Oakland's ungrateful sports owners
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Even wealthy men of reasonable intellect can look like idiots. I'm not pointing a finger at politicians, but at sports owners.
And Oakland has run the table in this regard with the proprietors of its three professional teams: Lew Wolff, Chris Cohan and Al Davis.
Our very own Three Stooges.
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed gave his State of the City speech Feb. 18 at a community breakfast. Guess who introduced him and sat at his table?
Not hockey star Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks. Not Dionne ("Do You Know the Way to San Jose?") Warwick. And not Krazy George, the world's oldest cheerleader and San Jose State alumnus.
It was Lew Wolff, co-owner of the Oakland A's.
So what was Loopy Lew doing in San Jose? Wasn't he/isn't he interested in moving to Fremont? Befuddled by his own terminal wanderlust, he has lost all sense of direction.
Meanwhile, the A's remain in Oakland, where Loopy Lew prefers not to show his face, and wisely, while Major League Baseball ponders the team's future.
But Loopy Lew has dragged decency and civility down to a new low. He spits in Oakland's face while contending that he has exhausted all possibilities of keeping the team here, which is an outright sham.
Then he woos San Jose — San Francisco Giants territory — after over-wooing Fremont, while his college fraternity buddy, MLB Commissioner and Oakland-hater Bud Selig, cheers him on.
Thus Loopy Lew has become the most despised man in Oakland.
Oh, wait, there's always Chris Cohan to consider. For this is Clueless Chris' 16th year of owning the Warriors — the worst ownership run in the team's history, with only one postseason appearance.
Equally depressing, Clueless Chris refuses to change the franchise's title — which won't ever be printed in this column space — to "Oakland," despite the fact that the National Basketball Association's best fans continue to support his deplorable product with near-capacity crowds.
And that's precisely why he won't change the name, which, in all fairness, former owner Franklin Mieuli picked out ungraciously. But, then, to kick Oakland where it really hurts, Clueless Chris runs his NBA-joke-of-a-team onto the court with "San Francisco" across its jerseys.
The Warriors bolted San Francisco in 1971 because they couldn't make a buck there. They've flourished financially in Oakland. Those yellow "San Francisco" uniforms are fashionably putrid, and to flaunt them in Oakland's face is a despicable act by a fool. Especially since 90 percent of America believes the Warriors still play in San Francisco.
Maybe Larry Ellison, fingers crossed, will prefer "Oakland."
Can it get any worse than Loopy Lew or Clueless Chris? Have you met Raiders owner Al Davis — or Adversary Al?
Loopy Lew could learn from Adversary Al, who moved his team away and then moved it back, thereby knighting Oakland as a more attractive site for pro football than Los Angeles.
Only the team Adversary Al brought back is a sickly imitation of the formidable one he stole from Oakland in the early 1980s. These Raiders are the National Football League's longest running joke.
Nevertheless, Alameda County officials and the city of Oakland, frustrated from dealing with Loopy Lew, is considering building a football stadium that might be shared by the Raiders and San Francisco 49ers.
Hah! The Raiders and 49ers never will share any Oakland stadium. Adversary Al hates the 49ers that much.
The stadium idea is just a "feasibility" study, yet with a $125,000 price tag. You'd think Adversary Al, the prodigal son, would be thrilled by a new playpen.
But when Oakland suggested the Raiders pay for part of the stadium study, their chief executive, Amy Trask, said, snottily, "We have expended (financial) resources."
Uh-oh, here we go again with Adversary Al — ungrateful, vindictive and now comical with his repetitious slapstick act.
Just like the Three Stooges.
This is the best column I've read in years. This guy is right on the money and pulls no punches.
Could not have been better said!