You ever get massively overwhelmed with life and have bombardments of thoughts and ideas spring to mind, none of which fully form into actual nuanced thoughts and plans? That’s been me this week, so we are going to go with a grab bag of topics that I have some of but not a full thought yet on. Here we go!
Cavs hire first women’s collegiate head coach as an assistant coach
When the Cavs season starts, not only will the franchise sport a new head coach in John Beilein, they will break history in with having Lindsay Gottlieb on their sidelines as well. Gottlieb is the first women’s collegiate head coach hired as an assistant, which is not as cool as being the first female assistant,1 but progress is progress. Gottlieb brings with her an impressive resume as head coach of the Cal-Berkeley Bears: a 179-89 record, (86-58 in PAC-12), 7 NCAA tournament appearances in 8 seasons, her team reach the Final Four in 2013, and made it to the second round just this past spring.
While the hiring is an achievement long deserved for Gottlieb, the fact that it took another five years after the first female assistant was hired before a women’s collegiate coach was hired is sign enough that more progress can and should be made. When it finally isn’t news that females are hired to coach men in professional sports, it will be a good day. Until that point, let’s celebrate the Cavs as being forward-thinking, grabbing a smart basketball mind, regardless of gender, and plugging it into a growing team that needs guidance.
Mike Clevinger’s return imminent
Very rarely am I jazzed about the return of a pitcher almost a week before it happens, but that’s how rough this Cleveland Indians season has gone. A weekend series in Detroit is in the back of my mind as we now await the return of The Flow. With only two starts this season due to a strained tres major muscle in his back, Clevinger will come back to a rotation still in tatters, as Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco remain on the injured list, accompanied by Jefry Rodriguez. The trio of Clevinger, Trevor Bauer, and Shane Bieber have bonded over their shared profession, often critiquing and helping out one another with in-game video analysis and advice, and now will be tasked, along with Zach Plesac and Adam Plutko, to keep the team afloat and attempt a comeback in the AL Central. Sunshine will return to the Tribe on Monday, and what a better place than the sun-soaked plains of Texas.
HBO’s five-episode mini-series about the tragedy in Soviet Russia had the unenviable task of being the follow-up series to Game of Thrones. Despite only being three episodes in, it is a show worthy of the lofty IMDb praise, despite how off those rankings might be. The storytelling of a tale we already know, an event few have seen behind the curtain of, is almost unparalleled. The human drama of families divided, unaware of how healthy the separated might be, is gripping. The portrayal of the sheer ignorance of Mikhail Gorbachev, not to mention the owners and operators of the nuclear reactor basically failing to give in to any shred of , all barreling through protocols to attempt to cover up what became one of the darkest times in humanity is almost poetic in its not-so-thinly-veiled imagery of today’s world.
Rant of the Week2
If the goal is to play the young players, to see what can be harvested from the time and energy put into some of the Indians prospects, why are veterans like Leonys Martin and Tyler Naquin and Kevin Plawecki getting run over Greg Allen, Bobby Bradley, Eric Haase and others? During yesterday’s day game, as I was listening to the radio call despite the game being MLB.com’s Free Game of the Day, Tyler Naquin came to bat with the bases loaded. Tom Hamilton nearly tripped over guest announcer Marty Brennaman of the Cincinnati Reds to point out that nobody has ever hit a grand slam during the Liberty Ford Grand Slam Giveaway inning.3 I said aloud to my coworker, no worries, nobody is winning anything, Naquin is up. Sure as nothing, Naquin hits into an inning-ending double play. Obviously, it would be irresponsible to just assume Bradley would be able to do anything in that moment, fresh off a call-up, but let’s actually see what the kids can do, especially when Joe Fan can easily predict nothing good coming out of a Tyler Naquin at-bat.