The matter of whether defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh would be a better Raider than Washingtonian is a hilarious one, and shows that (a) he is a much sought-after free agent among the we’re-good-with-overpaying teams, (b) the teams that typically fall into this category overpay because nobody in their right mind would play for them otherwise, and (c) they stay those kinds of teams because they replace money with judgment.
But at least there’s this much: Washington isn’t in danger of losing its franchise.
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Brian Shaw waited an awful long time for his first chance to get blamed for trying to win games with a terrible and worsening team. It’s how most coaches break their employment seals, and many never got a second shot.
Shaw probably will, but he’ll need a fair amount of therapy to overcome the hot mess he was handed. If he hasn’t received a condolence call from George Karl, shame on George.
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I want this hat, with this logo on it, from the Frisco (no, not that one) Roughriders: (http://bit.ly/1FSEKPQ).
But not as much as this one: (http://bit.ly/18irwR8).
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According to the Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/1BRoXDr), if your next trip to Wrigley Field to see the Cubs involves a trip to the restroom, you should go . . . well, sort of now-ish.
In the alternative, the concourses at the ballpark are likely to take on a fascinating olfactory character between now and June.
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I have rethought my position on the contemptible tweets (and tweeters) Gabby Schilling got to endure after her father congratulated her publicly about her choice of college. Oh, the story is still revolting, Schilling acted as an apolitical and properly enraged father would, and his daughter sounds like the sort who would not be fun to cross, which is all to her credit. They have comported themselves admirably, and should not only be proud of each other but also serve as an excellent example of resistance in the face of faceless cowardly stupid.
But there is one problem in the New York Daily News story on the subject, and that is the final picture in the story (http://nydn.us/1AWiV20). It shows Schilling catching his daughter’s throws while sitting on a bucket of balls and providing her an unacceptably high strike zone. This is exactly the sort of thing that causes high ERAs and bad WHIPs.
Other than that, though, perfectly fine.
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Oh, and the part-time Yankee employee who got fired from ticket sales for being one of the swine who tweeted Schilling about his daughter? Put it this way – had the team kept him in ticket sales, he probably would have been the busiest person in the department, just off requests: “I want to buy my tickets from the guy who . . .”
In other words, it isn’t just the internet.
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And while we’re at it, how did the Yankees not blame Alex Rodriguez for sending the tweet? Who’s minding the store here?
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This is not an invitation to be snarky, but the heavy betting is that the MLS season will start with padlocks and players scrambling for part-time jobs. Because, as always, it’s not about growing the sport, it’s about owners and their real estate fetishes.
Or, in the immortal words of Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen, who told a local radio show, “The perennial issue (from the players) is that, 'We want free agency,' but that can't exist where everyone's employed by the same employer. How do you have free agency when you're going to go talk to yourself at the next employer?
Hansen got fined $150,000 by his fellow owners for saying the obvious. So yeah. There will be a long lockout here. A long, long lockout, followed by dispirited American players and old foreign-born players looking for other countries to fund their retirements.
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Speaking of which, how did Eddie DeBartolo, Jr., make the Forbes billionaires list, but his sister Denise, who controls the family fortune, did not? Did she lose big in the khaki-and-black-sweatshirt futures market?
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And finally, baseball is here at last – that is, until April 5, when baseball will actually be here. How many stinking birthdays do these people need to market, for Baal’s sake?