published Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

5-at-10: From Sterling to O'Bannon, sports order in the court

It's June 10, so hear ye, hear ye. It's time for court.

From the satellite branch of the "Talks too much" studios, a court jester is still an officer of the court.

Court takes center stage in the sports on this Tuesday. This is not court related, but it's an interesting breakdown of how many jobs were shuffled and affected after Mack Brown resigned at Texas. According the reports, 103 coaches were directly impacted after the move. Crazy indeed.

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    former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon Jr. sits in his office in Henderson, Nev., in this 2010 file photo.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Calling the docket:

• The Ed O'Bannon case has started, and O'Bannon, the former UCLA basketball star who is suing the NCAA for not sharing the profits from using his likeness, took the stand Monday. The really interesting parts could come when the NCAA officials are sworn in. There's a chance that in the end, O'Bannon, who has already been part of the $40 million settlement for hundreds of thousands of basketball and football players with EA Sports, will be the single greatest change agent in college sports history.

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    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling, right, sits with his wife, Rochelle, during a Clippers NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles in this 2010 file photo.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

• Is anyone really surprised that Donald Sterling has now changed his mind and will sue the NBA, which in some ways since he's suing the owners for forcing him to sell, he indirectly is suing himself? This was how this had to end. And, while we're tired of this train wreck and the quicker Sterling goes away for good, the better, Sterling on the witness stand will be must-see TV.

• NBA Finals Game 3 tonight. Good times, and we expect another fun game unless the Heat get to a double-digit lead late in the third. We can see Spurs coach Greg Popovich pushing his chips in for Game 4.

• Our man David Paschall has a home run interview set up for today — former Georgia coach Jim Donnan will be on Press Row today on ESPN 105.1 FM and right here on By all accounts this is the first interview Donnan has given since he was found not guilty on a slew of white collar charges involving investments of several former and current college coaches, who lost millions.

• The court of public appeal says the Braves need to play the Rockies 42 times a year; the Kings have all but wrapped up Lord Stanley's chalice, and does anyone have interest in a U.S. Open contest? We'll check back for deliberations.

Until then, ponder on this: Interesting collection of birthdays today — including Kate Upton turning 22. Also of note are Sasha Obama, Judy Garland and Hattie McDaniel. Garland (who played Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz) and McDaniel (who played Mammy in Gone with the Wind) uttered two of the most famous female lines in movie history — Garland with several including "There's no place like home" and "Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore" and McDaniel offering "It makes my blood run cold, the things they say to one another." What's the Rushmore of movie quotes from an actress.

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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John_Proctor said...

Maybe you have to be really old or a movie buff but few actresses had a more memorable number of lines than Mae West. Take your pick and these are only a few of them.

"Is that a pistol in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?"

"Why don't you come up sometime and see me?"

"I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported."

"Between two evils, I generally like to pick the one I never tried before."

She was definitely the mistress of the double entrende and she got away with them even with the censorship of the Hays office in the 1930's.

June 10, 2014 at 10:52 a.m.
GratefulDawg said...

Any of you punks make a move, and I'll shoot my other foot! Donald Sterling does not even know who he's suing or why he's suing at this point. While the NBA certainly nudged the process along, the Sterlings were not legally forced to sell. Shelly found a multibillionaire tech guru whose desire to own a basketball team was such that he offered far more than market value for the team. She jumped at the deal and who can blame her. Shelly also indemnified the NBA and Ballmer in the deal. At this point, Donald Sterling does not have a legal leg to stand on. And, let's just deal with the unlikely hypothetical here, if Sterling did win against the NBA in court the Sterling family trust would be on the hook for any damages or loss suffered by the league.

As long as Donald Sterling wants to file baseless and self-defeating lawsuits I'm sure his lawyers will do his bidding. Those billable hours add up fast.

June 10, 2014 at 2:39 p.m.
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