way you’ve CGI’d different uniforms onto the opponents? You think we don’t notice when Stephen Curry is in three places on the court at the same time because of an editing “glitch?” You think we’re not going to notice the same rally happens every game, just put in a different spot?
In other words, you’re killing the crowds with the nightly NBA ’15 GIF, boys. The dancers can’t carry your team on its back all year. Give us something else.
Maybe a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.
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And finally, this tells us that Derek Carr really hasn’t done his homework about his new team. And if you hate listening, there’s this snippet from it:
“I’m trying to be the best that I can be next year. I’m trying to help us get to the playoffs and I sit here and watch these playoff games and it kind of sucks sitting here watching them on TV. I don’t want to get used to that.”
To quote Bugs Bunny, “So trusting. So naïve.”
Watch Senior Insider Ray Ratto expand on these topics, and discuss he 49ers' search for a coaching staff on Thursday night's edition of Yahoo! SportsTalk Live at 5, 7, & 11 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.