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Mike Brown, Part 2 Ends the Same as Part 1 – Badly

When Cavs general manager Chris Grant was relieved of his duties during the season, it seemed pretty clear that head coach Mike Brown was on borrowed time. And sure enough, the announcement finally came with Brown being released.

You might think about what took so long to give Brown the hook. The realistic answer is that in spite of numerous tales of dysfunction within the organization, the Cavs were, up until the last three games of the regular season, still in the playoff race.

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Chris Grant’s New Jedi Mind Trick – Trading for Luol Deng

During his tenure as Cavaliers general manager, Chris Grant has had a knack for performing Obi Wan Kenobi-like Jedi mind tricks on other teams to squeeze from them what he can. It started with the unloading of Mo Williams and Jamario Moon to the Clippers for Baron Davis and what turned out to be a No. 1 draft pick, which they used on Kyrie Irving.

While wheeling and dealing, Grant has tried very hard to put a contender on the court, through a variety of deals that involved players most people didn’t even know were in Cleveland. However, the team still struggles.

But in a weak Eastern Conference, the Cavs, inexplicably, remain in the playoff hunt. So, the Jedi Master felt compelled to pull another trick.

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2013 – The Year That Was (Completely Forgettable for All But Indians Fans)

So, Cleveland, what was your 2013 like? Unless you rooted for only the Indians (and judging by the attendance, you clearly didn’t), your sports year was pretty bad.

You shouldn’t have been surprised when Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and president Joe Banner named Mike Lombardi their general manager. Soon after, they shoved him in a bag and buried him. That’s the perception, really, given all the smack that Lombardi talked in the Browns’ general direction.

If Lombardi is actually in charge of any personnel moves, we can certainly thank him for doing absolutely nothing in the free agent market, leaving more than $20 million in salary cap space, and the 2013 NFL Draft, where he got Barkevious Mingo. He was OK, plus he gets bonus points for having Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, as a fan. But other than that, the Browns did absolutely nothing, except trading Trent Richardson for a bag of magic beans, otherwise known as the Indianapolis Colts’ first rounder.

Someone needs to corner Lombardi and ask him why he act like he’s an jilted ex-girlfriend. Seriously, Mike. You know we can’t stand you! At least feign an interest in proving us wrong about the fact that you’re completely incompetent as a GM!

I digress. On to the Cavaliers…

Kyrie Irving plays like he doesn’t want to be here. And dependent on the MRI after his injury in the loss against the Pacers, Cavs general manager Chris Grant  could have Jedi mind-tricked a team into taking him and giving up half their team in exchange. But no. Dion Waiters appears to be on the block.

And yet, because the Eastern Conference is a Level 5 Biohazard, the Cavaliers are still in the playoff hunt. Talk about lowered expectations.

It seems like burying the lede (and yes, I am spelling that right), but the Indians were the only feel-good story of the year, even in spite of their sad closer, Chris Perez, who, had he not blown the save on August 5th against the Tigers, the Tribe would be looking not at a one-gamer against the Rays but a five-game AL Divisional Series.

Good-bye, Pure Rage. Good luck beating out Brian Wilson for a spot in the Dodgers bullpen.

All in all, folks, is that 2013 should have finally given us the chance to get all of that hate we had for the Dolans out of our hearts. Give them the benefit of the doubt, finally. You proved that by selling out that Wild Card game. Try to do the same on a game that’s not Opening Day.

The reality is this, Cleveland fans. We have all spent far too long worshiping at the altar of football. And where has that gotten us?

This town needs to get behind baseball again, and not just at Progressive Field. It’s got to come down to the high schools to the local and the local sandlots.

Are the Browns Worth Our Attention Anymore?

The Cleveland Browns lost again. We can go and blame Brandon Weeden, but this was one of those true team losses, in which most of the team essentially rolled over and died, with some noted exceptions.

Insanity, as they say, is trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. With that, I must ask you, Browns fans…

Are we completely crazy?

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10 Years Later, Steve Bartman Still Hated by Some Cubs Fans (But Alex Gonzalez Gets a Pass)

Steve Bartman was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

On that infamous night of October 14, 2003, Bartman grabbed for a foul ball. Unfortunately, so was Moises Alou of the Cubs. Angry Cubs fans would spin it into Bartman losing the NLCS for the Cubs and deserving of nothing less than the hate and contempt of the faithful at Wrigley Field.

In reality, Bartman was one of at least three fans grabbing for that foul ball, and had Alou actually caught it, it would have only been the second out in the eighth inning of Game 6. A couple of inches to the left or right, Cubs fans would be vilifying some other guy, and nobody would have ever heard of Bartman.

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NFL Fans Are Losing It

And while Matt Schaub was being carted off the field…fans cheered. Really.

Over the summer, between watching the Browns preseason and the Indians run to the post-season, I also happened to come across another season the CBS reality show Big Brother. Yes, it was as bad as it sounds, and yes, I had to spend two weeks scrubbing my eyeballs to wash away the visuals of those loathsome people.

But what I found was quite disturbing. There lies a subset of fans so innately crazy and unhinged, that even now, some of them are wishing bodily harm on each other, posting personal information of fans and other acts of sheer lunacy. Keep in mind the season has long been over and won’t be back until next summer.

NFL fans, you are coming dangerously close to rivaling this band of nutbags.

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