Google+

At Last… Clipperdom Rests!

At Last…Clipperdom Rests!

~Amy Lignor

The Clippers’ situation – ‘Clipperdom’ – has basically been going on so long with so many completely unbelievable statements since this all began, that it began to feel like its own supernatural location: Stephen King’s, Under the…Clipperdom.

downloadHowever, it finally seems that this slightly ridiculous situation is settled. The former CEO of Microsoft is basically happy as a clam. He is heading to Los Angeles to party it up with fans, players and coaches at the Staples Center this coming week because, yes, he is the new, proud owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. According to the NBA and the courts, the sale went through, and will stay as it is, no matter what petitions are filed by Sterling or Sterling’s lawyers.

Staples Center will be all the rage as Ballmer thanks everyone for their support and revels in the TWO BILLION dollar purchase he just made. (Almost as much as Cleveland is paying to get their bad boy LeBron back, aye?) Now, is a sports team worth this amount? According to Ballmer they are, and he not only worked to purchase this team from the court-ordered confirmed previous co-owner Shelly Sterling, but he also came out of the pack of other celebrities and Hollywood hotshots who also wanted to become Clippers’ owners.

For nearly four months, Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling has fought to keep control of the team he has been the ‘top nut’ at for over thirty years. But because of his complete wrong words and doings, a judge passed down the team to Sterling’s estranged wife, Sherry, allowing her free reign to sell it to Ballmer outright. (This puts a whole new twist on ‘estranged’ I have a feeling).

Ballmer’s lawyer, Adam Streisand, said this agreement to sell was finalized extremely fast by the judge. Chances are, the courts just wanted this ridiculous case to go away. And within minutes after Sherry was given control to sell, the deal with Ballmer was “…signed, sealed and delivered,” Streisand remarked.

But Donald Sterling did not disappear into that goodnight. It was only hours after the announcement of the sale that Sterling petitioned an appeals court to overturn the move.
His filing spoke of how the sale needed to be stopped and reviewed because of the “erroneous legal determinations made here, and to restore public faith in our justice system.” Public faith is already wavering and mostly it’s because the big guys in Congress can’t do their jobs, not because of a basketball owner who basically did this to himself.

Did the court halt the sale for review? Nope. As of Wednesday, the court said forget about it, and ‘Clipperdom’ was officially over.

Sterling, and supporters, will keep yapping about ‘freedom of speech, and how on earth anyone can have their personal assets taken away because of something they said in the privacy of their own homes’. While Shelly, on the other hand, is positively glowing. She received not only two billion dollars, but also the cutesy titles of: “Clippers Number One Fan” and “owner emeritus”, in addition to many perks that include game tickets.

The players are happy and have spoken out positively about the purchase. And, let’s face it, if you want the loudest, most excited, bubbliest guy in the world who absolutely LOVES you and your team – than L.A. definitely got the right man for the job!

There’s just one more interesting point left: It will be interesting to see if this renewed energy and new owner brings the Clippers the ultimate success this year. After all, LeBron is still out there with his new/old team, and he has something to prove as well. And if the Clippers don’t do well…you’ll never hear the end of Donald Sterling’s comments.

The saga continues…

 

Entertainment

For movies opening February 5, 2016

  OPENING THIS WEEK Kam's Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams For movies opening February 5, 2016   BIG BUDGET FILMS Hail, Caesar! (PG-13 for sensuality, smoking, violence and mild epithets) Day-in-the-life dramedy, directed by the Coen Bros and set in the Fifties, revolving around a Hollywood fixer (Josh Brolin) who comes to the rescue of a matinee idol (George Clooney) kidnapped for ransom in the middle of a film … [Read More its Good for You...]

Books

The Street God

  The Street God I Won without Telling by Christian Hayward The Street God Entertainment Paperback, $29.99 268 pages ISBN: 978-0-9964967-0-4 Book Review by Kam Williams “This is a story about a small boy who started out as an innocent child raised by his grandmother in one of Cleveland's worst neighborhoods (East 93rd). As you read the uncut, unedited comeback story, it will help you understand how easily environmental and life experiences can shape and mold a … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

ART EXHIBITION: 150 Years After The Civil War

  Cynthia Groya 150 Years After The Civil War: A Contemporary Perspective January 10 - March 6, 2016 Artist's Reception: Sunday, January 24, 3:00 - 5:00 pm Nassau Club 6 Mercer Street  Princeton, NJ 08540 The ideas reflected in Groya's paintings express a conversation about struggle for equal rights in our culture, in our time. The origin of this struggle can be traced to The Civil War in our country, which ended 150 years ago. The … [Read More its Good for You...]

Real Estate

November Sales of Existing Homes Plummets

November Sales of Existing Homes Plummets By Burt Carey Sales of existing homes plummeted 10.5 percent in November, the largest such decline since July 2010, according to the National Association of Realtors. The decrease could be an ominous signal that the U.S. economy is slowing as the seasonally adjusted annual rate of sales is now at 4.76 million homes, down from October’s estimated annual rate of 5.32 million. Every region of the country experienced declines of … [Read More its Good for You...]

Lifestyle

B. and Dan Discuss Their Brave Battle against Alzheimer’s

  B. Smith and Dan Gasby The “Before I Forget” Interview with Kam Williams B and Dan Discuss Their Brave Battle against Alzheimer's Barbara Elaine Smith is a true American success story. Born in rural western Pennsylvania, B. was one of the world's first supermodels. She went on to build a national brand in entertaining and lifestyle, writing three highly-acclaimed cookbooks, launching a nationally syndicated television show as well as a magazine. With her … [Read More it Good for You...]

Outdoors

Head to the Outer Banks for Late Season Kings

  Head to the Outer Banks for Late Season Kings by Ted Lund If you're like the thousands of other saltwater anglers that love to target king mackerel, then there is no place better to get your late-season fill than the Outer Banks of North Carolina. But there are two keys to success. The first, finding bait in the form of live menhaden (pogies or bunker). The second? Knowing where the commercial boats are. Capt. Dan Rooks runs the Tuna Duck out of … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

It’s Super Bowl 50 Week, When All Kinds of Things Happen

  It’s Super Bowl 50 Week, When All Kinds of Things Happen By Burt Carey Before the kick-off of Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, tens of thousands of football fans, celebrities and celebrity wannabes will have partied and paraded through San Francisco’s Embarcadero District, feasted at Fisherman’s Wharf and marveled at 25,000 LED lights illuminating the Bay Bridge. While there’s plenty of wholesome family fun to be had at the NFL Experience and other exhibits, it’s … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Alphabet (Google) Overtakes Apple As World’s Most Valuable Company

  Alphabet (Google) Overtakes Apple As World’s Most Valuable Company By Burt Carey After-hours trading pushed Alphabet shares 6 percent higher than their close on Monday, elevating Google’s parent company past Apple to become the world’s most valuable corporation. Alphabet’s market cap reached $547.1 billion shortly after the opening bell Tuesday, surpassing Apple’s cap of $529.3 billion. Other stock market heavyweights include Microsoft ($425.7 billion), … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

  Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail By Burt Carey Golfers have bucket lists just like everyone else. Well, maybe the lists aren’t alike, but they are bucket lists nonetheless. For duffers, images of playing the old courses in Scotland, Ireland and the UK are almost redundancies among the purists at heart. Then there are the oldest courses in the States. South Carolina’s Savannah Golf Club, established in 1794, and Royal Montreal Golf Club, founded in … [Read More its Good for You...]

Google+