Wednesday, June 24, 2009

If You Could Ask Maria Sharapova One Question...

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 2:10 PM

What would it be?

Daniel Gibson got the chance when Sharapova was the guest editor of this month's ESPN the Mag, and his one question wasn't that impressive. Little flirtation. No pleas for her to come to Cleveland and check out his game. No 'boobie' puns.


Sharapova also solicited letters and played advice columnist for other elite athletes with a question in mind. Daniel Gibson, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, asked: “What does a woman of your calibre look for in a man?”

“I like guys who are polite and quirky," the tennis babe answered. "Oh, and you have to be tall.”

Um. Gibson is 6'2". Does she consider that tall? Does she even know who he is? Or was she taking a thinly veiled shot at Gibson's stature?

Kelly Pavlik to sign copies of new biography

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 10:57 AM

0481/1245855232-pavlik-book-cover.gifMiddleweight champion Kelly Pavlik will appear at the Fairlawn Borders (3737 W. Market St., 330.666.7568) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, signing copies of the new book Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik: The Pride of Youngstown. Its authors are Beacon Journal writer David Lee Morgan Jr. and Greg Gulas. Boxing historian Bert Sugar contributed the foreword. — D.X. Ferris

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Kellen Winslow Will Serve As Honorary Race Official For NASCAR Race, Stay Far Away From Motocross

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 2:53 PM

In a continuation of today's blog theme, which is random bits of news that aren't really news or that interesting at all, here's another story about Kellen Winslow Jr.

The new Tampa Bay tight end will serve as the honorary race official for the Coke Zero 400 on July 4.

Winslow, a first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns and recently acquired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will attend the driver’s meeting, participate in driver introductions and ride in one of the pace cars prior to the green flag waving on the Independence Day holiday classic.

“The Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola is a must-see NASCAR event that traditionally attracts celebrities and athletes from all around,” Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. “We’re excited to welcome a talented NFL star such as Kellen Winslow and look forward to his participation in pre-race festivities.”

Insert your own motorcycle joke here.

Phil Dawson to Visit Cedar Point, Despite Lack of "Phil Dawson Day"

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 2:50 PM

Last weekend, Brady Quinn visited Cedar Point with much hoopla for "Brady Quinn Day." Now, the amusement park will be hosting Browns kicker Phil Dawson Wednesday. There will be no hoopla, because, apparently, Cedar Point only likes to make a big to-do over guys who have yet to win starting jobs in the NFL.

On This Day... Luke Easter Hits Longest Home Run in Cleveland Municipal Stadium History

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 2:08 PM

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Not sure what more info you want that's not already in the headline. It was June 23, 1950, and Easter, a member of the Tribe his entire major league career, smashed a ball 477 feet over the scoreboard in right field.

Want to know something else about Easter? Here ya go:

For someone who found that Cadillacs and expensive clothes were essential components of his lifestyle, Luke was aware that income from outside baseball was necessary. Thus, during his days in Buffalo, he ventured into the business world with the Luke Easter Sausage Company, specializing in two varieties, hot and extra hot. Teammate Bobby Morgan recalls Luke's generosity in giving free sausage to his teammates.

Things To Read That Might Not Suck: All Wahoo Edition

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 12:39 PM

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Does the Tribe deserve to be talked about this much? Not really. They blow. But there's lots of little Indians-related tidbits to share, like: Did you know Shin-Soo Choo likes Boggle? Not really.

— Some nice pics from bars around Wrigley of Indians fans who made the trip for the Cubbies/Tribe tilts over the weekend. Notice the preponderance of "Major League" character jerseys instead of real players. (Waiting For Next Year)

— A very well thought out piece by Jay Levin over at Let's Go Tribe trying to deduce what exactly, if anything, is wrong with the way the Indians are run by the current management. Why has this team "underperformed" when on paper it looks like they should be contenders? Well, there's many possible explanations, or there could be none. Jay looks at a bunch of theories. (Let's Go Tribe)

— The Hardball Times looks at a possible reason for the resurgence of Carl Pavano this year: The location and quality of his inside sinker. When you read it, it's the sort of thing that, if you think back to some Pavano starts you've watched this year, seems pretty logical. (The Hardball Times)

In 2008, nearly 25 percent of Pavano's sinkers missed outside. This year, just 15 percent have missed wide. He's also throwing more sinkers over the middle of the plate, at no greater cost, rate-wise.

So, he's throwing the sinker inside more, and having more success. On pitches in off the plate, Pavano's rv100 has actually crept up about a run, but, on the pitches that stayed on the inner part, or just off it, Pavano's rv100 has gone from 12.12 in 2008 (yes, that's awful) to -2.08 in 2009, which is very good.

The Brecksville/Broadview Hts. Trick Shot 8th Grader Gets His 15 Minutes in the National Spotlight

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Aaron Shutway, the 8th grader who made the ridiculous handspring full court shot that you've undoubtedly seen, made an appearance on The Early Show this morning.


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