July 24, 2014

A Couple Tribe Fans Share Their ‘Brush With Greatness’: Reliving Yesteryear

DoLance Parrish swing bw you have a story? A Cleveland Indians ‘brush with greatness’?

Such a story may involve a well-known player, although this is not a necessity.

My buddy Paul shared one.

“So, we’re sitting there with all this gear he signed for us. Balls, photos… and a large orange poster we’d made for him, for the day. ‘Lance Parrish, You Da Man.’ Ha. …Uh, we were younger then.”

As college kids attending Bowling Green in 1994, they’d make the occasional trip to Toledo to take in a ballgame. The promise of prime seats and volume beer drinking made any home game a viable option; on that weekday evening, there was an added attraction. Lance Parrish had just been picked up by the Detroit Tigers, and would be in the lineup for their Mud Hens affiliate.

A borderline Hall of Fame candidate, Parrish had enjoyed a long career, mostly with those Tigers. He was a core member of their successful run in the 1980s, a premier catcher with some pop in his bat. In recent years, Parrish had bounced between a number of teams, including the proverbial ‘cup of coffee’ with the fans’ hometown Cleveland Indians. [Read more...]

Cavs vs Pistons Behind the Box Score: Trees falling without making a sound

AP Photo/Mark Duncan

AP Photo/Mark Duncan

Don’t get me wrong…that was a fun game. The Cavaliers played some of the best team basketball we’ve seen this group play as they came out and just crushed the Pistons 122-100. But as fun as it was, it unfortunately didn’t matter. The Pistons quit a long time ago. They’re the same team who played a 76ers team on the verge of breaking the all time losing streak record. And the Pistons got killed by that Sixers team. So it wasn’t surprising that the Cavs were able to take care of business.

The fact is, the playoffs are gone, the Pistons are a team tanking as hard as can be, and so there’s just not much to take away from this game. Winning a game like this just doesn’t really mean much. You would like to think that the ball movement, spacing, and team scoring were all functions of a team developing and figuring things out. Unfortunately, it could just as easily be about playing a team that just doesn’t care anymore. And because I don’t want this to be coming across as too negative, I’ll point out that the Cavs legitimately deserve credit for caring. Or at least caring a lot more than the Pistons, anyway.

Now lets get into the numbers: [Read more...]

Cavs vs Pistons Behind the Box Score: A game-winner for Dion

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The Cavaliers were on the road, playing the second night of a back-to-back. For the first three quarters the team more or less played like it. The Cavaliers fell down by 16 points and it looked like that would pretty much be it.

But the Cavaliers got a surprise offensive explosion from Matthew Dellavedova, Anderson Varejao was his old rebounding-machine self, and Jarrett Jack had an enormous fourth quarter to lead the Cavaliers back to within striking distance.

The Cavs got a couple huge stops in the final minutes setting up the finale. With the Cavs down four, Jack converted an and-one to bring the Cavs within one with 53 seconds left. After tough defense forced a bad Josh Smith shot, the ball went out of bounds off Delly’s hands, giving the Pistons the ball with 28.5 seconds left. Rather than fouling, Mike Brown chose to trust his defense and Brandon Jennings missed an off balance jumper. Luol Deng grabbed the rebound and the Cavs called a timeout with 3.2 seconds remaining. That set up the real fun stuff.

Once again the Cavaliers found themselves in a critical inbound situation. After the initial Cavs timeout, the Pistons used two consecutive timeouts in a bit of gamesmanship. Then Luol Deng once again couldn’t find anyone open and had to use a timeout of his own to avoid the 5-second call. On their second try, Deng found Dion Waiters cutting to the corner. Dion took a quick dribble, stepped to his left and pulled up for a 19-foot jumper. And he drilled it. The Cavaliers erupted in joy and this team pulled off one of the more improbable victories of the season.

Now lets look at some numbers: [Read more...]

Casual Friday podcast talking cities and stadiums and The Long Winters – WFNY Podcast – 2013-12-06

WFNY Podcast LogoThis week’s casual Friday Podcast with Denny was a lot of talk about Cleveland and it’s development. We talked about the land bridge from at the Horseshoe casino and also the city’s deal with the stadium.

