First John Calipari was headed to the Knicks. Then it was the Lakers (right, Rex?). Now, it’s the Cavaliers, who are interested in hiring Calipari. But that doesn’t mean Calipari is interested in being the Cavaliers’ coach. Jonathan Lintner writes:
“Is the interest mutual, though? Probably not, considering Calipari has regularly denied he’s leaving UK since former Wildcat Rex Chapman speculated it was a “done deal” that the recruiting whiz would move on to coach the Los Angeles Lakers.”
On Monday, for Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson sent a series of tweets that presented himself as nothing more than a homophobe, before walking them back, saying he was doing nothing more than helping a friend (who happens to be gay) with a social media experiment for class. For a moment, disregard whether what Henderson said is true and instead focus on that Henderson is another example of someone saying stupid things on social media. Gary Parrish writes:
“Henderson’s beliefs and motivation for expressing them are beside the point for the purposes of this column, because this isn’t about what a criminal turned Division I basketball player does or does not think of the first openly gay man to be ever be drafted by an NFL franchise. This column is about the level of stupidity it requires for a person to tweet wildly controversial remarks upon leaving college and embarking on a quest to earn a paycheck somewhere, and that’s why this entire episode should serve as a teaching tool for any and all aspiring professional athletes … and professionals in general.”
It can be difficult, I think, for some (many?) sports fans to realize not all athletes are singularly focused on their sport. Many of them have interests outside of athletics, and for some, those interests are just as strong as their interest in sport. Take Yale forward Brandon Sherrod, for example. Dan Carson writes:
“The Yale Whiffenpoofs are the nation’s oldest college a capella troupe—established in 1909—and soon they’ll be counting 6’6” Yale forward Brandon Sherrod among their numbers.
According to Bill Cloutier of the New Haven Register, Sherrod plans to take a break from basketball after becoming one of 14 Yale male students who made the cut for the prestigious singing group this spring. The group requires a one-year commitment and tours the globe, with scheduled stops on every continent but Antarctica this year.”
Saturday is the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes. And Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is, once again, the horse to beat. But, in the 9-horse field, only two were among the 18 horses Chrome beat two weeks ago in the Derby. And the new horses are, perhaps, the most interesting. Joe Drape writes:
“The new faces on the Triple Crown trail are far more interesting. Social Inclusion was unraced as a 2-year-old but won twice in Florida spectacularly, smashing the track record at Gulfstream for a mile-and-a-sixteenth in a 10-length rout of Honor Code, a graded stakes winner. In April, he finished third in the Wood Memorial.”
On Tuesday night, ESPN’s E:60 magazine show aired an eye-opening piece on poor migrant workers (mostly from Nepal) who have died in Qatar, mostly as a result of working conditions building stadia and infrastructure for World Cup 2022. Please watch.