The question surrounding if, when, why and how Don Mattingly will lose his prime leaning spot on the Dodgers dugout railing all go back to how decisions really are made in this gaggle of Guggenheimers that include money man Mark Walters, sound-bite Stan Kasten, some other Hollywood hanger-ons, and . . . .
No need to jog our memory of Magic’s history with coaching changes. Back in ’81, he soon tired of the person in charge got Paul Westhead thrown under Jerry Buss’ undercarriage.
With such a coach-killing track record, where’s Magic’s e-voice been lately with any twits of support for Donnie Baseball?
On May 8: “Dodger Nation: I’m disappointed with our slow start but, I still feel we are going to play better and have a good season.”
There’s someone with some real hardball know-how.
You ever think it’s probably best Magic doesn’t go to the mat for Mattingly? Consider his post on May 21: “I’m supporting Wendy Greuel for Mayor of Los Angeles! Don’t forget to get out and vote today!”
How’d that grueling experience turn out again?
== Now that Andre (Not 3000) Ethier has morphed into the Lindsay Lohan of the Dodger clubhouse, why not chase him out of town in exchange for a reliable third baseman (like Chase Headley)?
== On the philosophy behind making a mid-season coaching change: If the Kings had kept around Mattingly-like nice guy Andy Murray instead of switching him out for Darryl Sutter just before Christmas, 2011, what would the course of the franchise be today?
== The more you hear Phil Jackson peddling and back-peddling during his latest book tour – from Jon Stewart to Charlie Rose, ESPN to Time magazine – the more is sounds as if he’s trying to come up with a new titillating tidbit to grab a head and tantalize readership.
What’s he really selling, books or himself?
Uncompelled to care so much about how he compares Kobe Bryant to Michael Jordan, aren’t you more curious as to whether “Eleven Rings” has more substance than “Sacred Hoops,” is more overpromised and under-delivering than “More Than A Game,” or will be on the bargain shelf quicker than “The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul”?
== How does Tom Cruise land in a Staples Center glass position and not think he’s the reason why the Kings’ home karma continues? Because Matthew Perry is sitting too high and out of sightlines?
== Was Erin Andrews at the Kings-Sharks Game 5 as a member of the working media or hanging out in the players’ family area in the official capacity of concussed-impaired Jarret Stoll’s love interest?
== Pick any mock NBA draft sites these days. Find Shabazz Muhammad in anyone’s Top 10 any more?
== IndyCar machines haven’t used carburetors in 50 years, but they still have a “Carb Day” competition at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ahead of Sunday’s 500?
Shouldn’t it be a carb-loading day?
== What logistical contractual nightmares would come into play if the Lakers and Clippers decided to swap D12 for CP3 straight up? Or does Stephen A. Smith have to approve it first?
== Does the lack of Tim Tebow news have a direct correlation to ESPN’s layoffs?
== Sergio Garcia won’t stand behind his ridiculous remarks concerning Tiger Woods? What, is he fried, or chicken?