I normally preface most of my political posts with the disclaimer that I don't have a great understanding of the inner workings of our government or our political landscape. I'll preface this post by saying I know even less about the inner workings of the Federal Bureau of Investigations. That being said, the firing of the Director of the FBI James Comey is unusual. There's only been two firings now at that position in it's existence.
I find it hard to believe President Trump fired Comey because of the way he handled the Hillary Clinton email saga. That just doesn't seem like President Trump's personality to me but then again I don't really know the guy so who knows. That just doesn't seem like a play that's consistent with anything we've seen from him publicly in the past 3 years or even 20 years. But I also can't see it being a firing because of the Russia ties or Russia investigation either. That would just seem too blatant and draw too much attention to that possible scandal. It's like in professional wrestling where they want to turn a good guy heel. The poorly executed heel turns are the ones they telegraph weeks in advance and you see coming, so when they actually happen you aren't surprised. The great heel turns are when you never see it coming and it hits you by surprise. Trump firing Comey because of how he was investigating the Russia connection seems to blatant to me. I'd think it has to be something else.
Regardless of the reason, it's at least unusual. And I think that's my biggest takeaway here, another unusual event in the Trump Presidency. We are just over 100 days in and it seems like something unusual is happening at least monthly so far. Does that mean it's something sketchy? Not necessarily. Was listening to the 538 Political Podcast this morning and Harry Enten said "This is unusual. That doesn't necessarily mean it's nefarious. It may be, but it's not necessarily." I do always think though, where there's smoke there's fire. There's a lot of smoke so far in the Trump Presidency. This administration seems to be putting out A LOT of fires so far. Maybe it will calm down but I don't know what evidence we've seen to suggest that. And I just don't think you can go that long just continually putting out fires.
I'll say it again, if you are setting the Over/Under of President Trump's days in Office, I'll take the Under.
- Finally some excitement in the second round of these NBA Playoffs.
- At least I assume it was exciting, I went to bed with 6 minutes left in the Spurs/Rockets game.
- While the NBA 2nd Round had been a dud so far, the NHL 2nd Round has been pretty entertaining. Big Game 7 tonight between Pittsburgh and Washington.
- Not only is that a big game for the Capitals and Ovechkin legacies, the winner has to be the favorite for the Stanley Cup right? At least a small favorite.
- Was hoping to get another Game 7 from New York and Ottawa but the Senators pulled it out in 6 last night. Damn Canadians.
- And then another Game 7 tonight in the Anaheim/Edmonton series. Big hockey night.
- Give me Washington and Edmonton tonight.
- And a huge NBA Game 5 in Boston. Washington has looked like the much better team through the first four games but only come back to Boston tied at 2-2. After letting two slip away in Boston, give me the Wizards to find a way to steal a road game tonight.
Our high school tennis season is coming down the home stretch here. Our final regular season meet is this Friday when we travel to Webster City. We won our last home meet of the season last night 9-2 which brought our season record to 4-5. Friday night then gives us a chance to finish the season at .500 which would be a nice step for our program. We haven't finished a regular season at .500 in my first two years as head coach. Then we will go to Team Regional against Ballard on Saturday and then Individual Districts the following Thursday at Norwalk.
Had our end-of-the-season banquet on Monday of this week. Had to get it in a little before the end of the year this season just because we didn't have any dates available once our season was done. So it was a little weird having a end of the year banquet with 2 meets left in the season but still thought it turned out well. I continued my legacy of "The Roy Williams of High School Tennis" as well.
Many of you may know I was a Kansas basketball fan growing up, throughout my middle school, high school, and college years. So I watched a lot of Roy Williams press conferences and specifically post-game press conferences. I always remember him choking up on the stand talking about his guys and tearing up at times. I'm the same way at these banquets, just a mess. You spend a season with your players and for most of them multiple seasons and you start to form solid bonds and relationships with your players. Then you have to go up and talk about each girl and their season and how proud of them you are in front of a group of people and their families....it's tough. This is my third banquet and third time I've teared up in front of everyone talking about the girls as a whole and individual girls. Not like all-out balling by any means but definitely choked up and gotta regain my composure. Thought this may be the year I'd be able to get through the whole thing without choking up...it wasn't.
Anyways, one more week then it's Tournament Time. Time to take it up a notch and finish the year strong. #CometPride