Tomorrow's news today.5:15 PM, Jun 16, 2015 • By JIM SWIFT
People not from Cleveland often ask us natives during the rare instances when one of our sports teams is in a championship, “are you nervous?”
Answer: Nobody from Cleveland over the age of 15 is nervous. Not one.
Why? Because we know Cleveland is going to lose. And not only just lose, but do so in the most spectacular fashion possible.
This isn’t to say that Clevelanders don’t want their team to win -- we do. We just know our history.
In the 1990s, the Indians lost to the Braves in six, only to lose in a heartbreaker in game seven two years later to the Marlins. (The Marlins now have a bar at their stadium named “The Clevelander,” though they swear it’s just the name of a local bar.)
It’s not unusual to see obituaries in Cleveland ask for local sports players to be pall bearers at the funeral, just so Cleveland's teams can “let them down one last time.”
I’m not throwing in the towel just because Cleveland is down 3-2. Had LeBron made the shot he missed at the end of the first game, the Cavaliers could have been up 3 to nothing — something nobody expected of a team lacking Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. It's just that we're destined to lose.
So, what are the possibilities for the Cavaliers at this point? In other words, which outcome would be most crushing?
First is the prospect of losing tonight at home in Cleveland. Some would argue this is worse than losing on the road. I disagree. Cleveland is used to losing, especially at home. Cleveland winning tonight would brighten the generally dour outlook of the Cleveland faithful just a little bit. So, that’s how it has to be.
Cleveland will then play game seven in Oakland. It will be spectacular -- for the first half. The Cavs will lead by double digits, the Warriors faithful will be scared and quiet. Then, after a close third quarter, Golden State will whittle away the lead. LeBron will suffer some peculiar and unlikely injury. The Cavs will keep fighting, but the lead will dwindle to two.
And then, with seconds left on the clock, Steph Curry will sink a 40 foot three pointer to win by one.
You heard it here first, sports fans.
And if I’m wrong, Cleveland will win its first title since 1964 -- not counting the three-time champion Cleveland Crunch, who last won a title in 1999. In indoor soccer.
Update: Cleveland loses.
Gleanings & observations.10:34 AM, Jun 10, 2015 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
Watching the NBA playoffs one cannot but be upset at the rampant inequality that the league tolerates. LeBron James constitutes less than 10 percent of the number of players on the Cleveland Cavaliers, but scores about 40 percent of the team’s points. Think what this does to the self-esteem of the other players. Think how it distorts the distribution of the team’s total payroll. Something must be done to end this inequality, to bring equality to basketball.
Gleanings and observations.10:04 AM, May 28, 2015 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
Assuming the WNBA approves, Isiah Thomas will be part owner and coach of the New York Liberty, the women’s team owned by James Dolan, the man who brought the Knicks to their current position in the NBA. Thomas, general manager of the Knicks, was convicted of sexual harassment in 2007. Not to worry. Thomas assures us the press that he has a daughter, and always respected his mother (both women), while fighting racism. Isiah played the mother and race cards, one jaded reporter wrote.
10:23 AM, Mar 20, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
So the madness has begun with two big upsets, yesterday. In one, Georgia State guard, R.J. Hunter drained a three with that many seconds left in the game to upset three-seeded Baylor. After the game, Hunter’s father, who is also team’s coach, had some words for President Obama who had picked Baylor, like just about everyone else.
Coach Hunter didn’t hold back.
7:12 AM, Jan 13, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
President Obama honored the NBA champions, the San Antonio Spurs, at the White House Monday, but
Oct 13, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 05 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Many youngsters dream of an NBA career, despite warnings from parents and coaches about the meager odds.
The Scrapbook will confess to thousands of hours of childhood spent honing dribbling and jump-shot skills. As was the case for countless others, the orange hoop on the side of our garage that we aimed at with middling results came from a company called Lifetime, which, as it’s based in Utah, naturally bills its products as “Made in the USA.”
11:10 AM, May 10, 2014 • By DAVID WOLFFORD
I experienced some rough emotions rooting for my alma mater, the University of Kentucky, during the NCAA tournament. Partly because of the close games and come-from-behind wins, and partly because of their one-and-done reputation under Coach John Calipari. The media contrasted UK’s likely NBA-bound freshmen and UConn senior Shabazz Napier, who remained a Huskie to earn his degree as a promise to his mother. It’s what made March maddening for me.
4:33 PM, May 1, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Over at Powerline, Paul Mirengoff asks, “Who was that cranky old man and why did he ice Kevin Durant?” That “cranky old man” would be Joey Crawford, the 62-year-old referee who grabbed the ball and ran over to the scorers’ table Tuesday night after Durant hit his first free throw with 27 seconds remaining, closing the margin to one point. The Memphis Grizzlies were leading Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder 100-99, but Crawford’s move effectively iced the 87 percent free-throw shooting Durant who went on to miss his next shot, costing the Thunder the game.
'Students Called Out to Sasha and Malia.'6:27 PM, Nov 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Obamas are attending a University of Maryland basketball game in College Park, Maryland tonight. The home team is playing Oregon State, which is coached by Michelle Obama's brother. The fans are, apparently, excited to see the first family.
Via the pool report:
3:20 PM, Jul 31, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
A strange story today via a Portland, Oregon police press release: NBA Houston Rockets player Terrence Alexander Jones was arrested early this morning after allegedly stomping on a homeless man's leg:
1:11 PM, Jun 20, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
In the wake of his scintillating 2-for-22 shooting exhibition on the White House basketball court — complete with an air ball, a steady barrage of bricks, and a layup that didn’t so much as draw iron — President Obama is now reportedly trying to enlist the National Basketball Association to help peddle Obamacare. What possible connection is there between the NBA and a government takeover of American medicine? Your guess is as good as the next person’s.
Hosted by Michael Graham.11:44 AM, Apr 30, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with William Kristol on the Boston marathon bombing, Benghazi, and Jason Collins, the NBA's first openly gay player.