All That and a Bag of Mail

It’s Friday, rejoice.

Especially if you’re a long suffering Washington, D.C. area sports fans. The Capitals just won the title and as you can see from the below photograph, there was much rejoicing in Las Vegas.

Yes, this image above really is the cover of my new book that will be out in September. Want a perfect gift for your dad for father’s day? Buy the book for him on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, print out the cover, and tell him he’ll get the book in September.

You can also buy him an Outkick VIP subscription for $99 and you’ll get an autographed copy of the book sent to him the moment it is officially released.

Okay, let’s get rolling with your questions:

Jonathan writes:

“Are the liberal sports media giving Lebron a pass because he is a social justice warrior?  While listening to sports radio I keep hearing ultra biased liberal sports “journalists” try to explain to everybody that the Warriors are the best team ever and poor Lebron has a shitty team.  Although true that Lebron has a shitty team, the team is shitty because of Lebron.  He got David Blatt fired and handpicked Ty Lue, who is a complete waste of space.  All the players are his boys and he ran the second best player out of town because Kyrie can’t stand him.  I’m just tired of hearing poor Lebron, when all of this is his own creation.”

LeBron has been a bad GM and definitely deserves more criticism than he’s received for that. For instance, Tristan Thompson is going to make $16.4 million this year, $17.4 million next year and $18.4 million next year.

Tristan Thompson!

And there’s no way the Cavs would have signed Tristan Thompson for that kind of contract if LeBron hadn’t told them to do so. Thompson wasn’t even playing for most of the games early in the playoffs against the Indiana Pacers.

Meanwhile, J.R. Smith, who can’t even keep up with the score, is making $13.8 million this year, $14.7 million next year, and $15.8 million the year after. Would anyone else give J.R. Smith this kind of salary?

Kyle Korver is 37 and he’s making $7 million this year and $7.5 million guaranteed each of the next two years. Meanwhile, George Hill is making, wait for it, $20 million this year and he will make $19 million and $18 million guaranteed each of the next two years.

When I saw that George Hill is guaranteed to make $57 million over the next three years I almost spit out my drink.

$57 million for George Hill!

So the issue with the Cavs isn’t that they aren’t spending money — they’re way over the cap — it’s that they are spending far too much money on players who aren’t very good.

Now your average franchise player wouldn’t be responsible for the team’s decisions around him, but LeBron is effectively running the franchise. He tells them what moves to make and what moves not to make. (If you don’t believe this happens, you’re insane). And LeBron, like many top athletes, has proven himself to be a great player, but a poor evaluator of what talent is actually worth.

The result has been that the Cavs have spent far too much money locking in sub-par players to long term deals.

And I think LeBron is going to get swept tonight and then walk away from the Cavs and leave them holding the bag on many of these long term contracts. Contracts that he insisted they sign.

So I don’t think you can criticize LeBron for his performance on the court, but I do think his performance off the court is 100% fair game and he deserves far more blame than he has received thus far.

Tom writes:

“Happy Friday. How much do you think the Capitals players secretly wanted to win the cup in Vegas vs at home in DC? Seems like a championship night celebration would be way better in Vegas…”

100% they wanted to win it in Vegas. Because now they get a wild ass night of partying in Vegas followed by a wild ass celebration in Washington, D.C. when they get back home.

It’s the best of both worlds and the entire team is there to experience both.

Couple of other thoughts: can you imagine how much vodka these Russian hockey players can consume? It has to be legendary. Also, you know the Caps are 100% going to visit the White House. I’m already looking forward to the Russian collusion jokes. Honestly, Trump should just fully embrace it and allow Putin to be there alongside him.

They should both wear Ovechkin jerseys too.

Jimmy writes:

“Clay I’m sure you get 50 deviations of this email weekly.  It’s concerning golf channel coverage, pga and usga agreements.  I cannot calculate how much money golf is losing by not airing every Tiger Woods shot.  On Saturday, for once, they actually moved coverage to the live morning groups since they were teeing off early due to inclement weather.  This made me happy and hopeful! This unprecedented move to not air euro pga was following up that afternoon WITH DELAYED COVERAGE of the same groups aired earlier.  I’ve been griping about the coverage for years and since I’m guessing half the pga fans play DraftKings, do they not understand you can’t air delayed sports anymore?  Double that whammy by not covering your sports biggest draw, or even each round of each tournament.   Here’s why I come to you. Can you explain the TV deals and obligations at play here?  There has to be a reason they are this dumb. PGA or Golf Channel isn’t ran by John Skipper right?  Can we confirm this?  It blows my mind.”

Plug: we’re doing the morning radio show live from the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills on Thursday and Friday. I’ll also be doing the radio show from Manhattan on Monday to Wednesday of next week. I’m hoping that the radio show will be partially open to audiences getting to the golf course early on Thursday and Friday, but I will let you guys know on Twitter. Make sure you check my Twitter feed if you’ll be there for the tourney.

