Thursday Morning Mavs Donuts
DONUT 1: Mark Cuban apparently must remain quiet.
His brothers, however -- both lawyers -- are under no such restrictions.
I give you Jeff Cuban, who wonders if the owners should issue a blanket offer of $1 million salary to every player to avoid antitrust liability, thus challenging a court to "truly considered that 'bad faith'?''
"Could a judge really say $1 million is 'bad faith?', Jeff tweets.
And then there is our man Brian Cuban, a DB.com contributor. Yes, he's a lawyer, too. (Norton and Shirley didn't raise no dummies.)
"What sucks,'' tweets Brian (using the non-legal term "sucks'') "is that this disclaimer of interest/lawsuit has given the players a sense of empowerment that is a complete illusion.''
I will grant you that the Cuban boys (who love the Mavs, as fans, as much as you do) might have their particular biases in a players-owners fight. But they also have the minds to peer into basketball's legal crystal ball.
DONUT 2: If Jerry Sandusky continues to refer to his behavior as "horseplay,'' he's not only going to get sued by kids, parents and the state ... he's going to be sued for "defamation of character'' by actual horses.
DONUT 3: I said it Monday night on FOX4 News and I'll say it again, over and over and over again: Once upon a time, what successful company or product hasn't assumed its popularity would never fade?
I bet those Chia Pet guys thought America would buy Chia Pets forever!
Don't get too full of yourselves, NBA.
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DONUT 6: Brace yourselves for another round of "I Wonder If The NBA Star Can Go Play In The NFL?''
It's America's craziest sports game show!
It'll start with LeBron but it won't end there. And it'll all be bullcrap. The NBA star who could in a matter of weeks easily morph into being an NFL star? That, sir, is a mythical beast.
LeBron can't/won't do it. The midget point guard who returns some kickoffs in college can't/won't do it. Nobody can/will do it.
State Farm will probably film a commercial about it. But they might as well put a Yeti and The Loch Ness Monster in the starring roles. The Yeti would be an outstanding pass-rusher who uses strength and leverage to break down a pocket. And Nessie? What a cornerback! Forget "Revis Island,'' Nessie can patrol an entire lake!
DONUT 7: Lots of players are now talking about "jobs,'' presumably real-world ones. Why do I get the feeling that America is about to be introduced to 450 record producers, rappers and actors?
DONUT 8: Some of the fellas are quite qualified to work behind a mike, of course. Hey, that's it: They can get jobs at, say, ESPN, as NBA game analysts!
Oh, wait. That won't work, will it?
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DONUT 11: The basketball author Roland Lazenby notes that the owners "seemed to know nothing about winning graciously.''
And I would say this, especially about David Stern's smug tone and his ultimatums: Given the ultra-competitive nature of jocks, it would be better to let them "feel'' like they are partners in the process.
Even if they aren't.
DONUT 12: So Sandusky is an alleged perv. And his lawyer (who as a 49-year-old man impregnated a 16-year-old girl) is an alleged perv.
Man, they could've saved a lot of families, you me and Bob Costas a lot of time had the two alleged pervs just allegedly "horseplayed'' with each other.