Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Plain Dealer Has All the Cliff Lee Coverage You Could Want This Year

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 2:07 PM

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It's almost time for pitchers and catchers to report, which means, hypothetically, it's time to start getting excited about the Indians.

I saw this Plain Dealer street box today, right in front of Slyman's, and immediately got amped up for the Tribe.

"Cliff Lee is a Rock for the Indians!"

"All Star coverage all season long!"

Get in the Tribe, baby! Weeeeeeeeee! Can't wait for Opening Day!

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Video Vault: Bingo Smith in 1978 H.O.R.S.E Contest

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 12:44 PM

As we head into the NBA All Star weekend and the sorta new, sorta retro H.O.R.S.E. competition, let's look back to when Cavalier Bingo Smith competed in the contest back in the day.

(Hat tip to Cavs History)

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From the Extensive and Glorious Back Catalog of Delonte West...

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 10:03 AM

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Valentine's Day is coming up this weekend, and if you don't know what you should do for your wife/girlfriend/significant other/escort, may I suggest taking a look at this absolutely legendary Page 2 piece wherein Delonte West talks about how he would roll on Valentine's Day with his sweetie.

A few highlights (though you should read the whole thing):


She wouldn't know where we were going. It's got to be a hot day, so I can drop the top in my SL [Mercedes]. I've got the white SL 500. I would tell her, she would have to wear white. She must have on a white dress, because I'm going to have on white. I'd have told her in the note, she has to wear her hair a certain way, just the way I like it.

Then:

Yeah, we're going to my yacht. We'll pull up at the docks and got a guy waiting for us, open our door up and we walk down a lit-up dock and onto the yacht, where we have dinner set up on the boat and we just cruise out on the water. Sit down and have some dinner, some shrimps and steaks, keep it nice and breezy. Pop some bottles, some Moet Rose. The red Moet, we ain't popping no Kristal, it tastes like urination. We ain't popping no Kris, that's $500 a bottle. It ain't that serious. It ain't going to get you drunk. Make sure you put that in there. We ain't doing a $500 bottle, we're doing a $99 wine and dine.

How's the night end?

One more thing: When we're on the yacht eating, we're going to have some Popeyes chicken. That's for dinner. It's to let her know, put a mental image on her mind, first and foremost, if you ain't from the hood, you don't like Popeyes chicken. Everyone there loves Popeyes chicken and the biscuits — phew. But that's just getting it on her mind, saying, you know, 'Yeah, I can wine and dine you, but I'm a little rough around the edges and I'm keeping it real with you. I can be romantic, but this is real, we're going to eat some chicken tonight. Chicken and biscuits.'


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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Hold Onto Your Wallets, Chema's Back

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 10:18 AM

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The mismanagement and controversy of the Gateway project might be rearing its ugly head again as Thomas Chema, former head of Cleveland's Gateway Economic Development Corp., is considering a run for Cuyahoga County executive. Staff writer Damian Guevara wrote about it for Scene's news blog.

By Damian Guevara

Over the weekend, The Plain Dealer published a list of 20 possible Cuyahoga County executive candidates (including just three women and two minorities, blogger Jill Miller Zimon points out). But one name that caught our attention was that of Thomas Chema, president of Hiram College. The former head of Cleveland's Gateway Economic Development Corp., Chema says he'll consider running for the position unless "some good people" decide they want to take a stab at the top county seat.

We don't know what Chema's definition of "good people" is, but we like to think that "good people" don't deceive the public. That's exactly what Chema did back in the early 1990s as the number-one cheerleader for Cleveland's sports arenas, according to an eye-opening book about taxpayer-funded stadiums.

Sociology professors Kevin J. Delaney and Rick Eckstein published Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums in 2003. In a chapter about Cleveland's supposed "miracle comeback" in the '90s, the scholars quoted Chema extensively and exposed how he, local politicians and Cleveland Tomorrow (an organization which later morphed into the Greater Cleveland Partnership) duped Cuyahoga County voters into supporting the Gateway project, which created Cleveland's professional baseball and basketball stadiums and ultimately, corporate welfare for Cleveland's wealthy professional team owners.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Who Let the Pasty Polish Kid With the Potty Mouth On TV?

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 5:47 PM

So, yeah. Your humble blogger made his TV debut tonight, ostensibly because I used a lot of vulgarities in this tirade about CC. At least that's how I come across in the clip. You don't know how many times I had to practice saying, "In all sincerity, I hope a seagull poops on his head," to be able to do it with a straight face. No joke, I practiced. My editor told me it was essential to keep a straight face, and I agreed. Success!

Unfortunately, there was plenty of gold left on the cutting room floor. For instance, this exchange, which didn't make it to air:

Dawn: Do you think you're being too harsh? Don't you think everyone's entitled to their opinions?

Me: No, I don't think I was too harsh. I only used the word fuck about 37 times. I could have easily hit 50.

Dawn: Well, I wasn't counting.

Actual exchange.

But seriously, folks. While I appreciate shocking and/or amusing middle-aged, workaday people who happened to be innocently going about their lunch hour when Dawn ambushed them with my vulgarity-laced rant, and while I relish any opportunity to swear on TV (and have the girlfriend's parents count the bleeps), there was some real substance in the CC piece amidst the f-bombs and talk of feces.

Alright, enough navel-gazing.

Oh, and fuck you, CC.

(Thanks to Dawn Kendrick, who actually seemed to get what I was doing.)

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The Hunt for the Great Orange, Brown, and White Whale: Unraveling the Mystery of the 1965 "CB" Cleveland Browns Helmet Logo

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 2:21 PM

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Most Browns fans are aware that while our favorite team doesn't have a logo on its helmets, it once almost did. Or actually did. Or something.

In 1965 the Browns were, supposedly, set to wear a logo on their domes for the first time (though they had previously worn numbers on their helmets). It was a stylized "CB" emblem that David Boss, a photographer and artist who would later start the NFL Creative Services department, designed at the behest of Art Modell for the NFL. That's about where fact and knowledge end in this infamous tale.

I've been aware of the "CB" logo for years, but could never find a complete account. Rumors and misinformation ran deep — conflicting reports citing photos that may or may not exist, quotes people may or may not have said, speculation filling the information voids. Verdicts fell into one of two camps:

1) The Browns definitely wore the logo once during an exhibition game against the Packers in 1965.

2) The Browns never wore the logo because the players peeled them off in revolt, either during training camp or before a game.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Cavs Out On the Town Saturday Night: Let's Go to the Twittertape

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Delonte West was the host of a party or something on Saturday night at LUX. I wish I could personally tell you how it went, but alas, I go to bed early most nights. And even if I was up, I'm a diminutive Polish guy, so the clubs scene is probably not where I'd be.

Regardless, I'd be remiss and abdicating my journalistic responsibilities if I didn't try to pass along some accounts from Saturday night. So, let's go to the Twittertape.

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Consider yourself informed.

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