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Luke Walton has agreed to a deal to become the next head coah of the Los Angeles Lakers. He previously turned down an offer from the New York Knicks.
Walton was a Warriors assistant last season and was the interm head coach at the beggining of this season, leading the Warriors to a 39-4 record, with a NBA-all-time-record 24-0 start. This was befor eSteve Kerr came back and he went back to being an assistant.
Walton was a part of the 2009 and 2010 Lakers NBA Championship teams.
His duties as head coach will start at the end of this season.
It is such a great time of the year right now. The trout opener is tomorrow, the turkey opener for most people is Monday, and the 'Harbaugh just Steam-rolled the SEC' opener was yesterday.
Joyful Friday, leading to a joyful weekend, hoping you all have great plans and time with family and friends. Yee-haw!
Laremy Tunsil asked if he took money from a coach. "I'd have to say yeah."— Hugh Kellenberger (@HKellenbergerCL) April 29, 2016
Not sure if this has been discussed yet, but saw this article in the Seattle Times regarding a UW infographic advising women how to do their makeup and hair for cheer-team. It's really pissed a lot of people off here, including those in the cheer community who feel it belittles the athletic nature of cheer. More than anything, I just wonder how the hell does this stuff get approved? People in charge are in charge just because...
Some Twitter banter between Cavs owner/Quicken Loans owner/Detroit overlord Dan Gilbert and Pistons owner Tom Gores suggests (not-so-subtly) that the two are teaming up to bring an MLS team to Detroit. Any name suggestions?
I don't know what the current status is at the jail site but there was some scuttlebutt in the past that Gilbert wanted to put a soccer stadium there.
As a side note, the Detroit urban planner responsible for that may be the worst in the history of urban planners. "Hey, everybody, I've got an idea. You know piece of land that connects a growing/popular area of downtown with another growing/popular area in Eastern Market? Let's put a giant, scary looking jail there!"
On April 15, 1989, the deadliest sporting event in British history occurred. A soccer match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest took place on the neutral site at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, England. 96 men, women, and children were trampled to death, and more than 766 were injured, several seriously, during the game.
At the time, British soccer was characterized by loud, drunk fans known for their hooliganism and attempts to start fights with rival teams' fans. To combat this, and prevent fans from mixing during the games, sections of the stadiums were divided by steel fences, and the areas became known as "pens", with only one way in and one way out.
Anticipation for the semi-final match was high, and fans traveled from afar to attend the event. As crowds gradually grew outside the old, decrepit stadium, police, who were understaffed and unprepared, became concerned for the safety of the fans.
Police Superintendent David Duckenfield, assigned in charge for his first match, made the fateful decision to open up only one of 23 gates to the stadium, Gate C, an exit gate, in order to ease the crowding. Fans in the back of the line could only see signs in a dark tunnel ahead which were marked above with the sign "standing" to the stadium, not knowing that those in front of them were being trampled, until it was too late.
Besides the poor decisionmaking, most police literally took very little action after the crush happened, and can be seen standing idly on the pitch, preventing fans and eventually emergency services from attending to the injured. There were no emergency plans that were place. If they had taken immediate action, it was determined that nearly half of the eventual deceased could have been saved.
British officials deflected all responsibility to the victims, covering up the incident, and blaming the event on drunk hooliganism. Blood samples were drawn on all the dead, including the 10 year old. The spouses, significant others, and parents not only had to suffer the loss of their loved ones, but also deal with blame that the victims were responsible for their own demise.
Today, an official inquest reached a verdict, that the incident involved "unlawful killings", which opens to the door to manslaughter charges being filed against Duckenfield.
As a father of two young daughters, I can not imagine the horrific pain Trevor and Jenni Hicks, who also attended the game, must still feel, watching their two daughters being crushed and knowing they could do nothing about it.
I highly recommend watching the 30 for 30 Soccer Stories on Hillsborough co-produced by ESPN and the BBC.
On a side note, on this day, I was knee deep in finals my senior year at Michigan when the event happened, and have no recollection at all of the event.