But back to your question, the solution on this is simple — you need to be able to pick and follow your favorite golfer for every shot of his round for the entire tournament.

They have the cameras to make this possible, I don’t know why the PGA doesn’t insist on this for online viewers. I should be able to click a golfer and just follow him the entire round for every match of their entire season.

Having said all this, golf is by far the worst sport to watch in person. I mean, by far. When you’re on a golf course you have limited knowledge of what the status of a golf tournament is. Whereas on TV they update you immediately with how everyone is doing on the entire course. They can jump you from one hole to the next and make you feel like you’re seeing a head-to-head battle when, in reality, if you’re on the golf course you frequently have no idea what the significance is of each shot.

I’m going to walk the course on Thursday and Friday, but I plan on being back at home watching the tournament on Sunday.

And I’ll enjoy that more than I would actually being there in person.

Will writes:

“Hey Clay,
Do you think the NBA’s significant lead in social media following over the NFL is a sign the league will eventually pass the NFL with changing generations or, an example of younger people’s preferences changing when they get older and that the NFL will remain the king of American sports for generations to come? 
Massive fan from Canada!”
I think people watch actual NFL games so there’s less need for the highlights to be shared on social media. Whereas people don’t watch the NBA games as often so the highlight clips are more popular on social media.
Think about it, the most popular NBA game this year is going to have 18 or 19 million viewers.
That’s less popular than the average regular season NFL Sunday Night Football telecast on NBC.
The average NFL regular season game has 10x as many viewers as the average NBA game. So I think the impact of social media is vastly overrated here. What still matters more than anything is live viewership. Social media is the candles on top of the cake, not the cake itself.
I do think the top NBA players, however, are more impactful than the best athletes of any other pro sport. Let me explain: LeBron James has the ability to put his team into the final four of the NBA just by switching teams. No one else has that impact in the NFL, MLB, or the NHL because the rest of the team matters more in those sports. If Aaron Rodgers, Bryce Harper or Sidney Crosby switched teams there would be no guarantee that the new team they joined would even make the playoffs, much less be one of the final four teams remaining in the sport.
Whereas there’s pretty much a guarantee that wherever LeBron goes will be a final four team.
The same could be true of a handful of other top players in the NBA. So I think the top players in the NBA matter more than the top players do in any other pro sport.
Finally, I think the chances of any sport passing football as the most popular sport in America in my lifetime — I’m assuming here that I live to be eighty for purposes of this question, so I’d be alive for two more generations — is virtually zero.
I even think it’s more likely that a non-sport, yes, an esport, would pass the NFL than another actual sport.
Johnathan writes:
“Alright couple things. I’ve noticed a lot of your tweets have tons of anonymous twitter accounts bashing you in the comments. I feel like the amount of different accounts is very odd. What are the chances there is some high profile media member or athlete or even media company that is making these accounts to try to discredit you? 
Last thing, I think this could cause a national debate amongst short men. Would you trade a half inch of penis size for three inches of height?”
I’ve caught many people running bot factories on Twitter. That is, when I block someone who has been incessantly and obsessively Tweeting me negativity — and I have never even thought of blocking 99.9% of my followers so blocking someone is pretty rare for me — it’s very common for a series of accounts to pop up complaining about my having blocked that account. A few times I’ve even gone back and seen that all of these accounts like and RT each other to make it look like the accounts have more impact than they do. So I think there are a lot of people out there running bot farms to artificially — and perhaps psychotically — make it look like more people share their opinions than there actually are.
But I don’t think that’s a me problem, I think it’s a Twitter problem.
It’s also possible, by the way, that the opposite is true, there may be people who artificially love me making me look more loved than I actually am.
I honestly don’t know. All I know is that I’ve never spent a dollar on Twitter marketing.
I will say this, the stock has made me a ton of money — it’s up over $41 as a I type this and I hope you bought it over the years as I told you to do so, and I still believe the company has created a huge moat that isn’t easy for a competitor to replicate. So I’m a long term shareholder of Twitter. I think the stock will be worth over $100 billion in the next five years. (Right now it’s at $31 billion.)
As for what the motivations are of these people or who they are? I have no idea. But I do know that they exist.
On your final question, a half inch of dick doesn’t make too much difference whereas three inches of height is a big deal. So you have to go height over dick length.
I do think it’s a tougher call if you go inch to inch, would you give up an inch of dick for an inch of height or vice versa? And it gets really tough when you talk about an average size guy with an average size dick. Because in order to move either way you drop below average.
Personally, if you gave me a choice between being being tall with a little dick or short with a big dick, I think you have to go tall with a little dick.
Thanks for the questions, hope all of you have great weekends.

Written by Clay Travis

OutKick founder, host and author. He's presently banned from appearing on both CNN and ESPN because he’s too honest for both.