Just a little help staying ahead of the sports world learning curve heading back into the work week:
Arte Moreno still wants to party. Coming up on 10 years as the Angels’ owner, he says he wants both his team, and the Dodgers, to be competitive, share in the wealth of Southern California baseball. There’s enough room for the two of them to thrive. It’s not a competition. Until they get on the field. “I think it’s great,” he said of the rivalry during Saturday’s grand announcement about the team’s signing of Josh Hamilton, which still leaves the Angels’ payroll for 2013 about $60 million short of the Dodgers. “Those fans have invested themselves (in the Dodgers), some going back to 1958. They’ve had great success. Mattingly has done a great job. I can’t wait to play ‘em. You know how much fun that’s going to be, for fans to argue over who’s stronger? It’ll start in the spring when we play them the first time (in Arizona). I can’t wait.” Neither can we.
The headline looks sexy: “Kobe stunted my growth, says Bynum.” Thing is, Kobe Bryant seemed to agree, not even sarcastically, with the assessment of former teammate Andrew Bynum – who has yet to play a game yet with his new team, the Philadelphia 76ers, because his health continues to be stunted. The real curious quote from Bynum, however, came later, when making a comparison about how the trade that sent him to Philly also brought Dwight Howard to the Lakers in a swap of high-profile centers. “Personally, I think they traded No. 1 for No. 2,” Bynum said. One writer in his story chronicling that quote added that Bynum indicated that Howard was No. 1, not him. Another couple of writers (including the Daily News’ Mark Medina) called it “a clear suggestions he believes he’s better than Howard.” Either way, one is playing, the other isn’t. Which one would you rather be?
The NHL’s players union is invested in voting on whether to decertify, call in for some lunch or take another break from talks with the owners over a labor dispute that has reached 92 days and can’t be much closer to calling it a season than ever before. Skate around the issues even long and see how that works for getting a paycheck. Unions can be useful if there’s a huge moral or ethical issue involved. Splitting hairs over the detrement of the entire existence of professional hockey in North America isn’t the solution. There’s already a shortage of Twinkies and Ding Dongs thanks, in a small part, to misguided corporate ownership and mismanaged employees.
Adrian Petersen needs 294 yards in the last two games of the regular season to break Eric Dickerson’s mark of 2,105 with the L.A. Rams in 1984. The Minnesota Vikings star could have had that alone Sunday against St. Louis but settled for 212 on 24 carries, one of which was an 82-yard TD sprint on a knee that was put together a year ago after he tore two ligaments. Dickerson has gone on record as saying he didn’t want Petersen to break his record. “I don’t watch football anymore,” said Dickerson, lying. “I don’t watch sports. I just see the highlights. I see his highlights and he’s a great player. I don’t want him to break my record, but I wish him the best. . . . I like having the record. I don’t think it’s going to be broken.” Dickerson is starting to sound like a broken record, eh?