The biggest game in Cleveland sports this weekend doesn’t contain the Browns, Indians, Cavs, Monsters or Gladiators and it takes place in Indiana. We’ll get to that game in a second but first something has been bothering me.
I can’t figure out these Cavaliers. They look about as bad as the mid 90s Clippers without LeBron (109-74 loss to the Pistons, 91-82 loss to the Raptors, 80-70 loss to Celtics, 100-79 loss to the Nets, 105-86 loss to Washington, 96-93 to the Bobcats). Then they beat the Pacers with LeBron but then they look as bad as the pre-LeBron Cavs for a few games losing to the Nets again, 76ers. Then it’s a decent win over the Bucks followed by the worse performance since Ashlee Simpson on SNL in a 108-90 loss to the Knicks. Next was a good win against the Lakers which was followed by a miserable effort against Golden State. The Heat were up next, thank goodness, and the Cavs made them look as bad as the Cavs did with out LeBron. And finally, last night, the Cavs beat a really good Dallas team. I just don’t get it.
The Cavs won last night’s game the way they won last year, with good defense, physical play/rebounding and LeBron making key plays down the stretch. The Cavs have held the Heat and Mavericks to 82 and 81 points. Does this mean the defense is finally coming around? Hopefully. Larry Hughes scored 17 points last night. Does this mean he will finally be a consistent contributer? Not likely. With a win over last year’s MVP lead Western power propel the Cavs to start playing ball like the defending Eastern Conference Champions and not the third-place winners of a 35 and older men’s church league team? I’m guessing yes. But then again, this team as been all over the board like a drunk 19-year old playing darts for the first time. Saturday night they are in New Orleans in game that will be watched by 29 people since it starts the same time New England Patriots go for NFL history but back-to-back road games and the effort the Cavs give will tell where this team is headed.
As for the Browns, HERE WE GO INDY, HERE WE GO!!! I said it before, and I’ll say it again, especially a lot on Sunday at the game and while watching the Indy-Titans game, LET’S GO JIM SORGI. Since the Browns blew the season in Cincy last week, there game means absolutely nothing. Well, maybe not absolutely nothing since if the Titans-Colts tie, the Browns need to win to make the playoffs. And we all know how likely a tie is. There hasn’t been one in over five years since the Falcons and Steelers tied. I just wish the Titans-Colts game was being played either at 1 or 4 so we would know sooner if the Browns were going to be in the playoffs. I’ll be at the game and it would be great to celebrate up there when the Titans lose. A perfect situation would have been to have that game played at 4. Then after the Browns win, everyone would stay around in the parking lot and listen or watch the Colts win and then party again afterwards. Instead, we’ll have to go home and wait until 11 or 11:30 p.m. to know our fate. LET’S GO JIM SORGI.
I like the way the Browns are approaching this game though. They are acting like a win would get them in the playoffs. I know it has no meaning but if they lose and the Titans lose, the Browns will be backing into the playoffs with two straight loses. I’ll take a playoff appearance any way possible but going in with a win would be much better. I’d rather be 10-6 and not get in than 9-7 and not get in. It doesn’t mean much but 10 wins and not making the playoffs just seems better and gives us more to complain about. No matter what happens, I hope all 80,000 fans in Cleveland Browns Stadium stay to the end of the game and don’t leave until the team comes back out and makes a final lap around the field. Because playoffs or not, 9 wins or 10 wins, this has been a season to remember. It’s be fun, entertaining and totally unexpected yet totally enjoyable. No one would have ever thought this was what we were in for. Yes, it’s going to be disappointing if we don’t make the playoffs after being so close but the season still far surpassed everyone’s expectations. I, for one, am extremely happy, as I wrote earlier this season, that the Browns made Sundays fun again.
But let’s now turn all our attention and cheering and superstitions or whatever you do to root your team on, to the Colts. HERE WE GO INDY, HERE WE GO!!!