Kevin Johnson’s Future Wife Is Quite The Catch

The WASHINGTON POST’s  The Reliable Source reports on Kevin Johnson’s new fiancee, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee:

Kevin Johnson Fiancee Michelle Rhee

She’s a 39-year-old divorcee and mother of two. He’s never married. No kids. Read more…

KJ Leaves His Heart (And Other Belongings) In SF

Kevin Johnson learned the hard way what happens when you leave the bucolic, tree-lined streets of Sacramento and head into the bustling, hard-edged metropolis that is San Francisco. You stop to help an elderly man get into a cab, and BOOM! (John Madden goes to telestrator): You’re suddenly a robbery victim.

Kevin Johnson

Johnson of course is a former NBA guard who is now the mayor of Sacramento (which has its own share of crime. But it’s also quite shady and laid back, with more squirrels per capita than any city in America). Recently he blogged about being a crime victim while visiting SF. See the shocking details: Read more…

U.S. Open Finally Finished - Glover Gets The Win

• Your 2009 U.S. Open winner is someone not named Tiger Woods.

Lucas Glover

Mark Cuban would like ESPN to put together a blacklist of sports blogs.

• Did longtime NBA star-turned-Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson get a U.S. inspector general fired?

• Coming soon to delightfully dance on a collegiate sideline near you - the William & Mary Asparagus?

• Fed up with the whole Favre farce, Vikings coach Brad Childress escapes to Alaska with Andy Reid.

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Obama Presidency At Risk Over Kevin Johnson?

One of the storylines that emerged from the 2008 presidential election was that Barack Obama would be the first “basketball” president. That seemed like a largely meaningless distinction; yes, he played b-ball while growing up instead of hitting the gridiron like Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, but unless you care who the President puts in his NCAA bracket (and why would you? Do we ask Joe Lunardi about politics?), who cares, right?

Kevin Johnson
(Remember this guy?)

Oddly enough, though, it may be the shenanigans of an Obama-backing former basketball player (and, as it were, the owner of several pro sports franchises) that may, if not derail the entire Obama presidency, at the very least give the opposition a legitimate salvo to fire for the 2010 election cycle.

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Mayor KJ Still Reeling from Nasty Sacto Election

Former NBA player Kevin Johnson may have won the Sacramento mayoral election last fall, but that didn’t make all the dirt the previous mayor (Heather Fargo) and her supporters kicked up just disappear. (For your convenience: hints of underage sexual assault, evil landlordism, slimy direct mailings, etc.) Johnson and the city of Sacramento are still dealing with the repercussions.

That’s why it was something of a relief for KJ and the city when the whole nasty matter about alleged abuse of federal funds given to his foundation was resolved earlier this week.

Kevin Johnson elected mayor of Sacramento

Why the city? As part of the federal investigation, the feds put Johnson on a “do not receive any federal money” list, which just might have kept the city from getting any kind of federal assistance, crippling city services.

Remember: sometimes you have to burn down Sacramento to save it. (”It” being “Heather Fargo’s job”.)

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Should Gov’t $$$ Be Used On New Kings Arena?

Are the Kings done in Sacramento? It’s looking increasingly likely, as the team is horrible and playing to a sparsely-populated Arco Arena on a nightly basis. It doesn’t help that Sacramento is also one of the hardest-hit areas in the housing crisis, and cities like San Jose and Anaheim that already have arenas are stepping forward as possible destinations.

Maloof brothers Joe left Gavin right

(It’s a rough time to be a Maloof)

Arco is the second-oldest arena in the league, but finding local funding for a new arena project is proving to be very challenging. There is one avenue that could be pursued, though: What if the Maloofs, the NBA, the city (ex-NBA player Kevin Johnson is now mayor), and the state can convince the federal government that a sports arena is a worthy recipient of stimulus funds?

Is a new sports arena worthy of receiving economic stimulus funds?

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Kevin Johnson Is The Next Mayor of Sacramento

While the eyes of most of the world are on the first African-American to be elected president, the eyes of Sacramento, California are on former NBA star Kevin Johnson, who was elected the city’s first black mayor after an expensive, bizarre, and somewhat absurd race with incumbent Heather Fargo.

Kevin Johnson

KJ apparently decided he wanted to get into elected office before his former Suns teammate, Charles Barkley. Fargo was expected to cruise to a third term until Johnson announced his candidacy in March. The resulting media crush sent him soaring in the polls as he brought in stars like Magic Johnson and Shaq for appearances at his events. Fargo, despite being fairly popular, simply had no answer. And it wasn’t like KJ had a squeaky-clean image during his campaign.

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Feds Say KJ Spent Fed Grants on Politics, Favors

If we’re ever in Sacramento… okay, we hope we’re never in Sacramento again.  The street walker we spotted in a miniskirt, open satin jacket, and bra a few blocks from the state capitol ten years ago told us that one day in Sacramento was three days too many.

Still, we have absolutely no intention of messing with current mayor Heather Fargo if we ever have to step inside the city limits of Sacramento.  She has proven without a doubt that anyone that dares throw an obstacle into her path had better be prepared to become suddenly unlucky for as long as the obstacle is in place.

Sacramento Kings dance team drinking

(We suspect this might be the classiest moment for Sacramento all year)

Kevin Johnson, former NBA player and current mayoral candidate in the charming town of Sacramento, has entered a runoff election against Fargo with more votes than her in the first round of elections.  That’s despite magically appearing allegations of underage gropeage, totally unaffiliated nasty mailings, and downright dirty fighting about supposed slumlorddom.

Now the federal government has wondrously appeared to accuse KJ of misusing AmeriCorps funds to give cash to volunteers to campaign for the local school board race, recruit kids to his academy, and washing his car (among other efforts).  Really, Fargo’s enemies just have the most unlucky times!

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Erin Andrews Talks To Bloggers; Smoltz Silenced

This chesty Celtics fan once tried to make Jack Nicholson look like a boob.

Erin Andrews does the unthinkable - talks with some sports bloggers.

Erin Andrews Jamie Mottram Dan Steinberg

(Jamie Mottram & Dan Steinberg check out the view)

• Scheduled shoulder surgery smushes John Smoltz’s season.

• What lady could resist the charms of a pseudo Sonics employee?

Santana Moss misses Monday practice after a 3-day birthday bacchanalia.

• Green Bay is being gorged of its local sportscasters.

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KJ on His Way to Overtime in Sacramento Election

The black man came up with more support and voters than the white woman, but it wasn’t enough to secure a clear majority. Therefore, we’re in for more months of backstabbing, frontstabbing, and other forms of chicanery before finally deciding on a leader. It’s painful for the greater electorate that are ready to work on economic and other issues, but no one will concede.

That’s right: your Sacramento mayoral election results are in.

Kevin Johnson maybe?

Former NBA player Kevin Johnson mustered up 47% of the vote Tuesday to incumbent Heather Fargo’s 40%. However, a clear majority is required to declare a victor in Sacramento. Therefore, if this should stand (and there are still 15,000 absentee ballots to count), there will be a runoff election in the fall. Can Sacramento take another five months of this nasty election?

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