And now, the Kevin Love trade is dead. I hope you’re all very proud of yourselves, because it’s your fault for wishing too hard and too irrationally. Maybe if you had been a little less easy, if you know what we mean and we think you do.
[RELATED: Warriors GM dances around Thompson-Love deal]
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And in other NBA news, Carmelo Anthony officially opted out of his New York Knicks contract Monday, a day after we all knew about it, but a day before Tim Duncan decided not to opt out of his contract with San Antonio. The difference? Anthony had his agent, Leon Rose, explain what Anthony’s grand plan is, whatever it is, while Duncan gets to explain his decision Tuesday with David Letterman.
Maybe men who retire in 2015 just have a natural bond, though I bet Anthony would kill to swap positions on all accounts. At least I’d like to think he would.
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And in other other NBA news, Tyronn Lue is leaving the Los Angeles Clippers to become an associate head coach for David Blatt in Cleveland, just as Alvin Gentry did for Steve Kerr in Oakland. And Doc Rivers is sitting at his desk and wondering, “Wait, is Donald Sterling coming back and I haven’t been told?”
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Proof that football cannot be a 365-day-a-year thing comes now from MMQB, the all-football site run by all football sight Peter King. This week, for example, is being called Canada Week, for the opening of CFL camps, and began with a paean to the league from former Montreal Alouette and current Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman.
To nobody’s surprise, there were no ribald tales coming from HE’S GONE! Fellow contributor Richard Sherman would be ashamed by its stunning blandness.
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Dominik Hasek, Mike Modano, Peter Forsberg and Rob Blake were voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame Monday, and one wonders if the Sharks will take credit for Blake’s career, almost all of which was actually located in Los Angeles and Colorado.
I wonder if you can retire 11 percent of a number.
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And while we’re at it, isn’t it time to put Mike Emrick in the Hall of Fame, if only to hear him give his acceptance speech without taking a breath or repeating a single action verb?
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The only real bummer about the A’s season so far, reliever Jim Johnson, now has reason to hate back. His wife Elizabeth, whose ERA is 0.00, was “subjected to boos and insults while helping at a charity food drive Wednesday at the Coliseum,” according to intrepid young socialist Susan Slusser of Les Chronicle.
This is being clearly uncalled for. The clowder of contributors at Athletics Nation promptly whipped up a fundraiser for the Alameda County Food Bank, the charity Ms. Johnson was aiding when she was treated like she was wearing a Broncos jersey. Very poor work by the fans, and very nice reaction from the uber-fans.
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FIFA – and stop laughing, damn you – has chosen to take no action against the Mexican Football Federation over fans chanting an alleged gay slur at World Cup matches.
FIFA says its disciplinary panel decided the chant, which is traditionally aimed at the opposing team's goalkeeper when taking a goal kick and was employed during both the Mexico-Cameroon and Mexico-Brazil matches,
“is not considered insulting in this specific context.”
So if you must perform hate speech, hold a vuvuzela when you do it. It’s okay then, apparently.
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Hull City FC owner Assem Allam wanted to change the club’s name to Hull City Tigers when he bought it, but a fan protest led the Football Association to refuse his request. So he decided to go surreptitious and redesign the team crest, which is now a tiger’s head and the date the team began play, 1904. There is no mention of Hull, City, F or C on the crest.
I think this will end well for everyone involved.
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In other non-World Cup news, Helena Costa, who became the first ever female head coach in the men’s game after taking over at Clermont Foot of the French Ligue 2 in May, has resigned. The reason? Beats us, but she was the coach of the Iranian women’s team, so it probably wasn’t because she couldn’t handle disapproval.
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And finally, in keeping with the sudden and revolting charitable bent of this column, a salute to Ghana’s Sulley Muntari, who killed an afternoon between games by wandering one of the poorest neighborhoods in the Maceio handing out money to random people in the streets. Muntari, who had gotten clearance from Ghanaian coach Kwesi Appiah for this aggressive act of kindness, presumably felt better about himself and his experience in Brazil, and that wasn’t including the fact that he’s been one of the best Ghanaian players and as such is now a national hero there.