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Magic Letting Donovan Off the Hook

According to a report from the Orlando Sentinel as of early Monday morning.

The Orlando Magic today will allow Billy Donovan out of his 5-year, $27.5 million contract that he signed on Friday.

“It’s over,” said a source close to the situation.

Unless Donovan wakes up today and changes his mind, the Magic will let him go, the source said.

Yeah, they’ll let him go it says. But what the report does not mention is whether or not there will be any financial retribution owed by Donovan. The confusion comes in depending on which report you believe. According to Andy Katz of ESPN, Donovan actually signed the deal on Friday for $27.5 million over 5 years. Jeff Goodman of foxsports.com cites an AP report that the contract was only agreed upon, not signed. If you go with Goodman’s report, it will be much easier for Donovan to head back to Florida. If you go by Katz’s report, he’ll have to come to a financial agreement in order to leave Orlando.

Here’s where I stand. If you’re the Magic, you’re certainly pissed, but you have to let the guy go. You can’t force a man to stay and coach if he does not want to be there. However, you did sell over 200 season tickets the day he was signed, and you were also delayed by a week or so in your search for a new coach based on the belief that you had found your man. So Donovan definitely owes the Magic an inconvenience fee. Luckily Orlando has plenty of time to make their next move (which appears to be Stan Van Jeremy Gundy). Heck, if divorcees get compensated for marriages that last only a day, then so should basketball teams.

She’s a Hooker and a Stripper, Not a Dancer

This is really something I’ve stewed over for the past year or so, dating back to the time when the Duke lacrosse story was being reported on a regular basis. And to this day, when reference is made to the Duke lacrosse team, most notably on Monday when they lost in the national championship game to Johns Hopkins, their rape case is synonymously noted. But one thing about every mention bothers me. Sports anchors and sports writers insist on referring to the woman in question, who clearly made up most of her allegations, as an “exotic dancer.”

Bullshit. Can we just quit those references from here on out? Let’s just call her what she really is — a hooker and a fucking stripper. Welcome to reality. The woman’s a whore. Literally. So why does everyone have to try and be PC about it, calling her an “exotic dancer?” That my friends, is twisting the truth. Because unless she’s nailing double-headed dildos, there’s nothing exotic about what she does. She’s a hooker and a stripper, got it? Thanks.

Gary Bettman Explains the Switch from NBC to Versus

The commish joined Mike and the Mad Dog as a guest on WFAN on Monday and took quite the beating. The hosts were peppering him with questions — namely, why was the plug pulled on the Senators/Sabres game that went to overtime? Well, turns out that regardless of what the wrath and scorn of the media would lead you to believe, the plug was not pulled. In fact, Bettman knew quite well that the coverage of the game on NBC would be lost if it went to overtime.

It wasn’t something that just happened on Saturday. It was something that we knew could happen and it was something that we all planned for.

When we made our deal with NBC they had a pre-existing contractual relationship with the Preakness. Covering the Preakness is more than covering the two-minute race. There are a whole host of sponsors and advertisers who buy the time that leads up to the Preakness. NBC had an obligation to carry it.

We were getting this game to the widest coverage for the longest period of time. If we didn’t do this game on NBC even with the possibility that the game was going to be switched over for overtime, then the entire game would’ve been on Versus.

So there you go — justification from Bettman. And I think he’s just in a crappy position all-the-way around. It’s lose-lose. If they televise it on Versus, nobody sees it, and everyone laughs that a NHL Conference Finals game is on a channel nobody gets. They took a gamble hoping for the best, and they got burned. The only other plausible suggestion would have been to start the game earlier. That’s something Bettman really didn’t explain well. He tried to attribute it to re-seeding from round-to-round, and the uncertainty that the game could be on the West Coast. Lame. That would have been the best solution in my eyes.

Jose Vidro Ruined Ichiro’s Stolen Base Streak

I guess this is kind of a streak that went under the radar, but I thought it was pretty cool. Dating back to last season, Ichiro had stolen 45 straight bases without being caught. That’s pretty impressive when you think about it. He was only 5 away from tying Vince Coleman’s record, that is, until he got thrown out on Thursday night. Jose Vidro was up with nobody out and Ichiro on first in the bottom of the 7th and the Mariners trailing 6-3. Then, in what was an obvious hit-and-run play, Jose Vidro botched the sign, failed to swing, and left Ichiro hanging out to dry. Just check out Vidro’s reaction — he completely drops his head in disgust, fully knowing that he screwed up. And Ichiro isn’t even in the picture when the ball arrives at second base. It’s very clear that it was a botched hit-and-run:

Not surprisingly, the Angels announcers completely missed it. Rex Hudler was going on and on about how good Jose Molina is behind the plate, how tough it is to run on him and Colon. Well, that might be the case in general, but it wasn’t at all the case Thursday night. They played the replay again in the 9th, and Hudler went off again, “out by a mile.” Man Rex, you played the game, you’re supposed to be the analyst. Aren’t these plays just the sort of thing you’re supposed to recognize?

UPDATE: It’s been confirmed by the Seattle Times that it was a busted hit-and-run play

That Recent Barry Bonds Poll Was a Load of B.S.

A poll came out suggesting that only 52% of fans do not want to see Barry break Hank Aaron’s home run record, that 58% of fans want to see Bonds in the Hall of Fame, and that 73% of fans think Bonds used steroids. But before going out there and saying that fans are conflicted about Bonds based on the study, did anyone scrutinize the methods and data of the study? Or did people just blindly run with what was served to them and make assumptions based on that?

To find out how much bullcrap that recent poll was, check out my scrutiny of it at MLB FanHouse.

While you’re there, check out some of my other recent stories to find out…

Wow, Scouts Inc. Really Sucks at Mock Drafts

Which are pretty stupid to begin with (except for AA’s), because all it takes is one trade and nearly everything becomes FUBAR. I’m just not a real big fan truth be told. So what happens to all those mock drafts once the draft has been completed? Usually everyone’s busy breaking down who picked who, winners and losers, sleepers, and steals, and they completely forget to check up on the work of the mock drafters. Except for the guys over at Cold Hard Football Facts. Through the awesomeness of Ben Maller, I found out that CHFF tracked the picks of several mock drafts to see how they stacked up. And lets just say that Scouts Inc. sucked. And by sucked, I mean my three year old cousin could have done just as well. Check it out, with correct picks in bold (all courtesy Cold Hard Football Facts):

Hey, at least they got the JaMarcus Russell pick right! I have to say, I am impressed by Kiper nailing the first seven picks too.

Charles Barkley Really Loves the Bay Area

Looks like someone’s been having some nice photoshop fun with Charles Barkley. These photos remind me a lot of the Joakim Noah photos the Bruin Report Online crowd put together. But these, oh boy, these are outstanding. I’ll throw a couple of my favorites up, and then you can go to C.W. Nevius’ blog to check out the rest. Mad props to Fark for the link.

Oh these are just too good!