Jim Harbaugh was never close to taking the momentarily open Cleveland Browns job, but at the time, he didn’t know this: The Browns are changing their uniforms in 2015. According to Browns president Alec Scheiner, “We'll have cutting-edge uniforms that link back to our history.”
Without knowing how brown and orange become cutting edge, maybe we’re about to see Willis McGahee wear number 76 the way Marion Motley did when the Browns WERE the cutting edge. As in when Paul Brown was the Jim Harbaugh of his era.
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Former Texas Rangers infielder Ian Kinsler’s fervent hope that the Rangers go 0-162 (which Rangers manager Ron Washington swears to us won’t happen) caused almost as much amusement as his assertion that Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels is “a sleazeball,” but 0-162 should not be overlooked as a curse.
For example, Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown has been trying to motivate his woebegone team by saying that if they don’t play better transition defense and share the ball better, “then it's a lottery” on whether or not the Sixers will win again this year. “A lottery of a different sort,” he said. “And that's a candid conversation we share with each other.”
Tuesday, the Sixers were a 21-point underdog at Oklahoma City, and lost, 125-92, their 15th failure in succession by an average margin of almost 20 points. PER GAME. Brown is clearly on to something here. At least more than Kinsler, anyway.
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Rather than moving the extra point back to the 43-yard line, which some NFL people are investigating, maybe the league should think about the cutting-edge and use a miniature golf staple – rotating the goal posts. Just an idea to make the game more special for everyone.
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Speaking of special, the news that Dancing With The Stars is expanding its net yet again has reached a bizarre new place. Not only have they lined up ice dancing gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie (Don’t Call Me Eric Byrnes) White, but also beloved former NHL player Sean Avery – who will be the first enforcer in the show’s history. Look for him and Diana Nyad to throw hands early in the competition.
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Sometimes all it takes is being first to the egg. Lordsofpain.net reports that Shane McMahon currently owns 1,541,224 shares of World Wrestling Entertainment stock, which is worth more than $35 million. After selling a lot in the past year, Stephanie McMahon currently owns 661,678 shares worth more than $14 million. Vince has done the children proud.
And yes, your children upon learning this will have an entirely new reason to hate you.
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And finally, today’s best coach in the world is Torquay United’s Chris Hargreaves, and no, Torquay’s crummy record in England’s League Two (dead last, with one win in the last 12 matches) has nothing to do with it. It seems 91 devoted Torquay fans drove 375 miles each way to see the lads lose to Hartlepool on Saturday, and Hargreaves spotted two of them on the way out of the stadium and, he said, “gave (them) fans £20 to get themselves a pint on the way home.”
That, though, is insufficient in his mind, so toward that end, Hargreaves is hosting a Q&A at the Boots and Laces bar at Torquay’s Plainmoor stadium tonight and has invited the 91 fans from the Hartlepool crusade for a free conciliatory drink on him. “It’s the least I can do,” Hargreaves said.
That should be a state and federal law, frankly. But in the meantime, that seems a great idea for Jim Harbaugh – especially if he can get his mitts on Jed’s Discover card.