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And Another Thing


More Cleveland angst

You've gotta feel for the good folks of Cleveland, Ohio. It's gotta be hell on the half-shell, always being the last kid picked for everything at America's recess.

The rest of the country laughs and calls you the Mistake By The Lake. They say, "Hey, aren't you the guys whose river caught fire?" They say, "Hey, aren't you the guys whose (sort of) hometown boy not only rejected you, but did it on national TV?"

And now?

Now they say, "Geez, you can't even pay people to come there."

This after word got out that the Cavaliers offered Kentucky coach John Calipari the moon and the stars, and he repled, "Nah, I'm good." The deal was almost $80 million over 10 years, plus the dual role of coach and team president, which essentially means Calipari would have had control over pretty much everything.

And still: "Nah, I'm good."

And what can Clevelanders possibly take out of that that offers some comfort?

It's that, technically, Calipari didn't reject the city; he just rejected the Cavs, the official dumpster fire of the NBA. If you're keeping score at home, that made him the fourth high-profile college coach to turn down the job this spring. Overtures to Florida's Billy Donovan, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and UConn's Kevin Ollie also fizzled.

Of course, this couldn't possibly be because Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is a complete foof who fired Mike Brown as coach, then brought him back, then fired him again after only a year. Nah, that couldn't be it.

Could it?

Ben Smith's blog.