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JERRY CROWE

NFL and players will get no sympathy for arguing over $9 billion

Text messages from press row ...

March 03, 2011|Jerry Crowe

The NFL and its players, on the brink of a lockout, will engender little sympathy from fans over their inability to figure out how to divvy up $9 billion in yearly revenue. …

We all should have such problems. …

Note to Commissioner Roger Goodell and union head DeMaurice Smith: Don't slaughter your cash cow. …


FOR THE RECORD:
Perfect games: Jerry Crowe's "Text messages from press row" column in the March 3 Sports section, in noting that major league perfect-game pitchers Don Larsen and David Wells both graduated from Point Loma High School in San Diego, said that Wells was a member of the Class of 1973. Wells graduated in 1982. —

LeBron James is favored to win his third consecutive most-valuable-player award, according to odds posted at Bodog.com, with Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls the No. 2 pick. …

Kobe Bryant is a 12-1 longshot. …

Only three NBA players have won the award three years running: Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Larry Bird. …

First order of business for newcomer Dustin Penner: Help the Kings secure home-ice advantage in the playoffs. …

The Kings last opened a playoff series at home in 1992. …

The Clippers surely must have defied astronomically long odds by transitioning from one tattoo-free All-Star power forward in Elton Brand to another in Blake Griffin. …

NBA players shrink from ink? …

Attention, Matt Barkley & Co.: The Sporting News puts Louisiana State at the top of its start-of-spring-practice college football rankings and notes that, other than No. 3 Oregon and No. 5 Stanford, the Pacific 12 Conference is "woefully weak." …

Think of the embarrassment next month if an NFL team mistakenly drafts former USC tight end Jordan Cameron instead of highly touted ex-Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan. …

Stranger things have happened. …

USA Today's Reid Cherner, dismissing a threat by Iran to boycott the 2012 London Olympics in protest of what it calls the Games' pro-Zionist logo: "The claim that the logo spells Z-I-O-N is ridiculous, of course. However, it is true that, if you run the symbols backward, it does spell, 'Paul is dead.' " …

UCLA forward Reeves Nelson's new motto: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. …

More symmetry: Not only did John Wooden's great-grandson score the last men's basketball points before Pauley Pavilion is closed for renovation, Tyler Trapani's late basket Saturday also pushed the Bruins' point total to 71 — on the day UCLA honored its Sidney Wicks-led '71 national championship team. …

Lucius Allen scored the first points at Pauley Pavilion, sparking the Lew Alcindor-led freshman team to a 75-60 victory over the defending national champion Bruins in 1965. …

Afterward, sophomore Mike Warren later told freshman Lynn Shackelford, a pensive Wooden told the varsity, "Well, it looks like we're going to be pretty good next year!" …

Forbes magazine, using a formula that measures trips to the playoffs against championships won, declares that Seattle is America's most miserable sports town. …

San Diego is fifth. …

"If you put it to music," Jim Murray once wrote of the late Duke Snider's picturesque swing, "it would be Beethoven. If you painted it, it would hang in the Louvre. If Baryshnikov were a baseball player, this is what he would look like." …

Don Larsen, author of the only perfect game in World Series history, was driving from his home in Idaho to be honored Saturday at his alma mater, Point Loma High in San Diego. …

Only 20 perfect games have been pitched in major league history, but Point Loma High alumni turned in two. …

David Wells, PLHS Class of '73, also pitched one. …

Reports that former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy correctly answered 48 of the 50 questions on the Wonderlic Test at the NFL Scouting Combine remind that former Villa Park High, Harvard and Cincinnati Bengals punter Pat McInally remains the only prospect to answer all 50 correctly. …

A special screening of "Hoosiers" on March 13 in Santa Monica, hosted by the Big Ten Club of Southern California and featuring appearances by director David Anspaugh and actor Maris Valainis, will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles. …

Information: (818) 424-8000 or bigtenclub.com. …

"If Jim Healy were still around," reader Doug Thomson of West Los Angeles e-mails to ask, "would he say that Leonard Tose has gone the Charlie Sheen route?"

jerome.crowe@latimes.com

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