  • Hanging out in downtown Indianapolis for Thanksgiving
  • Not traveling with a pregnant wife
  • Spatchcocking a turkey
  • How big a turkey fan are you?
  • Denny’s slashed tire
  • Denny painting with a stencil
  • The Long Winters
  • When a record label holds together with like bands
  • The Cleveland music scene
  • The development of Cleveland as a city
  • How do you pronounce Oregon?
  • Landbridges, casinos and Cleveland
  • Regionalism and where Cleveland needs to start
  • Taxes, stadiums and Jeff Saturday
  • The Washington Nationals stadium
  • D.C. United playing at RFK [Read more...]

Thoughts on the Cleveland-Detroit rivalry

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Pittsburgh gets most of the sports hate in this town thanks to the Steelers, but 2.5 hours the other direction sits Detroit, a city that collectively may be Cleveland’s biggest rival.

With Detroit sitting across the border in that state up North, it’s reason enough for Northeast Ohioans to harbor some hatred, but throw in the fact the Pistons were the a consistent roadblock for the LeBron era Cavs to overcome, and the rise of the Tigers meant the AL Central champion would have to go through Detroit as opposed to the corner of Carnegie and Ontario and the plot thickens.

In college I had the misfortune of gaining a best friend from that state up North who rocked his Tiger’s hat proudly, believed in the “legend” of Mr. Big Shot, and hung a Barry Sanders poster in the corner of our living room. Perhaps the only reason we stayed friends was that he wore Sparty Green on Saturdays instead of Maize and Blue.

Luckily for me there were four other Cleveland fans in the house to pile on our poor buddy. Some of the most strenuous moments in all of our friendships resided over drunken debates between the collective sports successes of the two cities we supported. [Read more...]

Box Score: Cavaliers 79, Pistons 89

You knew this game would be tough to win, with the Cavaliers starting backcourt out with injuries and the Pistons playing good basketball as of late. For a while, that’s exactly what happened, with the Cavaliers falling behind by 20 points in the first half and trailing by 17 at the half.

In the 4th quarter, the Cavaliers made a good effort to try to get back into this one. With 4 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, the Cavaliers were down 71-51. With 2 minutes to go, the Cavaliers had closed the gap all the way to 6 points at 85-79. In the end, though, it was just too little, too late, as the Pistons regained their edge to hang on for the 10 point win.

Anderson Varejao did what Anderson Varejao does with another workman-like 17 point, 18 rebound night (9 offensive rebounds). The Cavaliers just didn’t have enough offensive firepower with both Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters out with injuries. Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 17 points.

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 17 22 24 16 79
DET 30 26 19 14 89

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
A. Gee G 29:44 2-10 0-3 2-2 -5 0 2 1 1 3 0 1 0 6
J. Pargo G 29:39 4-13 0-2 2-4 -11 2 4 8 2 1 0 1 4 10
A. Varejao C 39:29 7-18 0-1 3-6 -4 9 18 2 3 3 1 2 2 17
T. Thompson F 32:33 4-13 0-0 2-2 -8 5 11 1 0 0 2 4 4 10
O. Casspi F 28:12 4-11 2-5 0-0 -9 1 4 1 1 0 1 1 2 10
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 32-95 3-20 12-17 20 53 19 11 7 5 13 20 79
Percentages .337 .150 .706 Team Rebounds: 11
D. Gibson 28:42 1-6 1-6 0-0 +3 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 3
T. Zeller 20:10 4-8 0-0 0-0 -5 2 4 1 3 0 1 2 3 8
D. Sloan 18:21 3-8 0-1 1-1 +1 1 5 4 0 0 0 2 2 7
C.J. Miles 9:22 3-6 0-2 2-2 -9 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 8
S. Samuels 3:48 0-2 0-0 0-0 -3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Irving DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Leuer DNP – Coach’s Decision
L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision

