January 1, 2007
– I will wake up with a very bad headache at 7:00 AM, due to some
combination of my wife elbowing me in the back and my yellow lab pup
licking my face.
January 8, 2007
– Troy Smith plays the second half of the National Championship
game with one arm tied behind his back, a tear in his cape and a Cleveland
Browns helmet on his head while leading The Ohio State University to
a 28-point second half to win the National Championship 56-42 and the
end of all the SEC fans telling the country how overrated the Big 10
January 9, 2007
– Jim Tressel accepts a 15-year, $30,000,000 contract and automatic
appointment to the Governor’s seat once his contract is fulfilled
with The Ohio State University.
January 11, 2007
– In a road game at Phoenix, LeBron James score 113 points, but
the rest of the Cavs shoot 0-22 and lose 138-113. In Mike Brown’s
post-game interview, he states the Cavaliers need to work on defending
the pick and roll.
January 28, 2007
– Phoenix comes to Cleveland for a rematch of the January 11th
game. Mike Brown’s team does a much better job of defending
the roll, by double-teaming the pick man every time the Suns run it.
Unfortunately, nobody ever covers Steve Nash who shoots an unbelievable
21-23 from three-point range as the Cavs lose another one162-158.
LeBron nets 99.
February 1, 2007
– The Cleveland Indians sign Doug Jones to an incentive laden
February 15, 2007
– The Indians new bullpen fails to get any work in on the first
day of Spring Training since none of them are willing to drive faster
than 25 M.P.H on the Florida highways, fitting in with the rest of the
fogies in Florida.
February 20, 2007
– Eric Wedge goes on record, saying the Tribe is focusing on fundamentals
throughout Spring Training.
March 1, 2007
– The Indians commit 5 errors and 4 base running blunders in a
17-16 loss to the Houston Astros in a Spring Training game.
March 7, 2007
– LeBron leads the Cavs in scoring, but only has 14 points on
3-25 shooting against the Detroit Pistons. Cavs 6 game winning
streak is stopped in a 62-48 loss to Detroit. Mike Brown’s post-game
press conference says the Cavs need to do a better job of moving the
March 8, 2007
– Ohio State begins their run to winning March Madness and becoming
the first school to win the National championship in both football and
basketball and Greg Oden goes 12-12 from the floor, scoring 30 points
to go with his 25 rebounds against 15th seed IUPUI.
March 10, 2007
– The Cavs set yet another NBA record as they make a commitment
to moving the ball. Unfortunately they forget to shoot and break
the record by having 23, 24-second violations in the first half.
March 15, 2007
– Ohio State advances to play in the Elite 8. Greg Oden
is averaging 28 points and 18 rebounds through the first 3 games and
has yet to miss a shot from the field in the tourney.
March 18, 2007
– CC Sabathia pulls his left oblique “muscle” and will miss
the month of April, or when the weather breaks in Cleveland, whichever
March 24, 2007
– At the 7-minute mark of the first half in the first Final Four
game, Greg Oden misses. Disappointed in his effort, Oden proceeds
to block the next 13 shot attempts by North Carolina as Ohio State makes
up for one of their regular season losses by eliminating the Tar Heels,
setting up a rematch with Florida for the National Title.
March 26, 2007
– Troy Smith plays PG for Ohio State in the National Championship
game, wearing a Browns helmet on his head. Ohio State pulls off
the double-double when Troy Smith scores 28 points in the second half
and Ohio State wins 56-42.
March 28, 2007
– One month before the draft, Troy Smith begins camping out in
Phil Savage’s front yard.
April 2, 2007
– The Opener! Tribe beats White Sox 12-11 on a 9th
inning grand slam by Travis Hafner. Opening Day starter Jake Westrook
throws 145 pitches to get through 7 innings, but only gives up 3 runs.
Unfortunately, the bullpen is still on its way North from Florida after
Wedge allowed them to drive instead of flying up with the rest of the
team. David Delucci is called on to pitch the last two innings
and records the victory.
April 4, 2007
– The bullpen arrives, but Wedge liked what he saw from Delucci
and decided to give him another shot. This time, a Jhonny Peralta
error opens the door to a 12 run ninth for Chicago as Wedge accidentally
turned his alarm off instead of hitting snooze and he fails to make
a pitching change until it is too late.
April 26, 2007
– The Indians lose their 22nd consecutive game.
Wedge says it is time to stay the course.
April 27, 2007 -
Wedge is a genius. Tribe ends the skid by outscoring the Orioles
19-17. Paul Byrd goes 7 solid innings, but Keith Foulke’s shoulder
falls off and Wedge does not notice until the O’s put up 14 runs in
the 8th. Grady saves the day with an inside the park
April 28, 2007
– With the 3rd pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Cleveland
Browns select Joe Thomas, left tackle from the University of Wisconsin.
Troy Smith threatens to go to the CFL if anyone drafts him other than
the Browns and his gamble pays off as he makes it to the Browns with
their second round pick. The sun comes out in Cleveland, and Phil
Savage drafts more linemen.
May 1, 2007
– The Cavs sneak past New Jersey in the opening round of the playoffs
with a 112-111 overtime victory. LeBron averages 42 points in
the 5 game series.
May 2, 2007
– The Cleveland Indians trade a couple of their prospects to fix
the beleaguered bullpen after a 7-game winning streak in which all 7
games are complete games by the starters.
