If you can avoid only one game this week, it should probably be the Raiders at the Giants on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on CBS. Some are calling the Giants the best team in the NFL, and the Raiders, who may not even have a coach, um, are not. May cause loss of vision and abdominal cramps; view at your own risk. Elsewhere on your dial: Read more…
Someone at the WNBA finally realized that we’re never going to take them seriously as professional athletes until they start acting like it. So it’s quite the PR coup for the league to have one of their top stars arrested for DUI.
(”Who wants another round?”)
Star guard Diana Taurasi must have wanted to celebrate being the leading vote-getter for the all-star team. Or maybe she just wanted to drink away the realization that she’s trapped in the WNBA, and trapped in Phoenix. Either way, we’re going to break down her arrest and add or subtract “Barkley Points” where needed to gauge the appropriateness of her actions to a professional athlete.
With American sports franchises hemorrhaging money left and right, one might wonder why our leagues haven’t embraced one of the easiest revenue streams available: selling the front of their jerseys. Really, the argument that it’s “crass commercialism” that messes with tradition doesn’t really fly anymore, considering that every other part of the pro sports viewing experience is supported by sponsors.
Well, the seal has been broken. The WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury announced today that they’ve sold the front of their jerseys (and the sponsorship rights to all things team-related) to identity theft defenders LifeLock. Of course, soccer teams around the world have been doing this for years, and the MLS followed suit when they started to allow such deals in 2007. But this is a first for a team in the “traditional” American sports, and even though it’s the WNBA one might think that David Stern is using this as a test run for bringing the same idea to some of his struggling NBA franchises going forward.
Jerry Tarkanian has dibs on “The Shark” (and all your linens), but he hasn’t really used the nickname in nearly a decade. Therefore, we propose Paul Westhead take up the moniker as he also takes up the reins as head coach of the Oregon Ducks’ women’s basketball program. Westhead has two options: run or die. At age 70, he’s still running.
Westhead has been floundering since being released as part of P.J. Carlesimo’s Oklahoma City Thunder staff earlier this season. The Thunder’s current running style has been one of the criminally underrated joys of the season, even if the results haven’t shown up in the win column.