Americans unbeaten since Donovan got sent to knackers yard

Americans unbeaten since Donovan got sent to knackers yard
June 22, 2014, 7:15 pm
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Does Kevin Love and Kevin Martin minus Klay Thompson and David Lee and a draft choice make the Warriors more or less likely to become a Western Conference title contender?
Ray Ratto

Sunday's 2-2 with the largely inert Portuguese was the perfect result for the U.S. World Cup team, because the agony you have all enjoyed in the run-up to the Ghana and Portugal games is now doubled against Germany. You want this nausea. You want this wretched feeling. The U.S. is not an effective favorite on the world stage yet, but as an underdog it is often exquisite.

And, because this is The Miserablist, it must be noted that the Americans are unbeaten since Landon Donovan got sent to the knackers yard by that know-nothing lout Jurgen Klinsmann. Another fine day for the punditocracy. Well done, geniuses.

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So the Great Kevin Love Trade is now in stasis apparently, thus breaking hearts across the nine-county area. At least that’s today’s default; tomorrow, someone will suggest throwing Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut into the deal, or suggesting that because Stephen Curry is actually a year older that even he is less valuable than Love.

Hey, what the lesions in the brain want, the lesions in the brain want.

But the question that hasn’t been asked often enough is this: Does Kevin Love and Kevin Martin minus Klay Thompson and David Lee and a draft choice make the Warriors more or less likely to become a Western Conference title contender?

There is no answer for that (though smart folks have their suspicions that this is mostly changing one set of team assets for another), but we’ll say only this. If offensive improvement is the goal, and defensive deterioration is the only way to achieve it, then the Warriors brass must not think enough of Steve Kerr and Alvin Gentry’s abilities to affect change.

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Rex Ryan is in Brazil watching the World Cup, but there are rumors he is sharing his playbook with German coach Joachim Low, who is looking at him as though he is at least mildly nuts. Just because.

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Brian Sabean and Billy Beane outlasted another general manager when Josh Byrnes got shown the door in San Diego. Sabean, the longest standing GM in baseball, is also third overall in American sport, and if you can guess the others before the end of this rancidity, put yourself in for a frothy cold brew.

And because we’re good sports, we’ll give you one of the other two –- Lou Lamoriello of the New Jersey Devils.

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Your first chance to say you’re sorry to Joe Thornton for thinking all those bad things about him is San Jose’s home opener October 10 against Winnipeg. Now we’re not sure yet whether he’ll be a Shark or a Jet, but still . . . 

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Carmelo Anthony’s decision to opt out of his New York Knicks contract surprised exactly zero people, so now the question is rejoined -– which team’s offense is about to stop dead in its tracks while watching Anthony get his shots?

I know one team that won’t have to change its offense: San Antonio.

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And finally, your answer:

The other general manager in place longer than Sabean is . . . Jerry Jones. We will leave you now to go throw up in your bushes.

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