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- Stephen Jackson is tired of the critics who question his loyalty to the Warriors after his recent trade demands. He says fans should respect him for wanting to win, but he realizes that, “Hey, they threw stones at Jesus, so they can say whatever they want about me.” Jack and Jesus. Yep, those are two names that are easily confused.
- Just to recap, then, it took a four-month investigation to determine that Randy Hanson lost his balance while putting his feet up on a table, and head coach Tom Cable, good samaritan that he is, tried to stop Hanson’s head from hitting the floor by holding it up with his fist. Got it.
No disrespect to Napa County district attorney Gary Lieberstein in the believability department, but speaking as a kid who spent 17 years of school, from kindergarten through college, tipping his chair back in class and as a former teacher who watched thousands of students do the same thing, I’ve yet to see one break his jaw upon while falling over. Just sayin’.
- If you’re keeping score at home — and I think you are — Michael Crabtree caught the second pass of his NFL career at the 8:50 mark of the second quarter in Houston on Sunday. That means it took him precisely 20 minutes and 10 seconds of game action to match the season reception total of Darrius Heyward-Bey in his first six Raiders games as a starter. Once again, just sayin’.
- Redskins’ owner Daniel Snyder insists he wasn’t trying to goad head coach Jim Zorn into quitting last week when he gave his play-calling duties to a man running bingo contests in Detroit. Scrutiny into whether or not Snyder was actually trying to avoid paying the remainder of Zorn’s contract by firing him intensified, however, when he gave Zorn’s parking space to the club’s laundry room attendant.
- In their NBA preview issue this week, Sports Illustrated says each member of the Boston threesome of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen is a lock for the Hall of Fame, and then repeats the claim for San Antonio’s Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. No disrespect intended, but if the standards for inclusion in the basketball Hall have fallen so low as to include nice players like Allen and Ginobili among the pantheon of all-time legends, then they might as well lock the doors. Who’s next, Baron Davis? Ron Artest? They’ve made a couple All-Star teams, too, so they certainly belong.
- Looks like the UFC is serious about eclipsing boxing as the mainstream choice of modern fight fans, as they’re already mimicking boxing’s habit of awarding horrendous decisions to undeserving fighters to keep their big names on top. There can be no other reasonable explanation for what they did to Mauricio Rua Saturday night after he battered Lyoto Machida for five grueling rounds — and was robbed.
- Still infuriated by Bob Griese’s one-liner about Juan Pablo Montoya? One question: “Where’s your sense of humor?” One answer: “Out to a non-ethnic lunch.”
Sports personality Bob Frantz is a regular contributor to The Examiner. E-mail him at email@example.com.