Lasorda

He’s one of the faces of Major League Baseball and chief ambassadors of the game. Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda is a legend in Los Angeles and has been making the scene for some 40 years. Of course, that means that he’s well-acquainted with embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Lasorda talked with WPBF 25 in [...]

SNLSterling

As you’d expect, “Saturday Night LIVE” took its swipe at the controversy involving Clippers owner Donald Sterling this past weekend. Bobby Moynihan took center stage as Sterling, with other cast members portraying commissioner Adam Silver and Dennis Rodman, among others.

Magic

In the aftermath of NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s historic announcement of Donald Sterling’s banishment from the league, a number of luminaries stepped forward to express their interest in becoming the new owner(s) of the Clippers. We’ve heard from Oprah Winfrey, Floyd Mayweather, Dr. Dre and Diddy, among others. One other legendary Los Angeles figure had [...]

KobePiano

Fans of the Los Angeles Lakers wish that Kobe Bryant was making sweet music on the court and propelling the squad toward a playoff berth. Alas, he’s still rocking the suit and tie while the nameless, faceless Lakers flounder through the 2013-14 campaign. That hasn’t stopped Bryant from continuing his marketing and sales efforts on [...]

Harmon hits the microphone on a Friday to chat up the NBA Finals and the dominance of LeBron James. We’ll save the “legacy” debates for a later day. This day is about honoring the clinic put on by the divisive star. Harmon touches on the evolving Aaron Hernandez case, a bit of Major League Baseball [...]

Harmon returns to the microphone for today’s podcast, talking up the NHL Playoffs between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings, Flopping master classes and fines, MLB and randomness. McDonald’s bosses respond to letters with – “It’s not junk food” — and “Human Centipede 3.” Huh? Listen to internet radio with Swollen Dome on BlogTalkRadio

In the end, does it matter? The Twitterverse was buzzing on Sunday as the sporting world awaited the “results” of the 2012-13 NBA MVP balloting. There was no drama. The games had already been played, so the coronation was the only thing awaiting the well-rested LeBron James. Truly, there could not have been a less [...]

Harmon returns to the microphone, free and clear to roam the worlds of sports, entertainment and pop culture. In this episode, Harmon slams the Knicks’ funeral plans and talks about the big topics affecting the NBA Playoffs. Mark Jackson, anyone? The Thunder employed the intentional foul strategy against the Rockets … and failed miserably. Harmon [...]

I returned behind the microphone on Monday, fully prepared to discuss the final rounds of the NFL Draft and NBA Playoffs, when Jason Collins’ SI article was revealed. It’s the talk of the Twitterverse and sports radio/television nationwide. Take a listen. Listen to internet radio with Swollen Dome on Blog Talk Radio

Harmon returned to blogtalkradio.com to discuss Monday night’s action in the NBA Playoffs, MLB milestones and struggles, fantasy heroes and duds, a busy night in Chicago, NFL mock drafts and have a chuckle with Peyton Manning and Shane Battier. Have a listen. Have a chuckle. Mock my brain freeze as I struggle to say “hallucinogenics.” [...]

Monday was a beautiful day here “Inside The Swollen Dome.” The podcast returned after a hiatus – call it a renewal with Vol. 1, Episode 1. I recapped the weekend’s events, got a little bit into the NBA Playoffs, Derrick Rose, early baseball returns, news of the weird and a wee bit of NFL schedule [...]

“Basically, it’s just a dumb idea and we (discuss) it that way.” Five-time NBA champion and grizzled veteran Kobe Bryant disagrees with Commissioner David Stern’s desire to eliminate players over the age of 23 from future Olympics. Bryant succinctly labeled it “a player’s choice” and spoke openly of the fact that the push for such [...]

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock or just avoided all forms of sports-related media yesterday, you’ve heard the flare-up between Jim Rome and David Stern. In summary: 1. Rome asked the commissioner point-blank about New Orleans winning the draft lottery. 2. Stern then denigrated Rome’s character and career. The way Rome asked the question [...]

If you followed Wednesday’s Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on Twitter, you watched the jubilation of Spurs fans turn to lamentation in a matter of minutes. Some of my friends were beginning to explore flight options to San Antonio for a Game 7. The large halftime lead evaporated in the blink of an [...]

Los Angeles has been transformed into a hockey town during the Kings’ run through the NHL Final. On Monday night, the city celebrated a 4-0 Kings win over the Devils to take a 3-0 lead in the series. Lost in the hype of Wayne Gretzky dropping the puck and his statue being adorned in a [...]

Harmon revs up the microphone for another day of ranting. He explores the NBA slate, Danica Patrick’s arrival in the Sprint Cup series, more NFL free agency & combine chatter and some random sporting tidbits. You want that Don Zimmer teddy bear/bobblehead thing, don’t you? ITSD 2.22 * I referenced a Matt Bowen column in [...]

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Remember that case brought against Electronic Arts (EA) by Ed O’Bannon and Sam Keller over use of player likenesses in its games? Two years later, a judge denied a request to dismiss the case in California. If EA is ultimately found to have used the players’ likenesses illegally, damages would be awarded to the tune [...]

Kobe Bryant has been quiet since the Lakers’ dismissal from the NBA Playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks. The five-time NBA champion emerged from his fortress of solitude in Orange County to unveil a new project. Bryant addressed the media at My Friend’s Place, a non-profit center that gives homeless youth a place to grow and [...]

Harmon relaunches “Inside The Swollen Dome.” In his first extended ranting session, he rambles on about the NBA Finals (and the LeBron sub-plot), NHL Final, myriad baseball topics (Carlos Zambrano) and the glorious entertainment world. Inside The Swollen Dome, Episode 1

Habits, as we know, can sometimes become destructive and expensive things. On Tuesday night, Minnesota GM David Kahn used the word to describe the latest NBA Draft Lottery. It was a calculated and ill-fated attempt at humor, a jab weaker than any posed by “Sugar” Shane Mosley in his tepid effort against Manny Pacquiao a [...]

I saw this story off of Forbes.com regarding the most influential athletes, as compiled by E-Poll and Nielsen Media Research. From the article — “surveyed over 1,000 adults as to the athletes they considered influential, while also assessing their likeability and awareness levels. Only those known to at least 20 percent of the respondents were [...]

As word spread that center Tim Duncan was on crutches and would be unavailable to the Spurs for the foreseeable future (more on that as it develops), the Lakers and Suns were locked in an instant classic. “Los Lakers” and “Los Suns” engaged in a triple-overtime thriller at Staples Center. Just look at the box [...]

I had hoped that Carmelo Anthony would be traded during the NBA All-Star Game itself, thereby allowing the scoring machine to do a WWE-like “Heel” move to strip off the WEST jersey. Alas, it didn’t go down until Monday night … after he’d taped a spot with Conan O’Brien. The picture from The Denver Post‘s [...]

I Tweeted this early on Wednesday, but now that I have a minute, I thought I’d go beyond the 140-character limit to write about Kevin Durant. It was announced in a simple statement (via Twitter) that the superstar small forward (30.1 PPG in 2009-10) had quietly agreed to a five-year extension of his contract worth [...]

Earlier this week, I saw the first reference to the LeBron James “Free Agency Summer Jam” or whatever it’s being called. Can we add a couple musical acts for this hour-long special? Maybe find someone that Elton John hasn’t played with yet, or let Ron Artest sing his “Champion” song? Seriously, it’s great PR and [...]