May 11, 2007
– The Cavs hold off a charge by the Miami Heat and win their second
round series to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals against the
Detroit Pistons. LeBron averages 46 points in the 5 game series.
May 24, 2007
– The Indians, with the new bullpen being lead by Houston Street,
rattle off their 22nd consecutive win and get back to .500.
May 26, 2007
– The Cleveland Cavaliers advance to the NBA Finals, beating the
Pistons in game 7, 98-94. LeBron averages 52 in the series.
May 30, 2007
– LeBron score 61 in Game 1 against the Suns. Cavs win 123-122.
1, 2007 – The Cleveland Browns sign Eric Steinbach.
June 3, 2007 -
the Tigers, with Gary Sheffield going 10-15 with 4 home runs and 13
RBI in the series, sweep The Indians. The Indians have now lost
10 straight since their 22 game winning streak.
June 5, 2007
– The Cavaliers go up 3-0 on the Suns in the NBA Finals behind
LeBron James averaging 68 points per game in the finals.
June 7, 2007
– Phoenix gets a win, as they hold LeBron to 42 points by covering
him with all 5 guys every time he touches the ball.
June 13, 2007
– With the NBA Finals now even at 3 games apiece, David Stern
announces that you will no longer be able to cover one player with more
than 2 players during any Game 7. LeBron scores 78 and leads the
Cavs to the NBA Championship! The win ends Cleveland Fan’s misery,
winning their first league title since 1948, which just happened to
be the last time the Chinese Calendar fell as “The Year of the Boar”.
June 17, 2007
– The Indians drop three more games, with Bob Wickman closing
out all three games for the Atlanta Braves.
July 8, 2007
– With another season seemingly lost, the Tribe lose 15 out of
20 and head to the All-Star Break 37-50, 16 games out of the division
lead and 13 games out from the Wild Card. Eric Wedge gets fired
and replaced by Buck Showalter.
July 22, 2007
– With the “pressure” being off, the Tribe rattles of 10 straight
wins heading into a 4 game series with the Wild Card leading Red Sox.
August 1, 2007
– LeBron James is named “The Best Clevelander Ever”.
Akron sues Cleveland for “custody”.
August 6, 2007
– The Indians lose their first game since the All-Star Break to
Johan Santana and the Twins. In winning 23 straight the Indians
now lead the Wild Card standings and are within 4 games of division
August 23, 2007
– Happy Birthday to me, happy birthday to me…Jeremy Sowers throws
a perfect game against Detroit to take over the division lead.
The Tigers do not seem to be the same team as Gary Sheffield has gone
on the DL with sore lips from telling everyone how good he is.
Things are looking up during the “Year of the Boar”.
September 2, 2007
– Tribe sweep Chicago out of the division race. Ozzie Guillen
calls Buck Showlater a “militant honkey” and gets suspended for
the rest of the season by Bud Selig. Jay Mariotti smiles.
September 9, 2007
– The Browns win their home opener behind Troy Smith and their
new offensive line, which is not nearly as offensive as in the past.
September 16, 2007
– The Browns win back-to-back games for the first time since the
Paul Brown era. Maybe there is something to this “Year of the
October 7, 2007
– The Indians sweep the Oakland A’s in the first round.
Houston Street saves all 3 games.
October 14, 2007
– Troy Smith leads the Browns to a 24-17 win over a division opponent,
ending the futility against the AFC North at 13 games and takes the
Browns to 4-2 heading into their bye week.
October 18, 2007
– The Indians ride “The Year of the Boar” to a game seven
win over the Boston Red Sox to advance to the World Series where they
will meet the New York Mets.
October 28, 2007
– Troy Smith leads the Browns to another division win, starting
a new streak on the positive side!
October 30, 2007
– Jake Westbrook pitches the Tribe to a Game 7 World Series Championship
by scattering 14 hits over 7 innings, but not allowing a run.
Grady Sizemore is named World Series MVP by hitting .444 with 5 home
runs, 13 RBI and 12 runs scored in the series. “Year of the
Boar” t-shirt sales skyrocket.
November 15, 2007
– Jake Westbrook opens the free agency period by signing a 6-year,
$110,000,000 deal with the Mets.
November 17, 2007
– The Ohio State University takes only their freshman and sophomores
up to Ann Arbor and beats LLLLLoyd Carr and the Wolverines like a drum.
22, 2007 – Eat a lot of turkey.
November 24, 2007
– The Browns finish November by winning again and head into December
December 1, 2007
– The Cavs finish sleep walking through the first month of the
schedule by at 6-6.
December 9, 2007
– Troy Smith leads the Browns to 4th quarter comeback
on the same day it is announced the BCS title game is announced, pitting
The Ohio State University against USC. The name of the game is
officially changed to the “Who is getting beat this year by Ohio State”
December 30, 2007
– The Browns finish the regular season 12-4 and have home field
advantage throughout the play-offs. “Year of the Boar” t-shirt
sales pass X-box 720 as the biggest selling item in Cleveland.
PetSmart runs out of dog biscuits.
December 31, 2007
– “The Year of the Boar” ends with 2 titles and a number one
seed for the Browns. Lebron James and Travis Hafner have both
been named league MVPs. LeBron James and Grady Sizemore are both
named post-season MVP’s.
Yeah, I think I could handle
that year. Hope everyone had a great Christmas and has a fun and safe New Year. Thanks
to everyone for reading throughout the first year here at “The Cleveland
Fan” and hopefully we have done a good enough job to bring you back
for another exciting year!