The San Francisco Bulls have joined the Seals, SeaHawks, Shamrocks and Spiders as local hockey teams that came, burned some money, and went. Well, okay, that’s not entirely true. The SeaHawks, who were one of the original WHA franchises, actually never got the chance to burn money; they got sold and shipped to Quebec to become the Nordiques before the actual hemorrhaging began.
That said, the Bulls join a long list of East Coast Hockey League teams in the past few years who have gone the way of the quagga, like the Pee Dee Pride, Victoria Salmon Kings, Augusta Lynx and Fresno Falcons. It is the way of the minor league hockey team, although the Bakersfield Condors survive by boutique uniforms made out of history.
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Radio stinks sometimes, as it does for McKenzie Jean Brown of Kennewick, WA. She is a hair stylist who shaved the side of her head and had her husband, a tattoo artist, give her a 12th Man tat in hopes of getting two tickets to the Super Bowl. The station, though, decided to give the tickets to a guy in a Seahawks-themed Batman costume. Evidently Brown isn’t sufficiently committed.
But maybe she should be.
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La La Anthony, the wife and consort of New York Knick Carmelo Anthony, decided to undercut his bargaining power by declaring that she thinks he’s staying at Madison Square Garden.
“I definitely think he will stay,” she said to Bravo TV's “Watch What Happens Live.” “I know that he wants to stay, and I support him wherever he wants to go. Listen, I used to live in Denver with him. If I can live in Denver, I can live anywhere. I just want him to be happy.”
Suddenly, he’s less mad at her than an entire city.
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Denver coach John Fox has not been asked yet about his position on medical marijuana for concussion relief, but the Bob Marley T-shirt and the dreads may be a hint.
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The New Orleans Pelicans are redesigning their melted crayon of a mascot, sending Pierre to the same hell that holds the embarrassing Thunder, hopefully before the All-Star Break. Among the potential plans: giving him a massive throat pouch from which he can pull out miniature basketballs, fast food coupons and canned hams. But scaring kids is apparently now right out. Once again, our society is churning out soft offspring.
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And finally, speaking of soft offspring, here’s to Matty Bowman, a lifelong Everton fan who made the ultimate sacrifice by having the Liverpool slogan “You’ll Never Walk Alone” tattooed in script across his back. The reason was not that he wanted the experience of having his mates beat him stupid, though, but, according to the Liverpool Daily Echo to help raise money to send a local four-year-old suffering from an undiagnosed but serious illness to America for medical care.
For those of you who don’t get the significance, be a Giants fan who raises money for a local charity by getting Tommy Lasorda’s face tattooed across your chest. See how much human kindness you can manage under those circumstances, and then come back at us with how much you hate the Dodgers.