I must say, I am surprised and pleased with NBA commissioner Adam Silver's decision to ban Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life due to his recent racist remarks. Of course, the lawsuits will fly, but Sterling owns a franchise, and just as the owner of a car dealership or a fast food restaurant can have his franchise license revoked, I suspect the same applies to a sporting franchise.
And I'm sure the usual idiots will complain that Stermilng's "free speech rights" are being violated, but of course, they're not. He's still free to spout whatever bigoted crap he chooses to. We, as private citizens, and the NBA, as a private business, do not have to put up with it.
I'll add that I'm amused that the two people I referenced are named Sterling and Silver.
I enjoy watching the game, but the constant dropping of gloves to fight just turns me off. Of course, the Thornton/Orpik matter goes beyond your typical hockey fight, but its still a sport where its routine for players to stop skating and start punching it each other. Its not only tolerated, but encouraged.
Wow. He's been blowing goats this season but I did not expect this. Gorkys Hernandez will take his place. Perhaps this is the wake up call that Tabata, who idolizes Clemente, needs to get his game back on track.
Ward arrived at the Steelers' South Side practice facility wearing an all-black suit and a gold tie, which made it pretty clear what decision he had come to about his future.
"Today, I'm officially retiring a Pittsburgh Steeler," Ward said. "And as much as I will miss football, my teammates, coaches and everything about the game, I don't want to play it in any other uniform. The black and gold runs deep in me, and I will remain a Steeler for life."
One of the team's owners is former Pittsburgh Steelers star receiver Lynn Swann. During Swann's playing days, he was represented and protected by a union that looked after his interests, in an era where professional football players didn't make the kind of money that they do today, and injury could (and still can) end a career before it ever gets started. Thanks to Swann's union, he enjoys a comfortable pension. I guess it makes a big difference though when you're writing a check of $400 dollars per player per game! How DARE those ingrates ask to be paid as much as $1600 a game! (that, sports fans, works out to less than $30,000 per player for an 18 game season, compared to the $7,200 the players were making). They should feel lucky that their Galtian masters allow them to get the snot beat out of them for 400 bucks a game while charging from $20 to $170 a ticket!