Odds & Ends-Volume 130

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CraigSagerWe begin Odds & Ends this week with the sad news that Turner Sports sideline reporter Craig Sager’s battling leukemia has returned and he is no longer in remission. Sager,64, has beaten the disease twice which he was first diagnosed with in April 2014.

“I’ve already had two stem cell transplants. Very rarely does somebody have a third,” Sager told HBO, “So I have to maintain my strength, so I can go through this.”

In the HBO interview Sager gave to Bernard Goldberg,it was mentioned that his prognosis was that he had “three to six months to live”,but it was later clarified that the prognosis was for someone who isn’t receiving treatment,Sager is.

I personally want to give my best wishes to Sager and his family. I’m sorry that he has to through this again,as well as his family.

My father beat cancer twice before succumbing to it a third time last January. I like Sager very much,he’s good at what he does and I like whenever he does Spurs games and he interviews Gregg Popovich and his responses to Sager are always memorable. I hope he pulls through and that he beats leukemia once and for all.

“Still kicking, still fighting,” Sager said. “I haven’t won the battle. It’s not over yet. But I haven’t lost it, either. There have been some victories and some setbacks, but I still have to fight it. A lot of work to do.”

It looks like Major League Baseball took a page from the NFL’s “No fun league” manual and have disallowed personalized decals MattDuffyBatson the knobs of player’s bats. Players will be allowed to have it in the team’s design, or can add their number on the end of their bat, that’s pretty much it. Players like Matt Duffy of the Giants (pictured right), who uses the “Duff Man” from The Simpsons on his bat or Matt Harvey on the Mets who has The Dark Knight on his, can no longer use those images.

I know it’s a minor thing to eliminate,but it is pretty disappointing to eliminate something that’s honestly not hurting anyone. If anything,this is something that gives us as fans a look at what kind of personalities are out there on the field. In a sport where tradition takes precedence over anything else,it was nice to have something that showed some personality and was fun. Now we no longer have that and I think that’s a shame.

raidersThe Oakland Raiders seem to be more in love with the idea of leaving Oakland after it was reported that they are paying more in rent this upcoming season to stay at Oakland Coliseum. The team will now pay $3.5 million in rent,which goes up 300-percent from the $920,000 they paid in 2015.

The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority approved the agreement at a meeting Friday morning. The propsal now heads to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and Oakland City Council, which must approve the deal. The increased costs for game-day security and other expenses,reported by the Oakland Tribune.

Authorities say that the proposal includes the option for the Raiders to stay two more additional seasons and opens the door for a long-term proposal to stay in town. In recent months Raiders owner Mark Davis has been considering other cities to possibly move to,including Las Vegas and San Antonio.

Honestly,I don’t see the rent increase as too much of a big deal. Sure,it’s something a lot of cities do from time to time with their teams to make sure costs of the stadium are tended to. I don’t think Raiders fans should read too much into what’s going on right now. I know that it seems like the team has one foot out the door and maybe they do,but I think out of the three teams that wanted to move to Los Angeles earlier this year that the Raiders have the best chance of staying put. They have a good fan base and a city desperate to keep any sort of sports in their region. The Warriors are about to skip across the Bay Area in a few years and the A’s still have no plan for a stadium.

Finally this week,Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers recently revealed that he masturbates on game day in order to NFL: NFC Wildcard Playoff-San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packersstay calm on the field.

“I want to be calm out there, so I’m never opposed to it,” Rodgers said. “You got to be nice and relaxed out there, so whatever is gonna put me in that state, man.”

Rodgers also revealed that he and his super hot girlfriend,actress Olivia Munn,rarely have sex before game day,though some exceptions are made.

“It depends on how late the game is … I try to have sex as much as I can,” Munn said.

Good for you,Aaron! Whenever you have a job like his or any job period that can be stressful,you need to relax and take care of yourself the best that you can and if he feels like he needs to rub one out before taking the field,then I’m all for it. By the way,everyone masturbates,you’re lying if you don’t!

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