Three Things to consider on this sports Tuesday:
Thing 1: Don't know about you, but I feel so much better about the Miami Marlins going forward now that Bud Selig has promised to "continue to monitor this situation."
Oh, Shruggin' Bud will "monitor" the Marlins and their limited spending, but only as far as it impacts MLB's latest bids for new ballparks in Oakland and Tampa Bay.
If the Marlins want to keep lining their pockets as they work toward an eventual sale, that's just fine with Selig, who has made a lot of owners a lot of money in his tenure as commissioner.
The Dodgers' sale for $2.15 billion last summer -- a global sports record -- only served to lift all the other boats in the baseball bay, the Marlins' dinghy included.
Here's what Selig said on Opening Day at Marlins Park when I asked him about baseballl's massive runup in franchise value during his reign:
"On July 8, 1998, when I became full-time commissioner, I said to [baseball owners] ... 'Someday you will judge me on what asset values are,' because that’s a composite of everything," Selig said, "whether it’s labor peace, the right economic system, wild card, doing things you have to do to generate revenue.
"I said, 'I really think that’s a fair way to judge a commissioner, on asset values.' ... I really believe that. I think that’s right. Asset values have grown."
Doesn't Jeffrey Loria know it.
Thing 2: Left out one pretty obvious school in today's column about Al Golden's possible landing spots should he turn pessimistic about those looming NCAA sanctions at the University of Miami.
Speculation has already begun about Bill O'Brien potentially leaving Penn State after one season to go back to the NFL, where Jacksonville reportedly could be among his leading suitors.
If that happens, you don't have to be a professional dot-connector to recognize the strong attraction that would exist between Penn State and a certain former Nittany Lions tight end currently working in Coral Gables.
Thing 3: Nice of Dwyane Wade to admit in retrospect he probably shouldn't have played that game against the Clippers last Wednesday.
If I'm the Heat, I let Wade rest that sore left foot at least until the Spurs get here on Nov. 29. That would only require missing two more games, against the Kyrie Irving-less Cavaliers and the Central-leading Bucks.
Big picture, people. Big picture.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times