It’s my day so that means it’s Friday. It was a fun sports week guys, so let’s go!
First of all HUGE shoutout to #CavsTwitter who put up with me last night at the draft party. I’m more a part of #BrownsTwitter but it was fun to hang with all the folks I knew going in and meet some new ones. There were too many people there to name, but I’ll let @WFNYBen do the honors for a few of the notables that fit in the initial 140 characters…
— Ben Cox (@WFNYBen) June 26, 2014
So the Cavs drafted Andrew Wiggins and while I admittedly don’t know a lot, I’m happy today. It’s the first time in a while where we weren’t shocked by the Cavaliers’ selection. The Cavaliers have been surprising me with picks basically since after Kyrie Irving was selected. The smell wafting off the Cavaliers has been one of eccentricity or arrogance that they just knew better than everyone else. That’s pretty difficult to pull off way up at the top of the draft where the Cavs have been drafting for so long.
With that in mind, it’s very satisfying to think that the Cavaliers didn’t overthink the number one pick in the draft. It should be pretty easy to figure out who you want first, foremost and before anyone else’s plans are capable of getting in your way. I know you can still get it wrong and it’s easy to get paralyzed at times with big decisions, but that’s why you have big organizations of well-paid professionals. The Cavaliers came off like those kinds of professionals as opposed to trying too hard. After the most recent drafts, at least from an outsider, fan perspective to me that’s a good thing.
I’m still glowing from the USMNT advancing to the knock-out stage of the World Cup. The USMNT did that in 2010 too when they were knocked out by Ghana 2-1 in the opening match of that stage. That was a big let-down in 2010 for me, but this year it seemed like such a bonus to escape the “Group of Death.” Now that the United States has drawn Belgium, my hope is that this team will actually start to play a little bit looser than they have so far. My goodness have they looked tight.
That’s part of playing in a tournament that isn’t single elimination though, I think. The team is interested in winning, of course, but it’s also a style of play that requires more situational awareness and game management. If you’re going to lose your opening game, for example, you need to pay attention to goal differential. A tie is not only possible, but not necessarily a bad outcome depending on the team you’re playing and who you’ve got upcoming in the rest of the group.
On Tuesday in the knock-out round that’s all over. Win or go home. Play smart, but don’t leave anything on the field because you might have to leave it there for the next four years until you get a chance to play again. As I said, the USMNT has seemed tentative and tight, so I’m hoping that making it out of the group is a relief and they really let their best play out. I truly think they can play better than what they’ve shown in any of the first three games of this World Cup. I hope we see the best of what they can be before they’re sent home.
This is cool A guy charted out all the goals scored in the World Cup so far. I believe Jermaine Jones’ nice shot against Portugal was the seventh longest goal of the Cup so far.
I didn’t have a great current music recommendation, so I thought I’d spotlight an amazing song that nobody knows about. Jeremy Enigk is one of my favorite songwriters. He was the singer from Sunny Day Real Estate and has carved out a nice solo career too. He did some songs for a relatively small film from 2003 called The United States of Leland. It starred Ryan Gosling and Kevin Spacey and Don Cheadle, but it was really a film that was independent in spirit. Anyway, Enigk wrote some songs that were in the film and were unavailable for purchase anywhere. I scored a promo copy of the film soundtrack including “Ballroom” somehow on eBay back in those days. Now, thanks to the magic of the Internet and YouTube that song is freely available for anyone to listen to. It’s really really beautiful and intense.
Sorry to end on a downer, but I just love that song so much and wanted to listen to it as I was writing my WWW. So that’s what you get. And as my son so eloquently repeats from his daycare school teachers to his daddy, “You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.”