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Bob Iger, you’re just been duped into becoming window dressing for a couple of flailing franchises who insist they’ll pal up and pool their resources to erect a stadium atop a Carson dump site for the privilege of printing NFL money in Los Angeles just like Disneyland does it in Anaheim.
What are you going to do next?
(C’mon, you know how this TV spot goes, right?)
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== Who is Sachin Tendulkar, and why should we care that he’s in L.A.?
He’s perhaps the one and only reason why anyone pays an absorbent amount of money for a ticket to see a cricket exhibition played at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night.
And he’s not even playing.
The 42-year-old from India retired from the pitch in 2013, amassing more runs (34,357) at the top level of the sport than any other player. And we don’t even know if that’s a good number of runs or not.
So now Dodger Stadium, which hardly provides the proper oval layout needed for a championship cricket match of all-star bowlers and batsmen from around the world, nonetheless welcomes Tendulkar in a version of the game called Twenty20.
With 20/20 hindsight, the Pittsburgh Pirates might now decide it wasn’t worth the trouble to sign a few young cricket players from India in the hopes of making them into big-league pitchers – even if the whole thing became a Disney movie with Jon Hamm hamming it up as the talent agent with this million-dollar idea.
So this could really be the Iger’s sanction — make sure the new Carson stadium is by-Jiminy cricket-friendly moving forward?
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, who met UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in July at her Glendale gym, lost to Buster Douglas 25 years ago in arguably the biggest upset in sports history. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff Photographer)
== Oddsmakers who require one to plunk down a $1,600 bet in order to win $100 must believe it’s a done deal — Ronda Rousey will go Crocodile Dundee on an Aussie ex-boxer with a name that sounds like a must-have Christmas doll in UFC 193 on Saturday somewhere way down under the radar.
Holly Holm talks about her upcoming UFC title match against Ronda Rousey in Melbourne, Australia on Friday. (AP Photo Neil Frankland)
The more this is held up to the pay-per-view spotlight, doesn’t a Mike Tyson-Buster Douglas encounter that took place 25 years ago kind of cast a bit of a foreshadowing?
There was Tyson, the undisputed, undefeated champ of the world, KO’ing opponents in seconds rather than rounds, agreeing to continue his victory tour, perhaps out of boredom, with a trip to Tokyo one night so the world could see him against a 42-to-1 longshot.
Douglas was four inches taller, 11 pounds heavier, six years older, and came out punching as if he had no other strategy.
And Douglas, bless his heart, somehow won in a fight that took place on a Sunday morning in Japan to accommodate the Saturday night TV audience in the U.S.
Here’s Holly Holm, taller, a longer reach and six years older than Rousey. The southpaw known as “The Preacher’s Daughter” hasn’t been taken down yet. And Rousey is the take-down artist.
If Holm is to somehow make good on a $59.95 asking-price for a fight that takes place early Sunday afternoon in Melbourne to accommodate the Saturday night TV audience in the U.S., it’s because a strategy can be put into place against Rousey, which rarely happens.
Ronda Rousey talks to reporters in Australia on Friday. (AP Photo Neil Frankland)
The website FiveThirtyEight.com has crunched some numbers in Holm’s favor. And then there’s this:
“None of Rousey’s opponents to this point have had the combination of size, length, foot speed and technical footwork necessary to keep Rousey at a distance,” writes the Bleacher Report. “Holm possesses those characteristics in spades. The most likely scenario for this fight is one in which the relentlessly aggressive Rousey charges after the challenger like a maddened bull for several rounds, eating clean straight lefts and front kicks while the former boxer plays matador.”
Starting to see the ghost of Tyson appear now?
== Rousey, who pulled everywhere in writing books and making movies and telling people who she’ll vote for in the 2016 election, just doesn’t sound like she’s all in for this.
She recently told Rolling Stone that after this, her third fight of the year, she’s taking a break until July, 2016 to focus on more movie roles.
“Believe me, there’s nothing I would like to do more than disappear for awhile,” she said.
That might not be entirely possible. She’s one of the finalists for Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year. In explaining her credentials for this honor, SI says: “There may not be an athlete alive more dominant at his or her sport than Rousey.”
And we all know about the Sports Illustrated curse, right?
== Those all-red and all-green Nike PJs that the Bills and Jets were forced to wear on Thursday night is going to be a regular thing? And this is something you would pay to see in person in an L.A. stadium near you?
Kobe Bryant watches his team against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
== Nine games into the 1971-72 season, Elgin Baylor’s body gave up, and he retired at the age of 38. The Lakers went onto win 33 games in a row and took the NBA title.
Nine games into the 2015-16 season, Kobe Bryant’s body has all but given up on him at the age of 37, yet his will to continue may overcome any skill discrepancy.
If stays at this point, do the Lakers go on a 33-game losing streak?
== The Golden State Warriors could win 73 games this season? And Steph Curry will average 40 points a night?
Sure, if they never leave the Golden State and play the Lakers and Clippers every other night.
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