Good morning, folks. Hope all of you had a great weekend and unfortunately, it’s Monday morning again. Speaking of which, when are we going to go to a four-day workweek and three-day weekend? Who, in fact, created the whole ‘five-day workweek, two-day weekend’ schedule? Whoever it was should be ashamed of themselves because, well, it needs to be changed.
Do you know what doesn’t need to be changed? Richard Jefferson’s greatness, bat flips and stare downs in baseball, and Colin Jost’s outfit choice at WrestleMania 35.
Richard Jefferson is funny and speaks the truth
RJ may have only been a Cleveland Cavalier for two of his 17 years in the NBA, but much like Dwyane Wade, it truly seems like he is a wine and gold lifer. I mean, does anyone really remember any of the other teams he played for?1 His only championship came as a Cav, that has to mean something, right?
While he spent last than 12 percent of his career in Cleveland, The Land will always be a part of him. Cavs fans know that and want that. There’s a reason he continues to return to Cleveland and have plenty of fun during Cavs games. That became even more obvious Sunday afternoon. In the Cavs’ second-to-last home game, it also meant that Channing Frye’s days in the wine and gold are also coming to an end. With Tuesday’s season finale considered to be Fan Appreciation Day, Sunday’s game was considered Channing Frye Day, even if he still has one game left before he retires.
A lifelong friend of Frye’s, Jefferson returned to Cleveland to attend Frye Day, even if, well, he didn’t admit that it was for that reason.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) April 7, 2019
The sense of humor, comedy, and just outright hilariousness from that 2016 championship team can never be taken from any of us. The friendships that were made make it even better. The 2018-19 Cavs might look dramatically different from that team, but nothing, including our love for those 2016 Cavaliers players, will ever be able to take away from that special year and team.
What makes it even better is that, in case you forgot, the Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals that year. They were so scared of the Cavs after Cleveland win it all even after the Warriors won an NBA record 73 games during the regular season that Draymond Green sat in the Oracle Arena parking lot after Game 7 and called Kevin Durant, then the second-best player in the NBA, and made it known that he wanted the then-free agent to come to Golden State because that was the only way the Warriors could beat a fully healthy Cavs team that was led by LeBron. RJ didn’t let any of us forget that during the broadcast Sunday afternoon.
Richard Jefferson criticizes the Warriors for not running it back after the 2016 Finals: “They were like, ‘We’re gonna go get our big brother’” pic.twitter.com/NfqKRmTuOx
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 7, 2019
Even if he didn’t mean it in that way, RJ clearly got his point across.
Pack of monkeys running Bleacher Report. Go to the park or any pick game and you will hear Run it back. Nothing but respect for the @warriors.. But y’all are damn clowns with your click bait.
— Richard Jefferson (@Rjeff24) April 7, 2019
Oh, and in case you were wondering if the Warriors took notice, KD responded on Instagram. If we’re being honest, kudos to Durant for not using a fake Instagram account.
[Grabs some popcorn.] pic.twitter.com/i6jPvbTiQd
— Josh Poloha (@JorshP) April 7, 2019
Bat flips and stare downs in baseball
Unwritten rules in baseball or not, I love bat flips and stare downs. As a pitcher, if you don’t want a player to flip his bat or stand in the batter’s box to admire his beautifully hit home-run ball, don’t let him hit that home run. Bryce Harper’s bat flip in his return to Washington this past week? Glorious.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) April 3, 2019
One of the worst parts of baseball is when pitchers decide to throw at or behind a batter that had homered off of him the previous at-bat. It’s a hideous response to a player flipping his bat following a home run or staring down said home run ball, to be honest. I had plenty for Chris Archer, but that was prior to Derek Dietrich admiring his 436-foot, no-doubt-about-it home run.
Due to Dietrich staring down his home run, Archer thought it was necessary to throw behind him his next time around the order. As previously stated, if you don’t want an opposing hitter to do a bat flip or stare down on a home-run ball, don’t let him hit a home run. If you strike him out, neither will happen. Just saying. It then started a benches-clearing brawl, which then turned into a wonderful picture that deserves to be in an art museum.
Love that Yasiel Puig is in the center of it all. Wish he was on my favorite team. pic.twitter.com/rd5bGrnkJy
— Josh Poloha (@JorshP) April 7, 2019
Colin Jost, Cleveland legend?
When I was young, I was a huge WWE (at the time WWF) fan. While that fandom has faded now that I am older, something caught my attention at WrestleMania 35 Sunday night because it circulated throughout social media quite quickly. It was when Colin Jost donned an Odell Beckham, Jr. Cleveland Browns jersey. In case you need some context: The event was held at MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants and Jets. Talk about a mic-drop, troll-job moment.
— Scott @ WFNY (@WFNYScott) April 7, 2019
Prior to this, I had no idea who Jost was. Now, he should be considered an absolute legend in Cleveland. As I can tell, and I could be wrong, but Jost has no ties to Cleveland, northeast Ohio, or even the Browns.2 He picked the biggest stage in professional wrestling to troll the Giants while making Browns fans quite happy. How awesome is that? Welcome aboard, Colin, the Dawg Pound is glad to have you.