Ohio’s Brown pays up on NBA bet with Boxer

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, paid up on his NBA finals bet with Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., on Thursday morning.

Boxer had put up Peet’s “Warriors Grounds” coffee and a case of Linden Street Brewery’s “New Oakland Glow” pilsner against beer that Brown would provide from Akron’s Hoppin’ Frog Brewery. The bet also called for the loser to deliver the bounty to the winner’s office while wearing a jersey from the victor’s team.

Brown and Boxer 6-18-2015

Lest we forget, here’s what Brown had said when laying the bet June 3:

“Like many fans, I go back to the days of the Cavs playing at Richfield and remember watching Bingo Smith, Mel Turpin, and Dick Snyder, World B. Free, and Nate Thurmond. This year, it’s going to be different – we’re going to win it all. This Cavaliers team is the pride of Cleveland – showing perseverance through adversity and true grit throughout the season. As the Cavs travel to the West Coast, I’m proud to join my fellow Clevelanders and Cavs fans around Ohio in saying that I’m ALL IN!”

You look good in blue and gold, Sen. Brown!


Fiona Ma: Warriors boost economy, tax revenue

Even amid the transcendent joy of the Golden State Warriors’ NBA championship win, California’s tax officials are keeping their eye on the bottom line.

Fiona MaBoard of Equalization member Fiona Ma, whose district includes the Bay Area, issued a news release Wednesday morning noting that the championship ring comes with a monetary bonus for the players, meaning a modest increase in tax revenues for the state. But on a larger scale, as the series and victory reverberate through the economy – merchandise sold, extra hours for arena employees, restaurants and bars packed with fans – there’s even more money coming in.

Ma’s statement noted that $10 million might seem like a drop in the bucket of the state’s world-class economy, but that sum could hire 320 full-time employees at $15 per hour; open 100 small businesses; or buy for school supplies for 103,000 kids.

“The Warriors gave as good as they got throughout the entire season, and they’re bringing home a championship trophy,” Ma said in the news release. “Even better, they’ve made winners of us all, and I congratulate them on a stunning season! … Here’s to another win in 2016!”


Barbara Lee bets on Golden State Warriors win

Rep. Barbara Lee and Rep. Marcia Fudge have laid a friendly bet over the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

If (ed. note: WHEN) the Warriors win, Fudge, D-Ohio, will send Lee chocolates, peanuts and pastries made in the heart of Cleveland. If (ed. note: impossibly) the Cavaliers win, Lee, D-Oakland, will supply Fudge with Clif bars, Ghirardelli chocolates, Peet’s coffee and an autographed photo of Stephen Curry, all in an Oaklandish tote bag.

Barbara Lee (Dec-2010)“The Cleveland Cavaliers are a good team but the Warriors will win this, hands down,” Lee said in her news release. “With the strong support of the East Bay and leadership of MVP Stephen Curry, I am confident of a Warrior’s win! While I am proud to put some of the East Bay’s finest products on the line for this friendly wager, I look forward to enjoying the sweetness of a hometown victory along with Cleveland treats from my friend, Congresswoman Fudge.”

Fudge replied the Warriors “are a strong team, but it’s time to end our city’s 50-year championship drought. The Cavaliers will be victorious. Led by Akron’s own LeBron James, the Cavaliers have been relentless in their pursuit of victory. All of Northeast Ohio is ‘all in’ and proud of their determination to bring the championship home. While confident in our victory, I proudly wager chocolates from Malley’s, peanuts from Peterson’s and pastries from Davis Bakery. These delectable foods are the best in the nation, just like our home team.”

UPDATE @ 2:48 P.M.: U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein have laid similar wagers with their Ohio counterparts.

Boxer put up Peet’s “Warriors Grounds” coffee and a case of Linden Street Brewery’s “New Oakland Glow” pilsner against beer that U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, will provide from Akron’s Hoppin’ Frog Brewery. The loser will deliver the bounty to the winner’s office while wearing a jersey from the victor’s team.

“The Golden State Warriors have been the best team in basketball all season long because of their selfless style of play and some of the best shooting that the NBA has ever seen,” Boxer said. “LeBron James is a huge talent, but he’s no match for Stephen and Riley Curry!”

And Feinstein bet some California Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon against some of Cleveland’s Great Lakes beer on offer by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.

“As mayor of San Francisco, I wagered with my fellow mayors on the Super Bowl and my 49ers came out on top four times. As senator, I bet on the World Series with my colleagues, and my Giants have been victorious three times in the last five years,” Feinstein said. “Now, I’m looking forward to yet another streak as the Golden State Warriors play the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. … With Klay Thompson’s shooting and Andrew Bogut’s defense, not to mention Steph Curry’s MVP talent, this squad is set to bring another trophy to the Bay Area.”


Political Haiku, Vol. 3

Hayashi votes not,
yet her light goes on and off.
Ghost voting’ scares me.

Ted Strickland says no
to vice-presidential nod,
yes to “cornhole tour.

Feinstein hosted meet
for former Dem opponents.
“No blood on couch, please.”

Knowing bad b-ball
doth not a president make.
Hear me, Ralph Nader?


Ralph Nader claims vindication in NBA flap

nader.jpgRalph Nader‘s independent presidential campaign just issued a news release underscoring the candidate’s willingness to “call it as he sees it, without fear or favor” by outlining how he foresaw the NBA referee scandal.

The release claims Nader watched a 2002 playoff game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings, and just knew the Kings were getting the short end of the stick from the refs; he even called NBA Commissioner David Stern about it, to no avail. And now court papers filed this week by a disgraced former NBA referee (trying to shave some time off his prison term as he’s about to be sentenced for taking cash payoffs from gamblers and betting on games himself) says refs really did help throw that game.

“The lesson we learned from the 2002 NBA Playoffs – Ralph was right,” today’s release says. “The Nader/Gonzalez platform of truth, justice and challenging the abuse of power deserves a hearing in this crucial election year. From the NBA to the Congress to the White House to K Street. Time to give America a choice for an independent voice.”

No mention in today’s release of that whole “Gore-is-the-same-as-Bush” meme from 2000, though…

See the whole Nader news release verbatim, after the jump… Continue Reading