CLEVELAND – Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …
This city’s sports teams took quite the beating in 2010 and, in the case of the Browns, it was merely a continuation of a mostly abysmal decade. But, as I was planning to write something to that effect for a while now, something funny happened: The fortunes of all three suddenly went way up.
Thanks to the Cavaliers for their help. They lost LeBron James, but I encountered some dedicated people this week, and it will be fun to see if they can bounce back from a humiliation unlike any sports franchise has known, save perhaps the Edmonton Oilers when Wayne Gretzky was traded.
>> This particular column is mostly a fun thing, part of a package Rob Rossi and I have today, including his Tale of the Tape between Pittsburgh and Cleveland. I’m not the type who feels the need to fist-pound with every piece. Sports are fun, and I’m going to share some of that fun with you.
>> The only mistake by this lake anymore is that Kiss still isn’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It completely invalidates the place, even after they did right by the Clash. No band in history had a greater impact on the art of the live rock performance.
>> It’s as absurd as Herb Brooks not being in the Hockey Hall of Fame, another rant for another day.
>> The Pirates are two games over .500, and it’s mid-June.
There’s no adequate commentary for that, other than to ask you to re-read that sentence until it sinks in.
>> Two lousy scoring decisions came into play yesterday, one with Andrew McCutchen losing a double and a 15-game hitting streak, the other with Garrett Jones losing an RBI single on an outrageous error charged to a diving Michael Bourn in center field. Where McCutchen is concerned, I always have a hard time thinking error when a third baseman has to go to his backhand, unless it’s not struck all that well. McCutchen hit his quite solidly. Where Jones is concerned … man, did I mention that Bourn was diving?
>> You’ll want to read the Stetson Allie piece today by Karen Price in State College. Allie is an interesting kid, to say the least.
>> I will be here covering the entire Pirates-Indians series, along with beat writer Rob Biertempfel, and there will be plenty of activity right here on the blog. Hope to have you along.
>> We will have our first Trib Total Media chat today at noon, live from some Starbucks or other here in downtown Cleveland. You can begin posting questions as early as 6 a.m.