I wrote a quick blog about my thoughts on Donald Trump being inaugurated as the President of the United States today. If you'd like to read it, the blog is linked here.
I was shocked to see Russell Westbrook wasn't named as a starter to the Western Conference All-Star team last night. The guy is probably the leading candidate for NBA MVP so far this season, went on a historic triple-double streak, and could potentially average a triple-double for the entire season. Instead, James Harden and Steph Curry were named to as the starting guards for the West. Normally I don't get too worked up about All-Star selections since they are basically an exhibition game in pro sports and voted on by the fans. But then I saw last night that the NBA changed they way they selected All-Star starters and it's not strictly a fan vote anymore.
The fan vote only accounts for 50% of the selection criteria, with the other 50% being split amongst the players and coaches. How does Steph Curry still jump ahead of Westbrook this year with those criteria measures? I get the fan vote since Steph has had a ridiculous run the past couple seasons and grown immensely popular. But he is not having a better season than Russell Westbrook so far. Steph Curry isn't even the best player on his own team anymore with Durant in town now. Curry has taken on a little smaller role, and not had the season Westbrook has had. And it's not like Westbrook is a new breakout sensation that has caught fans by surprise. Russell Westbrook has been a star for years. Baffling.
I did not catch the Iowa/Maryland game live last night but I see that Fran McCaffery had another outburst last night. When do we reach the point that this guy is just a parody of himself? Or have we reached that point already? This guy temper and behavior is out of control. McCaffery routinely berates officials and belittles media members. And he doesn't just yell at officials which is commonplace these days in college basketball (which for the record I don't support, despite being a Bo Ryan mark). McCaffery berates officials. He often storms to center court and argues with officials for over a minute during dead balls. It's a spectacle and embarrassing. But McCaffery has made that act commonplace in his coaching practice.
I think we've reached the point where this is just normal for McCaffery, which is somewhat frightening. I've heard a lot in the past couple months that we need to make sure we don't "normalize Trump" and his actions to the point where we are just numb to the ridiculous actions he takes. Aren't we to the same spot with McCaffery?
After the game last night I saw a couple tweets about McCaffery's temper-tantrum and then expected to see a bunch more, but that was all I saw. Then I watched the Iowa/Maryland highlights, saw the McCaffery outburt, and expected the announcers to talk about what he did on the court. But they glossed right over it. Probably because they have become accustomed to it over the years, and on the list of Fran Meltdowns this probably doesn't even crack the Top 5. Had that been Steve Prohm, or Greg Gard, or Tony Bennett, or almost any other coach in college basketball it's a big story. For Fran, it's a blip on the radar.
And maybe I missed the coverage. I don't follow the Iowa Hawkeyes in depth. I just get a surface level fix of the Hawks, just enough to be able to mock them and take pleasure in their miseries. But I didn't see much reaction to an adult leader throwing a temper tantrum in front of 15,000 people. Sorry, I forgot that game was played at Carver. In front of 10,000 people...give or take. Let's just make sure we don't Normalize McCaffery.