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19Jun/141

SHELLY STERLING, SELLING THE CLIPPERS, AND $2 BILLION OTHER REASONS TO FIND A SUGAR MOMMY

By Rock Mayock 11:00 p.m. | Despite the FOOTBALLPHDS’ on again off again hiatus, we have managed to keep our finger on the pulse of what truly interests our wonderful readers; sports and finance. Coincidentally, these two themes have played a prominent role in the national news as Shelly Sterling has negotiated the sale of her estranged husband Donald Sterling’s Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for an NBA record $2 billion USD. Through the magic of California community property laws this pending sale would immediately catapult Shelly into the exclusive billionaire’s club. These events have forced the FOOTBALLPHDS to consider our sugar mommy options should we foolishly squander our Lehman Brothers golden parachute money. Here is the FOOTBALLPHDS’ stack ranking of the most eligible sugar mommies.

27Apr/149

DONALD STERLING, RACISM, AND WIRE TAPPING. WHAT’S THE REAL STORY?

Can you hear meBy Rock Mayock 11:00 p.m. | Earlier this week, TMZ Sports (as if we knew that TMZ had a sports divisions) released an audio clip of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his 20 something girlfriend, V. Stiviano, arguing about race relations.  In this clip, Sterling is heard making disparaging remarks regarding certain ethnic groups. While the FOOTBALLPHDS do not condone or endorse racial intolerance, we do acknowledge that everyone is entitled to their opinion regardless of how baseless it might be. Nonetheless, the FOOTBALLPHDS are more interested in a secondary aspect of the Donald Sterling audio clip. Specifically, how was the recording captured and why did TMZ Sports elect to air the recording. Let’s explore the details.

23May/132

STACK RANKING LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS COACHING CANDIDATES

CLIPPERSBy Jessica C. at 3 a.m. | Even with Blake Griffin dominating the land, sea, and air in Staples Center, the Los Angeles Clippers were eliminated in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Head coach Vinny Del Negro got chopped yesterday by owner Donald Sterling. Some might say he unfairly got canned after a franchise record 56 wins this season. Others will say he was an infinite mess of ideas that didn't amount to anything more than a strong showing when it didn't matter--the NBA preseason, as the FOOTBALLPHDS like to call the NBA regular season. Either way, I have to contractually rank something this year, so let's get to it--Stack Ranking Los Angeles Clippers Coaching Candidates.

13Mar/121

ST PATTY’S WEEK: CAR JUMPS OVER BLAKE GRIFFIN

Blake Griffin Kia DunkBy Jessica C., Research Assistant, 1:30 p.m. | All of the footballphds.com staff has been ordered to generate content for St. Patrick’s Week.  Who’s lame idea (Rock and JJ) was that?  Anyway, I’d rather watch Blake Griffin.  I’m not sure what this video of Blake Griffin has to do with green beer or four leaf clovers but it made me laugh.  The Los Angeles Lakers hold a slim 1.5 game lead over my beloved Los Angeles Clippers in the Pacific Division.  But that can change anytime.  And Blake will make sure it will.  St. Patrick's Day is Saturday, March 17.

10Feb/126

DR. RIAZ DISCUSSES CHAUNCY BILLUPS’ ANKLE INJURY AND FUTURE

Chauncey Billups RetirementBy Jaboner Jackson 8 a.m. |  Even though football season has ended, injuries continue to plague the sports world, particularly in Los Angeles, where this week the Los Angeles Clippers’ point guard, Chauncey Billups, injured his Achilles’ tendon this week against the Orlando Magic.  Even though Billups has been shooting only 36% from the field, he had been an integral part of the Clippers’ early season success.  I caught up with our team medical expert, Hassan A. Riaz, MD, MBA, to discuss Billups’ injury.  As always, Dr. Riaz is not treating the player in question and is relying on publically available information to form his opinions.