Detroit

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
B. Knight G 33:45 5-13 0-4 7-7 +9 0 5 5 3 0 0 1 1 17
K. Singler G 33:08 6-14 3-6 0-0 +14 2 6 1 2 0 1 1 2 15
G. Monroe C 35:38 4-10 0-0 1-3 +9 4 14 5 3 2 2 1 4 9
T. Prince F 33:55 6-10 1-2 2-2 +6 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 15
J. Maxiell F 28:10 6-12 0-0 0-0 +10 0 6 0 1 0 5 1 2 12
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 36-84 4-18 13-19 15 49 21 11 6 13 5 16 89
Percentages .429 .222 .684 Team Rebounds: 9
R. Stuckey 27:16 4-9 0-2 0-1 -3 0 3 6 1 1 1 0 1 8
A. Drummond 19:31 3-8 0-0 1-4 -1 9 12 1 0 1 3 1 2 7
C. Maggette 15:56 1-2 0-0 2-2 +4 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 4
C. Villanueva 12:41 1-6 0-4 0-0 +2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2
W. Bynum DNP – Coach’s Decision
A. Daye DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. English DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Jerebko DNP – Coach’s Decision

 

Morosi: Cleveland Indians Scouting Matt Garza

There’s still time before the Major League Baseball trade deadline comes, but that’s not stopping teams from trying to make impact moves prior to the All-Star Break. While there’s no doubt the Cleveland Indians could really use a right handed bat, they’ve already seen potential targets such as Kevin Youkilis and Carlose Lee traded to contenders. Does this mean the Indians might turn their focus instead to bolstering the pitching staff?

Perhaps. According to Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi, the Indians were among a handful of teams scouting the Chicago Cubs’ Matt Garza during his last start.

Morosi would go on to tweet that the Tigers have also had discussions with the Cubs and that the Cubs have been seen scouting the Tigers’ AA team for prospects.

For the season, Garza is 4-7 with a 4.32 ERA with an 86/29 K/BB ratio.

[Related: Indians 3, Rays 1: Tomlin Steps Up]

 

Box Score: Cavaliers 77, Pistons 116

If you can’t something nice, don’t say anything at all.

I should adhere to that advice right now. I haven’t been this frustrated with a Cavaliers game since Game 5 of that infamous Celtics series. But a shout out to Antawn Jamison for the 0-10 night from the field. Pretty impressive.

Cavaliers play again tomorrow. Can’t wait.

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
D. Sloan G 27:30 3-8 0-0 0-0 -46 2 2 4 1 0 0 1 1 6
A. Parker G 24:19 4-6 2-4 0-0 -41 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 4 10
T. Thompson C 34:25 6-16 0-1 0-0 -41 5 13 2 4 1 0 2 3 12
O. Casspi F 36:53 3-9 2-4 3-4 -38 0 4 0 2 3 1 3 3 11
A. Jamison F 28:36 0-10 0-4 3-4 -47 1 4 2 4 0 0 1 1 3
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 27-78 7-21 16-21 12 34 13 19 5 2 10 14 77
Percentages .346 .333 .762 Team Rebounds: 9
M. Harris 23:41 6-9 3-5 3-6 +2 1 3 1 3 0 1 0 1 18
S. Samuels 23:36 2-7 0-0 4-4 +2 2 3 1 0 1 0 3 0 8
L. Hudson 20:30 2-10 0-3 3-3 +7 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 7
L. Walton 20:30 1-3 0-0 0-0 +7 1 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 2
A. Gee DNP – Coach’s Decision
D. Gibson DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. Irving DNP – Coach’s Decision
A. Varejao DNP – Coach’s Decision

Detroit

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
B. Knight G 29:55 11-12 4-5 2-2 +41 0 2 7 2 0 0 0 1 28
R. Stuckey G 27:30 3-8 0-1 2-2 +46 0 4 6 0 1 1 0 3 8
G. Monroe C 27:12 4-7 0-0 4-4 +41 1 13 3 1 4 2 0 0 12
T. Prince F 29:47 6-8 1-3 2-2 +41 0 3 2 1 1 1 0 0 15
J. Maxiell F 19:46 5-8 0-0 1-1 +36 2 4 0 0 1 1 0 3 11
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 45-75 8-18 18-20 7 41 28 12 12 10 2 19 116
Percentages .600 .444 .900 Team Rebounds: 4
C. Villanueva 22:02 4-9 1-4 1-2 -3 1 8 1 1 1 1 0 3 10
J. Jerebko 21:17 5-6 1-2 3-4 +1 2 4 0 3 1 0 0 1 14
B. Gordon 15:36 3-7 0-2 3-3 +1 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 2 9
B. Wallace 14:34 0-1 0-0 0-0 +5 0 1 0 1 1 3 0 1 0
W. Bynum 9:41 1-1 1-1 0-0 +4 1 1 4 1 0 0 0 1 3
D. Wilkins 9:14 1-3 0-0 0-0 -4 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 2
A. Daye 6:43 1-2 0-0 0-0 -7 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 2
W. Russell Jr. 6:43 1-3 0-0 0-0 -7 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 2

Will Cavaliers and Pistons Try To Out-Tank Each Other Tonight?

