Monday, January 28, 2008

Anderson Varejao's half-court obsession

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2008 at 2:54 PM

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Could the king of flop be turning a little weird?
After missing the first several weeks of the season with an injured sense of self-worth, Cavs forward Anderson Varejao is back – and he’s making an impact on more than just wig sales. Following a lengthy contract stand-off, the floppy-haired flopper is averaging career highs in points (8.2), minutes (29), rebounds (8.9), and assists (1.2), proving once and for all that boorish agents and a total lack of team spirit are really good for your game. “I worked on my shot, I worked on my jump-hook,” Varejao says of his time off, which he spent training in Brazil. “I’ve got a lot of confidence.” But along with a reliable 15-footer and the healthiest tan in Cleveland, Varejao also returned from Brazil with a new and unhealthy obsession. After both practices last week, while his teammates retreated to the locker room, Varejao found an empty basket and started launching shots – from half court. On Tuesday, it seemed like an amusing little game; he heaved a few, knocked one in, and quit. But on Thursday, it looked different. Diagnosable, you might say…

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Tobogganing at Mill Stream: Cedar Point got nothing on this

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2008 at 2:29 PM

If you’re out of Paxil and looking for a way to kill the frigid January blues, try the tobogganing chutes at the Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville. This Cool Runnings–style ride has been around for 40 years, and it’s still ridiculously wholesome fun for the whole family. For just $8, you can rent a toboggan (otherwise known as a big wooden sled), lug it up several flights of stairs (it helps to bring a tall friend) and ride down as many times as you like. The chutes are basically two massive, frozen water slides. But it’s way more fun than regular sledding, especially because you get to close your eyes and scream like an 8-year-old…

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Imitation isn’t always the best form of flattery

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2008 at 2:25 PM

Dan Savage, whose nationally syndicated sex column “Savage Love” appears in this rag every week, seems to have created a legion of imitators – no one more so than Claudia Lonow, the former sex writer for the New York Press. When she launched her column, Lonow decided to simply lift questions from Savage Love to use in her own work, “unaware that using questions from Savage's column was a breach of journalism ethics.” After one day on the job, she was forced to resign. – Rebecca Meiser

Joe P. Tone: One of the Better American Sportswriters

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2008 at 2:07 PM

Scene Managing Editor Joe P. Tone received an honorable mention in Houghton-Mifflin’s Best American Sports Writing 2007 for his story “Man on Fire” [October 6, 2006]. The piece is a profile of Jeff Rotsky, a millionaire who moonlights as a high school football coach. There are a ton of Best Whatever books in a number of fields. And while being selected for any of them is an honor, Best Sports Writing is consistently the most lively and engaging...

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Picks of the Week: Howlies, Saltimbanco, Mambazo, and Metal!

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2008 at 11:33 AM

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Cirque du Soleil’s Saltimbanco wows the Wolstein on Tuesday.
Every Monday, Scene calendar editor Cris Glaser provides a random but reliable sampling of things to do in the week ahead. For more options, log onto Scene's entertainment page. And check back Friday for C-Notes' Picks of the Week. Monday: Florida’s the Howlies truck in smoke machines and strobe lights to glam up their 10 p.m. stage show of four-part “harmoni-rock” in the intimate Now That’s Class (11213 Detroit Avenue; 216-221-8576). The quartet is on an East Coast tour to pimp their new EP, Trippin’. And they plan to hole themselves up in the studio with veteran producer Kim Fowley when they’re back in the Sunshine State to work on their first full-length album. Tonight’s show is free. ...

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Live from Cleveland: Band of Horses at the Beachland

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2008 at 11:08 AM

As frontmen go, Ben Bridwell is pretty unassuming. The Band of Horses singer and guitarist spent the first couple songs of Friday’s sold-out concert at the Beachland Ballroom sitting down, while the rest of the group – expanded to a sextet on this tour – stood stoically in place. Bridwell eventually got rid of the chair, but that was about as far as stage movement went. This isn't a terribly active group. (If that's your deal, you might have enjoyed the recent Wyclef show) But Bridwell and Co. are a compelling live act. ...

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Living the Dream, One Pulled Hammy at a Time

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2008 at 6:32 AM

As the Jake -- ahem, Progessive Field -- screw that, it's the Jake -- lies cold and vacant, beaming its sterile logo out to drivers on Carnegie Avenue, 120 tribe fans made their way down to Winter Haven, Florida, over the weekend to test their base running prowess at fantasy camp. ...

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