If you thought that anything like “Jeez, how much longer are they gonna keep buying this?” would ever creep into the minds of those writing the script, let alone the likes of Dwight Howard, you’d be wrong. The people who are still on board are obviously on board for the duration. For the rest of us, the time to get off the ride is now.
The NBA is hemorrhaging credibility by the day. The day when it ceases to become a viable competitive sports enterprise may have already passed. The “deal” orchestrated to get the latest Superhero to the latest Dream Team was as convoluted as it was inevitable. Whatever was the point of the labor dispute that cancelled the first third of the season last year, it certainly wasn’t the plight of the Milwaukee Bucks or New Orleans Hornets fan — assuming there were any of those left even then.
Before this decade is out, look for the league to consolidate into a single traveling exhibition squad, to be known as “The Los Angeles Lakers Featuring Lebron James”. Perhaps one of the logos of a current NBA “small-market” team (the Sacramento Kings come to mind) could be salvaged to act as the Lakers’ patsies — the Washington Generals to the Lakers’ Globetrotters.
San Francisco 13, Cincinnati 8
My schedule had unexpectedly cleared itself for Sunday morning, so I was excited to get a chance to sit down and watch some real visceral Sunday NFL action, which had been saturation-advertised for the near-year-long “lockout”. What I got instead was this clinker, which seemed to resemble something that would have resulted had I not only drawn up and called the plays, but handled the ball as well.
Apparently the 49ers wound up with more points than whoever the other team was, such that the sole motivation for following the team — the prospect of a dream 1-15 season — has now evaporated. As for the NFL as a whole, the league continues to consistently fail to deliver what it advertises, and further cements its place as the greatest bamboozle in the history of American entertainment commerce.
Niners quarterback Alex Smith, as well as tight end Vernon Davis, reportedly played in the game.
I don’t recognize a Dodgers-Giants “rivalry”. The last time both teams were concurrent contenders was the 1950s and maybe the early ’60s. In my lifetime, the Dodgers have had runs of success in the late ’70 and early ’80s — times when the Giants sucked out loud. The ’90s featured the “Brian Johnson Game”, but the teams of the ’90s were the Yankees and the Braves. The Dodgers’ last playoff appearance was in 2008 (2009?) another year when the Giants were horrible.
L.A. is Laker Town, and the Dodgers stopped being a relevant franchise even before the current owners bankrupted it. As far as the Giants go, given their bizarre predilection to tank against crap teams, look to Giants-Nats if you want to see a rivalry.