When the building was unveiled to the public earlier this year, it was the slide that drew most of the attention.
It’s not that the rest of the facility isn’t ostentatious. It has a nap room and a golf simulator and a Wiffle ball field, so ostentation is pretty much its aesthetic. But the slide said something else about the building, about Clemson and about Swinney. This whole thing, the football and the training and the schoolwork and everything else — this is supposed to be fun.
Not that Swinney thought that deeply about it. He just saw a bad movie and thought a slide would be cool, which really illustrates the true symbolism of the slide.
Swinney knows little of Google’s corporate ethos beyond what he saw in The Internship. He owns an iPhone and frequently includes emojis in his texts, but he hasn’t read Steve Jobs’ biography. But if the oft-used analogy of football coaches as CEOs holds true, then Swinney is something akin to Jobs and Elon Musk and Larry Page — the Silicon Valley CEO transported to Death Valley.
Alabama as the team with something to prove? No more Deshaun Watson? And Jalen Hurts with another year of experience? While the third installment of this trilogy calls to mind the first two classics, it will actually be very different.
I’m not saying Isaiah shouldn’t get a tribute video, Pierce said Thursday afternoon on ESPN’s The Jump. But like, listen, on February 11th, the night I get my jersey, man, I’m not sure I want to look up at the Jumbotron and see Isaiah highlights. You know, after all the years I put in. I had a chance to watch Kobe’s, and throughout the games, the timeouts, there was a lot of tribute videos for him, and I enjoyed to watch that throughout the game. Now hopefully the Boston Celtics will do that for me. I’m not sure if I want to see an Isaiah video that night.
Isaiah, [Wednesday] was your night. Come February 11th, you might have to wait until next year for a tribute video, he continued, though joking with a big smile. It’s like everybody’s getting a tribute video now. If you played for a team, you get traded, you get a tribute video.
Thomas’s time in Boston was short, but it was a quick journey from the bottom of the Eastern Conference to near the very top. It’s no wonder that he, the city, and the Celtics organization have such a close relationship in spite of him being traded to Cleveland.