I wrote a quick blog about Donald Trump becoming President of the United States today elsewhere on the site. If you'd like to read it, it's linked here.
I've been real heavy on Hall of Fame talk this week but since the NBA didn't announce their Hall of Fame inductions yesterday the best I can do today is All-Star voting. Was shocked to see Russell Westbrook didn't make the All-Star starting lineup for the West last night. The guy has to be the leader for the NBA MVP right now, went on a historic triple-double streak this season and could potentially average a triple-double this year, and dominated the media headlines this season. Thought he was a sure-fire starter.
Still, I wasn't going to get too worked up about him not being named a starter since these All-Star games are just exhibitions and voted on by the fans, but then I saw that the NBA changed their selection process so only 50% of the vote is dictated by the fans. The other 50% is dictated by the coaches and players. That made it even more shocking to me that he wasn't voted in.
He lost his starting spot to Steph Curry. I get that Curry has had a great run the past couple years and is immensely popular, but Steph has not had a great season this year. He's had to take on a smaller role on the Warriors with Durant now at the helm. And it's not like Westbrook is some fringe player who has had a break-out year and it's taking people awhile to recognize him and appreciate what he's doing. He's a perennial All-Star already that is breaking out without Durant on his team. Just seems odd to me that Curry got the required votes over Westbrook, especially when the coaches vote and players vote vaulted Jimmy Butler to a starting role on the East even though he finished 5th in fan voting for the East Front Court but still jumped over two players with high vote totals.
Another meltdown for Fran McCaffery last night. At what point does he just become a parody of himself? We talk a lot about not "normalizing Trump" and his actions but I think we've reached the point in Iowa where we've normalized Fran McCaffery and his outbursts.
Think about it. If Steve Prohm goes off on an official like that on Saturday at Oklahoma it'd be a huge story and covered extensively. Outside of a few tweets I didn't see much coverage on Fran's outburst last night at all. The highlights of the Iowa/Maryland game showed the incidents but the announcers glossed right over it. Just another Fran McCaffery episode.
This one probably didn't get too much play in the media or social media since Fran's had much larger scale outbursts. Or possibly because he's had so many of those types of incidents over the past couple years (and even this season) that it's almost like beating a dead horse. There's even people that I respect that stick up for him on these outbursts; "He's sticking up for his players", "He's just a passionate guy", "That's just who he is".
The guy routinely goes bat-shit crazy. He berates officials and belittles media members on a regular basis. And not "gets mad at officials" like most college coaches (which for the record I don't agree with, even being a Bo Ryan mark), he berates officials. He storms up to them, often in the middle of the court during dead balls, and has minute-long arguments with them in front of 15,000+ people. Well 10,000 or so if they are playing at home.
This isn't normal, or acceptable, behavior folks.