Monday, November 5, 2012

Porn star mascots and other Monday musings

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg made the right call when he cancelled the New York City marathon and postponed the Brooklyn Nets historic NBA home opener in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Sporting events were important to New York's recovery from the September 2001 terrorist attacks, because except for the localized physical devastation around Ground Zero, the 9-11 trauma was psychological, and sports gave New Yorkers an opportunity to come together by tens of thousands to commiserate and grieve. Picking up the pieces from Sandy is a logistical nightmare on such a vast scale that it would have been insensitive to divert public resources from the recovery process to a glorified foot race and a basketball game...New Jersey authorities decided to go ahead with yesterday's NFL game at the Meadowlands, although as a Giants fan I wish they'd put the kibosh on that one, too...If you only watch or listen to one highlight from the weekend in sports, make it the postgame locker room speech by Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, who's on leave of absence while he battles leukemia. It's a powerful and humbling demonstration of leadership and courage...Does anyone really believe that Jesse Marsch's departure from the Impact was by mutual agreement, or that the only thing mutually agreed upon wasn't that the outgoing coach would bite his tongue about what was obviously a dismissal in exchange for a golden handshake? As hands-on owners go, Joey Saputo is giving Jerry Jones and the late George Steinbrenner a run for their money, with decidedly mixed results...The newly relocated Brooklyn Nets of the NBA are considering renaming their mascot after learning that Brooklyn Knight was already taken - by a porn star. Presumably, the short list for a new name doesn't include Flick Shagwell, Candy Bangs or Buster Hymen.

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