St. Louis cleared the decks for a $400 million contribution to Rams owner Stan Kroenke for a stadium he doesn’t want, so it comes as no surprise that San Diego’s $350 million offer was dismissed within minutes by both the Chargers and the NFL as being woefully insufficient as extorted prizes go.
We mention this because Oakland, which has been criticized for doing nothing to keep the Raiders, at least will lose its football team while making sure it didn’t lower its pants to half-mast.
If that’s your idea of dignity.
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In other big event/throwing money after rich people news, Sports Illustrated says that Los Angeles is close to getting the US bid for the 2024 Olympics that Boston vomited on. This matters to you only because there had been some discussion about LA and San Francisco putting together a joint bid, but clearly that went nowhere because . . . well, you’ve tried to drive over the Bay Bridge at midday in the last month, haven’t you?
On the other hand, maybe San Diego wants to buy in, since it has money burning a hole in its pocket at which the NFL is looking contemptuously. Maybe LA will do them a solid for losing their football team and give them the rhythmic gymnastics, yacht racing and miniature golf.
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Steve Smith says he is retiring from football at the end of this season, which we doubt because who else will we ask to talk to us this season?
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Anthony Davis, on the other hand, is unretiring after this year, though he may rethink that until he figures out if he’ll be playing on grass, dirt or green asphalt. Not to mention whether he’ll recognize any of the players when he does come back.
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Lions receiver Ryan Broyles may have undercut his bargaining power by telling ESPN that he and his family live on about $60K a year. Broyles, who has made about $3 million so far in his career, said he has put the rest of his money into investments and retirement accounts that presumably will allow him to live the rest of his life on his football earnings.
I, of course, see a flaw in his plan. His child may want to go to college, and based on current trends, four years of college tuition will be $3 million, and the next thing you know, Broyles and his wife will be eating out of tins well before their 70s.
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Two-time 800-meter Olympian and defending American champion Nick Symmonds won’t be running at the World Championships because, and you knew this was coming, he refused to sign the USA Track & Field contract requiring Team USA members to wear only Nike-branded gear at all “official” (and the quotation marks are USATF’s, not mine) events in Beijing.
In other words, Symmonds’ value to the track world is a walking ad, which means we now have a rooting interest in the 800. Anyone Else – especially if AE is running for another show company..
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And now, some quality logrolling. NBC just threw down for six more years of the English Premier League, which means one thing above all others:
You will not miss a single Jose Mourinho tantrum. Not one. Whether it’s Arsene Wenger, Mark Clattenburg, the FA, the media, Rafa Benitez’ wife, the Chelsea medical staff or the astronomers who aligned the solar system’s 181 moons to screw him out of his rightful due as soccer’s sole god, we’ll have every petulant moment.
Well, NBC will, anyway. Here on the left side of your atlas, we’re just along for the ride, and with Mourinho, the ride is free for everyone who can handle the vertigo.
[RELATED: EPL, NBC extend deal for six years]
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And finally, freshly fired Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague harassed a number of women over the internet and got what he richly deserved. In fairness, he might have better served by remembering that (a) he is (well, was) a university official, (b) his name is Norwood Teague, and (c) he looks exactly like a Norwood Teague would look. Think Elmer Fudd on nitrous oxide, then throw up.