For What it's Worth---All over the page

Published On: May 15 2014 04:50:54 PM CDT
Bruce Haertl: For What It's Worth...

All over the page

How much does experience really count?  The Golden State Warriors have hired consecutive TV analyst with a combined zero years of coaching experience of any kind-let alone as head coaches.  Of course, the Warriors just fired one of those coaches, Mark Jackson and replaced him with another-Steve Kerr.

It makes you wonder---

Are the New York Knicks just one of those star-crossed franchises that just can't seem to get it right?  They haven't won a championship since Phil Jackson was playing for them, now they make this grand gesture to get him back and his first stab at improvement is a dramatic swing and miss.  Maybe this will be the impetus to get Jackson back on the bench, as it doesn't sound like he had a plan in place for Kerr turning him down.  I mean, who turns down Phil Jackson?

To each his own---

I'm struck by the difference in approach by the first two openly gay players in American team sports.  The NBA's Jason Collins was very low-key, he didn't avoid the subject of his sexuality, but neither did he wear it on his sleeve.  Michael Sam, on the other hand, is looking to attach cameras to his shoulder pads as Oprah Winfrey's production company works on a documentary of his voyage to the NFL.

I've already said that I don't have any issue with Sam and his sexual orientation, but he might want to start spending as much time on his football skills as he is his self-promotion.  After all, the best ending to his story and the one with the longest lasting impact would be actually making the team-something seventh round draft picks generally don't do.

Growing pains---

We still haven't quite yet figured out what we're doing with replay in sports.  How can you have replay, but still have situations in a game you can't use it for?  I understand the hesitation to challenge the human element---calls like the late foul on LA's Matt Barnes the other night in Oklahoma City, or the one that wasn't called against LeBron in the waning seconds of a two point game last night in Miami.

In both cases, the ball was knocked out of bounds on the play and in both cases the team which should have been the beneficiary of a foul call received possession of the ball, even though both of those teams appeared to be the last to touch the ball.  This is how the term 'irrefutable proof' has become a part of the sports vernacular.  The video has to provide irrefutable proof to overturn a call made on the floor; it's the default for every official in any sport (although in football and baseball the final word comes from a central office).  So far, I haven't been able to decide whether or not replay has made officials any better.

Casey Gillaspie---

The Shocker junior heads to the last weekend of the regular season with a chance to hit .400 on the season, a remarkable feat considering the lack of protection he's gotten in the Shocker lineup this season.  A sure first round pick, Gillaspie is amongst the nation's leaders in walks, he may see one decent pitch an at bat to drive and yet he's still challenging .400.

It's rare for such a young hitter to be able to layoff pitches outside the strike zone, especially when you're anxious to hit after so many base on balls.  Gillaspie never allows himself to swing at a bad pitch, he never seems to get impatient and that's simply incredible.  In relative terms the Shockers have had a bit of a lost season, but Casey Gillaspie has given fans a reason to watch and marvel.  He's simply one of the best hitters that the program has ever produced.