History in Canada: The Indians had an insane offensive explosion last night in Toronto. TD will have WFNY’s recap at 10am. But for now, let’s focus on this mind-blowing fact: The Indians had two players with five hits for the first time in the same 9-inning game since 1928. Amazing.
David Murphy had three doubles, two singles and five RBI. He broke out of a 1-for-15 slump with that performance. Lonnie Chisenhall had one double and four singles. He’s now batting .361/.418/.470 in 87 plate appearances. Oh and the rest of the team collected 12 more hits too. I love any kind of 15-run victory; but I also love it a bit more coming at the Rogers Centre.
Stop with the retreads: This week, I stumbled upon an article from Jared Dubin at Grantland last summer. The title was “The Definition of Insanity: Why It’s Time to Move Away From Retread NBA Head Coaches.” Per the numbers, first-time head coaches had better winning percentages during the course of their tenure than retreads.
It’s simple, really. We don’t know what makes a good NBA head coach. How in the world did Jeff Hornacek do so well with no prior experience?! But we do know that certain coaches burned out and didn’t succeed in previous stints, whether that be from a disagreement with upper management or an unsatisfactory record.
Personally, I’m just not really interested in the Lionel Hollins, Vinnie Del Negro route. As I shared with a number of Cavs Twitter friends on Tuesday: I’m more interested in getting a new Cavs coach that is 100% on the same page as GM David Griffin. In other words, the exact opposite of the Mark Jackson situation in Golden State.
Get me a company man. Get me someone who also believes in up-tempo basketball and three-pointers. Yes, get me someone that plays a more exciting style of basketball, because I do believe that’s a market inefficiency. But most importantly, get me someone that will work with Griffin. He’s the man in charge.
Ohio sports news roundup: Sports Illustrated’s Martin Rickman (a good friend of the site) wrote about new Cincinnati QB Gunner Kiel, the famous former Notre Dame commit. MiLB.com’s Jake Seiner mentioned red-hot Clippers third baseman Giovanny Urshela in a stock watch article. Eleven Warriors’ Kyle Rowland wrote about questions that new Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel now faces.
Songs of the week: It’s not often that I discuss things other than Cleveland sports … or numbers … or media … or my favorite tweets. So today, I’ll share a handful of the songs I’m listening to right now. Enjoy.
For diehard readers (and friends) of mine, you might recall that I did a Music Video of the Day project back in early 2011. You can still view the remnants of that project at my since-abandoned Tumblr.
Tweets of the week: As usual, no rhyme or reason to these tweets. Just some of my favorites from the past seven days.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) May 15, 2014
Nyjer Morgan said his wrestling persona is named Tony Tombstone and his finishing move is the T Frog Splash.
— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) May 13, 2014
Obviously the loss of Gordon hurts, but I'm arguing for @JManziel2 at 18. Rushing alone & potential upside makes him worth it. No one agreed
— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) May 13, 2014
A #Browns UDFA I'd bet on? Chandler Jones (WR, SJSU) put up 79/1356/15 TD in 2013 and ran a 4.34 40 at his pro day.
— Ryan Burns (@FtblSickness) May 12, 2014
I hope JFF brings Drake to an Indians game cuz I could talk both their ears off about Carlos Carrasco's squandered potential.
— jon (@nowimjon) May 11, 2014
I'd argue it would be harder to explain to kids why Skip Bayless makes seven figures annually than explaining Michael Sam.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) May 11, 2014
Within the last month, I've had to cite Urban Dictionary and now type "Bro Bible" into a story. Those are signs it's time for a new career
— Jason Lloyd (@ByJasonLloyd) May 10, 2014
— SB Nation (@SBNation) May 9, 2014