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A little snark for your morning coffee- “While London has had problems rounding up enough workers to staff the events, think of all the millions of unemployed Americans who would drop whatever they’re not doing to contribute to the Olympic effort. Three days is a tight window for getting things ready, but we could pull it off. This is America, after all.
At this point, you’re probably thinking that this is pretty stupid, that this whole article has been an irredeemable waste of time. But people probably thought the same things about the first Olympics when some guy was like, “Hey, let’s get naked and wrestle for Zeus and maybe he won’t strike down our children with lightning.” And now look at what the Olympics have become.
Just saying, amazing things can come from seemingly dumb ideas. And we think the Olympics in Cleveland could prove that.” [Etheridge/ESPN Playbook]
The new way to build under the CBA?- “Is it better? It’s just different,” Cuban said. “The rules are the rules. Look at Chicago — they got rid of three really good rotation players because of the new CBA. Look at New York — they weren’t able to match on Jeremy Lin. Under the old CBA, it would’ve been a no-brainer. And that’s before the trade limitations and different team-building impacts come into play, and those don’t start until next year. There’s some teams that just are oblivious to them that I think it’s going to hurt, but we’ll see. Maybe I’m wrong.” [Berger/CBS Sports]
Bwahahahahahaha- “Tomlin, who signed a three-year contract extension on Tuesday that will keep him in Pittsburgh through the 2016 season, was not amused. “Obviously Mike Wallace was not here today,” he said. “I don’t know when he’s going to be here. Obviously we have a desire for him to be here. We want him to be a part of this thing both short term and long term. We’ve been in negotiations with him. He’s not here today. It’s unfortunate for him. One thing that experience has taught me is that this is bigger than all of us. It’s bigger than Mike, it’s bigger than me, so I mean that when I say it’s unfortunate for him that he’s not here.” [Farrar/Shutdown Corner]
Amico’s off season grades- “Cavaliers: Perhaps no team has made more offseason headlines without really doing anything. The Cavs’ top draft choice, Dion Waiters, flashed some promise — but only after showing up to summer league out of shape and in desperate need of a perimeter shot. Their second draft-day acquisition, Tyler Zeller, was better. But despite all the assets and salary-cap space, the Cavs have yet to make anything close to a splash. Grade: C-” [Amico/FSO]
Finally, my favorite tweet of yesterday- “#Marlins: “We’re willing to give up Hanley Ramirez. Just looking for a jar of farts.” #Indians: “Pass.” #Dodgers: “In!” [Ten Cent Beers]