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Sterling and the ‘Skins: Two stories that need to disappear

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As disrespectful as this may come off, the only way for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to scoop up the smallest crumbs of his reputation is to pass away.

While I don’t wish this on anyone, it’s reality in its harshest form.

Then and only then can ESPN, CNN and every other major media outlet feel compelled to devote time, money and extensive research to put together hourlong documentaries on the man’s very existence:


“Donald Sterling, The Man Behind the Comments.”

“Donald Sterling, Life Before the Final Buzzer Sounded.”

As weary as I’ve grown hearing about everything Sterling does or doesn’t do, it takes a back seat to the ongoing debate over what Washington’s professional football franchise will be called a few years from now.

Will it still be the Redskins or something more appealing to the growing number of people suddenly offended by a moniker/logo that’s been around since Herbert Hoover was in office?

Call them the Redskins. The Nittany Redskins. The Reds for home games and Skins for road games.

Better yet, the Roadskins for away matchups so that the franchise is a lightning-rod subject only half of the time.

Whatever the case, please do something so we can quit reading about the ongoing push to sign this or block that.

Thank goodness for World Cup soccer (when was the last time you heard that?).

Whether you love the sport or can’t distinguish a yellow card from a yellow submarine, there’s no denying the monthlong spectacle watched by millions worldwide breathes new life into present-day sports dialogue.

It permits us to set aside pressing issues such as where LeBron is going to play next season, the Charlotte Hornets’ new uniforms and who the Cleveland Cavaliers will take with the

No. 1 selection in Thursday night’s NBA Draft.

And why aren’t we making a bigger fuss over the San Antonio Spurs winning their fifth NBA

title since 1999? Outside of Texas the hoopla lasted about 45 minutes.

Oh, that’s right. Because they’re the Spurs, the ultimate under-the-radar professional sports franchise no matter how long their list of accomplishments grows.

If this was the 1960s, ’70s or ’80s, Major League Baseball or NASCAR might dominate our discussions.

We would fawn over what the Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland A’s were accomplishing and be flat-out disgusted at the Boston Red Sox.

As for the perpetually horrid Chicago Cubs, well, they’re another column for another day.

We could be fixated on the NASCAR points race going on between Jeff Gordon, who hasn’t won such a title since 2001; six-time and defending points king Jimmie Johnson; and the circuit’s most-popular driver in Dale Earnhardt Jr.

These are the stories deserving of headlines. Not Sterling. Not the Redskins.

Now if Donald Sterling were to somehow find a way to purchase the Washington Redskins, then we might be onto something.

The Washington Clippers. I like it.

Mike Beas is a sports writer for the Daily Journal. Send comments to mbeas@dailyjournal.net.

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