A couple weeks back, when I first addressed the concept of “tanking” to point out that the Cleveland Cavaliers (20-39, 13th in the East) were entering a stretch of brutal games with key players injured, I wrote that I felt the worst (or best, I guess, depending on your point of view) the Cavaliers could likely finish is 4th worst.

The Cavaliers currently sit 5th worst in the NBA, just one game behind Sacramento for that #4 spot. That’s not the big news, though. The big news is that the New Orleans Hornets are suddenly red hot. I don’t know if it’s the news of Tom Benson buying the franchise or what, but the Hornets have now won 4 straight games and 6 of their last 8 to pull the Cavaliers just 2 games ahead of them. That’s right, folks, the Cavaliers have a legit shot at finishing 3rd worst in the NBA.

Here’s a breakdown of the odds difference from 5th, 4th, and 3rd: [Read more...]

Box Score: Pistons 87, Cavaliers 75

That was….better? The Cavaliers at least defended better and Kyrie Irving was really aggressive in trying to top Brandon Knight. But beyond that, the Cavaliers offense was pretty horrible in this game and the Pistons more or less were able to just coast to victory. Alonzo Gee was simply destroyed by Tayshaun Prince in this game, and that’s really what set the tone for the rest of this game. 5 losses in a row, 8 of 9 overall. Things are getting ugly.

Detroit

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
B. Knight G 37:40 7-15 2-3 0-0 +14 0 4 5 3 0 0 2 1 16
R. Stuckey G 6:47 0-2 0-2 0-0 -4 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
G. Monroe C 32:18 4-13 0-0 0-2 +6 3 10 2 3 2 2 2 3 8
T. Prince F 37:08 11-21 4-4 3-4 +19 1 8 3 0 0 0 4 1 29
J. Maxiell F 32:59 6-9 0-0 0-0 +7 4 9 1 1 0 3 0 2 12
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 35-83 7-15 10-16 13 49 18 10 7 11 9 13 87
Percentages .422 .467 .625 Team Rebounds: 8
A. Daye 29:23 3-7 1-4 1-2 +16 1 2 2 1 2 2 0 1 8
W. Bynum 20:16 3-9 0-1 2-2 -4 0 3 1 1 1 0 1 1 8
B. Wallace 15:42 0-1 0-0 1-2 +6 3 6 0 0 0 4 0 0 1
J. Jerebko 15:01 0-2 0-1 3-4 +5 0 4 0 1 1 0 0 4 3
D. Wilkins 12:46 1-4 0-0 0-0 -5 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
B. Gordon DNP – Coach’s Decision
W. Russell Jr. DNP – Coach’s Decision
C. Villanueva DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 36:32 9-19 1-5 3-3 -10 3 9 6 5 2 0 1 2 22
A. Parker G 32:45 2-5 1-3 0-0 -7 1 6 5 2 0 0 0 2 5
T. Thompson C 29:58 3-12 0-0 3-4 -15 6 11 0 1 1 3 3 2 9
A. Jamison F 36:54 7-21 2-4 1-1 -6 3 4 2 3 0 3 2 2 17
A. Gee F 34:59 1-6 1-2 0-0 -8 2 9 4 2 1 1 0 2 3
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 30-87 5-17 10-12 17 48 20 15 6 9 11 17 75
Percentages .345 .294 .833 Team Rebounds: 8
S. Samuels 18:02 2-3 0-0 0-0 +3 1 4 0 0 1 0 1 2 4
M. Harris 15:15 3-10 0-1 3-3 -5 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 1 9
O. Casspi 13:01 2-7 0-2 0-1 -4 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 4
D. Sloan 11:28 1-4 0-0 0-0 -2 0 1 2 0 1 2 1 0 2
L. Walton 11:06 0-0 0-0 0-0 -6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
S. Erden DNP – Coach’s Decision
D. Gibson DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cavaliers vs Pistons: Let the Tanking Begin!

TANKING!!!

