The early reviews from the Warriors new arena design are in, and everyone from design specialist Tim Newcomb of Sports Illustrated to Deadspin agree – it looks like a toilet seat with the lid down.
The Warriors said it is a work in progress and they are prepared to make changes based on public perception, so it may not end up being known as The Commode-itorium.
And yes, this is us getting dangerously close to giving a sports team some margin for error. But seriously, they have to change at least some of the design now, don’t they? Decades of unfortunate flushing puns await them from all corners of the Association if they do not.
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Here’s a more cheerful view of the 49ers’ early start, from Grantland’s insurrectionist and bagpipe aficionado, Bill Barnwell . Beware – it has numbers and stuff.
But if it helps, if they lose to the Eagles Sunday and traffic sucks again, the franchise may actually fire everyone and move to San Antonio. Or so we hear.
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Fulham just fired head coach Felix Magath (yes, after seven matches, six of them losses), and immediately his critics lined up to accuse him of using cheese to heal injuries.
Hey, isn’t it always the way? Still, from Daniel Taylor in The Guardian:
“It goes back to last season when Brede Hangeland, then the Fulham captain, was diagnosed with a slight thigh injury and the club’s doctor, Stephen Lewis, with more than a decade of working in elite sport, put together a recovery program to try to get him fit for the weekend. Except Magath thought he knew better. There was another way to treat the problem, he said. So he sent the kit-man to (a supermarket) to buy a large block of cheese. Hangeland was then told to perch on the end of a massage table and spend the afternoon in that position with a slab of cheese carefully positioned on the sore spot. The cheese, according to Magath, would have soothing effects.”
Spurred by this dairy-solves-all-ills approach, Hangeland and Lewis both left for other teams in the off-season, and owner Shahid Khan, who has enough headaches with the Jacksonville Jaguars, slapped a hunk of Camembert to his forehead and when the migraine subsided, so did Magath.
Magath, of course, went to Facebook to defend both himself and his cheese therapy, and there may be something to it, since Wikipedia tells us that some Swiss physiotherapists recommend quark (cottage cheese) as an alternative to ice for treatment of swelling associated with sprains, etc. It can be cooled in a refrigerator and then applied to swollen tissues (enclosed in a plastic bag). The advantages over ice are that it does not get so cold, reducing risk of damage to treated tissue, but stays cooler longer.”
So wheels of Gouda can be used in the way we sometimes used packages of frozen vegetables rather than actual icepacks. Plus, you don’t have to threaten your healing by getting up to get a snack.
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And one more reason why you should pay more attention to soccer: It’s dafter than even college recruiters.
A.S. Roma just lifted Belgian wunderkind Pietro Tomaselli from Anderlecht’s youth academy based on YouTube clips. Tomaselli is nine years old.
So if anyone (say, if Alexi Lalas or Julie Foudy, just to name a couple) happen by your house some afternoon and asks you when you think MLS will be on a par with the best European leagues, send him or her to an embryologist. In soccer, the fetus apparently is the new market inefficiency.
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Anyone who thought the NFL ratings would suffer from its walk on the depraved side has been rendered mute by the Week 3 ratings that showed a seven percent rise in viewership from the previous week.
Of course it does, because the one thing that is as true as the fact the NFL has shamed and degraded itself is the fact that most people separate the product from the people who bring it to you. In other words, you can be disgusted by the league but watch its games, just as you can drive a Ford while being repulsed by Henry Ford’s anti-Semitism a century ago.
Put another way, you can go to your local tavern and watch a game, but when Roger Goodell asks if the next stool is taken, you can still spit on his cuffs and snarl, “No, but if you’re asking for you, yes,” and then go back to the game.
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And finally, in our cardiological opinion, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator and former Cal coach Jeff Tedford should rest and get better from his August heart surgery. And not so coincidentally, he is, although the time-space continuum suggests that he came to this realization before we did.
And now, he should heal, thrive, and get back to his work. If he hasn’t already decided to do that, too.