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Former Wolves boss David Kahn was a sportswriter in his past life … and now he is one again. He’s been writing recently for Bloomberg, weighing in on a number of sports topics.
His latest thoughts, which came out Wednesday, center around arena size in sports — more specifically in the NBA, and most specifically in Milwaukee.
Kahn’s argues that a small-market team like the Bucks doesn’t need the same size arena as a big-market team like the Lakers. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced this week that he proposes to both cut funding to UW schools by $300 million while also authorizing $220 million in state bonds for a new Bucks arena that could cost up to $500 million, which seems like a cool priority.
Kahn argues that a smaller arena would cost less and create more seating demand. Just how small? Per Kahn:
This isn’t just about Milwaukee: If a new or remodeled arena in a similarly small, oversaturated market calls for anything larger than 12,500 seats, then it does so at its (and the public’s) peril. The construction savings would be enormous — 12,500 seats requires only one seating level (no club level or upper deck) and only one large, well-designed public concourse, not multiple concourses, also reducing points of sale. Not all arena projects are priced the same — land, labor and finishes play significant roles in cost — but the elimination of 25 percent of square footage from a $500 million arena project should roughly correspond to a similar amount of savings. In Milwaukee, that 35 percent reduction in seating capacity would increase demand over supply when the team is winning and help protect the downside when it’s not.
There seems to be some logic here, but 12,500? That seems really small. Kahn holds up Cameron Indoor Stadium at Duke as an example of what happens when you control seating supply (though, you know, demand there is also helped by winning).
Overall, we’d say this isn’t a worse idea than drafting Jonny Flynn instead of Steph Curry. But we can’t say we fully endorse it, either.
RandBall commenter and former guest poster Clarence Swamptown is crazy. He’ll admit that. It’s not libel if it’s true.
But he’s also somewhat of a sports soothsayer, with the ability to see into the future and see things before others do. He was anti-Christian Ponder before it was fashionable. He “reported” in 2011, months before it actually happened, that the Atlanta Thrashers were going to move to Winnipeg. There are other examples, but we don’t want to give him too big of a head because sometimes he is just too shouty and he turns out to be wrong.
Today, though, is Jan. 28. Clarence pointed us back to a series of tweets 135 days old — from Sept. 15 — in which he foreshadowed this whole “Deflategate” controversy. Naturally, it started from a tweet we had about the good job Tom Brunansky did with the Twins hitters in 2014.
Tom Brunansky should get some kudos this yr as #mntwins hitting coach. Team of youngsters and struggling Mauer is 6th in MLB in runs scored
— RandBall (@RandBall) September 15, 2014
Naturally, the final tweet in the thread was about Bill Belichick, from Clarence:
— Clarence Swamptown (@CSwamptown) September 15, 2014
OK, OK, that doesn’t mention deflated balls and nothing has been proven about what happened in the AFC title game. But still. Watch out for Clarence. He might be starting into the future even as he types a lot of nonsense on Twitter.
Wolves rookie Zach LaVine is a great dunker. He’s so good at it that he’s one of four participants in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, announced Tuesday.
We posted a video earlier of some of LaVine’s best dunks, but we were also alerted to this video from several months ago of LaVine dunking with a GoPro camera mounted on his forehead, offering those of us who can’t dunk a glimpse of what it feels like.
Best parts about the video other than that? It was made this summer, before the Andrew Wiggins trade, so you see Wiggins in a Cavaliers jersey. Also, LaVine makes his case for being invited to the dunk contest … which of course came to fruition six months later.
In any event, here’s the video, which has some other nice dunks as well:
But the Wild’s Zach Parise and Charlie Coyle went above and beyond the call of duty in those respective categories Tuesday in Minnesota’s 2-1 win over Edmonton (a win the Wild badly needed coming out of the break).
Parise was nailed by a puck in the first period, and the damage was bad enough to knock out a tooth. The cliche is that hockey players are tough, but MY GOODNESS it does take some toughness to get hit with the puck, lose a tooth and then be able to shake it off quickly enough to pick your own tooth up off the ice, as Parise did. And he of course returned to the game, logging nearly 17 minutes of ice time (third-most among Wild forwards on Tuesday).
That was plenty memorable … but for our money, Charlie Coyle topped Parise’s grit with one of the nicest goals in a big spot that we’ve seen a Wild player score for a while.
Watching it live, we saw the puck go in and assumed he must have banked it off a skate. There was no possible way, after going so wide behind the net to elude two defending players and the Edmonton goalie, that Coyle could possibly sneak the puck back in himself.
Except there was, somehow, a way. Just a crazy, crazy goal — and enough to upstage a teammate who picked his own tooth up off the ice.
That headline really says it all. It was a Gronking to Remember.
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