Monthly Archives: May 2014
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has signed an agreement to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers for $2
To clear the first hurdle: Yes, he can afford it. The 58-year old has a net-worth in excess of $20 billion. So put yourself in his shoes. Take your life’s saving and pretend you wouldn’t spend 10% of it to own a professional sports franchise. I would.
But Ballmer’s ridiculous purse is terrible for the National Basketball Association. Why? Because he overpaid (albeit in an open market) and by doing so may have just opened the floodgates for NBA owners (even the “good” ones) to ride a money train that only stops when a healthy majority of the league’s teams are owned by the highest bidders.
Obviously, the Clippers have a few things going for them as a franchise. They’re in LA and they have two legitimate stars in Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. But Ballmer bought this team at what could be its on-court peak. Sure, the Clippers have been above .500 in each of the past three seasons, but outside of that, they’ve only been above .500 two other times since moving to LA in 1984.
- .573 in 2005-06
- .549 in 1991-92
Before that? They were .378 over six seasons as the San Diego Clippers. They lost an average of 50 games per season in eight years as the Buffalo Braves.
I don’t know about you guys, but it feels an awful lot like Ballmer just bought the Clip-show at a peak in on-court performance and even with the recent rise, he paid too much.
This could get weird, fast.
But hey, Donald Sterling’s gone. That’s a good thing.
That’s all I got/
Georgia Football Podcast: Breaking Down Attrition, Offensive and Defensive Personnel and Gurley’s Heisman Odds
Andrew Hall (@DudeYouCrazy on the Tweets) and Chad Floyd (@Chad_Floyd) get together to interrupt summer with some Georgia Bulldogs football talk. Topics covered include: recent transfers and dismissals, a strong defensive front seven, a questionable defensive secondary, QB Hutson Mason’s potential and Todd Gurley’s pursuits of a Heisman Trophy.
Be sure to download and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here.
Stream online via Spreaker, or check it out on Stitcher Radio.
Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph has a killer set of soundbites from Mark Richt on safety Tray Matthews:
I think he’s on a turning point of maturing some, and becoming a very dependable guy. I’m not saying he is a dependable guy, or has been at this point. But I have a feeling that that’s his desire to become that. And he needs to. It’s time.
- The good, per Richt: Matthews is hitting an inflection point.
- The bad: He’s not a dependable guy, nor has be been.
- The good: Matthews wants to become dependable.
- The bad: It’s overdue.
Mark Richt isn’t mad, y’all. He’s just disappointed.
That’s all I got/
91 Days until SEC football. Boom.
I doubt Vegas is taking odds on this, but if I could bet I’d throw everything I own down on the establishment of an early signing period for college football. Why? Because the SEC wants it. And what daddy wants, daddy gets. (Dude’s note: Daddy is the SEC in this scenario.)
You can read more about this possibility just about anywhere, but the SEC is warming up to a new (additional) signing period launching on the first Monday after Thanksgiving. I hope the president of Boise State is OK with the proposal, don’t you?
This is a thing that I’m not ashamed of.
The “Coach Richt, he the boss” line is my favorite.
I know you see me ballin/