It was a Good week for:
Dogs, since they can now enjoy parts of Solana Beach. They are no longer banned, but they must be leashed. Still, tails will be a wagging … Who doesn't like long walks on the beach? Just check out any dating site.
Chargers receiver Malcolm Floyd who's been cleared to play football again. He suffered a nasty neck injury in last year's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. We love our football, but sometimes, when such injuries occur, we wonder if we should spend our Sundays taking long walks on the beach.
Changing names, with both the San Diego Ad Club and The San Diego North Chamber of Commerce both getting new monikers. The San Diego Ad Club really pushed the envelope — it's now known simply as SDX — while the chamber up north took a more conservative approach and is now called North San Diego Business Chamber. SDX? SMH. (Shaking my head …) Well, the ad people — they are a crazy bunch if Mad Men is any indication — apparently wanted something more innovative. “Today we are more than just advertising, and the new name reflects our ability to adopt whatever the future of communications might be,” SDX said on its website. The other name lasted 103 years, but nothing lasts forever.
It was a Bad week for:
Making history, when once again a Padres player failed to do so. Tommy Medica, recently called up from Triple A, just missed hitting for the cycle against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He had a home run, a triple and a double — the three toughest ones. He just needed a single. Didn't do it. (He did get on base after hitting a hard grounder to third, but that was called an error. His agent is appealing the call, saying the dude really scorched it. Still, that's a rookie move, many social media critics have been saying.) It marks the third time this season a Padres player came oh so close to achieving the feat. Two times Seth Smith was one hit away from doing so. (A single in one game; a homer in another.) Why is this a big deal? Because no Padre has ever done it. The Miami Marlins are the only other team with such a distinction, but they became a franchise in 1993. The Padres, 1969.
David Geffen, the L.A. billionaire, whose group of investors bid $1.6 billion for the Los Angeles Clippers, only to be outbid by former Microsoft big-shot Steve Ballmer, who bid $2 billion. Forbes valued the club — once a laughingstock of the league — at $575 million as recently as January. When Donald Sterling bought the club in 1981, it was in San Diego. He plunked down $12.5 million for it. He's being forced out for making racist comments. He's paying some kind of price for it, no?