If you've checked out the Cavaliers team shops, you probably could have already guessed this, but the Cavs will officially be wearing the late 80's uniforms as throwbacks throughout the 2009-2010 season. This comes via Paul Lukas' Uni Watch NBA preview piece. It's one of the most cherished uni's in the team's history, mainly because of the success of the Mark Price era. Also, it's apparently one of Dan Gilbert's favorites. A few years ago a buddy of mine stumbled upon Dan Gilbert walking through the upper concourse of the Q. My buddy was wearing a Mark Price jersey and Gilbert said it was his favorite and that sooner or later, but probably sooner, it would be used as a throwback.
Team shops are also selling Mark Price and Brad Daugherty throwbacks right now too, in addition to what I expect will be a full roster of current Cavs in 88-89 mold.
This Cleveland Indians uniform from Johnny Allen ended up in a Higbee's window in 1938 for all of Cleveland to see. Why?
Cleveland Indians pitcher Johnny Allen was fined in 1938 for refusing the umpire\'s order to cut off part of his sweat-shirt sleeve. Allen, who was famous for cutting the ends of his sleeves to let more air in, was repeatedly warned about the flying threads whenever he pitched. On 06/07/1938, Umpire Bill McGowan ordered Allen to cut off part of his sweat-shirt sleeve which was dangling when he pitched. Allen, known for his volatile temper, did not obligue. The stubborn pitcher stormed off the mound and refused to pitch was fined $250 by Cleveland manager Oscar Vitt for his actions. The ragged shirt Allen wore is now part of the MLB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
I kind of dig the Browns helmet in the end zones. And as awful as it looks laying a football field out over a baseball diamond, I kind of miss it. Don't you?
For those of you who don't think your hat has enough pizazz, you can bid on this genuine Indians giveaway "Ferocious Feather."
A couple weeks ago I posted the trailer for "Light it Up Like Vegas" — a one-time special starring Mike Polk that will air later this month. Today, a little about how it came into being.
Leo Simone was born in California, but moved to Cleveland shortly after. After finishing up a Radio/TV/Film degree at Bowling Green, Simone eventually ended up back in California and then eventually ended up back in Cleveland. He worked on the briefly-aired series "Make 'Em Forget" on FSN, and apparently not done exorcising his Cleveland sports demons by reliving them, he decided it'd be more efficient to just write something that would exorcise them through fiction. Thus was born "Light It Up Like Vegas" — a quintessentially Cleveland attempt at sports catharsis.
"I was watching the Spurs and Cavs final, and the full psychological properties of Cleveland sports came into focus," says Simone. "It's similar to people telling LeBron that he can't make it happen in Cleveland, and I've been through the same thing personally. So this program is the cumulative effect of what the common Cleveland fan has been through."
The premise is simple: A guy (Mike Polk) is debating leaving Cleveland. Through some mysterious sets of events, he goes back in time to revisit the requisite moments of Cleveland sports misery. Then more magic happens and he flies into the future, when the Cavs win the NBA championship.
"It's about LeBron now. And not just about what he has been, but what he will be," says Simone. "The big question is obviously what he's going to do next year, and instead of getting all in his head like the national media will try to do the next year, we talk about it through Mike Polk's character as he decides whether he's going to stay or go."
"The moment, the key moment, was when the ping pong ball fell in Cleveland's favor, because, like Clevelanders do, you expect somehow that it's not going to happen," he says. "It's easy to exaggerate, but this is quite possibly the biggest moment in Cleveland sports history — what he decides in July 2010."
The program serves as a Cavs season opener special and will air tonight on FSN at 10 p.m.
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