Mark Cuban on the Lakers: ‘Personally, I just hope they suck forever’


Mark Cuban, the bombastic billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, was on a Los Angeles radio show where he told host Fred Roggin that, “You know me, Fred. Personally, I just hope they suck forever.”

Cuban was talking about the Los Angeles Lakers and their 1-9 start, the worst start in franchise history.

It’s hard for me to put into words how much I dislike Mark Cuban. The guy is a neverending sound bite of stupidity. He craves attention so much that he just can’t help from saying stupid things, for example, going on a Los Angeles radio show and telling listeners that you hope their favorite sports team sucks forever. Why is he on a Los Angeles radio show? Why is he talking about a team other than his Dallas Mavericks?

What other owner in professional sports would do that? Cuban is always putting himself out there, trying to get attention. I couldn’t even tell you how owns the two other NBA teams in Texas, the Houston Rockets or the San Antonio Spurs. I’m sure I could easily find out who owns those two teams on Wikipedia or over at Ask Jeeves, but that’s not the point. The point is that most teams in the NBA have owners who don’t try to steal the spotlight from the teams they own. Why can’t Cuban be more like the owners of those two franchises?

Because he’s an attention whore, that’s why.

How bad are the Washington Redskins?


The Washington Redskins lost at home to the  Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, 27-7. Before Sunday’s matchup, the Bucs had only won one game.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin was especially awful. He threw 23/32 passes for 207 yards. He threw one touchdown and one interception. He was sacked six times.

In case you’re wondering if the Bucs have better defense than their record reflects, they don’t. Even including Sunday’s game into the mix, they rank 30th in a 32 team league in pass defense. Before Sunday’s game with the Redskins, the Bucs had only sacked the quarterback 14 times in nine games. As bad as the Bucs’ defense is, the Redskins should have been able to put some points on the board.

One of the biggest problems that Redskins have is their starting quarterback, Robert Griffin III.  He’s clearly lost a thing or two since injuring his knee during his rookie season. Insisting that he be the starting quarterback even tough his back-up quarterbacks outplay him on the field, just isn’t working. No matter how much the Redskins try, that square peg just is not going to fit in that round hole.

The damage the Redskins are doing to their fanbase may be unrecoverable. This isn’t like it was in olden times when people were fans of their local team because that’s who they could watch on the TV, or better yet, go to the game and watch the team in person. Games have become so expensive to attend, not only in the ticket prices, but with parking and concessions, that even diehard fans can’t afford to go to more than one a year. Now thanks to modern satellite, Internet, and cable TV technology, you can watch any team on the TV, not just your local team. If going to the game in person has become so expensive that you can only go once a year, you might as well be going to support the visiting team, a team you might watch on satellite or the Internet.

Here’s a tweet by one such damaged Redskins fan, Tony Perkins, former Good Morning America weather broadcaster and current news anchor for the local Fox station:

The Redskins have a problem. If they don’t fix it, they’re going to end of being the east-coast version of the Oakland Raiders.

If you have a problem with the Redskins’ name or mascot, I have some advice for you


The Washington Redskins went to Minnesota to play the Vikings this past Sunday and they did what they do best: they lost. The final score was 29 to 26.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III made his triumphant return in the losing effort and played fairly well, considering the amount of rust he has acquired sitting on the bench, eating Subway sandwiches, and recuperating the his various injuries. What was even more remarkable than RGIII playing in an actual NFL game, were the thousands of people protesting outside the stadium against the Washington Redskins.

Some claim the team’s name is a racial slur against Native Americans and should be changed to something else. Many of the protesters on Sunday were reportedly of Native American descent. Some were protesting against the name, while others were protesting against the team’s mascot.

The mascot? What’s wrong with the mascot?
Although I understand how some can argue that the name is a racial slur – I don’t agree with them, but I see how they can come to that conclusion – I don’t understand how anyone can argue the mascot is disrespectful or insulting. The Redskins’ mascot is one of the more nicer looking mascots in the NFL.

The Redskins’ porous defense is insulting, not the mascot.

norseman-article-compThe ironic thing about the Redskins’ mascot is that it’s very similar to the Vikings’ mascot. The Redskins’s mascot is a man of Native American ancestry. The Vikings mascot is a cartoonish man of white European ancestry with an overgrown 1970’s porn mustache. Of the two mascots, the Redskins’ mascot is much more respectful, mostly because it doesn’t include a stupid looking mustache.

My advice to anyone who doesn’t like the Washington Redskins’ name or mascot, is to pick another team to support. There are 32 teams in the NFL. Chances are, there’s at least one or two other teams in the league with names or mascots that you won’t find offensive or insulting to your delicate sensibilities.

Photo: by Jeff Wheeler / StarTribune

Redskins beat Cowboys in overtime, make most NFL pundits look like slack-jawed idiots

Washington Redskins v Dallas Cowboys

The Washington Redskins went into Dallas last night and beat the Cowboys in overtime, 20-17. Not only did the Redskins beat the Cowboys, they treated Tony Romo much like how Obi Wan Kenobi treated Anakin Skywalker on the planet Mustafar, except without all the lava.

Third-string quarterback Colt McCoy lead the Redskins in the win, completing 25 of 30 passes, throwing for 299 yards with one interception and no touchdowns. He did score a touchdown with his feet, running one in in the fourth quarter. McCoy played for the Texas Longhorns in college, starting all four years he attended the school. He set all sorts of records at Texas, making him officially kind of a Big Deal in the state of Texas.

With the win, the Redskins are now 3-5 for the season. Their next game is against the Minnesota Vikings where nobody will be allowed to say the name “Redskins”. The Cowboys are now 6-2, and sit at first place in the NFC East

If you watched any of the pre-game shows on Sunday and then again last night, you know that nobody foresaw the Redskins winning the game. All of ESPN’s football experts, some of the greatest football minds of our generation*, picked the Cowboys to beat the Redskins. They were wrong. Imagine that.

* not really.

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

I could not care less about this year’s World Series


Evidently there’s a World Series going on right now. I haven’t been paying any attention to it, mostly because neither teams deserves to be there. Not really.

The Kansas City Royals finished the regular season with an 89-73 record, earning them 2nd place in the American League Central. The San Francisco Giants finished the regular season with an 88-74 record, earning them 2nd place in the National League West.

This year’s World Series is between two teams that couldn’t win their divisions. Why would anyone who’s not a Royals fan or a Giants fan, care about this years World Series?

I don’t get it.

In prior years, even when your favorite team didn’t make it to the post-season, you could still somewhat enjoy the World Series knowing that the participants deserved to be there. You could watch knowing you were seeing greatness. Not this year.

We owe this situation to the wild card, a system put in place beginning in 1995 that allowed the team with the best winning percentage from both the NL and the AL that didn’t win its respective division, to advance to the post-season.

It’s the reason the Florida Marlins were able to win the World Series. Twice. It’s the reason the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of California, or whatever they call themselves these days, was able to win a World Series in 2002. That World Series, like this year’s World Series, consisted of two teams that couldn’t win their division. The other team being the San Francisco Giants, the other team in this year’s World Series.

It’s bad enough when one wild card team is able to sneak into the World Series, it’s pretty horrible when both teams are able to do it. No matter who win this year’s World Series, they will be crowned a world champion because they beat a second place team.

Big deal.