Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Search for Miss Roar by the Shore

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2007 at 1:53 PM

Grand Prix of Cleveland organizers have long been aware that it takes more than cars to rev up ticket sales for the annual Roar by the Shore at Burke Lakefront Airport. Men tend to better appreciate a two-hour race with hotties in skin-tight spandex in their midst. On Saturday, Grand Prix judges will start a 10-bar model search to find Miss Face of Champ Car Cleveland. The winning beauties from each contest will then compete on June 23 for $10,000 in cash and prizes and the right to represent Cleveland at the race. In November, she’ll fly to Mexico as a member of the Face of Champ Car Dream Team and square off against regional winners from the U.S., Australia, and Canada to be the ambassador of the 2008 Champ Car World Series. The job apparently shines on a resume: Last year’s winner, Lauren Gardner of Denver, is now a member of the Denver Broncos’ cheerleading squad. To enter, slip into your choice of a bikini or evening gown to parade before the panel at: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28: Aces Bar & Grille 9 p.m. Friday, May 4, Heaven & Earth (1059 Old River Rd. on the West Bank of the Flats; 216-771-1966) 8 p.m. Saturday, May 5, Blue Moose Saloon (9387 W. Sprague Rd., N. Royalton; 440-888-9700) 9 p.m. Friday, May 11, Heaven & Earth 9 p.m. Saturday, May 12, Scorchers 9 p.m. Friday, May 18, Heaven & Earth 9 p.m. Saturday, May 19, Saddle Ridge Saloon 9 p.m. Friday, May 25, Heaven & Earth 8 p.m. Saturday, May 26, Roosters (7106 Biddulph Rd., Brooklyn; 216-588-0007) 7 p.m. Saturday, June 9, Aces Bar & Grille

The Don't Draft Brady Quinn Movement

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2007 at 11:34 AM

Maybe Browns fans believe too much in democracy. That could explain why the team’s been as well-run as the country for the last eight years. Last season, they started three online petitions to fire then-offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon. Carthon bailed soon after, and his replacement, Jeff Davidson, tanked even bigger. But Davidson didn’t wait for his own web-based deathwatch. He’s now ruining – er, running -- the Carolina Panthers’ offense. With Saturday’s draft looming, more fans are trying to wedge themselves into the Browns war room. John Robinson started Don’t Draft Brady Quinn.com because, well, he’s “100% against the Cleveland Browns selecting Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn with their first round pick.” “A couple of us were sitting around one day, talking draft,” he says, “and we concluded Quinn would be the worst choice at No. 3. Once we saw webhosting only cost ten bucks a month, we were off.” The site, literally, is an effigy. Robinson posts only the most negative news about Quinn, and peppers all the punditry with a homoerotic photo gallery. There’s even a page identifying which teams Browns fans could safely begin following, “should the unthinkable happen.” And yes, there’s another petition. Total signatures to date: 179. “We’re not naïve enough to think that we can change anyone’s mind in Berea,” says Robinson. “At this point, all we can do is sit back and hope the recent rhetoric is a smokescreen.” Some of that rhetoric, unfortunately, infiltrates the venerable Peter King’s column at si.com: “In many cities, the draft is bigger than the Super Bowl. Think about it: What engenders more hype, say, in Cleveland: a game your team's rarely in, or the prospect of taking a matinee-idol Notre Dame quarterback tutored by the same guy who made Tom Brady ... Tom Brady? Well, duhhhh.” – Jason Nedley

He's hitting .203, but Omar's still got game

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2007 at 11:28 AM

Even Indians fans did a double take when Omar Vizquel, then 38 years old, signed a three-year deal with the Giants in 2005. The guy’s career was built on speed, range, quick feet – attributes that, unlike the chemical-aided power of aging sluggers, tend to decline in later years. But now, in the third year of Vizquel’s deal, there’s already been talk of him reupping with Giants, the San Francisco Chronicle’s John Shea writes on ESPN.com. Shea claims that Vizquel, who turned 40 yesterday, is “not even close to slowing down.” Then again, no extension was signed this off-season, and Vizquel’s offensive numbers (.203 average, no extra base hits) aren’t exactly starter-caliber. And you know the dude wants to finish his career in a Tribe jersey. Is it almost time to bring back Omar as a back up? – Joe P. Tone

We'll take local know-it-alls for 200, Alex

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2007 at 11:02 AM

Answer: Who is Andrew Rostan? Question: Youngstown college student who’s appearing on Jeopardy! tomorrow. The 22-year-old smarty-pants (who enjoys “film, reading, and jogging”) will undoubtedly make us all feel stupid as he fires off answers about conjugate variables, Olmec culture, and macromolecular scales. Meanwhile, we’ll be sitting on the couch eating Cool Ranch Doritos and cheering him on. Jeopardy! airs at 7:30 p.m. on WEWS Channel 5. --Michael Gallucci

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Incubus Rescheduled. Again.

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2007 at 5:38 PM

Cleveland fans, that "Anna Molly" video is all the Incubus you're gonna get for a couple months. Again.

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Relocating strippers to a neighborhood near you

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2007 at 5:23 PM

Last week, the Ohio Senate passed a bill that would place super strict restrictions on strip clubs, forcing them to close at midnight and eradicate lap dances, among other things.

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The Softer Side of Dennis Kucinich

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2007 at 5:20 PM

It looks like Dick Cheney will stay in the Oval Office for at least another day. West Side congressman and Christmas elf Dennis Kucinich elected to delay today’s press conference calling for Cheney’s impeachment after doctors discovered a blood clot in the vice president’s leg.

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