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  1. An idiot with power is a dangerous thing

    James Dolan, chairman of Cablevision, the 2nd largest cable provider in New York, also owns the New York Rangers (NHL) & Knicks (NBA) and their home arena, Madison Square Garden. However, if you believe the press in New York, Dolan has also inherited some of the late George Steinbrenner's old, bad habits.

    Consider the plight of Knicks President Don Walsh, for example. Walsh, who built the Indiana Pacers into a playoff contender during the 90's, was hired in 2008 to replace Isaiah ...
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  2. Even umpires need sunglasses

    Umpires have been stereotyped as nearsighted and/or overly sensitive to criticism, deserved or otherwise. Sunday's Giants-Mets game in San Francisco presented more evidence that the boys in blue need a little visual aid to get the calls right, and I don't mean replay.

    In the home 9th, plate umpire Phil Cuzzi called a ball when it should've been a strike. Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez nearly went ballistic. Catcher Henry Blanco & manager Jerry Manuel did their best to protect ...
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  3. The "King" is a fraud

    LeBron James has made two mistakes in his playing career.

    The first was turning pro right after high school, because despite all the enormous talent he possesses, he wasn't a complete player just yet. The last 7 seasons spent in Cleveland, a virtual hop, skip, & jump from his hometown of Akron, represented on-the-job training. Yes, the Cavaliers made the finals once in those 7 years, turning the corner toward shedding the "loser" label once and for all, but they didn't ...
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  4. A fragile pitcher's psyche isn't confined to the Bronx

    The New York tabloids have taken the Yankees to task for bringing back pitcher Javier Vazquez, despite the fact that his first tour of duty in the Bronx wasn't so great in 2004, ending when he lost the deciding game in the ALCS to Boston. But after a stellar 2009 campaign in Atlanta, someone convinced GM Brian Cashman to bring Vazquez back for a 2nd go-round, at the expense of outfielder Melky Cabrera, who's been up & down in the first few weeks of the season playing in the NL.

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  5. The Reincarnation of Kenesaw Landis

    Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was Commissioner of Major League Baseball way back in the day, and was as hard-line in meting out punishment, most famously the 1919 Chicago Black Sox scandal, depicted in the movie, "Eight Men Out". Today, current MLB Commissioner Allan "Bud" Selig is the antithesis of Landis, softer than a bag of marshmallows and slower to act than snails & turtles combined.

    In this day and age, however, the spirit of Landis has re-emerged, but ...
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