Re "Being Cousins' mentor suits Shaq just fine" (Sports, Sept. 25): "Please observe me if you will/ I'm Professor Harold Hill (Shaquille O'Neal)/ and I'm here to organize a River City (ironic)/ boys band (arena)/ Oh, think my friends, how can any pool table (civic needs)/ ever hope to compete with the gold trombone (arena)?...."
And with that, Shaquille O'Neal is a Sacramento Kings minority owner.
Call me cynical or just not far enough distanced from the governorship of Arnold Schwarzenegger to fall for this old act again. Trot out some famous celebrity and start counting the votes. Just when it looks like the new arena will indeed come to a public vote, charging onto the scene comes Shaquille O'Neal. What incredible timing. Does this have "publicity stunt" written all over it or what? Or is this just more evidence that Sacramento is viewed as a backwater of hayseed chumps ripe for the plucking?
-- Michael Eady, SACRAMENTO