Welcome to Tank Fest 2012!

Ok, so no, I don’t think the Cleveland Cavaliers (17-30, 10th in the East) are actually tanking. Or, shall I say, losing on purpose. I believe Byron Scott is trying to get his team to play well, and I believe the players are (mostly) trying their hardest to win.

But with the news of Daniel Gibson’s torn tendon threatening his season, and with Anderson Varejao still some time away from returning, the fact is the Cavaliers right now aren’t deep enough and, quite frankly, not good enough, to win very many games.

Tonight’s game against the Detroit Pistons (17-32, 11th in the East), then, is a battle for draft position. If the Cavaliers lose tonight, which would be their 5th in a row, they would be tied with Detroit and looking to move up another slot in the lottery. [Read more...]

Vikings Handle Their Business, Now Just Two Wins Away From the Big Dance

When we last left our Cleveland State Vikings, they were losers of five straight. This reeling bunch, which once stared down the Horizon League title and then fell completely off the table, had two games left to make things somewhat right. On Thursday night, they faced a pseudo-double bye chance elimination game with Detroit (sporting the same 10-6 conference mark as CSU). The Titans came to Cleveland on a five-game winning streak. Still without their Senior leader and defensive stopper D’Aundray Brown, it was put up or shut up time for the Vikes.

Like they have so many times in the Gary Waters era, Cleveland State rose to the occasion and leaned on their defense in the second half, erasing a six point halftime deficit on its way to a 77-64 win over the talented Titans. CSU held Detroit to just five second half field goals (on 23 shots) and 29% shooting for the game. The duo of Anton Grady and Aaron Pogue did a great job holding UDM Center Eli Holman to just six points on 3-10 shooting, which was key during the second half surge. Offensively Senior Tre Harmon’s 16 led four Vikings in double figures.

The Freshman duo of Marlin Mason and Charles Lee came up huge in a time when their team needed it the most.  Mason, who had played more than 18 minutes just once and never scored more than six points in a game, exploded for 15 points in 32 minutes.  “That’s the best I’ve ever played, defensively and offensively,” he said.  Lee came off the bench to add 12 points and five assists, and was subsequently moved into the starting lineup for the next game. They really were the difference makers in this one. [Read more...]

Box Score: Pistons 100, Cavaliers 101

Fascinating game. Kyrie Irving and the rest of the Cavaliers not named Antawn Jamison were sleep walking through 3 quarters. But in the 4th quarter, Kyrie Irving and Alonzo Gee took over this game. The Cavaliers outscored the Pistons 35-23 in the 4th quarter to pull out a nice comeback win.

I remember plenty of LeBron James games earlier in his career where he seemed disengaged and lethargic for 3 quarters only to lead the Cavaliers to wins in the 4th quarter. Kyrie Irving did much the same tonight. He was passive and lacking aggression on the offensive side of the ball for 3 quarters, before finding a way to wake up and score 17 fourth quarter points in leading the charge. These are the kinds of learning experiences you like to see young teams learn. To be a good team, you have to find ways to win games when you’re not at your best or most energetic. That’s what the Cavaliers did in this game. Nice win for the wine and gold.

