Z Man’s Blog- The Showcase

Official Release | November 19, 2021

By Scott Zurilla, The Voice of the Charge

Two. That seems to be the number to best describe the Charge season through 6 games. Two losses, two wins, two losses. A 2-4 start for the wine and gold as the showcase cup portion of the schedule is underway.

With three games played at the Wolstein Center and a 2-1 record, it looks as though things are gonna work out just fine in the new home of the Charge. Three good, loud crowds welcomed the Charge to Cleveland and the atmosphere was fun. I’m looking forward to the next set of games in early December.

As for on the floor, after a slow start, the team has cut down on the dreaded turnovers, committing just 8 the last game out. Offense? That won’t be a problem. With guys who can fill it up like Kyle Guy, Justin James, Malik Newman and Trey Scott for starters, the Charge are fun to watch. They all are currently averaging over 14 points per game, and that doesn’t include Cavs 2-way player R.J. Nembhard who is dropping over 16 in his 4 games with the Charge. All in all, with guys in and out of the lineup, not a bad start for Cleveland.

Off the floor has been fun as well.

During our first road trip of the season to Wisconsin as we sat around waiting for our connecting flight to Appleton Wisconsin, I learned that Josh Huestis needs the room “just right” when sleeping, while Guy needs it cold, like 66* cold. Josh also tried to explain crypto currency to Kyle, Trey, Montell McRae and myself. He failed miserably.

On our second road trip, the first bus trip of the season to Indianapolis for two against the Mad Ants, we were delayed about 90 minutes due to an accident on the highway, then another 15 minutes trying to get to our hotel due to Monday Night Raw traffic at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Since the traffic cop wouldn’t let our bus turn the corner to the hotel, we all pulled our luggage about a block. You shoulda seen the looks of the fans leaving the wrestling event, seeing 10 really tall guys walking by pulling suit cases. As funny as you can imagine. All that to say our estimated arrival time of 9:30 turned into about 11:15.

Mitch Ballock and I came to the conclusion that you NEVER bet the NFL ( see WFT over Tampa ) while Associate Head Coach Chris Darnell, Strength and Conditioning coach Justin Acquino and I have decided to try and find the best sweet potato fries during our travels this season. Our first batch in Indy was graded a 3.5. Not bad, but there will be better.

And how about this, in my 27 years working in the Cavaliers organization, I had a first. Forward Trey Scott asked me for my phone number to stay in touch. Such a good dude, and congrats on the birth of his baby boy Kai.

That’s it for now, talk to you from Sioux Falls the 27th and 28th.