Eddie DeBartolo is taking a little piece of Candlestick Park with him, and no, it isn’t Paul McCartney’s left foot. The former 49ers owner and current uncle of the current team president Jedediah York, told Talk Of Fame radio hosts Clark Judge, Ron Borges and Rick Gosselin that he bought a piece of the action at the incommodious commode as a keepsake.
“I’m getting a goal post and put it in my house in Montana,” he said. “I’m gonna buy it myself, I’m not going to get it for nothing, and buy two seats, 149 and 249 or 49 and 149, to give one to my grandson and keeping the other one.”
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He also said he thought the 49ers and Raiders should have shared the new stadium (also known as Phil Dawson’s House Of Horrors), and would have if he could have gotten a new stadium built at Candlestick Point, “but I don’t know if Al (Davis) would have gone along with it.”
Oh no, Eddie old sock old shoe old goat. Al was very malleable. He’d have gone for anything – as long as it was in Oakland, he was the landlord, and you had promised to play only doubleheaders between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. on alternate Thursdays.
You know, like it would have been if the stadium had been in San Francisco and you would have been the landlord.
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This statement comes from former Microsofter Steve Ballmer on his resignation Tuesday from the company’s board of billionaires:
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“I have been reflecting on my life, my ongoing ownership of Microsoft stock, and my involvement with the company… Given my confidence and the multitude of new commitments I am taking on now, I think it would be impractical for me to continue to serve on the board, and it is best for me to move off.”
For maximum effect, it should be read while shrieking like a banshee having an appendectomy on the floor of the restaurant car of a prairie train.
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When all the money in the world just isn’t enough, ask for advice from the National Football League. From the Wall Street Journal’s Hannah Karp, the league wants a piece of the future earnings of the halftime entertainment:
“The NFL has narrowed down the list of potential performers for the 2015 Super Bowl to three candidates: Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Coldplay . . . While notifying the artists' camps of their candidacy, league representatives also asked at least some of the acts if they would be willing to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league, or if they would make some other type of financial contribution, in exchange for the halftime gig.”
Typically, this offer is made by a guy named Dutch and comes with three other large guys in shiny suits.
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This should come as an enormous surprise, but Mike Ditka is a little verklempt over this Washington nickname thing. You know, in the same way that Dana White gets a little verklempt at impertinent questions about UFC. From Mike Richman of RedskinsHistorian.com:
“What’s all the stink over the Redskin name?” Ditka said. “It’s so much (expletive) it’s incredible. We’re going to let the liberals of the world run this world. It was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian. Even though it was called a Redskin, what are you going to call them, a Brownskin? This is so stupid it’s appalling, and I hope that owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it, because the Redskins are part of an American football history, and it should never be anything but the Washington Redskins. That’s the way it is. It’s been the name of the team since the beginning of football. It has nothing to do with something that happened lately, or something that somebody dreamed up. This was the name, period. Leave it alone. These people are silly — asinine, actually, in my opinion.”
Frankly, he seems a little vague on the topic. And “Brownskin?”
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Houston Texans defensive star J.J. Watt has perfected passive-aggressive, which is unusual for a guy who rushes quarterback with felonious intent. When asked about the new management-friendly quarterback contracts in the wind, he told Yahoo’s Charles Robinson:
“I like to see those guys be shown appreciation so far. I hope that I’ve worked hard enough and hopefully I’ve put myself in a situation where I can be shown some of the same appreciation. Hopefully they feel I’ve outplayed my current contract, but the end of the day, we’re paid to play football. If I got paid a little more, I wouldn’t be terribly upset.”
So, yes, he will be franchised twice and hosed on the big money deal he probably has coming.
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I tend to like crap uniforms as long as they’re distinctive (Astros rainbows, Canucks mustard with black and orange V crest, anything the Atlanta Hawks have ever tried), so the Canadian Football League is going with what it calls a “signature look” for each of its teams. This includes the newest CFL team, the Ottawa Redblacks, which have only existed for seven weeks and thus have no signature, let alone a look.
They’re going with, and I kid you not, helmet and sleeves with a red and black lumberjack plaid. And you know the last great athlete to make this ensemble work?
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Norwegian soccer player Martin Odegaard is about to become the country’s youngest international player in more than a century. Odegaard, 15, is already attracting the attention of most of Europe’s elite clubs recently after becoming a starter for his club team and scoring three goals and a bunch of assists in the team’s first 14 games.
Two cautionary notes, though. This is how Freddy Adu got started, and also, Odegaard looks a lot like Justin Bieber.
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And finally, this from Besiktas fans in Turkey during the team’s Champions League qualifying match against Arsenal. It ahs nothing to do with the game, but sometimes you’re required as a citizen of the world to pay attention to things that don’t directly affect you because, well, because you should, courtesy Ehran Aladi/Getty via Deadspin.