More thoughts I’d like to share

It's time for another installment of my "not long enough for a column, but longer than a paragraph" thoughts I want to share. These are my coworkers' least favorite, because the headlines are harder to write. Wish them luck:

  • Thanks to baseball season and basketball playoffs, this is currently my heaviest stretch of television watching for the entire year, so I notice more commercials.

One was for some vehicle I couldn't even remember, and the people in the car talked about how it had great gas mileage and some other feature. They loved how they didn't have to pick one or the other, because it would be just as bad as sweet or sour chicken. The problem was the feature they discussed (a liftgate switch) had zero impact on gas mileage.

I hope this isn't a lasting trend, this "Family Guy"-ization of commercials, where the conversation is contrived to get to a joke that is so non-sequiter you forgot what you were supposed to buy in the first place.

  • On Monday, it was reported that a number of Iowa House of Representatives members want to reduce the pay of state supreme court justices who took part in a unanimous decision to overturn a same-sex marriage ban.

The amendment, doomed to fail because Democrats control the state senate there, would cut justice pay to the same as a legislator if and when voters approved a same-sex marriage ban. The representatives insist the amendment is all about checks and balances, and not at all punitive.

Really? Consider this hypothetical: A handful of Democrats, in a state where a judge ruled Obamacare was unconstitutional, put forth legislation that would reduce his salary if the Supreme Court upheld the health care law.

Cutting your pay over a decision you made sure sounds punitive to me.

  • NBA journeyman center Jason Collins, in this week's Sports Illustrated cover story, announced he was gay — the first active player in any of the four major U.S. sports to do so (former center John Amaechi did, but was retired for a few years).

The initial reaction was mostly supportive, followed by questions over whether that makes somebody a hero — that can be covered in healthy debate without name-calling if you try.

The next question: Well, will the 34-year-old Collins have a roster spot with an NBA club next year, because it takes some impact away if he never logs another minute in the league?

I can't conclusively say if he'll be on a roster or not, as there are only 30 NBA general managers and my resume never gets callbacks when one of the spots is available. But on balance, I'd say chances are favorable.

There will be some similarities, oddly enough, between Collins and Tim Tebow — guys who will likely attract a following outside of the sport's normal fans and create attention and jersey sales that will far outsize their gametime participation.

But the 7-foot Collins does have some advantages, one being that he's a 7-footer. Collins may be considered an older man in the NBA at 34, but 11 of the 21 players who have played in their 40s re centers. The youngest players in NBA history and the oldest players in NBA history are largely centers, because height is basketball's top commodity. Even the oldest centers have purpose if they don't play, because they can tutor the younger big men and show them how to deal with being a celebrity. Sounds like Collins fits the bill.

If 40-year-old big man Juwan Howard still has a roster spot on an NBA champion, I don't see how a team wouldn't have a roster spot available for 34-year-old Jason Collins.

Kevin Wilson is a columnist for Clovis Media Inc. He can be contacted at 763-3431, ext. 313, or by email: kwilson@cnjonline.com

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