It occurs each spring. That is the time of 12 months when highschool directors and athletic administrators scramble to fill their teaching vacancies, and it’s a process that’s not getting any simpler. From Norwayne to Loudonville and Waynedale to Wooster, nearly no faculty in our space is unaffected by teaching departures.
Why? Allow us to rely the methods.
(1) Teaching salaries fall far in need of the overall time required to do the job. It’s a labor of affection to some extent, however after some time many coaches ask themselves if it’s price it.
(2) Coaches in any respect ranges are topic to appreciable scrutiny and widespread second-guessing from followers, dad and mom, directors, and even athletes. It may be a fairly lonely place.
(3) Teaching requires a whole bodily, psychological, and emotional funding, which frequently adversely impacts one’s well being.
This isn’t to say that they’re aren’t many rewards in teaching — there are — however when the losses mount, the loyalty fades, and the hassles escalate, coaches shortly notice that it’s time to get out earlier than the sport consumes them.
Editor’s Observe: Finn is the top volleyball coach at Triway Excessive College.
Boys shall be Boys?
Our buddies to the east in Pennsylvania are embroiled in yet one more highschool sports activities controversy, however this one is basically nothing new. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Affiliation (PIAA), the Keystone State’s equal of the Ohio Excessive College Athletic Affiliation (OHSAA) has dominated that boys should not permitted to take part in ladies sports activities, however many excessive faculties are defying the order and permitting boys to play if there is no such thing as a comparable sport for them.
On the floor, this appears fairly honest and equitable. In spite of everything, ladies are allowed to play with boys in soccer, golf, and different sports activities, however many argue that the variations in physique measurement and mass create unfair and even harmful disparities.
What’s the proper reply? Who is aware of, however it’s unlikely that the problem shall be resolved anytime quickly, if ever.
A Salute to One among Broadcasting’s Greatest
Cleveland has had numerous memorable sports activities media personalities through the years, however none extra distinguished than Jim Donovan. An anchor at Channel 3 Information, Donovan has been behind the sports activities desk since 1985, and his power, enthusiasm, and professionalism rival that of every other announcer in any market.
He has been the radio voice of the Browns since they returned in 1999, and his detailed description of the motion in addition to his real pleasure provides listeners a front-row-seat expertise. He has additionally achieved work nationally with the NFL and offered community protection of the Olympics. As well as, he anchors a newscast at 7 p.m. every weeknight on Channel 3. One has to marvel when he sleeps.
As he approaches his sixty fifth birthday this summer season, Donovan is displaying no indicators of slowing down and seemingly little interest in leaving Cleveland, which is nice information for his loyal viewers and listeners in northeast Ohio.
It was good of the Cavaliers to signal fan favourite Anderson Varejao to a 10-day contract in order that he might finish his profession in Cleveland, particularly after being traded a number of months earlier than the Cavs gained their first and solely NBA championship in 2016. It makes one marvel if they may supply an analogous contract to LeBron James in 2034 in order that he can conclude his profession in Cleveland on the ripe outdated age of fifty.
Stick to the ‘Workers’
Stability has by no means been a element of teaching within the NBA, particularly in Cleveland, however J.B. Bickerstaff deserves an opportunity to make his mark after a year-and-a-half of admirable work on the helm below extraordinary circumstances.
First, he took over for John Beilein in midseason, which isn’t a simple process. Then his crew’s season was abruptly halted when the NBA arbitrarily (however appropriately) determined to not embody the Cavs within the COVID “Bubble.” Since then, it’s been a wrestle with important accidents, inadequate rosters, and undefined long-term plans by administration.
By means of all of it, Bickerstaff has been a category act, protecting his gamers engaged and coping with the media in a dignified, simple, and articulate method. He has a contract via the 2023-2024 season, and he deserves an opportunity to make his mark in the course of that contract.
The position of a Main League supervisor in his crew’s wins and losses is debatable, however one factor that’s not in query is the worth of Indians’ supervisor Terry Francona. Regardless of having the bottom payroll in all of baseball (simply over $50 million), his crew has the fifth-highest successful proportion (.588) via late final week. Will that maintain up for the subsequent 4 months? Laborious to say, however no matter how issues go for the Tribe in 2021, let’s hope they don’t half methods with “Tito.”
Is Tebow Only for Present?
Everybody’s making an attempt to determine precisely what Jacksonville head coach City Meyer is trying to do with Tim Tebow. Does the progressive former Buckeye head coach imagine that Tebow can by some means contribute to the success of the Jaguars in some kind of hybrid place, or is he simply making an attempt to provide one remaining shot to a man who helped his Florida Gators win a nationwide championship? Solely Urb is aware of for certain. The chances of Tebow being on Jacksonville’s opening-day roster are slim at greatest, however we’ve discovered to by no means underestimate the thoughts of Meyer or the tenacity of Tebow.
Doping and the Darkish Facet of Horse Racing
Cheaters by no means win and winners by no means cheat. Not less than that was what I used to be taught as a child. We now know that to not be true. Cheaters usually discover a method to win, however they nearly at all times get caught.
The newest incident occurred in horse racing, the place Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit had exceptionally excessive ranges of betamethasone, an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid used to alleviate joint ache in horses, in its system.
Flamboyant coach Bob Baffert would have us imagine that he was unaware of any unlawful substances being administered, and prompt that he was the sufferer of a witch hunt.
What we do know is that the horse didn’t introduce the substance into its personal system. As is often the case when athletes (or horse trainers) deny and incorrect doing, it’s often a bunch of horse…manure.