In what turned out to be basically a swap of the players, the Lakers will sign Artest (below his market rate) and the Rockets will sign Ariza (for around what he was offered by the Lakers in the first place) when free agents can officially ink deals next week.
Thanks to Ariza (and his agent) looking elsewhere after receiving what they thought was a lowball Laker offer, Artest immediately makes the best team in the NBA tougher, which has been the biggest knock against L.A. the past couple of years. Meanwhile, Ariza will be counted on to be more of a contributor than he's ever had to be during his career, but now on a secretly rebuilding Rockets team.
Ramirez returns Friday against San Diego after serving his 50 game suspension for testing positive for PEDs. The biggest question is how Manny responds to both so much time off and the extra scrutiny by media and fans.
Considering how much hell
This past week, the second of the Wimbledon fortnight, was the week in which NBC had the rights to the majority of the tennis coverage from the All-England Lawn Tennis Club. As has been the case entirely too often during non-US Open majors, most of the coverage has been tape delayed and/or poorly executed, with taped matches not only being shown, but in place of close live ones.
It's a fantastic strategy if you're looking to quell any possible excitement (or ratings) for your sport, but if you're looking for the most important tournament of the year to be as dramatic and interesting as possible, maybe consider making fans actually tune in to your broadcast to see a live event.
In what has become one of the most consistent and electrifying rivalries in well, the realm of physically-challenging events, Chestnut and Kobayashi will compete once again in the Nathan's Hot-Dog Eating Contest for the honor of the prestigious mustard yellow belt.
To put it into the context of another sport, Chestnut appears to be the
Since network summer shows are consistently awful, let's put the two shows with the least intelligence but the most entertainment value up against each other.