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1920: Indians defeat Brooklyn 3-0 to clinch first World Series championship
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Quote of the Day
"I am many things. I am an animal. I am a convicted rapist, a hell-raiser, a loving father, a semi-good husband. You don't really know me."
Mike Tyson at a news conference where he cursed, jumped on a table, stripped off his shirt, complained about medication hurting his sex life and threatened to put "a (expletive) bullet" through the head of Lennox Lewis.
The Buckeyes took an early 7-0 lead over Purdue with a touchdown off a blocked punt, and then used a stifling defense to hold off the Boilermakers and win their fourth straight game, moving to 6-1 and remaining tied for the Big Ten lead with a 3-0 mark. The OSU offense failed to score a touchdown against the 11th ranked defense in the Big Ten, but still managed to down the Boilermakers 16-3, in a game that may give "winning ugly" a bad name. Buckeye Dan recaps the win.
There are only five numbers retired by the Cleveland Browns. One of them is number 45, for Ernie Davis, a man who never played a down for Cleveland. Why would that be so? Many people may not know the whole story, as Davis died 45 years ago from leukemia at age 23. “The Express” tells the story in such a way as to leave no doubt as to the correctness of that decision by Art Modell. Mitch loved this film, and reviews it for our readers in his latest.
Last night in Las Vegas, Chad Dawson proved to the world that he isn’t the future of the light heavyweight division. He is the now. Dawson dominated every aspect of his fight with Antonio Tarver and was crowned WBC, IBF, and IBO light heavyweight champion. In the co-feature on Showtime, heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko's brother Vitali returned after four years away from the ring and beat #1 heavyweight contender Samuel Peter into submission. My cuz recaps both scraps.
As bad as its been for fans of the Cleveland Browns this season, they can take solace in the fact that they do not, to paraphrase former Bengals' coach Sam Wyche, live in Cincinnati. Cause as rough as things seem, they're worse on almost every level down there. And in this week's Lingering Items, Gary hits on the differences between the Browns and Bengals, looks ahead to Monday night versus the Giants, and also hits on politics entering the Browns locker room.
Ohio State starts the second half of the regular season with Saturday's home game against the Purdue Boilermakers. The Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0) are in a tie for first place in the Big Ten, and will be looking to take one more baby step toward their third straight conference championship. Purdue is 2-3 overall, and 0-1 in the Big Ten, and they haven't looked very good getting there. No-brainer, right? Buckeye Dan gives us his thoughts.
The two best light heavyweights in the world will be squaring off tonight in Las Vegas. "Bad" Chad Dawson will step in with Antonio Tarver in what figures to be a very entertaining fight. Before that is a clash of top ranked heavyweight contenders, as Samuel Peter takes on Wladimir Klitscko's brother Vitali. Both fights are on Showtime Saturday night, and mu cuz previews both beefs for us here on The Cleveland Fan.
It's Friday night, which means it's time for Mitch to look ahead at the new movies coming out to the theaters this weekend. And we Browns fans have a treat this week, as the biopic "The Express" comes out. This tale of Syracuse RB Ernie Davis has lots of ties to the Cleveland Browns, and probably a lot better football action than we'll see from the Browns on Monday Night Football. Also out this week, the Ridley Scott CIA thriller "Body of Lies" with Leo and Crowe. Mitch also gives us the 4-1-1 on the new DVD releases and the latest news and rumors.
The playoffs roll on with Paul Byrd and Lacey Cake potentially on a collision course to meet in the World Series and we're forced to endure the Indians holding press conferences to talk about next year. Having already examined two of the needs (infielder and reliever) that the Indians enter the off-season in the first part of the earliest 2009 preview that you'll ever read it's time to turn to another question facing the Tribe as they ready themselves for Opening Day next Spring. The rotation.
He's back players. And heating up just as the weather here in northeast Ohio starts to cool down. The Lead Man swept the board on the plays released on his Friday night internet radio show. Locktober has been very good to the Lead Man and his disciples. And he's loaded for bear again this week, with more money makers for our readers live and direct from The Leadquarters. Read, wager, collect.
