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Cheryl Reeve Meltdown: Head Coach's Technical Being Blown Out of Proportion

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 17: Assistant coach Jim Petersen holds back head coach Cheryl Reeve during the third quarter of Game Two of the 2012 WNBA Finals against the Indiana Fever on October 17, 2012 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Lynx defeated the Fever 83-71. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Tim KeeneyContributor IOctober 18, 2012

Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve threw a bit of a temper-tantrum during Game 2 of the WNBA finals on Wednesday night, and it has swept through the Internet like a cute kitten dressed in a monkey costume. 

Ugh, don't you people know that there is Tim Tebow news to be talked about?

In case you aren't a friend of that website they call YouTube, here is the video of Reeve losing her cool:

Yes, that 15-second tirade by Reeve has gone viral and even been described as "epic" within most of the press.

I think we are getting a little too loose with our definition of "epic."

Reeve ripped off her jacket and was held back by a few assistant coaches and a player. If I had a nickel for every time I've seen a head coach rip his or her jacket during a college basketball or NBA game, I'd have a crap-load of nickels.  

If I had a nickel for every time a coach has been held back from yelling at the refs by the rest of his or her bench, I'd have less nickels than in the other situation, but I'd still be pretty rich. 

What Reeve did on Wednesday was nothing new. She clearly coaches with a lot of emotion, but there's nothing wrong with that. She has her team in the WNBA finals, and while having Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen certainly helps, she's obviously doing something right.

Until she starts throwing fake grenades, I don't think her energy and passion on the sidelines are hurting anyone. 

Yes, she got a technical, but so did Whalen on the same play. Plus, her team won in the end, so the free points she gave the Indiana Fever were far from detrimental. 

Forgive me, but I'm failing to see the story here.

The real takeaways from the video that has been seen by millions in less than 24 hours?

First, one of the players on Minnesota's bench was clearly having way too good of a time during an obviously tense moment. See the 18- and 26-second marks.

Second, the ironic part in all of this. Reeve got incredibly fired-up over a call that wasn't even a bad one. The defender got a bit of Whalen's hand, but she also came straight through the ball first. There have been millions of worse calls in the history of sports. See: Packers, Seahawks.

Until Cheryl Reeve tosses a chair, drop-kicks a ref or, you know, actually loses a game because of a technical, this is a non-story. For now, she's doing her job and she's doing it damn well.

Carry on. 

 

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