Wednesday Morning Mavs Donuts
DONUT 1: The Dallas Mavericks' championship defense remains on hold but at least the NBA owners and players, coordinated by mediator George Cohen, yesterday engaged in a 16-hour negotiating session on Tuesday ... and are reconvening today.
Not to suggest that a solution is around the corner. But Cohen ordered a gag order on both parties, and that's a start in that it can mean less rhetoric and spin and more chipping away at true issues.
DONUT 2: The NBA lockout explained ... via a Taiwanese news cartoon:
I wish "SportsCenter'' was just a little bit more like this. Less Skip Bayless goofiness, more Stern-having-sex-with-player-bride goofiness.
DONUT 3: Or, maybe you prefer your cartoons in the form of HBO's Bryant Gumbel, who claims that David Stern is a "modern plantation overseer" and is "treating NBA men like they were his boys" and says Stern is trying to keep "hired hands in their place."
Gumbel is known to be a bright and thoughtful person. But Stern has the same reputation ... and as much as we all want to vilify him for his role in the lockout, he deserves to be considered more respectfully than this.
DONUT 4: In case you missed it: DB.com on Why the NBA players ain't gonna be starting their own league. And if you disagree with my takes, take a turn over at DB.com Boards, where 'en455' offers an ambitious takedown of my column.
DONUT 5: The St. Louis Cardinals host the Texas Rangers in Game 1 of the World Series tonight (if the weather allows) and you want to know the crappiest storyline about to be shoved down your baseball throat?
"World Series TV ratings will be low.''
When it's Rangers-Cardinals or Rangers-Giants or Tampa Bay and Minnesota or a bunch of other competitors, I suppose the ratings are lower than the powers-that-be would prefer.
But I also don't think the powers-that-be should piss on our parade. The Cardinals have a huge fan base and the Rangers play in the fifth-largest media market in the country and if that isn't enough, heck, go ahead and just put the Dodgers and Yankees in the World Series every year, OK?
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DONUT 8: Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is being quoted as saying he's prepared to finance his own TV network.
"Yeah of course, when my deal is up,'' Tony Cubes says. "Absolutely. I think Time Warner Cable is kind of our incumbent and HDNet is not on Time Warner. So will I package the two to get one? Absolutely."
Three quickie responses:
*The Mavericks deal with Fox Sports Southwest reportedly goes through the next six years. So this is loooooong-term thinking.
*Cuban's HDNet makes sense as an overseer of programming. Having tentacles that extend to other channels makes sense, too, so the Mavs (and Stars and Rangers) wouldn't necessarily cut ties with FSSW, but rather might take them on as a little brother.
*A network with all Mavs programming all the time? I'm especially in favor of it if I am employed by it!
DONUT 9: Those of us wishing the NFL would've fined "The Battlin' Jims'' for their postgame nudging and arguing Sunday after Harbaugh's 49ers beat Schwartz' Lions might have a point ... until we start pontificating about a "teachable moment being lost.''
Listen, I raise my own sons. I don't ask the Detroit Lions coach to contribute. What I ask of guys like Harbaugh and Schwartz is that they provide me living-room entertainment.
And that, these two teacherly clowns truly did.
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DONUT 11: Rudy Fernandez is really dominating for Real Madrid (h/t Chris Sheridan):
DONUT 12: Most troubling thing about Deion Sanders' "he'll-never-win'' assault on Tony Romo: If/when the Cowboys ever DO win another Super Bowl, the person clamoring the loudest, demanding a convertible ride in the parade, will be ... Deion.