The puck dropped in Europe for the 2008-2009 NHL season on October 4th, with the Rangers squaring off against the Lightning in Prague, Czech Republic and the Penguins and Senators battling in Stockholm, Sweden. And with that, another hockey season is underway. Enter TCF hockey guru Adam Burke. He checks in with us today with a preview of the NHL season, as well as outlooks for the Columbus Blue Jackets and Lake Erie Monsters.
The Mitch Man is back at it for us, and in his latest trip to the theater he reviewed the western "Appaloosa" for us ... which is directed by and stars Ed Harris. The plot? Two friends (Harris and Viggo Mortensen) hired to police a small town that is suffering under the rule of a rancher (Jeremy Irons) find their job complicated by the arrival of a young widow (Renee Zellweger). Did this modern attempt at a western compare with other successes like "The Unforgiven" and "3:10 To Yuma"? Mitch fills us in.
With Purdue coming to Columbus this Saturday, let's take the time to give a tip of the cap to a truly worthy adversary of the Buckeyes- Boilermakers coach Joe Tiller, in his last season as head coach of the Old Gold & Black. The Boilermakers had been a pushover for the Buckeyes for nearly three decades preceding Tiller's arrival in West Lafayette. But since his arrival, the Buckeyes and Boilers have played some classics. Jesse takes a look back at some of them for us in his latest column.
Some exciting stuff for you today. New Indian Michael Brantley and agent Josh Kusnick will be guests on "Smoke Signals" (Tony and Paul's internet radio show) tonight at 9:30, and will be taking calls from fans for 90 minutes. All the details are inside this column. Brantley is an upper tier prospect, a potential leadoff hitter, and the player to be named later in the C.C. deal. Tony had a chance to interview him at length, and details that conversation in this piece.
Lack of identity. It's been a theme on this site when discussing the current state of the Browns, both on the front page and also in our Browns message forum. And today, Gary's hammered out an excellent piece on the topic. In it, he says that Browns fans have been craving an identity for their football team. And that Randy Lerner and Phil Savage have failed to deliver it.
Bill Cowher has become a folk hero in Cleveland. Or maybe even a messiah. As we wait for the guy who can make everything all better during yet another foundering Browns season, many of us are looking chinward to the histrionics of Cowher. The man with the passion for the game, the man who yells and screams, the coach who will whip the Browns' into shape. In Erik's latest, he notes the growing love affair between The Chin and the fans, and some of the realities of a potential Cowher era here in Cleveland.
With 2008 firmly in the past, after having examined the highs and lows of the Blue Streak of a season that we all just experienced, it's time to put those blinders on again and cast a forlorn gaze at what lies ahead. Enter Paulie Cousineau, who breaks things down better than any writer I read, and does so in a refreshing and realistic manner. In Part I of this two part piece, Paul begins to look ahead at who the Indians may add this winter, and what the 2009 team could look like.
Organizational culture. It's what Mansfield Lucas says that the Browns lack in his latest piece, an excellent diagnosis of the problems he sees plaguing this franchise. Mansfield says that it has been nearly five years now of the Phil/Romeo era, and he still has no clue what type of team this is supposed to be, and calls for some tough and radical change in this opinion piece. A sobering dose of reality for Browns fans. And a superb read.
A quick glance at our message boards indicates that Romeo Crennel and Derek Anderson are the two people being blamed for the Browns poor start. But Bob Fergus thinks there is a different person to blame. Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski. Yet he has gotten a relatively free pass from fans. In Bob's latest, he talks Chud, says it's time to base the offense off the running game, and provides some very interesting stats on Jamal Lewis.
It's not easy for a lot of local fans to sufficiently support each of the city's professional sports teams in terms of attending games in person. Between the Browns, Indians and Cavaliers, it's a year-round, never-ending commitment that few can afford. So, like any other industry in tight economic times, consumers are forced to choose where to allocate and spend their money to get the most bang for their buck. In Jeff Walcoff's latest, he gives us his thoughts on which pro sport provides the most value for your sports entertainment dollar.
First there was Adam Jones of the Cowboys accusing Browns DB Nick Sorenson of grabbing and squeezing his privates after a punt return. And a couple weeks ago, the Baltimore Ravens claimed that Browns defenders violently (and purposely) gauged the eyes of RB Willis McGahee. And as these stories of brutish behavior surface it appears more and more teams are coming out against the Browns' dirty play. Several of Cleveland's opponents from the 2007 season are now sharing stories of alleged cheap shots.