Detroit

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
B. Knight G 35:42 8-12 4-5 4-4 +1 2 5 3 2 1 0 0 3 24
R. Stuckey G 34:28 5-13 0-2 6-8 +6 0 5 5 3 0 2 0 2 16
G. Monroe C 35:00 8-16 0-0 3-4 +5 4 11 7 2 3 1 2 2 19
T. Prince F 33:08 2-15 1-3 2-2 +8 0 6 4 0 0 1 1 1 7
J. Maxiell F 18:09 2-4 0-0 1-2 -14 3 3 1 1 1 1 0 4 5
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 37-95 7-17 19-24 16 44 22 11 9 8 7 23 100
Percentages .389 .412 .792 Team Rebounds: 10
B. Gordon 25:44 7-17 2-3 0-0 -5 0 4 0 2 0 0 2 3 16
J. Jerebko 23:55 4-12 0-2 1-2 +13 5 6 1 0 1 0 2 4 9
B. Wallace 13:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 -6 2 4 0 0 1 3 0 1 0
D. Wilkins 11:45 1-2 0-0 0-0 -4 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 2
W. Bynum 9:09 0-4 0-2 2-2 -9 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2
A. Daye DNP – Coach’s Decision
V. Macklin DNP – Coach’s Decision
W. Russell Jr. DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 38:35 8-15 3-4 6-6 -5 1 5 8 6 2 2 1 3 25
D. Gibson G 36:45 2-6 2-5 2-2 -4 0 4 3 1 1 3 0 4 8
S. Erden C 15:56 2-5 0-0 1-2 -7 0 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 5
A. Jamison F 39:37 11-22 3-5 7-14 -5 4 10 2 0 1 0 0 2 32
O. Casspi F 23:10 3-6 0-1 2-2 -13 1 3 0 3 1 1 1 1 8
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 34-78 9-18 24-32 15 49 23 17 8 7 8 18 101
Percentages .436 .500 .750 Team Rebounds: 12
A. Gee 24:50 5-11 1-3 5-5 +14 5 11 3 1 2 0 1 1 16
R. Sessions 20:40 2-4 0-0 1-1 +11 0 5 7 3 0 0 0 2 5
T. Thompson 20:29 0-5 0-0 0-0 +2 3 7 0 1 1 0 3 1 0
R. Hollins 19:58 1-4 0-0 0-0 +12 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 2 2
C. Eyenga DNP – Coach’s Decision
L. Harangody DNP – Coach’s Decision
M. Harris DNP – Coach’s Decision
S. Samuels DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cavaliers’ Rematch with Pistons An Important One

Samardo punished the Pistons frontcourt last game

Welcome back Manny Harris!

Forget all the other story lines, the big news in this game is the return of Manny Harris to the wine and gold, right? Right?

Basketball is funny. I don’t know why, but there always marginal players out there who become my guys. They come in different shapes and sizes, but there are always certain players that catch my eye and capture my basketball heart.

Manny Harris is one of those players. I’m well aware of his limitations and I know how measured his upside is. I know he’s a Wolverine and I’m a Buckeye. But I like the guy. I like his story, I like his game, I like his attitude, I like his heart. I’m glad to see him back in uniform tonight, and I hope he can have his own Jeremy Lin type story. Well, ok, let’s set the bar a little lower. I’d be pretty happy just to see Manny get some minutes and prove effective enough to earn a permanent roster spot.

So with that out of the way, let’s get down to business discussing tonight’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers (12-17, 9th in the East) and the Detroit Pistons (11-22, 11th in the East) at the Q. [Read more...]

Cavaliers Look To Bounce Back Against the Pistons

Game One for the Cleveland Cavaliers was one to forget. Wednesday night, the Cavaliers (0-1) head up to the Palace to take on the Detroit Pistons (0-1) in the battle of the Central Division’s two winless teams.

There were plenty of eye opening issues with the Cavaliers in Game One. The first, and most obvious one, was the play of Kyrie Irving. While some nervous Cavalier fans might be concerned with the young PG after just one game, the reality is that there’s not much worth reading into after just one game.

There’s no question Irving was hesitant to create his own offense. Only a couple times did he decide to make matters into his own hands and create something by driving into the lane. The Cavaliers will need him to be much more assertive. That’s what he was drafted for. As he gets more comfortable with his teammates and his role in this offense I expect him to be much more aggressive, the way he was with Duke.

The Pistons game gives Kyrie his first chance to show how he bounces back from sub par games. It will be a tough test at is also his first regular season game on the road. Fortunately for Irving and the Cavaliers, it will be in an arena they have already played in, thanks to the preseason matchups with the Pistons. [Read more...]

Buckeyes beat a bad team and Cleveland State gets conference win over Detroit

Ohio State played the University of Texas Pan-American today.  The Broncs, as opposed to the Broncos, are not a good basketball team.

After beating Victory University in late November by 19 points, the school first founded in 1927 as Edinburgh College has now fallen all the way to 2-7 on this 2011-12 season.  But enough about the tenth largest university in Texas who came up short against the Sullinger-less Ohio State Buckeyes 64-35 earlier today in the Columbus.

What’s important is that OSU moves to 8-0 with the win today, and now readies the ship for a collision with TD’s Kansas Jayhawks.

Evan Ravenal got his first start of his career today, and finished with 11 points and 7 rebounds in 20 minutes of work.   Deshaun Thomas also scored eleven, and that many guys got into the game for Thad Matta’s group on the day.

