Alameda County is trying to sell its landlord interest in the Coliseum so it can get out of the A’s/Raiders/Warriors interlocking mess, but since the only other potential buyer is probably going to be the City of Oakland (The Land That Cash Forgot), the county ain’t goin’ nowhere.
Unless, of course, it can sell its piece to Emeryville as part of that town’s slow but steady plan to own all the Bay Area before the big one hits.
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Wilmer Flores and Stockholm Syndrome – video at 11.
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Enough rollicking trade talk, though, mostly because once the Mets and Brewers finished blowing up this year’s trade deadline (the Mets, as it turns out, are the new St. Louis Browns) we kind of lost interest.
Instead, we got Mark Cuban, sports ownership’s new lawnorder candidate, saying the NFL went too light on Tom Brady (he recommended Brady be locked in a trunk and shipped out with the tide), and explained the meaning of Donald Trump for you and I:
“Up until Trump announced his candidacy, the conventional wisdom was that you had to be a professional politician in order to run,” Cuban wrote. “You had to have a background that was politically scrubbed. In other words, smart people who didn’t live perfect lives could never run . . . The Donald is changing all of that. He has changed the game and for that he deserves a lot of credit.”
One, if you’re referring to him as “The Donald,” you’re being kind of a jerk. And two, didn’t that groundbreaking thing kind of get taken care of with Sarah Palin?
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Daniel Fryer is England’s first Manager of the Month after diabolically guiding AFC Fylde of the National League North’s 1-1 draw against former Premiership team Bolton Wanderers Wednesday night.
You care about this because Fryer is 11 years old whose previous rung in the soccer ladder was as a ballboy.
Fryer got the gig after another Fylde supporter, who had won the opportunity as a prize during the club’s fan appreciation day awards ceremony last spring, couldn’t attend the game. Fryer was installed as a replacement, gave the pregame speech, made substitutions while setting next to actual manager Dave Challinor, and even did the postgame presser.
In other words, we have an 11 –year-old cross between Jose Mourinho and Bill Belichick, and the therapy bills will surely run into the low millions before young Fryer can be rehabilitated into society.
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New York Giants owner John Mara said this today about Jason Pierre-Paul, the defensive lineman whose hand was injured in a fireworks accident on July 4:
“We don’t know the extent of the damage. That’s the problem. I don’t know how many fingers he has.”
In New England, that is proprietary player information that Bob Kraft would not be allowed to divulge.
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The Sacramento Kings, who need something to make people forget that their summer was way too King-y for anyone’s liking, are going to hire Hall of Famer and assistant general manager of Dallas’ D-League team Nancy Lieberman as an assistant coach.
“Definitely I’m going to offer her a job,” Kings vice president Vlade Divac said to Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee. “George (Karl) and I talked about bringing her back after she helped us at Summer League (in Las Vegas). She was terrific. She brings a different dimension. I think is a nice opportunity for her.”
Her first job: Designing a four-on-five defensive scheme that will please Vivek Ranadive that won’t get her strangled during the season-opening National Anthem by Karl.
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And finally, Graham Watson of Yahoo shared with the nation the preseason coaches college football poll with this opening paragraph:
“The first official poll of the college football season has been released and there are very few surprises at the top of the heap. Ohio State received 62 of 64 first-place votes . . . TCU, Alabama, Baylor and Oregon rounded out the top five.”
Actually, there is one major surprise -– the fact that anyone still gives a damn about coaches’ polls. FIFA’s ethics committee has more reason to exist.