This May, former Tulsa, Arizona State, and Ohio State coach John Cooper was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2009, an honor that elicited a rousing chorus of "WTH???" from most Buckeye fans. John Cooper? Couldn't win a bowl game Cooper? Couldn't beat Michigan Cooper? The man who never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity? A Hall of Famer who couldn't win the Hall of Fame Bowl? Say it ain't so! But it is so. And the honor isn't as outlandish as you might think.
In one of the quieter offseason moves made by the Cavaliers, GM Danny Ferry signed 6'6 swingman Tarence Kinsey to a free agent deal. Kinsey spent last season split between the Turkish professional league and the Memphis Grizzlies, who he showed some real promise for when starting some games for them down the stretch of the 2006-2007 season. Our guy Sam Amico had a chance to sit down with Tarence in a recent trip out to the Cavs practice facility in Independence.
It was kind of a weird fall weekend in CTown, with the Buckeyes playing a night game and the Browns on their bye week. And in this Monday's Weekend Wrap, Peeks says it was actually sorta nice to go without the stress of a NFL Sunday, especially after getting a big win from the Bucks on Saturday night over the Badgers in Camp Randall. Peeks also hits on Terrelle Pryor, the firing of Indians bullpen coach Luis Isaac, and the MLB Playoffs. It's The Wrap!
To the list of Terrelle Pryor "firsts" this season, we can now add...first Big Ten road start...and first fourth quarter, come-from-behind, game-winning touchdown drive. Pryor weathered the crowd and the pressure, and in a game often marked by his own hesitance and indecision, pulled it together in the end, and ran in the winning touchdown on an 11-yard option keeper with 1:08 left in the game. Buckeye Dan recaps the Bucks 20-17 win over the Badgers.
The bye week! What to do with ourselves this Sunday afternoon? Two years ago, after a thirteen-year hiatus, Jesse Lamovsky dove back into the world of fantasy football. And this is the story of his Albuquerque Aztecas of the Stow-Kent Shopping Center League, and how they have helped him cope with being a fan of a Browns team that last lost two thirds of its games since returning to the league in 1999. As we always get from Jesse, a fantastic read from a super writer.
Michael Brantley is the newest Indian, and the player to be named later in the C.C. Sabathia trade. Brantley projects as a leadoff hitting center fielder, and while he lacks power, he brings three intangibles to the system the Indians really like: plate discipline, speed and athleticism. Tony has been talking with his agent, and has been burning up the phone lines obtaining information about him. And gives our readers his thoughts on Brantley in his latest column.
It was the worst case scenario last night for the Elite XC . What started off as a disaster in the afternoon turned into a nightmare for the financially struggling mixed martial arts organization. MMA legend and UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock was forced out of the main event fight with Kimbo Slice because of a cut above his eye suffered in a light warm up. Then his no name last second replacelemt knocked Kimbo Slice out cold in 15 seconds. My cousin recaps last night's travesty.
Seldom in the world of baseball does the dismissal of a bullpen coach make waves of any kind. Compared to the guys in the dugout and on the field, it's not a high-profile position. Some casual baseball fans might not even know who the bullpen coach of their team is. But then there's the curious case of the Cleveland Indians and the man who was their bullpen coach up until this week, Luis Isaac. Erik Cassano talks about his recent firing in his latest.
Saturday night, 8 PM, national television. Buckeyes at Badgers, playing a game that could very well determine the Big Ten champion. You know the Camp Randall Crazies will be in rare form, and you know Wisconsin will be smarting after their second half meltdown last week at home against the Wolverines. This should be a fun one. And Buckeye Dan Wismar gets us all lathered up for it with an excellent preview of tonight's game.
We got all kinds of positive response to Paulie C's first part of his 2008 season in review, and today, we bring you the second installment. Paul's first piece focused on the positives of the Indians recently completed 81-81 season, and in Part II, Cous talks about what went wrong this season ... specifically in April, May, and June that caused the team to get out to a 38-53 start.