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Mark Cuban and Jim Crane may team up to bid on the Rangers

Aug 3, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

Many have suggested that Mark Cuban and Houston Businessman Jim Crane are not wanted by Major League Baseball (note: his name has been legally changed to “Houston Businessman Jim Crane.” I’m totally not effing with you here). But maybe in baseball as in nature, two negatives make a positive:

Mavericks  owner Mark Cuban  could make a joint bid for the Rangers with Houston investor Jim Crane to counter Nolan Ryan’s group at Wednesday’s auction, the latest twist in the ballclub’s bankruptcy drama.

“We’re exploring working with Crane,” Cuban’s staff attorney, Dan Jauchen, said Monday after the court-appointed chief restructuring officer disclosed the development. Jauchen then zipped his mouth, refusing even to confirm his own name – supplied later by another Cuban lawyer.

It says a lot about the nearly year-long Rangers’ odyssey that a well-paid lawyer everyone knows zipping his lip and refusing to confirm his own name is not the silliest thing that has happened.  I totally expect tomorrow’s auction to end with Chuck Greenberg taking himself hostage like Clevon Little in “Blazing Saddles,” telling everyone “don’t move or the lawyer/mogul gets it!”

  1. Old Gator - Aug 3, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Slight loss of nerve there, Craig, but then you’ve got mouths to feed.

  2. The Rabbit - Aug 3, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    The Blazing Saddles move is not without precedent. Oral Roberts used it in his infamous “God will take me if you don’t send me $5M by Monday” scheme.
    I am completely amused by the idea of changing one’s name to “Houston Businessman Jim Crane”. (“effing” with us or not) I can see “Hall of Famer Pete Rose” or “Astute Financial Planner Lenny Dykstra.” The possibilities are endless.

  3. birdmancometh - Aug 3, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Who let Bill Simmons on this site?

  4. Kiwicricket - Aug 3, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Joe West must be thrilled at the thought ofthis…

  5. RichardInBigD - Aug 3, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    More likely would be Cuban taking himself hostage. More HUMOROUS would be Nolan doing it…

  6. Omega - Aug 3, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    Mark Cuban would be great for baseball. I think he would bring a lot of dynamic change to the game. He would be this generation’s Steinbrenner, and baseball is about due for a once in a geneation shift.

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