Monday, September 20, 2010

Browns Fans Spell As Well As the Team Plays

Posted By on Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 4:00 PM

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Pastor Uses LeBron's Decision as Teaching Moment

Posted By on Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 2:46 PM

How well he did so is up to you.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Manny Acta Doesn't Want Instant Replay

Posted By on Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 2:57 PM

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This is usually the sort of news I wouldn't bother posting here, but it seems fitting to me that since we have an anachronistic baseball beat writer covering the team that we have an anachronistic manager leading it.

Too perfect.

Manny Acta probably also agrees with Hoynes that the Cy Young should be based on wins and wins only.

Here's Jayson Stark talking
about his poll of managers around baseball and how Acta was one of only two that said that they don't want instant replay.


So while we've never been mistaken for Zogby International around here, we did our best. We were able to survey 24 of baseball's 30 managers on replay. And here's what we found:

• They're in favor of it — heavily. Of the two dozen managers who responded, 18 were open to expanded replay in some form, only two (Cleveland's Manny Acta and Arizona's Kirk Gibson) were opposed, and the other four said they preferred to no-comment their way through this minefield.

• Most said they would prefer a system in which either an umpire in a booth or a replay official at MLB headquarters decided which plays to review.

• But several — including Bochy — said they would favor a manager-challenge system similar to the one tried this year at the Little League World Series.

• There was almost unanimous sentiment for using either replay or some other technology to get fair/foul calls right.

• And most, but not all, of the managers who were willing to get specific favored using replay, in some form, for calls at all four bases.

"I just want to get it right," said Bochy, the man who started all this. "It's OK to lose a game if the other team beats you. But if you lose a game because a call goes against you, it's hard to sleep at night."

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Fabulous Vintage Browns Photos

Posted By on Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 10:43 AM

The Cleveland Memory Project, one of the coolest and most useful archives of Cleveland photos, recently uploaded a new batch of Browns shots. And there are some great ones.

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Caption: "The Cleveland Browns champs of the Eastern Division will have to wait until 12/26 to learn who they will play for NFL title. But taking no chances are Jim Kanicki (69) with sign 'Beat Baltimore' and Jim Houston (82) with 'Beat Green Bay', while Bill Glass (80) holds sign 'Jim Brown for President.' These defensive men watch the offense workout. UPI TELEPHOTO" — photo verso. The Browns would ultimately play the Green Bay Packers for the 1965 NFL Championship. The Packers won 23-12. "

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Caption: "Referees going to man with microphone on field to tell fans to stop throwing snowballs or be penalized. Tommy Dowd (with hand in air) got hit by snowball. Penalty against Browns 15 yards." — photo verso. "3rd Qtr: Eagles' HB Ken Keller breaks through defensive line and goes 20 yards for TD that tied game at 14-14." — photo verso. "WEEK 10 - The Browns edge the Eagles, 17-14, on a 37-yard Lou Groza field goal with 29 seconds remaining. But the game becomes memorable because of a small, but vocal crowd (20,654) that pelts the officials with snowballs when no pass interference is called on a controversial final-quarter play. The assault continues despite pleas from coach Paul Brown to stop." — from Cleveland Browns: The Official Illustrated History by Ron Smith."

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Caption: "The Cleveland Browns prepare for their first-ever team flight on October 11, 1946. Paul Brown innovated travel in professional sports as the Browns became the first pro team that flew to all road games. On this day, the Browns are heading to New York for a Saturday night contest against the Yankees. The Browns won an ugly 7-0 game on the strength of a late New York turnover" — from Cleveland Browns History by F.M. Henkel."

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Caption: "LA Dons fullback Walt Clay huddles over the goal line in a 31-14 loss against the Browns as John Yonaker runs into the goal post attempting to make the tackle. The game was played on Thanksgiving Day 1948, in a week that saw the Browns play three road games in eight days. The Browns won the first game in New York against the Yankees, beat the Dons in the second, and nipped the 49ers in the third game on just two days of rest. The Browns became the only team in history to win three games in eight days" — from Cleveland Browns History by F.M. Henkel."

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Miami Homeless Totally Want Cleveland's LeBron Jerseys

Posted By on Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 9:40 AM

See, Patches will wear it.
  • See, Patches will wear it.

The plans of Break Up With LeBron to donate Clevelanders' unwanted LeBron jerseys to Miami-area homeless shelters hit a snag last week when politics got in the way of a good deed.

According to the Broward New Times:

"It's on hold right now," says Rita Clark of the Miami Coalition for the Homeless. "There's a lot of politics around this."

The Coalition had been in talks with the Cleveland do-gooders, but ran into some resistance here in South Florida. Apparently, a marketing plan based on the concept of, Here — take a bunch of stuff we hate! wasn't particularly appealing. Clark says she heard Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado was opposed to the donation plan.

"It seemed very well-intentioned, but it's not gonna happen right away," Clark says. "I'm trying to help them be better received here in Miami."

That left many in Miami shaking their heads. Really? Shirts are shirts, right? Who cares what the officials have to say. The homeless would totally take a free LeBron Cavs jersey and wear it, right?

Miami New Times decided to conduct an experiment to answer the question.

Here's what they found:

We happened to have an authentic wine-and-gold never-worn LeBron James Cavaliers jersey. We tore off the $59.99 price tag and headed to the area surrounding NE First Avenue in downtown — Miami's version of Skid Row, a few blocks from LeBron's new workplace, the American Airlines Arena.

The first shirtless bum we saw identified himself only as Patches. He's thusly nicknamed because of the green bandanna he wraps over his left eye, rendered sightless after a botched surgery. Originally from Cuba, Patches, who wears an ancient Pizza Hut baseball cap and keeps a twig between chapped lips, says he became homeless two years ago. He was stranded in Miami after cops dragged him from his former home in Houston to face time for an old robbery warrant.

Patches had heard of LeBron James — duh — but was unaware of the controversy surrounding the jerseys. "Shit, I'll wear anything," he remarked and happily donned the supposedly toxic jersey. As we drove away, he catwalked an imaginary runway in front of a homeless buddy, who looked envious.

So what was that about politics? The entire quest took Riptide all of five minutes.

See, they not only want it, they're proud to have it.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Indians Are Turning Progressive Field Into a Winter Sports Park?

Posted By on Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 3:21 PM

That seems to be what's going to happen on November 26 according to a very general pic posted on their site.

Skiing? Skating? Sledding? Snowman-making?

Can I throw snowballs at Andy Marte?

Who the hell knows.

It could be their best on-the-field decision in the last ten years.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Your Cavs NBA Jam Roster: Mark Price, Brad Daugherty, Antawn Jamison, Mo Williams, and Anderson Varejao

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 11:15 AM

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The Cavs are boring and I was worried the video-game version of the Wine and Gold on the upcoming NBA Jam would be boring as well.

I was wrong.

Mark Price and Brad Daugherty are back, ladies and gentleman.

From ESPN:


Cleveland Cavaliers

Players: Mo Williams, Antawn Jamison and Anderson Varejao

Legends: Mark Price and Brad Daugherty

Our advice to Cavs fans still reeling from The Decision: Sticking to the combo of Price and Daugherty — Cleveland's original twosome in the first arcade version of Jam in 1993 — just might beam you back to a happier time B.L. (Before LeBron). It's worth a try to escape, at least electronically, from the LeBron-less present.

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