April 19, 2014

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Rick Noland sports commentary: Staring, glaring, sharing

Still trying to figure out what the heck I’m attempting to watch from the Winter Olympics, so let’s Rick-o-chet around the world of sports and get back to staring at Bob Costas’ pink eye:

I keep trying — and trying — to watch portions of the Winter Games, but I’m not meeting with a whole lot of success. Looks like the X Games to me. …

Also trying to keep an open mind, but all these competitors look like the same person doing the same thing over and over again. …

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go cross country skiing, stop, shoot a rifle and then start skiing again. …

On a much more serious note, I could not care less if Missouri defensive end Michael Sam is gay. If you’re the general manager of an NFL team and you think he can play, draft him. Hold a press conference two or three days later so media members can ask all their non-football-related questions, then move on. …

Gay men — and women — have played sports at a high level for years. It’s time this gets out in the open so it can become what it should be — a non-story. …

Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart let his emotions get the best of him and totally overreacted by shoving Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr. Smart’s three-game suspension is totally justified. …

Orr was also totally out of line for calling Smart a “piece of crap.” Buying a ticket — or season tickets, for decades — does not come with a license to act like a moron. …

After listening to the initial press conference of acting Cavaliers general manager David Griffin, I found myself singing Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” upon exiting. …

Griffin talked at length about the players needing to smile, have passion and remember basketball is a game. He’s a likable guy and his message has some merit. …

That said, the Cavs still have the same players and coaches who compiled a 16-33 record and got GM Chris Grant fired. …

Sure, Mike Brown’s club has won two in a row since Griffin took over. With Sacramento coming to town tonight and a game in Detroit on Wednesday, there’s a chance the Cavs could take a four-game winning streak and 20-33 record into the NBA All-Star break. Pardon me if I remain skeptical. …

Either Luol Deng’s Achilles is bothering him way more than he’s letting on or he’s showing signs of age — or both. The guy lacks quickness and explosiveness at the moment. …

I thought Jarrett Jack was the Cavs’ best offseason signing, but he’s been a huge disappointment, is showing increasing signs of age and is under contract for three more seasons. If I were Griffin, I’d try to move him before the Feb. 20 trade deadline. …

Just can’t say enough about how hard Anderson Varejao played Sunday against Memphis power forward Zach Randolph. All Varejao did was hold Randolph scoreless on 0-for-7 shooting over the final 26:03 of the game. …

If there’s one thing Kyrie Irving knows how to do, it’s share the message of his coach and front office. After the Memphis game, he waxed poetic about having fun with his teammates and nonchalantly pointed out he and Dion Waiters are “good friends.” …

OK, that’s enough for now. It’s time to attempt to watch some more of the Winter Olympics.

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