I feel like dancing like Mark Madsen today. Just yesterday we celebrated Joe Tait for his 3,000th game broadcasting the Cavs and today there is even a bigger reason to party. Today, J Beanie Sports turns one year old. That’s right. It’s the first anniversary for J Beanie.
On this day, one year ago I wrote my first post, creatively titled, Welcome Sports Fans. We’ve come a long way since then. At first, this was suppose to be a two man effort but the other half predictably dropped out after a few dedicated posts (in reality, it was one weak post and then he was gone from us like Billy Thomas from the Cavs). In the early days, we struggled to find a niche. I think the only visitors were my brother and dad and few people I emailed. But J Beanie was born at the right time. March/April is such a good time in the sporting calendar with the NCAA tournament, the NBA season winding down/playoffs starting, baseball season getting under way and the Masters coming up soon. It was the perfect time to open a sports blog. During the Cavs playoff run, J Beanie had it’s most visitors (hoping that happens again).
This is quite a feat for me. I never thought I’d be doing this stupid little site for a year. I started it just to have some fun and talk about what was happening in the world of sports. Joe Tait thought he was special for 3,000 Cavs games, he’s got nothing on me. He has days off and is paid for what he does. I write something everyday (almost). In the estimated 260 weekdays since last March 27, I’ve posted something 264 times, and that’s not even including holidays I’ve missed. That’s dedication. And not only do I get some thoughtful, well written, funny, insightful, accurate (all that is up for debate) but I have to do it at work without getting caught. (Sure, it helps that all I do is type and write at work anyway but it still takes some slyness.)
I’ve been looking back over my posts. I wanted to do a top ten of my favorite post but one, that would take way to much time to read them all, two, I’m sure you all either don’t care or already have your favorites bookmarked and read them everyday for motivation, and three, I loved them all. They are all so good.
I think J Beanie is good for Cleveland sports. Although we haven’t won anything yet, the teams have enjoyed their best years in a long time since J Beanie come to exist. The Browns are finally a real football team again, the Cavs won the Eastern Conference and the Indians were a game away from going to, and winning, the World Series. J Beanie has been here to document it all.
We have seemed to settle into a small little group here who read J Beanie’s nonsense everyday and few who comment daily and others who do it occasionally. (Come on, the more comments the more fun. Think of comments as beers. The more you drink/post, the more fun it is for others to make fun of you.) I appreciate the following and thank you for sticking with me through my grammar mistakes and horrible predictions. I really enjoy doing this everyday and hope you get a little enjoyment from it yourself. I know it isn’t the greatest thing world but it’s something. I’m like the softcore porn of sports blogs. It’s not the best but it’s still porn and it gets you going. If you want hardcore porn you go to some other, more newsworthy site. Here’s to another year. Thanks.
A couple thoughts on the Cavs game last night. A tough loss in a winnable game.
> Why was the go-ahead basket by LBJ with 7 seconds left only his second shot of the fourth quarter?
> More Damon Jones less Wally.
> Why did Mike Brown take a timeout after the Cavs got a stop on the defensive possession before LBJ go-ahead bucket? They had momentum from the stop and only one timeout left. The Hornets were going to get another possession. He should have just let LeBron do his thing. Instead he called his last timeout. LeBron made a nice play off the out-of-bounds play but in the end that timeout killed them. They could have used it to advance the ball to half court with 0.6 left after David West’s shot and had a chance to at least get a decent look instead of LeBron throwing up a full court shot that wasn’t going to go in unless it was a Powerade commercial.
> I thought the halftime tribute to Joe Tait was pretty weak. Tait looked as uncomfortable as a seventh-grade boy at an all girl dance. It was just awkward. And how come there wasn’t a highlight of all Tait’s famous calls. I think that would have pumped up the crowd.
> However, Gordon Gund was great. Saying Tait looked as good as ever was awesome.
> Did you see Tait, after his speech, stick his hand out to shake Gund’s hand? Tait just left his hand there, I think not realizing Gund couldn’t see it. Finally, Danny Ferry put their hands together to shake. Kind of comical.