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TOYS AND GAMES: Money Where His Mouth Is

Athletes are forever talking about their willingness to do anything to win. Well, David West has put his money where his mouth is.

The veteran NBA forward, who has already earned approximately $88 million during his career, decided — according to multiple reports — to opt out of a $12 million payday with the Pacers to sign with the Spurs for the veteran’s minimum salary of $1.5 million.

Why? Because he’s made plenty of money and wants to play for a winner.

Given the business side of all sports, it’s hard to imagine a team, or a player, forsaking financial gain in the name of winning. Clearly West is driven more by a desire to win than to make as much money as he can. His decision might be difficult to fathom — particularly by his agent who gets paid a percentage of his contract — but it does set him apart.

Cell phones inside the Rays’ clubhouse blared at different intervals Monday night due to the fact Tornado warnings were in effect in the Kansas City area. Since Kansas is Missouri’s neighbor, a storied tornado and a certain airborne house came to mind. Would the the Wicked Witch of the East still be with us if she had a decent cell plan?

“Assclown” has long been a favorite. Now, thanks to the Urban Dictionary, I have been enlightened as to the definition: One, who, through the fault of his parents conception, is a skid mark in society’s collective underwear.

Finally this…

Rory McIlroy might not be able to defend his British Open title due to an ankle injury from playing soccer. And the Tennessee Titans were said to be heavy handed for wanting Hawaiian native Marcus Mariota to have a no-surfing clause in his contact?

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