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Black news from Pasadena - Sports - Steve Ballmer and ClippersSTEVE!

Henceforth, in Southern California, when you hear the name Steve, you will not need to hear the last name to know the subject of the conversation. The man with that name now owns the hearts and minds of the local sports fans. He accomplished this enormous feat in a single day, actually in about 45 minutes. His full name is Steve Ballmer, and he is the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

After what has seemed like an eternity, his offer to buy the Clippers was finally approved. This region has moved from the murky shadows of the Sterling's into the bright sunlight of the Ballmer smile. It was a good day for the Clippers, an outstanding day for local fans, and simply one of the best days in the world.

Southern California has been bereft of sports personalities, since Magic Johnson and Tommy Lasorda retired. Magic had the game and the smile, and Tommy had the style. If you listened to Tommy for just five minutes, you would be absolutely convinced that being a Dodger was the most important thing in the world. Also, if necessary, you should be happy and proud to bleed Dodger Blue. In his mind, there was no question about that.

Sports fans in this area, for the most part, do not really know who owns the Dodgers and the Lakers. They hear names, but they rarely see or hear from the actual owners. These owners do not trouble themselves to speak to the fans, or to let them know that they are appreciated. I suspect that only a handful of people in this entire region would recognize Stan Kasten, or Jim Buss. They are rarely seen in public, and it is unlikely that they would ever show up to talk to fans. They have more important things to do, at least, in their own minds.

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