Mavs Donuts: Snakes, Cheerleaders & Film
DONUT 1: I'm not a drug guy, a gun guy or a professional athlete. Darius Miles is all three. So maybe the former NBA player has an explanation for why he was arrested for trying to take a loaded gun through security at the airport in St. Louis.
Was he high? Is he stupid? Is he so confortable with firearms that he forgot? (Barry Switzer's old excuse.) Does he think he needs protection?
I've spoken to athletes who arm themselves because they believe they are vulnerable due to being rich men who are recognizable. I still think a loaded gun in pants belt or in your car's glove compartment is more trouble than it's worth. But a loaded gun in an airport?
Who, exactly, are you planning on killing ... Snakes on a Plane?
DONUT 2: Who wants some DB.com Summer Swag?
In the last few weeks I've reached into the DallasBasketball.com Prize Closet and handed out a $25 giftcards, DB.com gear and a signed Dirk Nowitzki trading card.
This week's DB.com prize: A $25 giftcard to Golfsmith! All you've got to do to be entered is be a Premium Subscriber and send me an email at fish@DallasBasketball.com. Misty Mav will draw a winner's name and we'll announce it on Monday. ... Good luck!
DONUT 3: Is it possible that David Stern makes $20 mil a year?! Or is it, as ESPN reports, more like $15 mil a year? Or is it more like CNBC reports, more like $9 mil a year?
Or, is the most important point here that at this very moment, $20 mil, $15 mil and $9 mil all seem too much compensation for doing too little?
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DONUT 5: This isn't proof that Colin Cowherd is an idiot. No, the fact that Cowherd's "expert'' NFL analysis of teams' win-loss records don't add up is simply an example of how few "experts'' there really are.
It is virtually impossible for a talk-show host to be the know-it-all most of them pretend to be. That's why, in my case, I like to limit myself to the two or three thousand areas in which I am truly expert.
DONUT 6: Just got a note from an old-time journalism type congratulating DB.com on being ... well, an old-school journalism type. May I share?
"Fish, many thanks to you guys for continuing the tradition of real sports journalism that our newspapers used to be famous for. Keep doin' what you're doin'!
Our pleasure. And thanks for that dime, old-timer!
DONUT 7: I hung out last night (Name-Drop Alert) with Donnie Nelson, Nancy Lieberman and Bruce Pearl as part of the Legends' Wine-and-Dine Tour of Pearl and his sweetheart, Brandy. As I write this, there's no agreement yet. But I gobbled up lots of details (and French cheese puffs from Bonnie Ruth's restaurant and bar in Frisco). I'll spring those on you later ...
DONUT 8: Will Tim Tebow succeed in the NFL? Merril Hoge, the former NFL running back and now ESPN analyst, thinks not. He describes the Broncos QB as "awful as far as accuracy goes," adding, "what's kind of even more disturbing, he's probably worse moving and running around with the football and throwing than he is from the pocket."
It is OK for Hoge to have his (likely educated) opinion? Not to LeBron, who responded via Twitter: "Listened to Merril Hoge on SC and he was just blasting Tebow. The man hasn't even play a full season and its only his 2nd year in ... Guys get on that TV and act like they was all WORLD when they played. How bout encouraging him and wishing him the best instead of hating!!"
James added, "Tim Tebow will succeed in the NFL. He's a hard worker, a student of the game, a natural born leader and most of all a WINNER! It takes time and he'll be nice."
LeBron's got a point regarding how well negativity sells. But in regard to which opinion carries weight: Hoge played in the NFL and studies the game. LeBron played in high school and pretended to play football in a State Farm commercial.
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DONUT 12: Congratulations to friend-of-DB.com Abigail Klein, the lovely Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader from Coppell, who is now making a movie with Adam Sandler, Susan Sarandon, James Caan, Andy Samberg, and Will Forte.
It's about dad who moves in with his son before the son gets married. Abigail plays a bridesmaid. It's called "I Hate You, Dad." You'll see it for Sandler; you'll remember it for Abigail.