Ken Gurnick of MLB.com is getting his 15 minutes of grief for not voting for Greg Maddux to go to the Hall of Fame. Hey, go whine at him if you don’t like it.
But Gurnick is lucky that there’s Red McCombs, the Texas billionaire who once owned the San Antonio Spurs and declared that Texas’ hiring of Charlie Strong as its new head football coach was an outrage, first because it wasn’t Jon Gruden, but second because he and his fellow donors weren’t smoochied up to by athletic director Steve Patterson.
“I don’t have any doubt Charlie is a fine coach,” McCombs said, going straight to patronizing mode. “I think he would make a fine position coach, maybe even a coordinator. But I don’t believe he should be at what should be one of the three most powerful university programs in the world. I don’t think it adds up.”
No, wait. There’s more.
“I think it’s a kick in the face,” McCombs said. “We have a lot of boosters who have a lot of knowledge about the game. When we decided to get Mack (Brown), we had a lot of input before we went after him. So I don’t know what the big rush was (to hire Strong). I’m a team player, but I think they went about it wrong, and made the selection wrong.”
Yeah, that one is very helpful. If only to Ken Gurnick.
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I’d like to say something else about Dennis Rodman in North Korea, but this is a bad week to get noticed for going off the sanity train, especially when you’ve already done it. The only way he goes to the DRK and gets noticed from now on is if he performs in an opera. And nobody needs that.
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And to Ozzie and Donald Silna, the owners of the long-dead Spirits of St. Louis who got paid $300 million or so by the NBA since agreeing to kill their team in the NBA-ABA merger, a sad face. They finally settled with the league for $500 million to end their regular paydays in the greatest deal in sports history. They’re the guys who took one-seventh of all future TV revenues from the four ABA teams that the NBA accepted (Indiana, New Jersey, San Antonio and Denver), and now they’ll get one big cartoon-sized check and head into super-retirement.
Too bad, too. We like anyone who can get over on a sports league and keep getting over on it.
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Andrew Bynum was a better Chicago Bull than he ever was a Philadelphia 76ers. Hell, since he’s collecting teams he’s never played for, he may as well claim to have been a Rochester Royal, a Fort Wayne Zollner Piston, a Providence Steamroller and a Buffalo Brave.
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If you donated money on gofundme.com to fund Marshawn Lynch’s $50K fine for not talking to the media last week, you are lucky Lynch is a sensible fellow and is going to match the donations and donate all the money to a charity. Otherwise, you’d feel like a right Charlie, and you’d deserve to.
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And finally, here’s to Philadelphia Flyer Brayden Schenn, who received a skate blade to the stomach Tuesday night against New Jersey. Now if someone asks him about his stomach, he can say he cut it shaving.