Sullinger is expected back for the trip down to Kansas on December 10th, and as of today the Jayhawks are ranked 14th in the nation. [Read more...]

92.3 FM Switching to Sports in Cleveland?

With the failed Digital Sports Network (DSN) so recently in our memories, there is a rumor floating around that 92.3 FM in Cleveland could have its format flipped by CBS radio into a sports talk channel.  There was one thing that DSN taught us for sure and that is that there is demand for choices in Cleveland sports talk.  It seems that there might be one on the horizon according to RadioInsight.com.  According to their site, a web domain has been registered anonymously since march at 923TheFan.com.  Additionally, Radio Insight is sniffing around CBSCleveland.com and Cleveland.CBSLocal.com where there is a locked down WordPress software installation.  But is there any truth to it all?

We did some digging on this just to see what CBS has done in the past.  CBS has started up FM sports stations in markets like Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Washington D.C., Chicago and Pittsburgh.  In Boston CBS is the flagship station for the New England Patriots.  In Dallas CBS is the flagship station for the Dallas Cowboys.  In Detroit they have the Lions.  In Chicago they have the White Sox and in Pittsburgh and D.C. it appears they don’t have any affiliations.  According to sources we talked to, team affiliations are one of the keys to the business plan, particularly with NFL teams.  So, when, exactly are the Browns up for radio contract renewal?

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While We’re Waiting… Detroit, Grady Sizemore Injury, Braylon Edwards’ Cake

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Any time a story makes me think about the famous Cleveland tourism videos, it’s clearly #WINNING: “Thanks to last week’s trade with the Clippers for Baron Davis and more importantly an unprotected draft pick, the Cavaliers finally seem to have some direction in what had been a season in purgatory. …

If you want to feel better about the Cavs in the meantime, train your tired eyes north, past Lake Erie and to the Palace at Auburn Hills. There plays a team in worse straits, arguably far worse, than Cleveland. The once proud Pistons, a club that hosted a Larry O’Brien trophy not long ago, are now dealing with an alleged player revolt by a roster of over-the-hill veterans.” [Doug/Cleveland Sports Torture]

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Cavaliers Preview Game #15: Cavs at Pistons

Cavaliers vs Pistons
Cleveland Cavaliers (10-4) vs
Detroit Pistons (5-9)
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI
Wednesday, November 24, 2009
8:00 PM EST
FSOH/WTAM

Earlier this season the Cavaliers had 4 games in 5 nights, and then had 4 days off. They came out that next week and played solid games against Orlando, Miami, and Utah. Now, they are once again coming off 4 games in 5 nights, followed by 4 days off. Hopefully the rest will do them just as much good again. Unfortunately, the Cavaliers will still be without Shaq, who will be inactive tonight. The good news is that the Pistons will once again be without Tayshaun Prince and Rip Hamilton, leaving them looking 90% unfamiliar from the string of great teams of seasons past. The one familiar face will be Ben Wallace, who is back Motown after being traded out of Cleveland. I always liked Ben and I truly believe he gave the Cavaliers everything he had left. It’s just too bad he couldn’t help bring a Championship to Cleveland. Now, despite the fact he was a Piston long before he ever wore the Wine and Gold, it will still be a little strange playing against him in a Detroit uniform tonight.   [Read more...]

Pistons Offer No Resistance As Cavaliers Advance

LeBron JamesThe good news for the Cleveland Cavaliers is that they now have nothing but time on their hands as they sit back, relax, and wait to see whether Miami or Atlanta is coming to town next. The reason for this is that with their 99-78 dismantling of the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, the Cavaliers have completed their first round sweep of their division rivals.

It would be easy to sit here wax poetic about how great the Cavaliers are and how important it was for them to sweep their first round opponents. We could talk about how the Cavaliers are the first team in the NBA to advance to the 2nd round. While all those things are probably true, the bigger story in this series as far as I’m concerned was the ineptitude of the Detroit Pistons.

A once proud team full of champions with hearts of lions suddenly looked pedestrian and wholly disinterested in playing the game of basketball. And that’s the bad news for the Cavaliers. While everyone else is playing games filled with playoff intensity and thus kicking their game into the next gear, the Cavaliers merely had to go through the motions to send the Pistons home, which is evidently right where they wanted to be.    [Read more...]