It’s Friday, rejoice.
Especially if you’re a long suffering Washington, D.C. area sports fans. The Capitals just won the title and as you can see from the below photograph, there was much rejoicing in Las Vegas.
Caps had a good night, Clay pic.twitter.com/vnCxf4pykp
— MLS Thoughts (@CagedMLS) June 8, 2018
Yes, this image above really is the cover of my new book that will be out in September. Want a perfect gift for your dad for father’s day? Buy the book for him on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, print out the cover, and tell him he’ll get the book in September.
Okay, let’s get rolling with your questions:
“Are the liberal sports media giving Lebron a pass because he is a social justice warrior? While listening to sports radio I keep hearing ultra biased liberal sports “journalists” try to explain to everybody that the Warriors are the best team ever and poor Lebron has a shitty team. Although true that Lebron has a shitty team, the team is shitty because of Lebron. He got David Blatt fired and handpicked Ty Lue, who is a complete waste of space. All the players are his boys and he ran the second best player out of town because Kyrie can’t stand him. I’m just tired of hearing poor Lebron, when all of this is his own creation.”
LeBron has been a bad GM and definitely deserves more criticism than he’s received for that. For instance, Tristan Thompson is going to make $16.4 million this year, $17.4 million next year and $18.4 million next year.
And there’s no way the Cavs would have signed Tristan Thompson for that kind of contract if LeBron hadn’t told them to do so. Thompson wasn’t even playing for most of the games early in the playoffs against the Indiana Pacers.
Meanwhile, J.R. Smith, who can’t even keep up with the score, is making $13.8 million this year, $14.7 million next year, and $15.8 million the year after. Would anyone else give J.R. Smith this kind of salary?
Kyle Korver is 37 and he’s making $7 million this year and $7.5 million guaranteed each of the next two years. Meanwhile, George Hill is making, wait for it, $20 million this year and he will make $19 million and $18 million guaranteed each of the next two years.
When I saw that George Hill is guaranteed to make $57 million over the next three years I almost spit out my drink.
$57 million for George Hill!
So the issue with the Cavs isn’t that they aren’t spending money — they’re way over the cap — it’s that they are spending far too much money on players who aren’t very good.
Now your average franchise player wouldn’t be responsible for the team’s decisions around him, but LeBron is effectively running the franchise. He tells them what moves to make and what moves not to make. (If you don’t believe this happens, you’re insane). And LeBron, like many top athletes, has proven himself to be a great player, but a poor evaluator of what talent is actually worth.
The result has been that the Cavs have spent far too much money locking in sub-par players to long term deals.
And I think LeBron is going to get swept tonight and then walk away from the Cavs and leave them holding the bag on many of these long term contracts. Contracts that he insisted they sign.
So I don’t think you can criticize LeBron for his performance on the court, but I do think his performance off the court is 100% fair game and he deserves far more blame than he has received thus far.
“Happy Friday. How much do you think the Capitals players secretly wanted to win the cup in Vegas vs at home in DC? Seems like a championship night celebration would be way better in Vegas…”
100% they wanted to win it in Vegas. Because now they get a wild ass night of partying in Vegas followed by a wild ass celebration in Washington, D.C. when they get back home.
It’s the best of both worlds and the entire team is there to experience both.
Couple of other thoughts: can you imagine how much vodka these Russian hockey players can consume? It has to be legendary. Also, you know the Caps are 100% going to visit the White House. I’m already looking forward to the Russian collusion jokes. Honestly, Trump should just fully embrace it and allow Putin to be there alongside him.
They should both wear Ovechkin jerseys too.
“Clay I’m sure you get 50 deviations of this email weekly. It’s concerning golf channel coverage, pga and usga agreements. I cannot calculate how much money golf is losing by not airing every Tiger Woods shot. On Saturday, for once, they actually moved coverage to the live morning groups since they were teeing off early due to inclement weather. This made me happy and hopeful! This unprecedented move to not air euro pga was following up that afternoon WITH DELAYED COVERAGE of the same groups aired earlier. I’ve been griping about the coverage for years and since I’m guessing half the pga fans play DraftKings, do they not understand you can’t air delayed sports anymore? Double that whammy by not covering your sports biggest draw, or even each round of each tournament. Here’s why I come to you. Can you explain the TV deals and obligations at play here? There has to be a reason they are this dumb. PGA or Golf Channel isn’t ran by John Skipper right? Can we confirm this? It blows my mind.”
Plug: we’re doing the morning radio show live from the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills on Thursday and Friday. I’ll also be doing the radio show from Manhattan on Monday to Wednesday of next week. I’m hoping that the radio show will be partially open to audiences getting to the golf course early on Thursday and Friday, but I will let you guys know on Twitter. Make sure you check my Twitter feed if you’ll be there for the tourney.
But back to your question, the solution on this is simple — you need to be able to pick and follow your favorite golfer for every shot of his round for the entire tournament.
They have the cameras to make this possible, I don’t know why the PGA doesn’t insist on this for online viewers. I should be able to click a golfer and just follow him the entire round for every match of their entire season.
Having said all this, golf is by far the worst sport to watch in person. I mean, by far. When you’re on a golf course you have limited knowledge of what the status of a golf tournament is. Whereas on TV they update you immediately with how everyone is doing on the entire course. They can jump you from one hole to the next and make you feel like you’re seeing a head-to-head battle when, in reality, if you’re on the golf course you frequently have no idea what the significance is of each shot.
I’m going to walk the course on Thursday and Friday, but I plan on being back at home watching the tournament on Sunday.
And I’ll enjoy that more than I would actually being there in person.