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Checking on Cleveland Sports
April 17, 2010 - Al Stephenson
I'm taking a break from packing. In the morning I leave for Henry Horton State Park south of Nashville for a five day golf trip. Before I hit the road and my Titleist, I thought I would check to see how my Cleveland sports teams are doing.
The Cavs did what was expected. They beat the Chicago Bulls in the first round opener by 13. Four Cavs scored in double figures including Shaq, who is back in time for the playoffs. It is weird seeing a Cleveland sports team be favored. The Cavs, with the NBA's best record (which translates into home court advantage throughout the playoffs), are EXPECTED to win it all. That may be easier said than done, but so far so good.
The Indians did in the White Sox again. Trailing 2-1 going into the eighth inning, the Tribe tied it on Asdrubal Cabrera's home run and won it on Shin Soo Choo's RBI double. You gotta love Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, never at a loss for words. He said he would sleep like a baby tonight. "I will wake up every two hours and cry," he said. Vintage Ozzie.
With the draft approaching, the Browns will be looking for help in several areas. We will not be able to gripe about Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson this season. They are gone, replaced by Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme. OK, maybe not everything is rosy in C-town!
The view from my seat suggests that the Cavs may bring that long awaited championship to Cleveland, but it won't be easy. The Indians are not likely to contend with so many young players, but the season is just getting started. Who knows where the Browns are headed, but Mike Holmgren is not sitting around idly, and that in itself can't be a bad thing.
Well back to packing. I will watch the Cavs and Indians fortunes from the Volunteer State.
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