A day after the Mystery of the Raiders’ missing gold was revealed to the world, owner Mark Davis told CSNBA’s Scott Bair and others that the team’s decision not to use gold paint at the 50-yard line will change after the A’s season ends next weekend. In fact, he even talked to 49er CEO Jed York to say that the decision had to do with not painting the field unnecessarily during the baseball season.
This seems like a slightly bogus explanation only in that Davis probably didn’t care one way or another and someone else decided not to go with the gold paint. But he’s in no position to torque any owner who might give a him a vote in January – even one who would vote for the Raiders to leave even as a dying declaration.
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I wish I’d seen this three weeks ago, but fortunately George Schroeder of USA Today did.
"The "Cover Alert" was too much for ESPN's John Wildhack, too.
When ESPN broke into coverage of a game Sept. 4 to show a highlight of Western Michigan scoring a touchdown against Michigan State to pull within 34-17 – and to make sure everyone knew the betting line was 18 1/2 by – Wildhack, the network's executive vice president of programming and production, was watching. And reconsidering the concept.
“I didn't like it,” Wildhack said. “I wasn't comfortable with it. We decided to cease doing those immediately. There hasn't been another "Cover Alert.”
And thus dies yet another childhood dream.
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Even Bill Belichick thinks this is the wrong way to play the media, but who can tell Chip Kelly anything these days?
Asked about criticisms that the Eagles’ offense is too predictable, Kelly answered by saying they just need the players to run the plays better.
“I think we’ve been varied in our two games, and through our preseason and everything, we’ve been doing a different job, changing formations and things like that. When you’re not successful, I think guys are grasping at excuses, to be honest with you. We still need to block and tackle,” Kelly said. “What I’m saying is we need to execute.”
That ought to win some more hearts and minds . . . in Dallas, New York and Washington.
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The Legends (formerly Lingerie) Football League is an amateur operation because its CEO, Mitchell Mortaza, is, well, pretty much all that. From a well-crafted piece by the MMQB’s Emily Kaplan, this little gem:
“The LFL apparently used to pay players, but stopped doing so sometime after Mortaza circulated a league memo on March 18, 2011. Obtained by The MMQB, the note read: ‘The moment it became clear to us that the league needed a shift in culture was following this season’s Lingerie Bowl. As the confetti was coming down and the champagne was being sprayed, a player celebrating the Lingerie Bowl victory immediately turned to a league representative and asked, ‘So when are we getting our checks?’ It was at this moment, that should have been joyous and filled with a sense of appreciation for the experience, that we realized we needed a drastic change in policy to rid our games of these players.’”
Yeah, those workers asking for money for their toil are always a problem for the business model.
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Speaking of business models, Roger Goodell testified in the New Jersey case about legalizing gambling back in 2012 (the transcripts were just released with an appeal coming), and may have foreseen the hyperactive fantasy sports opportunities the league could seize upon when he said, “We don’t look upon fantasy sports as gambling.”
In other words, he knew that the NFL couldn’t get into the real gambling business but it could invest cheerfully in and profit from fantasy games. But just as intriguing, the league’s senior labor litigation counsel, Lawrence Ferazani, amplified.
“The NFL is in a revenue-generating business,” he is quoted as saying in the transcript. “If the NFL believes that sports gambling would allow it to increase its revenue, the NFL would engage in that activity. Based upon our studies and analysis, we know that (sports betting) will negatively impact our long-term relationship with our fans, negatively impact the perception of our sport across the country.”
But Ferazani was also asked whether he'd consider betting $20 on the number of touchdowns Tom Brady throws to be sports gambling, and said, “I believe that would fit that definition, sure.”
Well, yeah. Like that.
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And finally, the Players’ Tribune put out a questionnaire asking players, among other things, what their dream job would be, and David Ortiz (of course David Ortiz) wrote, “pornstar.”
Hmmm . . . Big Papi . . . adult films . . . the credits . . . nahhh, let’s just stop there.