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JONFINEPRODUCTIONS.COM NEWSLETTER    5/28/20
TODAY’S COLUMNS:  Scott addresses the prospective changes in college baseball’s season….Dennis gives you his thoughts on the tragedy in Minnesota….Jon becomes a Governor in Louisiana…..Please scroll down for our columns.
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THE WIZARDRY OF OS
By Scott Osborne
Assistant Basketball Coach at Central High School

        College baseball is once again trying to find a way to expand its appeal in the northern states.  The latest proposal would shift the season from the middle of February through June to middle of March through July.
        As a fan, I don’t have any complaints.  Baseball is not intended to be a cold weather sport.  The actual attendance for the first month of the season is terrible because of the cold.  There is a reason major league spring training is held in Arizona and Florida.
        The move would decrease the overlap of college baseball with the college basketball season as well.  I acknowledge that there aren’t many people like me who enjoy both sports.  As a result, this benefit is for a select few, but I’ll take it.
        On the next point, I am sure I will be in the majority and that is decreasing the summer gap where there is an absence of college sports.  We used to think the end of June through July was a tough time to be a sports fan.  We now know it could be worse.
        As always, there are many obstacles to this change.  This time, we can’t blame it all on major league baseball either.
        While baseball is intended to be played in warm weather, the summer in the south can be brutal.  Just like there is a reason spring training is held in southern states, there is also a reason why the Cape Cod league is in a northern state.
        The benefit of increased attendance might not be as great in June and July as expected.  In normal times, these are months where people vacation and get away for the weekend.  A bump in attendance might not be a guarantee as those proposing the change expect.
        College baseball players may also be impacted in a negative manner.  In July, players take advantage of summer leagues to grow as players.  Summer leagues aren’t about winning championships.  The purpose is for players to develop by trying new pitches, working on their swing, and playing defense at a new position.  These things don’t happen in the middle of conference tournaments and runs to the College World Series.
        Then there is the MLB draft.  The one draft of the big three sports that just does not fit smoothly in the sports calendar.
        College football has had their season impacted by the draft in recent years.  Players have chosen not to play in bowl games or return from injury in the regular season for fear of hurting their draft potential.
        With the MLB draft in early June, it is very easy to imagine the impact of a player’s selection on the rest of their season.  It is reasonable to expect a pitcher to “shut it down” when they feel tender in the elbow or shoulder once they have been drafted and there are still 5-6 anticipated starts on the way through the post season.  Do we want a postseason without the best players on the best teams?
Clearly, there are many obstacles to overcome in order to make this proposal a reality.  I know baseball purists will be mad at me, but the baseball season, even in college, is too long.  Cut two weeks off the season and play 50 games instead of 56 games.  After seeing a whole season of college baseball wiped away, I am up for anything at this point.
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HEY REF
BY DENNIS DEARIE
VETERAN LOUISIANA HS REFEREE

