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Don't show me the money, or the reality show, please

Maybe it's the heat, maybe it's my putting stroke or maybe it's just my nature, but I'm a little cranky.

Here's some of what has me grumpy:

The NBA's summer of money.

It's tacky.

The league has turned this summer into a celebration of excess framed by the great free agency sweepstakes. I don't begrudge people being able to make as much money as they can, but I'm not sure this won't come back to haunt the NBA down the road.

I still can't figure out where the teams get all this money to throw around - the Washington Post had a story this week asking essentially the same question - but they keep finding ways to write the checks.

There have been suggestions that the NBA is entering its second golden age, another Magic-Michael-Larry moment. I'm not so sure. What's happened these past couple of weeks has probably pushed more people away from the league than it has drawn in.

Excess, from what I can tell, went out of style a couple of years ago.

LeBron made the wrong call.

He should have stayed in Cleveland. That's who he is and where his legacy would be grounded.

If LeBron is all that - and he may be - he should have brought the world to Cleveland. There's nothing wrong with wanting to play with your friends, but somehow this decision feels wrong.

Maybe it's just how it all came down. Turning it into a self-promoting television event - aided by ESPN - didn't work for me. Of course, ESPN doesn't just report on sports, it's a part of sports.

Speaking of ESPN...

"The Worldwide Leader" and the ACC just signed a 12-year deal worth more than $1 billion for league games in every sport to be televised, including some you probably didn't know existed.

Money drives college athletics and ESPN money now drives the ACC.

The good news is that if you want to watch field hockey or swimming or men's golf, there is an ESPN outlet someplace where you can catch some of that in the future. Guess I'll need to get another DVR.

I just wish the ACC had told ESPN - not asked but told - that the deal had to include one thing: Kickoff times for football games had to be set in stone by July 1 each year. Imagine doing something nice for the people who actually pay for tickets and go to the games.

They do it in basketball. They could have done it in football.

Not that I'm likely to watch.

There's more sports than ever on television now - I admit I actually watched some of the first round of the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic Thursday, and I'm not sure I'm proud of that - but I watch less of it than ever.

There are so many games on now that I'm numb to it. I've talked to a lot of people who feel the same way.

We don't need to see every game. There's something to that less-is-more thing. NASCAR and just about every other sport should think about that.

The World Cup.

I like the World Cup. That doesn't mean I've watched a lot of the games, but I like the passion it inspires, and now I know where Uruguay is (at least the hemisphere it's in).

But I'm not buying the chatter that soccer will now become one of our biggest sports. It's not going to happen.

This is what soccer is in this country, and that's good. We pay attention every four years when the World Cup is played and we get excited about it. We're even talking about firing our coach because we didn't win, even though no one expected us to win.

But it's like horse racing. Everyone pays attention during the Kentucky Derby then the interest fades again, unless there's a Triple Crown contender.

We only have so much room. Football, basketball and baseball aren't moving.

Oh no, it's T.O.

Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco have their own reality shows on VH1 this summer.

And I thought Michael Bolton videos were bad.

Maybe that's why I'm cranky.

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