October 25, 2014

Medina
Intermittent clouds
46°F

Ripping, gripping and tripping

Though hypocritical media member Jim Nantz apparently thinks media members shouldn’t have opinions — of course, that in itself is an opinion — let’s catch up on some things by Rick-o-cheting around the world of sports:

Let me see if I’ve got this straight. Nantz goes on a local sports talk radio show and proceeds to rip Cleveland media members for ripping his close friend — and former fellow media member, I might add — Michael Lombardi. Nantz then proceeds to heap so much praise on Lombardi that you’d think the first name of the Browns’ new vice president of player personnel was Vince. It’s good to know that Nantz is one media member who stays objective and detached at all times. …

Michael Lombardi

So Chip Kelly leaves Oregon to become head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and one of the first things he does is hire former Browns head coach Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator. You can’t make this stuff up, folks. …

Apparently, VP’s of player personnel who have ripped many of the players on their team and coordinators who call 3-yard passes on third-and-12 are in high demand these days. …

Meanwhile, eight NFL teams just hired head coaches. Since Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we take this opportunity to point out none were African American. …

Speaking of NFL head coaches, Super Bowl XLVII — that’s 47, for those who struggle with Roman numerals — isn’t till Feb. 3. Between now and then, we will be inundated with at least 47,000 stories on brothers Jim and John Harbaugh. …

Fresh off a five-game road trip, the Cavaliers return to Quicken Loans Arena tonight to host the Boston Celtics. How many people realized they were gone? …

Tristan Thompson probably won’t ever be an All-Star, but the kid has basically been putting up 13 points and 12 rebounds since Anderson Varejao went down. Kudos to him for that increased productivity. …

Poor Varejao just can’t catch a break. In the midst of the best season of his life prior to a quadriceps injury that was expected to sideline him for six to eight weeks, Varejao now has a blood clot in his lung and will miss the rest of the season. The guy is definitely due for some good luck. …

If the Ohio State men’s basketball team is going to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament, Aaron Craft is going to have to start knocking down a few shots. …

Most people hate pro basketball and love the college game. I’m the exact opposite. I find the college game sorely lacking in talent and fundamentals. …

For whatever it’s worth, Cavs guard Kyrie Irving kind of agrees with me. He casually opined recently that he doesn’t like watching the college game because it’s way too slow. …

It’s easy to criticize the Cavs right now — and I have — but I will say this on their behalf: Despite the team’s struggles, The Q remains a very vibrant and entertaining place on game nights. …

I can’t fully explain it, but one of my favorite sporting events of the year is the Australian Open. I think it has something to do with knowing it is 85 degrees and sunny somewhere. The fact it’s on at all hours of the day — and night — helps as well. …

Then, too, I’m totally intrigued by the possibility I could be watching a replay of something that happened tomorrow. …

OK, that’s enough for now. I gotta go scan the Internet, my hope being journalism professor Jim Nantz will tell me what I should think about Jim and John Harbaugh.

Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com.