            There will be times in everyone’s life, if they live long enough, that it’ll seem as though time has stood still. We’ve all been asked “where were you when” and so on. For me there are three such times; the assassination of President John Kennedy, the first landing on the moon and the explosion of the space shuttle. Since then I can’t remember anything that’s made it seem as if time has stood still. Well that was until today May 20, 2020 when I saw the video from Minneapolis showing their police officers murder a citizen named George Floyd.
        I’m ready for the “HATE” mail that’s surely going to come my way. But I can find no other way to describe what the police did. I’m not sure if my editor will allow this column to be printed since it has nothing to do with the world of sports. But there comes a time in everybody’s life when sports and everything else must cease while we look at ourselves our country and society in general. The video I watched today is disgusting and the officers involved in the murder of George Floyd must be held accountable.
        I’ve seen videos in the past where police, attempting to arrest an individual, have had to use at times excessive force because that individual is high on drugs and other things that put the lives of the public and police officers at risk. But this particular instance in no way calls for anything remotely to excessive. This was a common arrest since the threat to the public and those police officers was non-existent! George Floyd was shown handcuffed and obeying the arresting officer’s commands so whatever caused one of those officers to kneel on the back of his neck until he was dead isn’t on any of the videos because there was no need to use excessive force.
        In modern day America I just can’t understand our hypocritical society. Many in this country will crowd arenas and sports’ stadiums in every city and state to adore black athletes playing games. Then those same individuals that just spent an entire day cheering on their favorite teams will in less than an hour exercise contempt for many of our fellow Americans. Our country has many problems and some seem to never be solved.     
        For me time just stopped as I watched in disgust a fellow American being murdered by those individuals that are charged with protecting all of us.
Till next week…….
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FINE IDEAS                 By Jon Fine                   
Louisiana now has 3 Governors.
I used to be the owner of an EBay store, ArrestedDevelopmentMediaGuides.  If you’ll check the credits at the bottom of this newsletter, you’ll see that I am now the Governor of ArrestedDevelopmentMediaGuides.  Louisiana Democrat John Bel Edwards is in his second term as Governor of Louisiana.  In my first day as the third Governor in Louisiana, I am an Independent.  After all, both Democrats and Republicans buy sneakers…I mean sports publications too! (To steal from MJ.)   So, I need to be impartial as a Governor for business reasons.
What prompted this foolishness is the NBA having determined that they no longer have owners, but the #1 person in each organization is now called a Governor. This is a policy that was enacted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver about a year ago.  And, it makes Gayle Benson, Owner of the New Orleans Pelicans, a second Governor in Louisiana.  I am now the third.
 I’m ambivalent about the NBA referring to its Owners as Governors.  On the one hand, this seems like political correctness on steroids, run amok.  People own businesses.  The NBA has 30 businesses (franchises).  Each owner either inherited their franchise or paid a princely sum to have the right to own their franchise.  This largely lilly-White group does not own the largely African-American employees of their franchises.  They own the business that employs these athletes.  Pretty straight forward.  To be called an owner in this context?  Somewhat innocuous. 
On the other hand, one can look at it from a different perspective.  The NBA, very progressive in race relations, is making another statement against racism.  I surmise their theory is that, symbolically, an entity that has franchisees that are almost all Caucasians does draft, buy and sell their main employees—a majority Black. This can plausibly conjure up images of slavery, slavery auctions and slavery sales.  One would think this concept, typically, has to resonate with a person of color a lot stronger than someone who is White.
So, why have I conferred the title of Governor on myself?  Half of me wants to good-naturedly chide the NBA for preposterously manufacturing multiculturism.  The other half of me wants to praise the NBA for making an unequivocal statement for fair racial sensitivity.  It also provides a nice transition to our next topic—Donald Sterling.
The disgraced former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers was, once again, recently depicted, ignominiously, in the news.  It was revealed that former Clipper JJ Redick’s signing with the team in 2013 was initially rejected by Sterling.  The reason is that Sterling, who is Caucasian, did not think a White player was worth millions of dollars. 
Remember, this is the same Sterling that had been banned from the league, having to give up Clippers’ ownership, for the April 2014 recorded comments he made to his then mistress V. Stiviano.   Sterling told Stiviano that she should not be photographed with people of color and should not bring them to Clippers’ games.  He indicated that the wealthy (White) big-money season-ticket holders did not want to be affiliated with dark-skinned people.
My first reaction to the most recent revelation about Sterling and Redick was one of bemusement.  If Sterling did not want V Stiviano to engage with Black people, yet did not like White players, then whom did Sterling propose Stiviano socialize with?  Yao Ming? Jeremy Lin?
Upon further reflection, it brought back thoughts of my initial opinion of Sterling’s racist comments to Stiviano.  I believe that many missed the key point.  Let’s take Sterling’s remarks at face value.  He was concerned about the key patrons of his business being uncomfortable with African-Americans.  I believe Sterling was right.  Certainly not correct in making his offensive remarks or in demanding his mistress not be seen with Blacks….but right in worrying that many of his well-healed (elderly White) customers did not want to have to see a Black face other than the ones on the basketball floor.  Frightening.  Hopefully, as society progresses, an anachronism.  Yet, this was Sterling’s reality and that of a number of the Clippers biggest supporters.
Yes, Sterling deserved to be forced to abandon ownership of the Clippers.  The NBA could not condone Sterling’s statements.  Yet, ignoring this issue, sweeping it under the rug--acting as if Sterling was just a racist, demented geriatric buffoon--was doing a great disservice towards eradicating his type of mindset.  The NBA and society at large never really addressed the validity of Sterling’s statements about his key customers racial views.  A tremendous “teachable moment” was glossed over by the league and the media.
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I was disappointed to find out that Monday Night Football will not be retaining Joe Tessitore (Tess) and Booger McFarland (Boog) as its announcing team in 2020.  Part of this is a home-town call.  Booger, an LSU product out of tiny Winnsboro Louisiana, is a good guy.  In fact, one of his high school teammates once told me that Booger was and is genuine and down to earth.  But, personal feelings aside on Boog, I liked the work this team did in calling games.  They both were knowledgeable, well prepared and had a nice on-air chemistry/disposition.  Yes, Booger, at times, did not speak the King’s English.  But, what do you want, he’s from Louisiana—where Principals, at times, have difficulty with proper verb tense. 

Admittedly, I don’t consistently speak (or write) the King’s English.   And, I’m not a King.  Just a Governor.
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